Congratulations on Duke University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship


The Bavarian American Academy and the Duke Club of Germany e.V. are happy to award Selina Foltinek with this year's graduate research fellowships for summer/fall 2021. Selina Foltinek will have the opportunity to research in different libraries of the Duke Center for Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences and engage in academic exchange.


She will be awarded €2,000  for her travel and accommodation costs. The fellowship is a short time stipend and usually supports the candidate for a stay up to 2 months at Duke University. 


Selina Foltinek is currently working on her PhD thesis which is tentatively titled Knowledge Production and Negotiations of Agency in Semi-Autobiographical Narratives about Female Same-Sex Desire. By applying postcritical and reparative readings to literary texts (and their socio-cultural contexts) from the 19th and 20th century, she explores these texts as a rich archive of queer knowledge, imagination, and agency. The project highlights queer female authors and their reparative fictional endeavors that transgress heteronormative frameworks and pursue paths to exceed the plot lines of doomed LGBTQ+ characters. It seeks to conceptualize entanglements of fact and fiction, knowledge and agency, and the contingency of queer female experience in a diachronic perspective.


We wish Selina Foltinek an enlightening stay and good luck for her PhD thesis.


About Selina Foltinek

Selina Foltinek is a research assistant in the DFG-funded project The Economy and Epistemology of Gossip in late 19th and early 20th-Century US American Literature and Culture at the University of Bayreuth, where she was also teaching in the summer semester of 2020. She completed her first state exam at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2018/19 (English, History, Social and Political Science) and holds a B.A. in English and History. In 2015/16, she spent ten months as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.In October 2020, Selina Foltinek published her first article Creative Openings and World-Making: Postcritique, Reparative Readings, and Anzaldúa’s Borderlands (COPAS 20/1).


Her research interests include gender and queer studies, postcritique, knowledge production, and US American literatures from the 19th and 20th century.



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