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Justus Berman

Justus Berman

English Graduate Assistant

4 Burrowes Building

MAILROOM: 202 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2019: Thursday 12:30-2:00, Friday: 11:30-1:00

Education

  1. B.A. English and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
  2. M.A. English, Pennsylvania State University
  3. Ph.D. English, Pennsylvania State University (In Progress)

Professional Bio

Justus Berman is an Americanist focusing on contemporary Chicanx and Latinx literature and culture, speculative and experimental art, media and technology, and the politics of race and ethnicity in the United States. His current research focuses on the representation of the U.S.-Mexico Border and techno-culture in speculative fictions and film, exploring where and how border-effects emerge when narratives imagine the relationship between computation, mobility, racialization, and embodiment in the U.S.- Mexico borderlands. Justus is also interested in how "post-racial" discourse affects the temporality of political imaginaries, and the implication of speculative aesthetics in racial or liberatory projects. As artworks envision alternative futures, histories, or presents, how does the re-inscription of ethnic, racial, or gender-identity produce worlds that are too familiar or radically different from existing cultural formations?

Areas of Specialization

American Literature After 1900
U.S. Ethnic Literatures, Chicanx and Latinx Speculative and Experimental Literatures, Poetics
Contemporary Literature
Contemporary U.S. Ethnic Literature, Film, and other Media.
Race and Ethnicity Studies
Racial Formations in the United States with emphases on Chicanx and Latinx literature and Culture.
Theory and Cultural Studies
Theories of Race and Racism, Aesthetics, Biopolitics and Post-Marxism