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Dr. Jasmin Wrobel

Jasmin Wrobel
Image Credit: Meltem Şener

Research-Track Postdoc RA 4

Participating Researcher

Academic Coordinator, RA 4: Literary Currencies

Address
Freie Universität Berlin
EXC 2020 Temporal Communities
Otto-von-Simson-Straße 15
Room 01.10
14195 Berlin

Akademischer und beruflicher Werdegang

  • 04/2019: Research-Track Postdoc und akademische Koordinatorin am EXC 2020 "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" 

Research Area 4: „Literary Currencies“ (Prof. Dr. Michael Gamper, Prof. Dr. Jutta Müller-Tamm)

  • 02/2019: Promotion im Fach Lateinamerikanistik am Lateinamerika-Institut (LAI), Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) 
  • 04/2013 – 03/2019: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Bereich der Lateinamerikanischen Literaturen und Kulturen am Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin (Prof. Dr. Susanne Klengel)
  • 04/2012 – 03/2015: Assoziiertes Mitglied am Internationalen Graduiertenkolleg Entre Espacios / Zwischen Räumen, Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 10/2009 – 02/2012: Lehrbeauftragte am Romanischen Seminar der Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Prof. Dr. Roger Friedlein)
  • 07/2009 – 01/2010: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft im Projekt „Tage der Sprachen im Ruhrgebiet“, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Leitung: Prof. Dr. Gerald Bernhard, Prof. Dr. Franz Lebsanft)
  • WS 2008/2009: Auslandssemester an der Universitat de Barcelona (UB) mit Erasmus-Stipendium
  •  04-09/2008: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft am Romanischen Seminar der Ruhr-Universität Bochum (PD Dr. Ursula Jung)
  • 10/2007 –10/2010: Master of Arts in Romanischer Philologie (Spanisch) und Allgemeiner und Vergleichender Literaturwissenschaft an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum 
  • 10/2004 –08/2007: Bachelor of Arts in Romanischer Philologie (Spanisch) und Allgemeiner und Vergleichender Literaturwissenschaft an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum 

Stipendien und Auslandsaufenthalte

  • 03/2019: Erasmus+ weltweit Lehraufenthalt (Staff Mobility for Teaching): Department of Literature, Tel Aviv University  (Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Galili Shahar, Prof. Dr. Raanan Rein)
  • 04/2018: Erasmus+ weltweit Lehraufenthalt (Staff Mobility for Teaching): Facultad de Letras, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Betreuer: Dr. Wolfgang Bongers)
  • 02– 04/2014: Forschungsstipendium der Casa das Rosas (Espaço de Haroldo de Campos de Poesia e Literatura)/POIESIS, São Paulo, Brasilien
  • 03/2013: Forschungsaufenthalt an der Casa das Rosas (Espaço de Haroldo de Campos de Poesia e Literatura), São Paulo, Brasilien
  • 01/2012-04/2013: Forschungsstipendium der „Stiftung Lateinamerikanische Literatur“, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 02/2011 – 03/2011: Forschungsaufenthalt an der Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ; Betreuer*innen: Prof. Dr. Luciana Villas Bôas; Prof. Dr. Eduardo Coutinho)
  • WS 2008/2009: Erasmus-Stipendium: Auslandssemester an der Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
  • Zw. 2005 und 2011: diverse Praktika an universitärenn und kulturellen Einrichtungen in Mexiko, Chile und Brasilien

04/2013 – 03/2019: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin

  • WS 2018/2019: Interdisziplinäre Lateinamerikaforschung (MA; mit Belén Díaz)
  • SoSe 2018: „Chicks on Comics“: Frauen(figuren) in der lateinamerikanischen Comic-Produktion (Brasilien und Hispanoamerika) (MA)
  • WS 2017/2018: Wissenschaftspraxis I (E-Learning-Kurs, der die Studierenden bei der Konzeption ihrer Masterarbeiten begleitet) (MA)
  • SoSe 2017: Die Bewegung der brasilianischen konkreten Poesie und ihre Dialoge und Reperkussionen (BA)
  • SoSe 2016: “Abaixo Tordesilhas!” Literarisch-kulturelle Dialoge zwischen Brasilien und Hispanoamerika (MA)
  • WS 2015/2016: Barock und Neobarock in Spanien, Portugal und Lateinamerika (BA)
  • SoSe 2015: Comic und Graphic Novel in Brasilien und Hispanoamerika (MA)
  • WS 2014/2015: Fußball und andere Brennpunkte: Position beziehen in kritischen Kurzkommentaren (E-Learning-Kurs, mit Prof. Dr. Susanne Klengel und Jun.- Prof. Dr. Debora Gerstenberger) (MA)
  • SoSe 2014: Die erste globale Krise und Brasilien (1780-1840) aus historischer und literaturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive; mit Jun.-Prof. Dr. Debora Gerstenberger (MA)
  • WS 2013/2014: Intertextualität und Intermedialität in Kurzgeschichten von Borges, Cortázar und García Márquez (BA)
  • SoSe 2013: Cuentos latinoamericanos del siglo XX (BA)

