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Birgit Kaiser is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University. She teaches courses on literatures of the 19th to 21st century, literary theory, transnational and postcolonial literatures and the literary imagination of cultural difference. She has published especially on Cixous, Deleuze, Derrida, Dib, Glissant, Guattari, Kleist, Melville and Özdamar.

She is co-coordinator (with K. Thiele) of Terra Critica. Interdisciplinary Network for the Critical Humanities.  

Together with K. Thiele (UU) and T. O'Leary (HKU), she is also editor of the book series New Critical Humanities with Rowman & Littlefield International.

At Utrecht University, she coordinates the MA Literatuur en Cultuurkritiek (from Sept 2016 onwards: MA Literature Today/Literatuur vandaag) and the Literature Track at University College Utrecht.

 

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2015-present Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

2007-2015 Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

2009–2010 (fall term) Interim Professor (Vertretungsprofessur C4) Chair of Western European Literatures, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

2007 PhD at the Department of Comparative Literature, New York University, USA

2000-2007 Doctoral student at the Department of Comparative Literature, New York University, USA

2004-2006 Doctoral student in the Doctoral Programme “Representation – Rhetoric – Knowledge,” European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

2002-2004 Doctoral student in the Poetics & Theory Programme at New York University

1999 MA Sociology, Department of Sociology Bielefeld University; School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Universidad Complutense Madrid

1993 BA Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany 

 

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Key publications

Kaiser, Birgit (2015). Singularity and Transnational Poetics. (195 p.). Routledge.

Thiele, Kathrin & Kaiser, Birgit (2014). Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities. Parallax, 72 (3), (pp. 165-287).

Kaiser, B.M. & Burns, Lorna (2012). Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kaiser, B.M. (2010). Figures of Simplicity. Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville. (192 p.). Albany, NY: Suny Press.

