Film & visual culture, politics of aesthetics, culture and political economy, globalization, southern studies
Severin Mueller is a doctoral student in Cultural Studies. He is a Presidential Scholar at George Mason University and website co-editor of the Cultural Studies program. Before joining the Cultural Studies Ph.D. program, he has received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies and his Master of Arts degree in Media Dramaturgy at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.
Severin's primary research interest focuses on critical responses to the historical trajectory of the U.S. South in global, transnational contexts. He is particularly interested in the politics and aesthetics expressed in cultural texts as well as in artistic/activist interventions that attempt to challenge and decenter existing social hierarchies. To this end, he seeks to marry concerns for the political-economic with the phenomenology of film and experience to attend to the particular analytical demands posed to critical scholarship of as well as by capitalist modernity.