Theresa Naomi Kauder joined Yale’s German Department in 2018. Her research broadly examines the relation between form and life, and the intersection of literature, theory, and visual arts in European and North American postwar cultures.
Theresa holds a B.A. in Art History and a M.A. in Cultural History and Theory with Distinction from Humboldt University of Berlin. She wrote her bachelor’s thesis on Roland Barthes’ theory of autofiction and her master’s thesis on later Michel Foucault’s Care Of the Self. She received the Humboldt University Society (HUG) Prize for organizing the lecture series “Subversion and Political Difference – Discourses and Perspectives between Political Emancipation and Post-Sovereignty”. While participating in Humboldt University’s excellence program, she supervised a class for undergrads and an interdisciplinary graduate student colloquium on contemporary political theory. Before coming to Yale, she was employed at the graduate research working group “Globalization and Literature” at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
Besides the PhD, Theresa works as a curator. She is a Guggenheim intern alumna and she is familiar with Beinecke’s Modern European Collection. She assisted Kevin Repp curating the show “Beyond Word. Experimental Poetry & the Avant-garde”, on view through December 2019 at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
2020 “Love is Colder than Death. Rainer Werner Fassbinder and René Pollesch between Theater and Film.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2020, Boston.
2019 “Poetry Beyond Words: Carlfriedrich Claus’ Sprachblätter, Denklandschaften and Vibrationstexte.” The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven (Yale University).
2019 “The Celluloid Axis between Berlin and Tokyo: Distorted Reflection in Christian Kracht’s The Dead.” Asian German Studies Conference (AGT 2019 Sapporo, Japan).
2017 “Ethopoetics and Vulnerability: Hélène Cixous’ écriture de soi (writing the self) read with Michel Foucault and Judith Butler.” Conference: “Politics of the Sensate Subject: Judith Butler” (SciencePo, Paris).
2016 “Ethopoetic as Critique: On the later Michel Foucault.” Conference: “Foucault revisited” (Vienna University, Austria).
2014 “From Mirror to Stage: Roland Barthes par Roland Barthes.” Conference: “Barthes@100” (Cardiff University, Ireland).
Areas of Interest:
Modernism, Postwar Cultures, Avant-garde, Contemporary Art, German Pop Literature, the German Bourgeois Novel and Postwar Poetry, New Wave Cinema, Critical Theory, Post-structuralism, Theories and Ethics of the Self, Gender Studies, Environmental Humanities, Curatorial Studies.