Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Agrar- und Ernährungspolitik

Dr. Johannes Fehrle


Dr. Johannes Fehrle
Foto: Anna Saave


Research Group BioMaterialities
Department of Agricultural Economics,
Division of Agricultural and Food Policy
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

(Visitors' Address: Hannoversche Str. 27, Haus 12, Room 30)
Phone: +(49)-(0)30-20 93-46 318

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Publications | Research Group Biomaterialities


Research Interests

Political Economy and Ecology; Eco-Marxism; Automation and Technology Studies; Cultural Studies and Literary Studies (U.S. and Canada); Material Ecocriticism.


Work Experience and Education

  • Adjunct Lecturer English and American Studies; University of Basel

    Assistant (Universitätsassistent); American Studies; University of Graz

  • Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) English and American Studies; University of Mannheim and University of Freiburg

  • Visiting Scholar; University of British Columbia, Canada

  • Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in American Studies; 2012; University of Freiburg (funded by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; summa cum laude)

  • M.A. in English and Modern History 2007; University of Freiburg and Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada


Current research project


Selected Publications

Journal articles

  • “Introduction: Marxism and the Technology Debate” (De)automating the Future: Marxist Perspectives on Capitalism and Technology. Ed. Johannes Fehrle, Marlon Lieber, and Jesse Ramirez. (with Marlon Lieber and Jesse Ramirez; peer reviewed; under contract; Brill [Historical Materialism series]).

  • (De)automating the Future: Marxist Perspectives on Capitalism and Technology. Ed. with Jesse Ramirez and Marlon Lieber. (peer reviewed; edited collection; under contract with Brill [Historical Materialism series]).

  • “Working the People, Working the Earth: Representing the Exploitation of Humans and the Environment in North American Slave Narratives.” Work: The Labors of Language, Culture, and History. Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature. Ed. Sixta Quassdorf and Jesse Ramirez. Tübingen: Narr, 2021. 141-57.

  • “Anthropozän, Kapitalozän und Apokalypse in Margaret Atwoods Oryx and Crake.” [Anthropocene, Capitalocene and Apocalypse in Margaret Atwood’s Orxy and Crake] Literatur und Kapitalismuskritik: Aktuelle Perspektiven. Ed. Annika Gonnerman, Lisa Schwander, and Sina Schuhmaier. Tübingen: Narr, 2021. 189-209.

  • “‘Zombies Don’t Recognize Borders’: Capitalism, Ecology, and Mobility in the Zombie Outbreak Narrative.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 61.4 (2016): 527-44 (peer reviewed).

  • “Wissenschaftliche Möglichkeiten und ethische Grenzen: Die Biologie in der gesellschaftlichen Diskussion.” Introduction. Herausforderung Biologie: Fragen aus der Biologie / Fragen an die Biologie. Ed. Johannes Fehrle, Rüdiger Heinze, and Kerstin Müller. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2010. xi – xviii. (with Rüdiger Heinze and Kerstin Müller).

  • Herausforderung Biologie: Fragen aus der Biologie – Fragen an die Biologie [Biology as a Challenge: Questions Posed by Biology – Questions Posed to Biology]. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2010 (with Rüdiger Heinze and Kerstin Müller).


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