Biographical Information

Elisabeth Haefs received her B.A. from the University of Siegen, and an M.A. in Anglophone Studies as well as Literature and Media Practice from the University of Duisburg-Essen (2018). She finished her studies with a thesis on narrativity in texts from scientific journals. Her dissertation project is titled "Scripts of Community Gardening: The Inclusive Green City Plot in Portland (Oregon) and Essen" as part of the graduate research group Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions (UA Ruhr). In 2021, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oregon in Portland.


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  • Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, Anglistik: Britische und Anglophone Kultur- und Literaturwissenschaft - British and Anglophone Literature and Culture

  • British Literature and Culture
  • American Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Science and Literature
"'Another World is Plantable': Community Gardening and Urban Planning." Utopia, Ideology and Equity in Urban Texts: Fair and Unfair Cities. Eds. Michael G. Kelly and Mariano Paz. [Literary Urban Studies Series]. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (Forthcoming, 2023)
"'Long ago, deep in space': Narrating Gravitational Waves." Narrative and Cognition in Literature and Science. Eds. Michael Sinding, Aura Heydenreich, and Klaus Mecke. [ELINAS Series]. Berlin: De Gruyter. (Forthcoming, 2023)
(with Jens Martin Gurr): "Narrative Path Dependencies in Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Planning: Portland's Albina Neighborhoods." City Scripts: Narratives of Postindustrial Urban Futures. Eds. Barbara Buchenau, Jens Martin Gurr, and Maria Sulimma. The Ohio State University Press. (Forthcoming, 2023)

"'#Gameüse': Planting the Digital Garden." Playing the Field II: American Studies, Video Games, and Space. Ed. Dietmar Meinel. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022. 241-252.

"Does Gardening Build Communities?" Transatlantic Rust Belts: Scripting Urban Futures (Online Symposium of the City Scripts Research Group). 10 Sep. 2021.

“Scripts and Emplotment: A Theoretical Approach to Narrative in Urban Planning.” Narrative 2020 (International Society for the Study of Narrative). New Orleans, 6 March 2020.

“‘Another World is Plantable’: Urban Planning and Utopian Gardening.” (Un)Fair Cities: Equity and Ideology in Urban Texts. 2nd International ALUS Conference (Association for Literary Urban Studies). University of Limerick, 12 December 2019.

“The Pursuit of Truth: Quest Narratives in Scientific Journals.” Great Responsibility: Heroism in Anglophone Cultures. Lecture Series. University of Duisburg-Essen, 2 July 2019.

“Loops, Circles, Cycles: The Story of Time Crystals.” Spacetime SLSAeu (European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts). National Hellenic Research Foundation Athens, 26 June 2019.

“#Gameüse: Planting the Digital Garden.” Playing the Field II: Video Games, American Studies, and Space. KWI Essen, 18 May 2019.

“Narrative in Scientific Writing.” Where Science and Rules Break Down: Science in Contemporary Fiction. Seminar taught by Lioba Schreyer. Ruhr University Bochum, 24 April 2018.

2022    Promos/DAAD Scholarship for PhD Course "Environmental Storytelling and Narrative" at NTNU Trondheim, Norway

2020    Graduate Student International Travel Award (International Society for the Study of Narrative)