BACKGROUND: I hold a binational masters degree in American Studies from the University of Mainz and the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. During my studies I developed a research interest in the topics of literary studies, medical humanities, and particularly disability studies.
During my final year in Dijon I was also part of the office of accessibility. There I engaged in student advisory service and the organization of events aimed at promoting social inclusion on campus.
THE GRK IS... a unique opportunity of pursuing my research interests within an interdisciplinary framework. It stimulates fruitful dialogue between the various disciplines and adds new and exciting perspectives to each research project.
MY GOAL IS... to emphasize the importance of interdependency between life science and life writing. As a scholar who has cerebral palsy, I am fully aware of the importance this has. I believe that a collaboration between these fields has the chance to improve scientific research, to reduce existing stigma, and to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.
MY PROJECT... analyzes representations of diseases and disabilities in North-American gothic fiction and explores how these medical categories change over time.