10/09-03/2012: Lehrbeauftragte am Romanischen Seminar der Ruhr-Universität Bochum

  • WS 2011/2012: Der neobarroco in der lateinamerikanischen Literatur (BA)
  • SoSe 2011: Poetik der Autobiografien: Neruda und García Márquez (BA)
  • WS 2010/2011: Crónicas de Indias (BA)
  • SoSe 2010: Cuentos latinoamericanos del siglo XX (BA)
  • WS 2009/2010: Cien años de soledad (BA)

04-09/2008: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft am Romanischen Seminar der Ruhr-Universität Bochum

  • Einführung in die Hispanistik (BA)
  • Cien años de soledad (BA, mit Dr. Gero Arnscheidt)

Lehraufenthalte im Ausland:

03/2019 Lehraufenthalt an der Tel Aviv University

  • Escritores judíos en Latinoamérica: dos lecturas del siglo XXI y un vistazo cinematográfico (Workshop)
  • Cultural Bridges between Brazilian and Spanish American authors: The case of Brazilian author Haroldo de Campos (Vortrag)
  • Entrelazamientos de (post)memoria(s): El boxeador polaco, de Eduardo Halfon, y Notas al pie, de Nacha Vollenweider (Seminarsitzung)

04/2018: Lehraufenthalt an der Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

  • Nuevas tendencias de representación en la narrativa gráfica latinoamericana (Workshop)
  • El movimiento de la poesía concreta en Brasil y sus diálogos y repercusiones (Seminarsitzung)
  • Diálogos literarios y culturales entre Brasil e Hispanoamérica (Vortrag)
  • Formas literarias de mediación de la Shoah (Seminarsitzung)

03/2014: Workshop am Centro de Referência Haroldo de Campos, Casa das Rosas, São Paulo, Brasilien

  • “Proesia” entre espaços: A relação entre linguagem e espaço nas Galáxias de Haroldo de Campos

Research Interests

  • Graphic Narratives in Latin America, Spain and Portugal
  • Afro-Latin American Literatures
  • (Brazilian) Concrete Poetry, Experimental and Digital Poetry
  • Literary and Cultural Contacts Between the Americas, Border Literature
  • Baroque and Neo-Baroque Literature in Spain, Portugal and Latin America
  • Literary Mediation of Memory Discourses
  • Poetry and Science, "Cosmopoems"

Postdoctoral Research Project:

Body / Images - Foreign / Gazes: 

(Feminine) Territoriality and CorpoGraphy in Latin American Graphic Narratives (2019-)

In the last two decades, graphic narratives have become a prominent artistic space of feminist resistance in Latin America. Although the comics scene is still dominated by male artists and readers, women[1] are increasingly using the medium to question and de- and reframe hegemonic and heteronormative social structures and visualities. They are, moreover, challenging and re-appropriating lines imposed not only by their male peers but also by colonial and ‘Western’ art traditions. As Tim Ingold (2007) argues, the ‘imposition of lines’ is a modus operandi of colonialism, which ‘proceeds first by converting the paths along which life is lived into boundaries in which it is contained, and then by joining up these now enclosed communities, each confined to one spot, into vertically integrated assemblies.’ Such ideas were recently taken up in relation to graphic narratives during the international conference ‘Crisis Lines: Coloniality, Modernity, Comics’ (City, University of London, 9-10 June 2021).[2] Drawing on Boaventura de Sousa Santos’s (2007) reference to the ‘abyssal line structuring of Western Modernity’, this project will develop and expand on these interventions by exploring the anti-colonial potential of comics and graphic narratives by Latin American women.

