Dr. Jonatan Steller

Curriculum vitae

Since 2017 Research assistant in the lateral-entrant teacher training programme (wAL) at Leipzig University
Since 2015 Research assistant in British Cultural Studies at Leipzig University
2012–2015 Research assistant, student assistant and tutor in British Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Freiburg, including the DFG research cluster “Heroes – Heroisations – Heroisms”
2011–2012 Tutor in Ancient History at the University of Freiburg
2009–2010 Foreign Language Assistant in Darlington, England
2007–2015 Teacher training degree in English and History at the University of Freiburg
2006–2007 Zivildienst at a Protestant church parish and its child care facilities in Frankfurt am Main
Since 1998 Freelance web design and desktop publishing


Research interests

  • Popular culture (film, TV, music, games, comics, literature)
  • Thrillers and heroes
  • Transhumanism and the web
  • Participatory culture
  • Neoliberalism in Britain and the US
  • Digital Humanities and corpus-driven methodology
  • History as narrative

Current projects

  • Some assembly required: Reading collectives, networks, and makers in present-day British and American blockbuster fiction
  • Talks on: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008–)
  • Article on: democratic practice in academia, Sense8 (2015–2018), Ready Player One (Ernest Cline, 2011)


  • “In the Aftermath of Catastrophe: The Case for Relational Agency in Captain America: Civil War (2016).” helden. heroes. héros., vol. 5, no. 1, 2017, pp. 41-49.
  • “Experiencing Global Wealth in London: Authentic Voice in Attack the Block and The Secret Service: Kingsman.” London post-2010 in British Literature and Culture, edited by Oliver von Knebel Doeberitz and Ralf Schneider, Brill, 2017, pp. 177–194.
  • “Reading Conflicted Heroism: The Doctor as Maker in Steven Moffat's Doctor Who.” Journal for the Study of British Cultures, vol. 23, no. 2, 2017, pp. 143-156.

Select talks

  • “Film as Social Practice.” Weiterbildungsseminar der BritCult. German Association for the Study of British Cultures, 25 May 2018, Leipzig University, Leipzig. Speaking engagement.
  • “Uni ohne Elite? Demokratische Interventionen im Universitätssystem.” Brauchen wir Elite? Ein Konzept auf dem Prüfstand. Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 3 Feb. 2018, Jugendherberge Berlin-Ostkreuz, Berlin. Workshop.
  • With Maria Fleischhack. “Limbische Resonanz: Empathie, Polyphonie und Utopie in der Netflix-Serie ‚Sense8’” Wachstum – Wandel – Resonanz. Studium Universale, 6 Dec. 2017, Leipzig University, Leipzig. Speaking engagement.
  • “Developing a better future: Collectives as a means of improving neoliberalism in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (2011).” Freedom After Neoliberalism. Centre for Modern Studies, 9 Jun. 2017, University of York, York. Conference paper.
  • “Re-Making a Hero: The Renewal of Britain in Skyfall (and Spectre).” Human Heroism in Digital Cinema. SFB 948 (Helden – Heroisierungen – Heroismen), 20 Dec. 2016, University of Freiburg, Freiburg. Speaking engagement.
  • “Of Makers and Networks: Reading Collective Politics in Present-Day British and American Blockbuster Fiction.” BritCult Postgraduate Forum. German Association for the Study of British Cultures, 17 Nov. 2016, Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld. Conference paper.
  • “Zwischen Schicksal und Technik: The Dark Knight und Captain America: Civil War als Fiktionen von Handlungsfähigkeit.” Superhelden, Superschurken: Neue Mythen und ihre religiösen Sinnangebote. Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin, 22 Sep. 2016, Französische Friedrichstadtkirche, Berlin. Speaking engagement.
  • “Aggressive Expansion: British Post-Cold War Society in Skyfall and Spectre.” In and Out of Europe: British Literary and Cultural Discourses of Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Department of English and Centre of Competence Cultural Topographies, 16 Sep. 2016, University of Basel, Basel. Conference paper.
  • “'Introduce a Little Anarchy:' Translating Maker Democracy from a Critical Framework into a Publishing Form Using Fragmented Web Guides.” Doing Digital Humanities: Bridging the Gap between Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. GRK 1767: Faktuales und fiktionales Erzählen, 23 Apr. 2016, FRIAS, Freiburg. Conference paper.


  • British Cultural Studies: Essential texts
  • Introduction to British Cultural Studies
  • A political and cultural history of the British Isles
  • Cultural identities and the classroom: Encountering diversity
  • Cultural identities and the classroom: British comics and graphic novels
  • Victorian science fiction
  • Negotiating terrorism in film and TV
  • British culture and society
  • Serial heroes on British television
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Einführung in das Studium der Geschichte