All publications
  2018
Kaiser, B.M. (2018). Multiple Tongues: Cixous, Djebar, and the Matter of Writing. Comparative Literature
Kaiser, B.M. (2018). So Close – Moving Matters on the Subject. In Ridvan Askin, David Rudrum & Frida Beckman (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and Contemporary Philosophy Palgrave Macmillan.
  2017
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2017). A Different Humanism - A conversation between Bracha L. Ettinger, Birgit M. Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele. philoSOPHIA
B.M. Kaiser (13.03.2017). invited speaker. Creativity and World Literatures.
B.M. Kaiser (25.03.2017). key note. conference .
B.M. Kaiser (26.03.2017). participant and chair of plenary panel. conference .
Thiele, K.C., Kaiser, B.M. & Bunz, Mercedes (2017). Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary. (272 p.). Meson Press.
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2017). Terra. In Mercedes Bunz, Birgit M. Kaiser & Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Symptoms of the Planetary Condition - A Critical Vocabulary (pp. 205-210) (6 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2017). Terrestrial. In Rosi Braidotti (Eds.), Posthuman Glossary Bloomsbury Academics.
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2017). The Ends of Being Human? Re-turning (to) the Question - Special Issue for philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism. philoSOPHIA
Kaiser, B.M. (2017). The Laugh of the Medusa. In Bettina Papenburg (Eds.), Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender, volume Laughter Palgrave Macmillan.
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2017). What is Species Memory? Towards a New Poetics of Propter Nos with Wynter and Glissant. Parallax
  2016
Kaiser, B.M. & , (2016). Introduction - Symptoms of the Planetary Condition. Symptoms of the Planetary Condition (pp. 7-17) (10 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Kaiser, Birgit & Thiele, Kathrin (2016). Other Headings: Ben Jelloun, Derrida, Sansal and the Critique of Europe. Interventions, 18 (2), (pp. 270-285) (16 p.).
B.M. Kaiser (29.01.2016). paper on 'The Insurrection of Dust – Hélène Cixous and Adel Abdessemed on Affect, Art and Violence'. The role of (Post)colonial Public Intellectuals in Europe: Figures, Ideas and Connections.
Kaiser, B.M. (2016). Semi-Agency. Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary (pp. 143-148) (6 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Kaiser, B.M. (2016). Singularization. Symptoms of the Planetary Condition (pp. 155-161) (7 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Kaiser, B.M. (2016). Symptomatology. Symptoms of the Planetary Condition (pp. 185-190) (5 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
B.M. Kaiser (28.06.2016). Transnationalisme & Wereldliteratuur.
Kaiser, B.M. (2016). Vergelijkende literatuurwetenschap in de 21e eeuw – belangen, uitdagingen, nieuwe benaderingen. Vooys, 34 (1/2), (pp. 8-20) (12 p.).
  2015
Kaiser, B.M. (2015). Algerian Disorders: On Deconstructive Postcolonialism in Cixous and Derrida. Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, 2 (2), (pp. 191-211) (20 p.).
Kaiser, Birgit (2015). Nomadisch Schrijven: Gilles Deleuze en Édouard Glissant over Wortels en Fabuleren. In Johan Goud (Eds.), Ontworteld: de schrijver als nomade (pp. 31-46) (15 p.). Zoetermeer: Klement-Boekencentrum .
Kaiser, Birgit (2015). Singularity and Transnational Poetics. In Birgit Kaiser (Eds.), Singularity and Transnational Poetics (pp. 3-24) (21 p.). London/New York: Routledge.
Kaiser, Birgit (2015). Singularity and Transnational Poetics. (195 p.). Routledge.
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2015). What is Critique in the 21st Century? Discussing Terra Critica: A Conversation between Birgit Mara Kaiser, Kathrin Thiele and Mercedes Bunz.
  2014
Kaiser, B.M. (2014). A New German, singularly Turkish. Reading Emine Sevgi Özdamar with Derrida's 'Monolingualism of the Other'. Textual Practice, 28 (6), (pp. 969-987) (18 p.).
Thiele, Kathrin & Kaiser, Birgit (2014). Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities. Parallax, 72 (3), (pp. 165-287).
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2014). Diffraction: Onto-epistemology, Quantum Physics and the Critical Humanities. Parallax, 20 (3), (pp. 165-167) (3 p.).
Kaiser, Birgit (2014). Literatuur en leven - compositie en affect bij Deleuze. Wijsgerig perspectief, 54 (2), (pp. 23-29) (7 p.).
B.M. Kaiser (10.01.2014). organizer of symposium (special session) ‘Singularity and transnational poetics’ at annual convention of Modern Language Association MLA, Chicago, USA (panellists Derek Attridge and Emily Apter). Chicago, USA, MLA Convention (Chicago, USA).
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2014). Weaving Ourselves Otherwise – Co-emerging with Others in the Matrixial. In Binna Choi & Maiko Tanaka (Eds.), Grand Domestic Revolution - Handbook (pp. 93-94) (2 p.). Utrecht: Casco.
Kaiser, B.M. (2014). Worlding CompLit: Diffractive Reading with Barad, Glissant and Nancy. Parallax, 20 (3), (pp. 274-287) (14 p.).