The examination of (neo)colonial relations, (neo)extractivism, and reproductive rights in Latin America is taking place in a region whose history and geographic toponomy is marked by the allegorical ‘feminization’ of lands and territories (e.g. Rabasa 1993: 23-48). Comics, at the same time, is a medium in which women’s bodies have historically been subjected to the (White) male gaze (Mulvey 1975). Nevertheless, or rather precisely for this reason, the graphic language of comics, with its hybrid and multimodal nature, allows for a critical but also ironic and playful way to subvert hegemonic visual and textual traditions, one reason why it has become such a highly effective tool for diverse political movements. The Argentinean marea verde [‘green wave’], for example, the campaign for legal, medically assisted and free abortion, not only visually appropriated urban landscapes but also – in combination with the movement’s hashtag #quesealey – circulated virally over social media across the world in form of caricatures, comic strips and other graphic forms, inspiring other women’s movements both in Latin America and beyond to follow in their footsteps, both politically and artistically. Such digital comics are also a reminder of the importance of these graphic interventions for shaping a ‘digital collective body’, one that complements the ‘bodies in spaces’ that are so important for protest culture in general, and for feminist protest culture in particular, not least in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has produced an increase in gender-based domestic violence. The project also asks, then, how women’s comics contribute to (feminist) protest culture and political resistance in Latin America.

Against the backdrop of a (globally) growing market for comics created by women – a phenomenon that the Spanish scholar Ana Merino (2008, 2017) has referred to as ‘feminine territoriality’, this project consists of two (main) parts. First (A), it will trace the ‘conquest’ of both physical and social ‘territories’ (Borges et al. 2018) within a male-dominated art scene: what platforms for comics creation and consumption by women have been created over the past twenty years? What role does social media play and what networks and collectives have been formed to create new and more inclusive gatekeeping strategies in the digital age? And how have transnational collectives like Chicks on Comics, co-founded by Colombian-Ecuadorian artist Powerpaola, shaped the way for similar initiatives? 

The second, more extensive (B) part of the project will explore how this ‘feminine territoriality’ is not just related to the establishment of new publication platforms and networks but also – on a discursive level – to the way Latin American female comic artists challenge the hegemonic, (neo)colonial gaze in their work, particularly through self-drawn corporealities, and the way they symbolically and explicitly cross imposed (territorial and artistic) lines, incorporating their art into current political movements. How are corporeality and territory juxtaposed and graphically (dis)entangled in their works and what role do autobiographic genres play for such ‘embodied’ histories? What transmedial dialogues are created with colonial art traditions where the female, Amerindian body has often been exoticized and eroticized? How are different epistemologies and ‘body-knowledges’ being explored in Latin American women’s comics, and what tensions arise from the confrontation of the ‘colonial’ and the ‘political’ body? And, finally, how do these representational and artistic approaches connect and relate to (feminist) political movements in Latin America?


[1] My usage of the term explicitly includes all persons who identify with the female gender.  

[2] https://www.city.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/2021/06/crisis-lines-coloniality-modernity-comics/_nocache

Monography

Review: Welge, Jobst (2021): "Jasmin Wrobel: Topografien des 20. Jahrhunderts. Die memoriale Poetik des Stolperns in Haroldo de Campos’ Galáxias." Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020. 409 S.: " arcadia, vol. 56, no. 1, 2021, 121-125.

Edited Books and Themed Issues

Review: Mendonça, J. (2020). Roteiros de palavras, sons, imagens: os diálogos transcriativos de Haroldo de Campos. Brasiliana: Journal for Brazilian Studies9(1), 622-625.

