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Nicole Falkenhayner

Senior Lecturer
University of Freiburg
Freiburg Germany

Nicole Falkenhayner is a scholar of British literature and cultural studies. She has worked on the cultural relevance of surveillance images (Media, Surveillance, and Affect, Routledge, 2019), on the representational history of British Muslims (Making the British Muslim, Palgrave Machmillan, 2014), on aesthetic ideology and spatiality, futurity and the heroic in popular culture. Alumna of the University of Constance, currently holds a position as associate professor for contemporary anglophone literature at NTNU Trondheim.

Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, Media, Journalism and Communications
I studied English and American Literature, Cultural Sociology and Linguistics at the University of Constance and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Through my Constance education, I was early in my studies introduced to a highly theoretical, constructivist approach to the everyday, and the fascination created by understanding how malleable our realities are by words, metaphors and images has remained with me ever since. This was also the main motivation for investigating how Muslims where turned from an invisible to a “suspect community” in Britain in the span of only 20 years. After my PhD in Constance, flanked by research stays at the University of California at Riverside and the National University of Australia at Canberra, I pursued my second larger research project on affects and stories evoked by surveillance camera images at the University of Freiburg, where I also held a position as senior lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Studies and co-headed a research project on heroizations in British television series. Since fall 2022 I hold a position as associate professor at NTNU Trondheim. I live with my daughter, my husband and our dogs.
German post-graduate lecturer qualification (Habilitation), Freiburg, 2017
PhD, University of Constance, 2012
M.A., University of Constance, 2006
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
cultural studies, cultural theory, cultural translation, British literature, Muslim minorities in Europe, surveillance, memory studies, popular cultural studies, narratology, visual cultural studies.
Personal Interests
I like hiking in the black forest and along Trondheim fjord, playing video games, and writing short fiction.

On this site, you will find links and updates of projects I have coordinated or am involved in, student forums for ongoing seminars, new publications and links to interesting studies in my fields of interest.