Maria Sulimma M.A.


John F. Kennedy Institute

Department of Culture


Lansstr. 7-9
Room 327
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838-462827

Office hours

Tuesdays, 12-1pm

No office hour on November 29th.

Courses taught / Lehrveranstaltungen

  • Summer 2013: “Postmodernism, New Ethnic Literatures, Recent Developments” (Directed Reading Course, 1st /2nd semester students)

  • Summer 2013: Cultural Studies I: Introduction to American Cultural History

  • Winter 2012/13: "One Modernity, Many Modernisms: U.S. Literature from the Armory Show to the Second World War" (Directed Reading Course, 1st /2nd Semester Students)
  • Winter 2012/13: "One Modernity, Many Modernisms: U.S. Literature from the Armory Show to the Second World War" (Directed Reading Course, 5th/6th Semester Students)
  • Summer 2012: "Realism, Naturalism, Early Modernism: U.S. Literature from the Civil War to the Armory Show" (Directed Reading Course, 3rd/4th Semester Students)
  • Summer 2012: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Television Studies, and Feminist Media Studies" (Media Proseminar)

Research Interests / Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • Gender Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Television and Media Studies
  • Politics and Media
  • Seriality
  • Transmedia Storytelling

Current Project / Aktuelles Projekt

"Serial Discourses of Gender in Contemporary Cable Television Narratives" (Dissertation)

Conferences and Talks / Konferenzen und Vorträge

  • “More Cringe than Comedy?  The complicated Humor of HBO’s Girls.” To Be Presented at annual conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies /AAAS "America Through the Small Screen: Television and Its Transformations" in Innsbruck, Austria, Nov. 11-13, 2016.

  • “Some of the Spoilers… will not be Spoilers”: Crossmedia Franchises between Simultaneity, Adaptation, and Transmedia Storytelling.” Workshop "New Media Writing" at John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität, Berlin, July 15, 2016.

  • “Will this Gender ever be Televised? On the Challenges of Seriality and Gender Studies.” Presented at conference "Seriality Seriality Seriality: The Many Lives of the Field That Isn’t One" in Berlin, Germany, June 22-24, 2016.

  • “2015: Simultaneous Seriality and The Walking Dead.” Presented at ISSN Narrative Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 16-18, 2016.

  • “Beyond the Double Bind? Professional Femininities and ‘Uniform’ Desires.” Presented at annual conference of the German American Studies Association/DGfA in Osnabrück, Germany, May 19-22, 2016.

  • “Not That Kind of Girl: Television’s Troubled Relationship with Academia and TV Criticism.” Presented at biennial conference of the European American Studies Association /EAAS in Constanta, Romania, April 22- 25, 2016.

  • “Investigating Gender and Seriality in HBO’s Girls: The Hauntings of Television’s Critical Sphere,” Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, December 7, 2015. 

  • “’I don’t WANT to kill any of you’ - Gendered Discourses of Authority and Authorization,” Project Narrative/Department of English, the Ohio State University, November 23, 2015.

  • "'She is Not Your Mother Anymore': The Walking Dead and the Attraction of Serial Survival," Leibniz Universität Hannover, July 24, 2015.
  • with Bettina Soller. “‘You Know, Government Isn’t Just a Boys’ Club Anymore:’ Female Protagonists in Contemporary US-American Political Drama and Comedy Series,” Console-ing Passions, Dublin, June 19, 2015.

  • “Working with Newer Media/Across Media,” John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität, Berlin, April 24, 2015.

  • “Negotiating Serial Flow: The Walking Dead as Transmedia Phenomenon.” Presented at conference "Transmedia Storytelling and Its Reception: Economies and Politics of Participation" in Hanover, Germany, February 26, 2015.

  • "'Everybody Makes it Until They Don't' - Serial Television and Zombies in The Walking Dead", German-American Institute, Tübingen, December 11, 2014.

  • “Serial Discourses of Gender in Contemporary Cable Television Narratives", John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität, Berlin, December 2, 2014.

  • “Gender and Serial Television Narratives”, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, October 3, 2014.

  • "It happened in Salem, not surprisingly - On (Not) Trying Witches in Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” University of Göttingen, January 18, 2014; and University of Konstanz, February 1, 2014.

  • "Doing Gender in Crossmedia Serial Narratives." Presented at the 11th Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore in Tartu, Estonia, July 1, 2013."Once Upon a Time... Neue Geschlechterbilder in Polit-Medien und TV-Serien – Wahrheit oder Märchen?" Talk given with Uta Scheer, M.A., for the Lecture Series "G-Reihe" organized by the Equal Opportunity Commissioners of the Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities (Gleichstellungsbüros der sozialwissenschaftlichen und philosophischen Fakultäten), Göttingen, Jan 16, 2013.

Monograph / Herausgeberschaft

  • Die anderen Ministerpräsidenten – Geschlecht in der printmedialen Berichterstattung über Berufspolitik. Berlin: LIT Verlag (2014).

(Interview with Deutschlandfunk)

Review: Portal für Politikwissenschaft (2014)

Articles / Aufsätze

  • “Not That Kind of Comedian? Lena Dunham’s Uncomfortable Humor and Feminism.” In Hysterical! Women in American Comedy. Eds. Linda Mizejewski and Victoria Sturtevant (forthcoming).

  • “Simultaneous Seriality: On the Crossmedia Relationship of Television Narratives.” Serial Narratives. Ed. Kathleen Loock. Special issue of Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 47.1-2 (2014): 127-143.

  • with Bettina Soller. “'It’s a great time to be a woman in politics!' - Serielle Verhandlungen von Politikerinnen als Protagonistinnen von US-Fernsehserien.” Indes – Zeitschrift für Politik und Gesellschaft 4 (2014): 78-88.

  • “'Did you shoot the girl in the street?' – On the Digital Seriality of The Walking Dead.“ Digital Seriality. Special issue of Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture. Eludamos 8 (2014): 83-100.

  • with Bettina Soller. “’I can't identify myself as a woman! People can't know that!’ – Female Protagonists in Current Political Drama and Comedy". Theme Week “Representing Democracy.” In Media Res, 04. Nov. 2014.

Published: Politische Kultur in der Krise. Jahrbuch des Göttinger Instituts für Demokratieforschung 2013. Ed. Alexander Hensel, Roland Hiemann, Daniela Kallinich, Robert Lorenz, Katharina Rahlf. ibidem: Stuttgart 2014. 275-277.

  • "The Fanboy next Door: Whedon and his Appeal to self-professed Geeks." Theme Week "Much Ado About Joss Whedon." In Media Res, 02. Okt. 2013.

Reviews / Rezensionen

  • Sulimma, Maria. Rez. von Cable Guys: Television and Masculinities in the 21st Century, Amanda Lotz. Critical Studies in Media Communication Podcast Series, März 2015.

  • "'Popular Seriality' – Internationale Konferenz der DFG Forschergruppe 'Ästhetik und Praxis populärer Serialität', 6.-8.6.2013" (Tagungsbericht). Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft Online (Aug. 2013):
  • Bach, Annika and Katharina Fritsche, Margreth Lünenborg. Migrantinnen in den Medien - Darstellungen in der Presse und ihre Rezeption. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2011. Femina Politica – Zeitschrift für feministische Politikwissenschaft 2/2012, 198-200.

Review: Portal für Politikwissenschaft