Articles in Edited Volumes, Journals, and Themed Issues

  • (2022, forthcoming): "Resisting Imposed Lines: (Feminine) Territoriality in the Work of Chilean Comics Artist Panchulei", in: Fernández, Lauri/Gandolfo, Amadeo/Turnes, Pablo (eds.): Burning Down the House: Latin American Comics in the 21st century. London: Routledge.
  • (2022, forthcoming): "Latin America’s Tinta Femenina and its Place in Graphic 'World Literature'", in: Hodapp, James (ed.): Graphic Novels and Comics as World Literature. London: Bloomsbury. 
  • (2021, forthcoming): "Bringing Migration into Perspective(s): Javier de Isusi’s Asylum as a Call to Solidarity Through Multidirectional Memory", in: Britland, Joanne/Dapena, Xavier (eds.): The Political Imagination in Contemporary Spain. Themed Issue Hispanic Issues
  • (2021, forthcoming): "Intermediale Transpositionen literarischer malandragem in Comic-Adaptionen von Jorge Amados Jubiabá und Milton Hatoums Dois irmãos", in: Goumegou, Susanne/Komorowska, Agnieszka/Thies, Sebastian (eds.): Transkulturationen des Pikaresken.
  • (2021, forthcoming): "'ora, direis, ouvir Galáxias': adaptações transartísticas das Galáxias de Haroldo de Campos", in: Carvalho, Vinicius Mariano de/Schulze, Peter W. (eds.): Cultura sonora Lusófona: música, voz e som na mudança da mídia. Berlin: Lang.
  • (2021): "Körper/Blicke und Selbst(be)zeichnungen bei Pagu, Laerte und Powerpaola", in: Closure. Kieler e-Journal für Comicforschung. #7.5 (July 2021), pp. 79-96
  • (2021, with Janek Scholz): „Identidade(s) trans na vida e obra da cartunista brasileira Laerte Coutinho“, in: Moreira, Luciana/Wieser, Doris (eds.): A flor de cuerpo. Representationes del género y de las disidencias sexo-genéricas en Latinoamérica. Frankfurt a.M./Madrid: Vervuert/Iberoamericana.
  • (2021): "Entrelazamientos de memoria(s) entre Hamburgo y Argentina: la representación de la desaparición forzada en Notas al pie de Nacha Vollenweider", in: Buschmann, Albrecht/Souto, Luz C. (eds.): Desaparecido(s). La representación de la ausencia forzada en las literaturas y culturas iberoamericanas. Berlin [et al.]: LIT.
  • (2020): "Tinta(s) femenina(s): La recuperación del cuerpo en la narrativa gráfica latinoamericana y española", in: Callsen, Berit/Groß, Angelika (eds.): Cuerpos en oposición, cuerpos en composición: representaciones de corporalidad en la literatura y cultura hispánicas actuales. Madrid: Iberoamericana.
  • (2019) "História(s) redesenhada(s): visualizando analogias entre hoje e então. Periferias urbanas, resistência negra e vozes femininas na obra de Marcelo D’Salete", in: Lima Gomes, Ivan (Hg.): Dossiê Quadrinhos e cultura visual: modos de ver e ler histórias. ArtCultura. Revista do Instituto de História da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, 99-116.
  • (2019): "Benses Brasilien: Reflexionen zur konkreten Poesie, Brasília und dem Entwurf einer Rheinlandschaft", in: Albrecht, Andrea/Bonitz, Masetto/Skowronski, Alexandra/Zittel, Claus (eds.): Max Bense. Werk - Kontext - Wirkung. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 291-321.
  • (2019): "Big Bang e babelbarroco: cosmologias entre tradição e ruptura na poesia latino-americana", in: Circuladô. Especial: Haroldo hoje. São Paulo: Risco, 76-95.
  • (2018): "Cicatrizes textuais e um encontro escuro-luminoso: seguindo os passos de Haroldo de Campos pela Europa (1959-1964)", in: Wrobel, Jasmin (ed.): Roteiros de palavras, sons, imagens: Os diálogos transcriativos de Haroldo de Campos. Frankfurt am Main: TFM, 173-199.
  • (2018): "Perspectivas pioneiras à tradição: cartografia e historiografia (welt)literárias nas Galáxias de Haroldo de Campos", in: Mendonça, Julio (ed.): Que pós-utopia é esta? São Paulo: Giostri, 102-126.
  • (2017): "Narrating other Perspectives, Re-drawing History: The Protagonization of Afro-Brazilians in the Work of Graphic Novelist Marcelo d’Salete", in: Carvalho, Vinicius Mariano de/Gavioli, Nicola (eds.): Literature and Ethics in Contemporary Brazil. London: Routledge.
  • (2017): "Diálogos cosmopoéticos en la obra de Haroldo de Campos", in: Bernat, Pasqual et al. (eds.): Ciència i Ficció. L’exploració creativa dels mons reals i dels irreals. Barcelona: Ed. Talaiots, 121-129.
  • (2016): "'Partenogênese sem ovo ontológico'. A função catalisadora da discussão sobre o (neo)barroco nos intercâmbios interamericanos", in: Revista Remate de Males. Dossiê Literatura latino-americana. Vol. 36, n.1., 85-103.
  • (2016): "Dialogando com Dante, Camões e Drummond: Zum Motiv der 'Weltmaschine' in Haroldo de Campos’ 'cosmopoema' A Máquina do Mundo Repensada", in: Briesemeister, Dietrich/Schönberger, Axel (eds.): Die Wanderung von Themen und Motiven in die und in den Literaturen der portugiesischsprachigen Welt. Frankfurt am Main: Domus Editoria Europaea, 223-236.
  • (2015): "Construyendo puentes: Haroldo de Campos como mediador cultural entre Brasil e Hispanoamérica", in: Sophia Austral, No 15, 1o semestre 2015, 27-44.
  • (2015): "Signos em rotação: Desde Transblanco até Un tal Lucas. Três exemplos dos frutíferos diálogos inter-americanos de Haroldo de Campos", in: Cadernos de Literatura Comparada, No 32-6/2015, 205-226.
  • (2015): "Haroldo de Campos", in: Masina, Léa/Barberena, Ricardo/Carneiro, Vinícius (eds.): Guia de Leitura: 100 poetas que você precisa ler. Porto Alegre: L&PM Editores, 135-137.
  • (2014): "Mundos de libros, libros de mundos: la importancia del 'espacio del libro' como parte de la producción artística en las Galáxias de Haroldo de Campos", in: Fleischmann, Stephanie/Moreno Chávez, José Alberto/Tossounian, Cecilia (eds.): América Latina entre espacios. Redes, flujos e imaginarios globales. Berlin: tranvía, 267-278.
  • (2013): "Noigandres: 'Ohne revolutionäre Form gibt es keine revolutionäre Kunst'", in: alba. lateinamerika lesen. 04. Oktober 2013, 48-51.
  • (2012): "Zur Funktion des präkolumbischen Mythos in Gloria Anzaldúas Borderlands/La Frontera. The New Mestiza", in: Haller, Andreas J./Huppertz, Bettina/Lenz, Sonja (eds.): Spannungsfelder: Literatur und Mythos. Beiträge zum 2. Studierendenkongress der Komparatistik, May 6-8 2011, Universität Bonn. Frankfurt a. M.: Lang, 129-134.
  • (2009): "Labyrinthe en abyme: Jorge Luis Borgesʼ El inmortal", in: Schmitz-Emans, Monika/Bachmann, Christian A. (eds.): Labyrinthe als Texte. Texte als Labyrinthe. Bochum: Bachmann, 120-125.

