• “The Workers’ State: Proletarian Imaginaries in the Third Reich.” The second of a three-volume project that reconstructs the proletariat as an imaginary subject in literature, theater, art, photography, film, criticism, and political theory. The larger project covers more than 140 years of cultural texts and practices conceived in the name of the proletariat and identified with the figure of the worker as the embodiment of modern class society and the myth of the people or folk. Neither a history of the German working class nor of socialism in its nineteenth and twentieth century manifestations, the individual case studies are concerned with the overdetermined (i.e., utopian, anticipatory, and compensatory) function of working-class culture in forging class identifications and providing visions of community, nation, folk, and the people.  The book on National Socialism focuses on the continuities between socialism, populism, and National Socialism, with the focus on political emotions and the politics of emotion functioning as both a theme and heuristic device. Completion of manuscript in 2021.

• “German Cinema in the Age of Media Convergence.” A rewriting of German film history from the perspective of media convergence, with case studies on the aesthetic, cultural, economic, and institutional implications of film’s relationship to literature, theater, music, dance, and television. The theoretical implications for film historiography and media archeology are an integral part of the analysis; 50 % completed.