The fate of the human and that of the earth share an unprecedented entanglement on an increasingly imperiled planet. My teaching and research seeks to address this, our current ecological state of affairs, through multiple lines of inquiry. In particular I have found that a remarkable group of 19th and 20th century German thinkers and writers, who through their literary writings sought to open up the imagination to a geological time scale, might help us to better understand our place in life on Earth and our unique human response-ability for the planet.
To this end I am currently working on two main projects: a monograph, Mineral Imaginaries: Literature for the Anthropocene, which articulates the shared “minerality” of the human and the earth in literature since 1800, and a translation of Sonja Neef’s The Babylonian Planet, a wide-ranging study of language and globalization in a time of mass migration.
The love of language and literature has played the predominant role in my education, and it continues to do so in my teaching and research. I bring this commitment into my teaching through the cultivation of an affective relationship—a philia—to language, one which is informed by my work translating Werner Hamacher’s For—Philology (in: Minima Philologica, Fordham UP, 2015). My teaching is also informed by a breadth of experience that includes several universities, a two-year college, and a deportation center for asylum-seekers in Berlin.
Through my interest in ecological thought I have also been involved in a number of academic and para-academic institutions, including the Institute for Critical Climate Change (IC3), a collaborative working group in the SUNY system, and Open Humanities Press (OHP), the open-access publishing collective where I co-edit Feedback, a curated blog in critical and cultural theory.
- Meet our Student Ambassadors: Sara Koeck and Francesca Cook - February 6, 2018
- My Graduate Exchange Year in Seattle (Nina Doejen, Muenster) - November 21, 2017
- Autumn 2017: Humanities Courses in English (1) - June 20, 2017
- Delta Phi Alpha Spring Reception - June 19, 2017
- Humanizing technology - May 30, 2017
- Welcome to the Sixth Extinction! - May 2, 2017
- Sneewittchen at the Henry - Where Tales of the Romantic Imagination meet White Snow, Wood Sculptures - February 8, 2017
- Anthropocene Research Circle announced for 2016-17 academic year - September 15, 2016
- Congratulations to the class of 2015-2016! - June 16, 2016
- Spring 2018 Course Descriptions - January 23, 2018
- Visiting Scholar Spotlight: Adam Paulsen (University of Southern Denmark) - December 12, 2017
- Meet our Graduates: Hayley McCord, BA Germanics and International Studies: - June 14, 2017
- Spring 2017: Undergraduate Courses in English - March 14, 2017
- UW Delta Phi Alpha Chapter hosts study slam and Nikolausfeier - December 12, 2016
- The Anthropocene Research Cluster: Fall Update - December 12, 2016
- German Honor Society welcomes a new group of distinguished students - June 17, 2016
- Jason Groves receives Simpson Center funding to establish an Interdisciplinary Research Cluster - June 17, 2016
- Exciting Final Project for German 423 - June 2, 2016
- New Course Offering for Winter 2016: Cultures of Extinction - December 1, 2015
- Germanics welcomes new Assistant Professor, Jason Groves - December 1, 2015