Hannah Schoch

Hannah Schoch

Assistant to Prof. Bronfen

Phone: 044 634 36 76

hannah.schoch@es.uzh.ch

Website

Portrait

English

Hannah Schoch, MA, is a teaching and research assistant at the English Department, University of Zurich, and a member of the DFG network “Genres and Media” (2016-2019). She is currently completing her PhD entitled “Intimate Politics: The Couple and the American Democratic Project”. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature, Film Studies, and Philosophy and an MA in English Literature and Gender Studies from the University of Zurich. She wrote her MA thesis on early American (Puritan) women writers entitled "On the Domestic Front: America's Writing Mothers. A Puritan Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Abigail Adams". In 2011, she spent two terms at the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, reading American Literature and Shakespeare.

She has edited a collection of essays on Ida Lupino together with Elisabeth Bronfen and Ivo Ritzer: Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera (Bertz und Fischer, 2018). Her research interests include questions of gender, genre and media, especially in regard to the American cultural imaginary in literature, film and television, and the intersection of literature, cultural theory and political philosophy. An additional research- and teaching focus is the US American lyric; she was the co-organisers of the workshop "Lyrics as Popular Culture" at the DGfA/GAAS annual meeting (June 2019).

German

Hannah Schoch, MA, ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin und Doktorandin am Englischen Seminar der Universität Zürich. Ihr Dissertationsprojekt trägt den Titel Intimate Politics: The Couple, Democracy, and the Cultural Imaginary of the US. Sie war Mitglied des DFG Netzwerks Genres und Medien: Perspektiven auf Strukturen, Diskurse und Kulturen medialer Genre-Konzepte (2016-2019). Gemeinsam mit Elisabeth Bronfen und Ivo Ritzer ist sie Mitherausgeberin von Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera (2018). Ein weiterer Forschungs- und Unterrichtsschwerpunkt ist die US-amerikanische Lyrik; zuletzt hat sie in diesem Zusammenhang einen Workshop an der Jahrestagung der DGfA zum Thema „Lyric as Popular Culture“ (Juni 2019) mitorgansiert. Ihr Interesse gilt Fragen von Gender, Genre und Medien insbesondere mit Blick auf das amerikanische kulturelle Imaginäre in Literatur, Film und Fernsehserien, der Intersektion von Literatur, Kulturtheorie und politischer Philosophie.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • American literature and culture, including especially also early American/Puritan literature and lyric poetry
  • Literary and cultural theory: interface between literature and philosophy, literature and politics
  • Mediality, intermediality, transmediality: questions of genre, race, and gender
  • Shakespeare and his transatlantic cultural afterlife

PhD-Project: "Intimate Politics: The Couple, Democracy and the Cultural Imaginary of the USA"

This project posits that the American (heterosexual) couple serves as a crucial trope for the American culture to assess the state of its (political, democratic) union. The couple can be seen not just as a mere genre device, or as a depleted cultural cliché, but as a recurring motif that has to be taken seriously as it allows the American cultural imaginary to play through questions of a successful democracy. As the couple is situated on the border between the public (national) and the private (individual), it allows for thinking through questions of the individual and the community, of the private and the public, of democratic citizenship and the state of the union. The couple can be seen as the atomistic unit that makes up America’s democratic social space (Fisher 2000), and is both a self-sufficient social cell and, at the same time, carries with it the promise of possible generational reproduction, without laying claims to a generational commitment to tradition, as the trope of the family would suggest. In other words, the couple can be regarded as the smallest cell for democracies whereas the family structurally calls up aristocratic lineages. Furthermore, internally, the couple performs in a nutshell what have been key issues of any democracy: how to negotiate between individual and communal desires, how to recognize and acknowledge the other and his/her desires, and, last but not least, how to acknowledge and deal with the fragility and precariousness of the hope for a future together while at the same time negotiating the ordinariness of everyday life. Hence, I suggest that the American couple in literature and film serves as a nodal point for a philosophical, political and cultural discussion of what the American philosopher Stanley Cavell calls the American project. 

Publications

Edited Books:

Bronfen, Elisabeth, Ivo Ritzer, Hannah Schoch (eds.). Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2018. Reprinted 2019.
 

Chapters, Articles:

“Zirkulierende Bildformeln zwischen Ost und West: Politiken des Populären und Shakespeare: The Animated Tales”. In: Politiken des Populären: Medien, Kultur, Wissenschaft. Ivo Ritzer, Harald Steinwender (eds.). Wiesbaden: Springer, 2019: 75-111.

“Die Verhandlerin: Ida Lupino hinter der Kamera”. In: Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Bronfen, Elisabeth, Ivo Ritzer, Hannah Schoch (eds.). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2018: 79-96.

“Not Wanted”. In: Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Bronfen, Elisabeth, Ivo Ritzer, Hannah Schoch (eds.). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2018: 152-159.