Essays

Interviews

  • (2020): Carmen-Francesca Banciu (Berlin) im Gespräch mit Jasmin Wrobel. Interview im Rahmen der Veranstaltung Wir schauen auf diese Stadt! Literarische Begegnungen mit Berlin um 1989 (2019).
  • (2018): "(Con)fluxos sinestéticos, diálogos lúdicos: A recepção criativa da poesia concreta na obra de Harry Crowl. Entrevista", in: Wrobel, Jasmin (ed.): Roteiros de palavras, sons, imagens: Os diálogos transcriativos de Haroldo de Campos. Frankfurt am Main: TFM, 249-256.

Rezensionen

  • (2015): "Berit Callsen: Mit anderen Augen sehen. Aisthetische Poetiken in der französischen und mexikanischen Literatur (1963-1984). Paderborn: Fink 2014", in: Iberoromania. Revista dedicada a las lenguas, literaturas y culturas de la Península Ibérica y de América Latina, Editorial de Gruyter, Vol. 82, 270-273.
  • (2014): "Nina Preyer: Severo Sarduys Zeichenkosmos. Theorie und Praxis einer Romanpoetik des neobarroco cubano"Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter 2013”, in: PhiN 70/2014, 142-145.
  • (2014): "Simone Homem de Mello (Ed.): Transluminura. Revista de Estética e Literatura. 1. Haroldo e outros. São Paulo 2013", in: Iberoromania. Revista dedicada a las lenguas, literaturas y culturas de la Península Ibérica y de América Latina, Editorial de Gruyter, Vol. 80, 279-282.