M. A. Madeline Becker

wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Kulturwissenschaft

Raum 8031

August-Bebel-Straße 28


Tel.: +49 (0)381 498-2596

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

since 2021
Research assistant for Cultural Studies at University of Rostock

since January 2018
Scholarshipholder of the Landesgraduiertenförderung Sachsen-Anhalt

Lecturer at the department of English Literary and Cultural Studies at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

since 2017
PhD student at the department of English Literary and Cultural Studies at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

November 2017
Winner of the faculty award 2016/17: Best Graduates
Master’s degree English Literary and Cultural Studies, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg
Bachelor’s study course English Literature, Bath Spa University, Great Britain
Bachelor’s degree English Literary and Cultural Studies and European History, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

Research Projects and Interests

Research Projects and Interests

I am currently working on a dissertation project which explores how documentaries shape the ways in which we understand the nonhuman world and human’s position in it in the context of the current human-made environmental crisis. Therefore, I am particularly interested in environmental studies, human-animal studies, media and film studies, and posthuman ecology.

Other research interests include postcolonialism, studies in science fiction, I am increasingly interested in gender studies, feminism, and the cultural construction of motherhood.

Publications and Conference Presentations

Publications and Conference Presentations


"Of Immortal Heroes and Decaying Flesh: Heroes, Zombies, and Last Men in the Corona Pandemic and Other Crises." Theorising Zombiism II, edited by Linda Flored and Conor Heffernan. University of Wales Press, forthcoming in 2024.

with Kylie Crane, "Zwischen idyllischen Seerosen und gefräßigen Krokodilen: Val Plumwoods Reflektionen übers Beutesein und gefressen werden im Kontext des New Nature Writing." Welche Natur? Und welche Literatur? Zu Perspektiven des Nature Writing in Zeiten des Anthropozän, edited by Tanja van Hoorn und Ludwig Fischer. Springer, 2023.

"Controlling and Liberating the Womb: An Ecofeminist Perspective on Overpopulation, Reproductive Technologies, and Anti-Natalism." Journal for the Study of British Cultures 30.2 (2023): 193-209.

“Lonely Futures? From the Last Man to Posthuman Collectivity.” Coils of the Serpent: Journal for the Study of Contemporary Power 7 (2020): 51-72.


Rev. of Literature, Pedagogy, and Climate Change: Text Models for a Transcultural Ecology, by Roman Bartosch. Journal for the Study of British Cultures 27.2 (2020).

Rev. of The Act of Documenting: Documentary Film in the 21st Century, by Brian Winston, Gail Vanstone, and Wang Chi, and New Nonfiction Film: Art, Poetry, and Documentary Theory, by Dara Waldron. MEDIENwissenschaft 4 (2019): 421-24.

Rev. of Biopunk Dystopias: Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction, by Lars Schmeink. MEDIENwissenschaft 2-3 (2018): 208-10.


"Taming the Ocean Through its Visual Mediation: Underwater Documentaries and Google Earth's Underwater Streetview". International Conference Narratives of Water: Flows, Routes, Crises in the Atlantic World, University of Turin (Italy), 21.-22.03.2024.

“Visual Technologies as Extractivist Practice: Media and Matter in the Anthropocene.” Workshop Cultural Studies and the Nonhuman, Universität Leipzig, 21.-22. April 2023.

“Inhabiting Virtual Environments: Representations of the Ocean on Google Earth.” Workshop Critical Uninhabitations, Universität Rostock, 23.-25.Juni 2022.

„Die Studierendenkonferenz als alternative Prüfungsform.“ Weiterbildungsseminar der BritCult, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, 06.-07. Mai 2022. 

“Of Immortal Heroes and Decaying Flesh: The Abject Body of the Zombie as a Counter Narrative to the Pandemic-Hero.” Conference Theorizing Zombiism II: Undead Again, University of Gothenburg (Schweden), 29.-31. Juli 2021

„Empathetic Encounter or Naive Encounter? Timothy Treadwell in Werner Herzog’s Drama Documentary Grizzly Man.” Gastvortrag. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 9. Januar 2020.

„Vorstellung des Dissertationsprojektes Screened Encounters: The Nature Documentary in the Anthropocene.” Postgraduierten Forum der BritCult. Universität Hildesheim, 21. November 2019.

„Environmental Hollywood: Ecocritical Perspectives on Film.” campusdateLIVE. Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, 2. Juni 2018.

“Posterpräsentation Documenting the Anthropocene: The Nature Documentary in the 21st Century.” Forschungsmesse der Fakultät für Humanwissenschaft. Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, 23. Mai 2018.



Summersemester 2024

Cultures of Contagion: Diseases, Viruses, and Pandemics in the Cultural Imagination (University of Rostock)

Wintersemester 2023/24

Constructing of Children and Childhood Grundschule (University of Rostock)

Summersemester 2023

Constructing and Controlling Black, Female, Disabled, and Animal Bodies in the Long 19th Century, BATS (University of Rostock)

Wintersemester 2022/23

Suicidal Lemmings, Man-Eating Bears, and Motherly Cheetahs: Animals in Documentaries (University of Rostock)

Summersemester 2022

Mudbloods, Noughts, and Mockingjays: Constructions of Race, Class, Gender, and Species in Young Adult Fiction (University of Rostock)

"I'm here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way!" - Heroes and Superheroes in American Popular Culture (University of Rostock)

Wintersemester 2021/22

Encounters with the Undead: The Zombie Imagination as a Reflection of Crises and Anxieties (University of Rostock)

Summersemester 2021

Woman in Visual Culture (University of Rostock)

Wintersemester 2020/21

Post-Human, Post-Capital, Post-Apocalypse: The World in Atwoods MaddAddam Trilogy (OVGU Magdeburg)

Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten im Cultural Engineering (OVGU Magdeburg)

Summersemester 2020

Ecocritical Perspectives on Monsters and Monstrosity (OVGU Magdeburg)

Student Conference Imagining the Monster and the City in Contemporary Fantasy and Horror (OVGU Magdeburg)

Wintersemester 2019/20

The Human, Non-Human, and Posthuman (OVGU Magdeburg)

Einführung in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten (OVGU Magdeburg)

Wintersemester 2018/19

Why Look at Animals? Exploring Magdeburg Zoo (OVGU Magdeburg)

Summersemester 2018

Eco-Desaster Narratives: Fiction in the Anthropocene (OVGU Magdeburg)

Wintersemester 2016/17

Tutorium "Introduction to Cultural Studies" (OVGU Magdeburg)