“Ida Lupinos Arbeit am American Dream“. Together with Elisabeth Bronfen. In:  Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Bronfen, Elisabeth, Ivo Ritzer, Hannah Schoch (eds.). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2018: 14-32.

„Einleitung“. In: Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Together with Elisabeth Bronfen and Ivo Ritzer. Bronfen, Elisabeth, Ivo Ritzer, Hannah Schoch (eds.). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2018: 7-12.

Teaching

BA Seminars:

FS2018 American Poetic Imaginations of Self and Nation: Four Centuries of Optimism and Despair

Syllabus (PDF, 68 KB)

HS2016

Dreams of a New America: Writing Democracy in the 19th Century

Syllabus (PDF, 83 KB)

FS2016

The Puritans - Linchpin of the American Imagination

Syllabus (PDF, 79 KB)

Introductory Courses:

HS2018/FS2019

Textual Analysis Part I and II,  BA Seminar Group 2 (first year introductory module)

HS2017/FS2018

Textual Analysis Part I and II,  BA Seminar Group 4 (first year introductory module)

HS2016/FS2017

Textual Analysis Part I and II,  BA Seminar Group 4 (first year introductory module)

HS2015/FS2016

Textual Analysis Part I and II, BA Seminar Group 7 (first year introductory module)

Organization of Workshops and Conferences

June 13-15 2019 “Lyric Poetry as Popular Culture”. Workshop 20 at the DGfA/GAAS 66th Annual Meeting, Hamburg 2019. Co-organiser together with Dr. Marcel Hartwig. 

Since Fall 2018 “Imag(in)ing Future Bodies. Engagements of Gender, Race and Tech”. An On-Going Series. Organized together with Morgane Ghilardi at the English Seminar, UZH. https://futurebodies.wixsite.com/futurebodies

  • March 21/22, 2019: Eugenie Brinkema (MIT): “Object-Oriented Horror: On Rubber, the Chorus, and the Torus” (Lecture) and “Formal Affects, Violence, and Horror” (PhD Colloquium) at the English Seminar, UZH.

  • December 14, 2018: Shane Denson (Stanford) “Life to Those Pixels: Imag(in)ing Future Bodies  of Film and Media”. Lecture and Workshop at the English Seminar, UZH.

  • November 27, 2018: Donna Haraway. Storytelling for Earthly Survival. Screening at Cinema Houdini, Zurich, followed by a panel discussion with Morgane Ghilardi, Zoe Imfeld, Edwin Ramirez. Moderation: Hannah Schoch

  • November 23, 2018: Donna Haraway's Legacy. "A Cyborg Manifesto” in 2018. Colloquium for BA-, MA-, PhD-Students at the English Seminar, UZH.

June 14-15, 2018 “Genre-Transmedialität: Genres und medienübergreifende Perspektiven”. Organisation of the meeting of the DFG-Network “Genres und Medien: Perspektiven auf Strukturen, Diskurse und Kulturen medialer Genre-Konzepte” in Zurich (workshop IV).

March 26, 2018 "Book Launch: Ida Lupino - Die zwei Seiten der Kamera". Cabaret Voltaire, with Elisabeth Bronfen, Johannes Binotto, Fabienne Liptay, Ivo Ritzer and Hannah Schoch, organized for the PhD Program, English Seminar UZH and the ZKK.

March 23-24, 2018  "Failure. Challenges in Academia". Workshop. Co-organizer together with Ana Sobral and Daniela Landert. PhD Program, English Seminar UZH.

October 20-21, 2017 Over Her Dead Body Redux: Feminism for the 21st Century”, international conference with Judith Butler, Mandy Merck, Barbara Vinken. English Seminar UZH, main organizer together with Prof. Dr. Barbara Straumann and Dr. Daniela Janser

December 10-12, 2015  "Cold War Cultures. Workshop on Cold War Cultures and Representations of History on Screen". Workshop, PhD Program, English Seminar UZH, Invited speakers: Robert Burgoyne (St. Andrews University) and Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky)

Conference Papers and Presentations at Workshops

May 29, 2019 “Intimate Politics. The Couple, Democracy, and the American Cultural Imaginary.” Presentation of PhD Project. BAA Summer Academy 2019–‘State Narratives in Transatlantic Perspective’. Nuremberg and Regensburg.

April 25-27, 2019 “Genre Affordances: Hamilton. An American Musical and the Political Dynamics of Cultural Circulation”. Paper at the Abschlusstagung “Genres und Medien: Perspektiven auf Strukturen, Diskurse und Kulturen medialer Genre-Konzepte”. University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth.

November 2-3, 2018 “Staging a Double Revolution: Hamilton’s Tactical Engagement of Genre”. Paper at the SANAS Bi-Annual Conference 2018 “Genres”, Lausanne.

November 15, 2018 "The Politics of Adaptations: The End of the Cold War and Shakespeare: The Animated Tales. Invited Lecture. Prof. Dr. Felix Sprang. University of Siegen, Germany.  

