Dr. des. Marlon Lieber

Marlon Lieber received his PhD from Goethe-University Frankfurt in 2018 with a dissertation titled “Reading ‘Race’ Relationally: Embodied Dispositions and Social Structures in Colson Whitehead’s Novels.” After having worked as assistant professor of American Studies at Goethe-University from 2013-15, he spent six months as Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. Since 2016 he is assistant professor at the English Department at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel. In 2018 he has co-edited a special issue of the journal Amerikastudien / American Studies on Marx and the United States with Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich. Moreover, he has published articles and book chapters on American literature, film, and art as well as art theory. He is currently working on two research projects. One revolves around Marx’s critique of political economy and the relationship between social form and aesthetic form. The other is interested in the forms of community that are imagined in the context of anthropogenic climate change. In addition to revising his dissertation for publication he is also working on a book-length essay about the figure of the zombie, tentatively titled Decomposing Bodies of a Decomposing Class. As a member of the network, he will investigate a project titled “‘And if the one ‘master painting’ is good, they’re all good’: Andy Warhol Paints the Money-Form.”