  2013
Kaiser, B.M. (2013). (Un)Grounding the human. Affective Entanglement and Subjectivity in Hélène Cixous "Algerian Reveries. International Journal of Francophone Studies, 15 (3&4), (pp. 477-496) (20 p.).
Kaiser, B.M. (2013). Electrified Humans; or of inhuman affect in Heinrich von Kleist. In S Blackmore (Eds.), Discovering the Human: Life Sciences and the Arts in Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Century (pp. 171-186) (16 p.). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht.
Kaiser, B.M. (2013). Happy Days: Lebenswissen nach Cavell. Arcadia, 47.
Kaiser, B.M. (2013). Metamorphosis. In E Horn & M Lowrie (Eds.), Denkfiguren/Figures of Thought (pp. 115-117) (3 p.). Berlin: August Verlag.
Kaiser, B.M. (2013). Zintuiglijk denken en het vraagstuk van de esthetica. In S van Keulen (Eds.), Hoe kunst en filosofie werken (pp. 117-131) (15 p.). Amsterdam: Boom.
  2012
Kaiser, B.M. (2012). Lektürelektionen. Haitianische Untertöne in Kleists 'Die Verlobung in St. Domingo' und Melvilles 'Benito Cereno’. In R. Blänkner (Eds.), Heinrich von Kleists Novelle 'Die Verlobung in St. Domingo'. Literatur und Politik im globalen Kontext um 1800 (pp. 73-91) (19 p.). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Kaiser, B.M. & Burns, Lorna (2012). Navigating Differential Futures; (Un)making Colonial Pasts. In Burns, Lorna & Kaiser, Birgit (Eds.), Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures (pp. 1-17) (17 p.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Kaiser, B.M. (2012). Poésie en étendue. Deleuze, Glissant, and a post-postcolonial aesthetics of the earth. In Braidotti, Rosi & Pisters, Patricia (Eds.), Revisiting Normativity with Deleuze (pp. 131-144) (14 p.). London: Continuum.
Kaiser, B.M. & Burns, Lorna (2012). Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Thiele, K. & Kaiser, B.M. (2012). Sich verlieren – und plötzlich eine Welt finden. Bracha L. Ettinger im Gespräch mit Birgit M. Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele. In S. Leeb (Eds.), Materialität der Diagramme. Kunst und Theorie (pp. 231-262) (33 p.). Berlin: b_books.
Kaiser, B.M. (2012). The Singularity of Postcolonial Literature. Preindividual (hi)stories in Mohammed Dib’s “Northern Trilogy". Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures (pp. 123-144) (22 p.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2011
Kaiser, B.M. (2011). Baarmoederlijke verbondenheid uit Tel-Aviv. Lover: Feminisme, Cultuur, Wetenschap, 38 (voorjaar), (pp. 48-49) (2 p.). Tijdschrift LOVER (38 voorjaar): 48-49.
Kaiser, B.M. (2011). Meedenken voor een feminine toekomst. Lover: Feminisme, Cultuur, Wetenschap, 38 (zomer), (pp. 48-49) (2 p.). Tijdschrift LOVER (38 zomer): 48-49..
Kaiser, B.M. (2011). On aesthetics, aisthetics and sensation – reading Baumgarten with Leibniz with Deleuze’. Esthetica. Tijdschrift voor Kunst en Filosofie
Kaiser, B.M. (2011). Theory today; or, how are we to read this?. Frame: Tijdschrift voor Literatuurwetenschap, 24 (1), (pp. 8-17) (9 p.).
Kaiser, B.M. (2011). Vechtend Denken. Lover: Feminisme, Cultuur, Wetenschap, 38 (najaar), (pp. 48-49) (2 p.). Tijdschrift LOVER (38 najaar): 48-49..
  2010
Kaiser, B.M. (2010). Figures of Simplicity. Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville. (192 p.). Albany, NY: Suny Press.
Kaiser, B.M. (2010). Literatur und Biopolitik. Rationalisierungen des Lebens in der Romantik. In Maria Muhle / Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Biopolitische Konstellationen (pp. 119-142) (23 p.). Berlin: August Verlag.
  2009
Kaiser, B.M. (2009). The Reception of Ossian in Europe. Arcadia, 44, (pp. 452-456) (5 p.).
Kaiser, B.M. (2009). Two floors of thinking: Deleuze's Aesthetics of Folds. In S. van Tuinen & N. McDonnell (Eds.), Deleuze and the Fold: A critical reader (pp. 203-224) (22 p.). Palgrave Macmillan.
  2007
Kaiser, B.M. (2007). Falte. In S Diekmann & T Khurana (Eds.), Latenz. 40 Annäherungen an einen Begriff (pp. 67-72) (6 p.). Berlin: Kadmos.
  2001
Kaiser, B.M. (2001). Exclusivist Rhetorics – the constitution of political identities in present-day Algeria. In G Schlee (Eds.), Imagined Differences. Hatred and the construction of social identities (pp. 183-214) (31 p.). Münster: LITVerlag.
  1999
Kaiser, B.M. (1999). Algerische Identitätspolitiken: Islamistische Diskurse zwischen Authentizität und (Post)Moderne. In J. Angermüller / M. Nonhoff (Eds.), PostModerne Diskurse zwischen Sprache und Macht (pp. 69-79) (10 p.). Hamburg/Berlin: Argument Verlag.
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B.M. Kaiser (0). editor of book series 'New Critical Humanities' (together with K. Thiele and T. O'Leary). Rowman & Littlefield International.
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Main fields of research are literatures of the 18th to 21st century written in German, English and French; literature and philosophies of life; affectivity, aesthetics and subjectivity; critique.

 

 

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Currently dr. Birgit Kaiser teaches the following course(s):
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