June 27-29, 2018 "Staging a Double Revolution: Hamilton's Tactical Engagement of Genre". Paper at the NECS 2018 Conference: Media Tactics and Engagement, Amsterdam&Utrecht, The Netherlands.

June 15, 2018 "Saul Williams, Janelle Monae, Claudia Rankine: Lyrisches Arbeiten zwischen Gedichtband, Rap und Videokunst". Paper at the meeting of the DFG-Netzwerk “Genres und Medien: Perspektiven auf Strukturen, Diskurse und Kulturen medialer Genre-Konzepte” at the English Seminar, UZH.

April 30, 2018 "Celebrity and the Politics of Race: Hamilton. An American Musical". Guest Lecture in the Lecture Course “The Politics of Celebrity”, Dr. Sandra Mayer. English Seminar, UZH.

November 24, 2017 „Intimate Strangers: Community and the Semiprivate Home in Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons (1862)“. Paper given at the Workshop „American Domesticities“. November 24-25, 2017. English Seminar UZH, Zurich.

May 12, 2017 "Genrebildung und kulturelle Archive am Beispiel von Objective, Burma! (1945)". Inputreferat DFG Netzwerktreffen "Genre und Medien". Trier University, Germany, May 11-12, 2017.

May 6, 2017 “Zirkulierende Bildformeln zwischen Ost und West: Politiken des Populären und Shakespeare: The Animated Tales“. Paper at the workshop „Texts and Contexts“ with Prof. Paulo de Medeiros (University of Warwick) and Prof. Ana Sobral (UZH), at the English Seminar, UZH.

June 18, 2016  "Emily Dickinsons Metaphysische Albernheit". Response paper. Interdisciplinary Symposium “Albernheit, Nonsense, Irrwitz”. June 17-18, 2016, Zürich.

June 4, 2016 “Ida Lupino: Ein Weiblicher Blick auf den fragilen Amerikanischen Traum”, together with Elisabeth Bronfen. Paper given at the Filmpodium for the Ida Lupino Workshop organized by the English Seminar UZH.

December 12, 2015 "Cold War Shakespeare". Paper at "Cold War Cultures. Workshop on Cold War cultures and representations of history on screen" at English Seminar UZH.

Outreach Activities and Roundtables

May 14, 2019 Podium „Gleichstellung und Diversität als Herausfoderung für wissenschaftliche Institutionen“, im Rahmen der Feministischen Aktionswoche am Deutschen Seminar, UZH. Zusammen mit Daniela Hahn, Simona Isler, Christiane Löwe, Sophie Witt.

May 2, 2019 “Witch hunts! Die Salem Witch Trials in der amerikanischen Kulturgeschichte”. Talk for the general public at the Anna Göldi Museum, Ennenda, Glarus. Part of the series Hexen in der englishsprachigen Welt, supported by the Max Geilinger-Stiftung.

February 15, 2019 Roundtable SAGW “Empfehlungen für eine wirksame Förderung der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften für die nächste BFI-Botschaft zuhanden des SBFI” (Bern); publiziert am 29. März 2019 https://sagw.ch/sagw/aktuell/news/details/news/notwendige-kursaenderung-in-der-forschungsfoerderung/

January-May 2019 Expert, English Literature for Schweizer Jugend Forscht (SJF); Supervision of high school student.

November 27, 2018 Moderation Panel Discussion. Donna Haraway. Storytelling for Earthly Survival. Screening at Cinema Houdini, Zurich, followed by a panel discussion with Morgane Ghilardi and Edwin Ramirez.

October 5, 2018 Mus(s)e. The Mittelbau at the UZH. At 100 Ways of Thinking, Kunsthalle Zürich. Co-organizer and moderator.

August 30, 2018 Participation in the panel discussion of “Science and Politics in the Age of Social Media and Alternative Facts”. Workshop with Prof. Ron Herring, Cornell University. Organized by CCRS (Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability), foraus, and reatch at the University of Zurich.

March 26, 2018 Organisation of the book launch of Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera (Bertz+Fischer) with Elisabeth Bronfen, Johannes Binotto, Fabienne Liptay, Hannah Schoch and Ivo Ritzer (roundtable discussion). Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.  

August 29, 2017 ES Alumni Colloquia 2017, Session 2: "From the Founding Fathers to Obama: Teaching American History through the Hip Hop Musical Hamilton" together with Dr. Ana Sobral, the English Seminar, University of Zurich.

October 6, 2016 “The Scandal of The Birth of a Nation.” Introduction for the general public to Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, as part of the series Royal Scandal Cinema, at the Royal Cinema, Baden.

June 5, 2016 Participation in the roundtable discussion at the Filmpodium for the Ida Lupino Workshop organized by the English Seminar, University of Zurich.

March 7, 2014 “Der Amerikanische Traum aus männlicher und weiblicher Sicht”, together with Elisabeth Bronfen, session for the modul 2.3. “Transatlantische Beziehungen – Europa und die USA” of the MAS Applied History, University of Zurich.