Mark Schmitt


Mark Schmitt is assistant professor for British Cultural Studies at TU Dortmund University (Germany) and has been a postdoctoral Stuart Hall Fellow between 2016–19. He previously worked at the University of Mannheim and Ruhr-University Bochum, where he received his MA in British and American Studies and Comparative Literature in 2011. He received his PhD in 2016 from Ruhr-University Bochum for the study British White Trash: Figurations of Tainted Whiteness in the Novels of Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths and John King (publication forthcoming). His research, publications and teaching focus on social abjection, the intersections of race and class and their cultural figurations, contemporary British and Irish literature, theories of British Cultural Studies and Critical Race/Whiteness Studies and film studies.  

His current postdoctoral research project is rooted in futures studies and will culminate in a book titled “Spectres of Pessimism: A Cultural Logic of the Worst“ (under contract with Palgrave). It examines notions of political temporalities, drawing among others on Stuart Hall’s reading of Gramsci.