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”. She is currently completing her PhD entitled “Intimate Politics: The Couple and the American Democratic Project”. Furthermore, 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. 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.
PhD Project: Intimate Politics: The Couple and the American Democratic Project.
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.
- American literature and culture, including early American/puritan literature
- literary and cultural theory, interface between literature and philosophy, literature and politics
- media and questions of genre, gender, race and class
- Shakespeare and his cultural afterlife
“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.
„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.
FS 2018: American Poetic Imaginations of Self and Nation: Four Centuries of Optimism and Despair Syllabus (PDF, 68 KB)
HS 2016: Dreams of a New America: Writing Democracy in the 19th Century (BA Seminar) Syllabus (PDF, 83 KB)
FS 2016: The Puritans - Linchpin of the American Imagination (BA Seminar) Syllabus (PDF, 79 KB)
HS 2017/FS 2018: Textual Analysis Part I and II, BA Seminar Group 4 (first year introductory module)
HS 2016/FS 2017: Textual Analysis Part I and II, BA Seminar Group 4 (first year introductory module)
HS 2015/FS 2016: Textual Analysis Part I and II, BA Seminar Group 7 (first year introductory module)
Workshops, Conferences, Roundtables
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
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)
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.
March 26, 2018 Roundtable discussion together with Elisabeth Bronfen, Johannes Binotto, Fabienne Liptay at the book launch of Ida Lupino - Die zwei Seiten der Kamera. Cabaret Voltaire, English Seminar UZH and the ZKK.
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.
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
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.
October 6, 2016 “The Scandal of The Birth of a Nation.” Introduction for the general public to Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation at the Royal Scandal Cinema, Baden.
June 18, 2016 "Emily Dickinsons Metaphysische Albernheit". Response paper. Interdisciplinary Symposium “Albernheit, Nonsense, Irrwitz”. June 17-18, 2016, Zürich.
June 5, 2016 Roundtable discussion at the Filmpodium for the Ida Lupino Workshop together with Elisabeth Bronfen, Johannes Binotto, Fabienne Liptay, and Barbara Straumann. Organized by the English Seminar UZH.
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.