KWI Associate Fellow Awarded Humboldt Fellowship

We would like to congratulate our Associate Fellow Alexandra Irimia on her recent appointment as a research fellow for the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. As a part of the Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme for Postdocs, she will be working on the project “Bureaucratic Fiction: Narratives, Images, and Affects of Administration in Contemporary World Literature and Film (B-FILES)” at her host institution, Institut für Germanisitik, Vergleichende Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft (IGLK) at Bonn University.

B-FILES discusses fictional works engaging with bureaucratic themes and forms as concentrated, multi-layered illustrations of a broader ‚discourse network‘ (Kittler) of contemporary administration, characterized by intricate linkages of political and symbolic power, technologies of data storage and encryption, signifying marks, bodies, and affective intensities.

The project intends to create a database of fictional bureaucratic narratives in world literature and cinema, and to examine in two scientific articles and a book-length study bureaucratic fiction created after the year 2000, following a widespread shift from paper to digital records. The project will officially begin on 1 June, 2024.

Those interested in the subject of bureaucracy in arts and humanities can read all about it in Alexandra Irimia’s and Jonathan Foster’s new newsletter “Bureaucritics” on Substack!