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Dr Rebecca Wismeg-Kammerlander

Visiting Research Fellow

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Biography

Rebecca Wismeg-Kammerlander is a Visiting Research Fellow and former Lecturer in German and European Studies at King’s. She joined in 2021 after completing her PhD in German at King’s. She started her studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, where she completed a degree (Magister Artium) in German and Philosophy.

Learn more on her personal website.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Austrian Literature, especially post-2000
  • Consumer and material culture
  • Identity construction on individual and national levels, ontology
  • Prosthetics and medical technology; "damaged" bodies in contemporary literature and visual culture
  • Medical Humanities

In her PhD research Rebecca examined the “National Brand of Austria,” exploring the ways in which elements of consumer culture – from consumer goods to brands and advertising – shape an image of Austria and its portrayal in contemporary Austrian literature. Developing the concept of “consumer literacy” and applying it to post-2000 texts by Austrian authors, she brings to the fore how consumer goods can introduce ideas of Austrian culture, history, and politics. She is particularly interested in Austrian literature and culture and the narrative role of consumer goods and other objects.

In her next project, Rebecca plans to examine the role prosthetics and medical devices play in contemporary German language literature and its discourses of human bodies. This brings together her keen interest in material culture and literature with the Health and Medical Humanities, and Crip Studies.

See full research profile on PURE

Teaching

Rebecca taught modules ranging from German literature, language and culture to European history, and covering topics from European memory culture and material culture to the fall of the Berlin Wall. In her teaching, she offered different theoretical approaches and methods, and addressed questions of material and consumer culture, class, gender and race.

Her courses focused on Germany’s nineteenth and twentieth-century history and culture, as well as translation. Key issues that explored in her modules include the impact of policy on Germany’s political and economic culture, the continuing political debate about Germany’s role in Europe, and German language literature in its historical and cultural context.

Undergraduate modules taught:

  • 4AAGA107 Milestones of German History,
  • 5AAGLB09 - Translation from and into German,
  • 5AAOB203 Politics and Culture in Cold War Germany, and
  • 6AAGB625 German Capitalism, Business and Society

Contributions to:

  • 4AAGA114 - Texts and Contexts, and
  • 5AML0003 - Art and Culture of European Integration

Expertise and public engagement

  • Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing (CCWW), ILCS London: author page coordinator for German language authors
  • 11/2021: The Roy Green Show, Live Radio show on 900CHML (Toronto, Canda); Discussion of the COVID lockdown rules for the unvaccinated in Austria
  • 07/2020: Genau DAS! Podcast by Prof David Gramling; Episode: Dissertating during the COVID

Selected publications

  • Wismeg-Kammerlander, Rebecca. ‚Consumer Literacy’ and Consumer Objects in Post-2000 Austrian Literature. Discovering the National Brand of Austria. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2023.
  • Wismeg-Kammerlander, Rebecca. “Nature and the ‘National Brand Austria’ – Backbone, or Bone of Contention?” Austrian Studies 30, p. 151-168.
  • Wismeg-Kammerlander, Rebecca. “Nature and Femininity in Raphaela Edelbauer’s Das flüssige Land – Fluid Concepts in a Liquid Land,” Oxford German Studies, 51:3, p. 321-334.
  • Wismeg-Kammerlander, Rebecca. “More than a romantic scenery – the contested Alpine landscape in Raphaela Edelbauer’s Das flüssige Land.” In The Draw of the Alps: Alpine Summits and Borderlands in Modern German-speaking Culture, edited by Richard McClelland. p. 205-217. Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2023.
  • Wismeg-Kammerlander, Rebecca. “Arno Geiger und die nationale Marke Österreich – eine Nation zwischen Trauma and Tranquilität.” In Jahrbuch Franz-Michael-Felder-Archiv 2019, edited by Jürgen Thaler. p. 167–195. Innsbruck: Studienverlag, 2019.