Dr Benjamin Nickl

PhD (The University of Melbourne), MA (Georgetown University), MA & Secondary Teaching Degree (The University of Regensburg)
Early Career Development Fellow in International and Comparative Literature and Translation Studies

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Dr Benjamin Nickl is a cultural studies researcher with an interest in popular culture studies in film, television, literature, performative and mass media. He is also interested in educational studies and researches in the areas of transnational cultures, German, American, and Australian transnationalisms and global transcultural dialogue, as well as transnational educational practices in secondary and tertiary education. His current research projects involve Muslim minority culture representations in the mainstream media of Christian majority populations and popular culture as an arena for debates around ethnic diversity and disenfranchisement. His PhD dissertation (2016), Turkish German Comedy in the New Century: Contesting Ethnic Identity Discourse in Germany, examined Muslimmness in Western Europe in the new century through the lens of entertainment culture and the social pragmatics of humour. Benjamin is also co-editor of the Springer book series: Global Germany in Transnational Dialogues, which contributes to a variety of disciplinary conversations about transnational connections and transdisciplinary research exchanges in humanities, education, cultural studies, and science. He also serves as translation project reviewer for Amazon’s fiction translation section in the United States.

Research interests

  • Popular culture
  • Entertainment media culture
  • Comedy
  • Transnationalism(s)
  • Social applications of humour
  • Film studies, literary studies, television studies
  • German, American, Romance language and culture studies
  • Secondary teaching in the 21st Century

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • ICLS1001 World Literatures in Translation
  • ICLS2637 Watching Stars: Film and the Star System
  • ICLS3631 What is Literature? Cross-cultural Views
  • ICLS2633 Cities of the World

Supervision

  • Cultural studies-related projects
  • Research projects in film, television, literature and popular culture
  • German, Australian and American entertainment
  • Minority cultures and ethnic diversity
  • Educational practices related to foreign language education and migrant cultures

Current projects

  • Springer book series, edited volume: German Transnational Education and Comparative Education Systems: An Update on Research and Practice
  • Springer book series, edited volume: German Transnational Film in the New Century

Awards and honours

The Richard Samuel Prize, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne for PhD thesis (2016)

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Nickl, B., Herrschner, I., Gozdziak, E. (2018). German-Australian Encounters and Cultural Transfers: Global Dynamics in Transnational Lands. Singapore: Springer. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Benbow, H., Nickl, B. (2018). Alternative Turkish German Masculinities: New Frontiers of 'Modernity' and 'Tradition'. In S. Ozil, M. Hofmann, J. Peter Laut, Y. Dayioglu-Yücel and C. Zierau (Eds.), Tradition und Moderne in Bewegung, (pp. 127-143). Gottingen: Universitatsverlag Gottingen (University Publishing G�ttingen). [More Information]
  • Nickl, B. (2018). Popular Comedy as Transnational Intervention: Contemporary Muslimness on Screen in Germany and Australia. In Benjamin Nickl, Irina Herrschner, Elzbieta Gozdziak (Eds.), German-Australian Encounters and Cultural Transfers: Global Dynamics in Transnational Lands, (pp. 209-219). Singapore: Springer. [More Information]
  • Herrschner, I., Nickl, B. (2018). Romanticised Transnationalism in German "Herzkino": Othered Images of Australianness and Germanness in Thorsten Schmidt's 2006 Australian-German Feature Film Himmel uber Australien. In Andrea Bandhauer, Tristan Lay, Yixu Lu and Peter Morgan (Eds.), Die Welt auf Deutsch: Fremdenbilder und Selbstentwurfe in der deutschsprachigen Literatur und Kultur (The World in German: Images of Foreignness and Self-conception in German Literature and Culture). St. Ingbert: Rohrig Universitatsverlag.

Journals

  • Nickl, B. (2018). Modern German Anxieties. Generalized Muslimness as New Nationalist Politics in the West. Global Humanities - Studies in Histories, Cultures, and Societies, 2 (2016)(4), 55-66.
  • Nickl, B. (2016). Review - The South in the German Imaginary: The Italian Journeys of Goethe and Heine. Limbus: Australisches Jahrbuch für germanistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, 9, 214-215.
  • Nickl, B. (2015). Orientalism for Beginners: Ethnic Diversity in Karl-Heinz Kafer's 1990 Feature Film Production Lippels Traum. Oxford German Studies, 44(3), 311-324. [More Information]
  • Nickl, B. (2012). Blackness in German: Locating "Race" in Johannes Schaaf's 1986 Film Adaptation of Michael Ende's Fantasy Novel Momo. Focus on German Studies, 19, 133-147.

2018

  • Benbow, H., Nickl, B. (2018). Alternative Turkish German Masculinities: New Frontiers of 'Modernity' and 'Tradition'. In S. Ozil, M. Hofmann, J. Peter Laut, Y. Dayioglu-Yücel and C. Zierau (Eds.), Tradition und Moderne in Bewegung, (pp. 127-143). Gottingen: Universitatsverlag Gottingen (University Publishing G�ttingen). [More Information]
  • Nickl, B., Herrschner, I., Gozdziak, E. (2018). German-Australian Encounters and Cultural Transfers: Global Dynamics in Transnational Lands. Singapore: Springer. [More Information]
  • Nickl, B. (2018). Modern German Anxieties. Generalized Muslimness as New Nationalist Politics in the West. Global Humanities - Studies in Histories, Cultures, and Societies, 2 (2016)(4), 55-66.
  • Nickl, B. (2018). Popular Comedy as Transnational Intervention: Contemporary Muslimness on Screen in Germany and Australia. In Benjamin Nickl, Irina Herrschner, Elzbieta Gozdziak (Eds.), German-Australian Encounters and Cultural Transfers: Global Dynamics in Transnational Lands, (pp. 209-219). Singapore: Springer. [More Information]
  • Herrschner, I., Nickl, B. (2018). Romanticised Transnationalism in German "Herzkino": Othered Images of Australianness and Germanness in Thorsten Schmidt's 2006 Australian-German Feature Film Himmel uber Australien. In Andrea Bandhauer, Tristan Lay, Yixu Lu and Peter Morgan (Eds.), Die Welt auf Deutsch: Fremdenbilder und Selbstentwurfe in der deutschsprachigen Literatur und Kultur (The World in German: Images of Foreignness and Self-conception in German Literature and Culture). St. Ingbert: Rohrig Universitatsverlag.

2016

  • Nickl, B. (2016). Review - The South in the German Imaginary: The Italian Journeys of Goethe and Heine. Limbus: Australisches Jahrbuch für germanistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, 9, 214-215.

2015

  • Nickl, B. (2015). Orientalism for Beginners: Ethnic Diversity in Karl-Heinz Kafer's 1990 Feature Film Production Lippels Traum. Oxford German Studies, 44(3), 311-324. [More Information]

2012

  • Nickl, B. (2012). Blackness in German: Locating "Race" in Johannes Schaaf's 1986 Film Adaptation of Michael Ende's Fantasy Novel Momo. Focus on German Studies, 19, 133-147.

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