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Bianca Schüller

Research Assistant to Prof Dr. Jan Alber


Contact Information


Department of English and American Literature and Culture
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10B
35394 Gießen

Room: 342B
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99 30034
Email: Bianca.Schueller
Office hours: Office Hours List




Research Interests

  • Feminist Criticism & Queer Studies
  • Cognitive Approaches to Literature, Language, & Culture
    Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Film narratology and multimodality
  • Fairy Tale Retellings
  • (Indigenous) Australian literature and Postcolonial Criticism



Academic CV


Education

10/2019 – 04/2022

Master of Arts (M.A.) – "Literary Studies and Linguistics"

Focus area: English and American Studies

Interdisciplinary studies: Neuropsychology; Applied Ethics

RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Ø 1.1 - with distinction

07/2017 - 10/2017 Guest auditor at the University of Sydney, Australia, and at Macquarie University, Australia

10/2014 – 09/2019 Bachelor of Arts (B. A.) "Teacher Training Secondary and Comprehensive Schools"
subjects: English, German, Educational Studies
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Ø 1.63



Academic Employment and Internships

Since May 2023 Research Assistant (“Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin”) to Prof. Dr. Jan Alber
Department of English (“English and American Literature, Culture, and Media Studies”)
Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany

May 2022 - April 2023 Research Assistant (“Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin”) to Prof. Dr. Jan Alber
Chair of Cognitive Literary Studies
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Oct. 2020 – April 2022 (Graduate) Student Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Jan Alber
Chair of Cognitive Literary Studies
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

April 2020 – March 2022

(Graduate) Student Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Stella Neumann
TRICKLET Project (Translation Research in Corpora, Keystroke Logging & Eye-Tracking – funded by the DFG)
Chair of English Linguistics
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

April 2021 – July 2021 (Graduate) Student Teaching Assistant to Prof. Dr. Jan Alber
Tutorial: Tutorial – Introduction to Cognitive Literary Studies
Chair of Cognitive Literary Studies
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

May 2020 – July 2021 (Graduate) Student Research Assistant to Dr. Nicole Hützen & Dr. Paula Niemietz
Aachen Mentoring Model
Institute for English and American Studies
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Jan. 2017 – March 2020 (Undergraduate) Student Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Stella Neumann
TRICKLET Project (Translation Research in Corpora, Keystroke Logging & Eye-Tracking – funded by the DFG)
Chair of English Linguistics
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Interruptions: 1 July 2017 - 5 Nov. 2017; 1 Oct. 2018 - 10 Oct. 2018

2016 – 2017

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), supervised by Dr. Rebekah Wegener
Project title: Multimodal Markers for Meaning: dynamic extraction of contextually important information from Academic Lectures
Duration: 6 months
RWTH Aachen University, Germany



Honours and Awards

2023

Springorum Denkmünze (Springorum Medal)
Förderverein, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

2017 – 2018 Dean's List (top 5% of the best students in German studies in the academic year of 2017/2018)
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

2016 – 2017 Dean's List (top 5% of the best students in English studies in the academic year of 2016/2017)
RWTH Aachen University, Germany



Research Project Involvement

2022 – 2023 As a research assistant: “Australian Studies“, in which an online Master course of studies is being developed by a team from five universities in the state of NRW in Germany
Project coordinator: Dr. Leonie John
Funded by: MKW NRW

2017 – 2022 As a student research assistant: TRICKLET (Translation Research in Corpora, Keystroke Logging & Eye-Tracking)
Project coordinator: Prof. Dr. Stella Neumann
Funded by: DFG

2016 – 2017 As a UROP student: Multimodal Markers for Meaning: dynamic extraction of contextually important information from Academic Lectures
Supervisor: Dr. Rebekah Wegener



Memberships

International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)

International PhD Programme Literary and Cultural Studies (IPP), Cohort XXII



Conference Organisation

TRICKLET Conference 2022 – member of the organising committee
RWTH Aachen University, Germany



Dissertation (PhD) Project:

Preliminary title: Witches in Fairy Tale Retellings from the 19th to the 21st Century: Ideological Implications from a Cognitive Perspective



Theses

Schüller, Bianca. (2022). “I am woman. Hear me roar.”: The Representation of Female Villains in Disney Remakes, (unpublished Master thesis). RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
Grade: 1.0 (“very good”)

Schüller, Bianca. (2018). Understanding the Identification of Important Information in Academic Lectures: Linguistic and Cognitive Approaches, (unpublished Bachelor thesis). RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
Grade: 1.0 (“very good”)



Publications

Ude, J., Schüller, B., Wegener, R., & Cassens, J. (2018). A Pipeline for Extracting Multi-Modal Markers for Meaning in Lectures. In R. Wegener, J. Cassens, & A. Kofod-Petersen (Eds.), Proceedings of the Tenth International Workshop on Modelling and Reasoning in Context, CEUR Workshop Proceedings (pp. 16-21). Aachen, Germany: CEUR Workshop Proceedings. Retrieved from http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2134/#paper04

Wegener, R., Schüller, B., & Cassens, J. (2017). Needing and Wanting in Academic Lectures: Profiling the academic lecture across context. In P. Chappell & J. S. Knox (Eds.), Transforming Contexts: Papers from the 44th International Systemic Functional Congress. (pp. 82-88). Wollongong, Australia. Retrieved from
http://www.isfla.org/Systemics/Conferences/ISFC_2017_Proceedings.pdf



Conference Presentations

Schüller, B. (2023, Dec.). Cognitive Perspectives on Queer Representation in Fiction. Paper presented at the GCSC Conference "Cognition, Culture, Narrative", Giessen, Germany.

Schüller, B., & Neumann, S. (2021, Sept.). Is English more verbal than German? Evidence from a translation corpus. Paper presented at the 30th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference (ESFLC 2021), Sheffield, UK.

Cassens, J., Wiek, T., Wegener, R., & Schüller, B. (2019, July). Academic Writing Support: The Sensate-System and an SFL Perspective. Paper presented at the 29th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference (ESFLC 2019), Leiria, Portugal.

Wegener, R., Cassens, J., Ude, J., & Schüller, B. (2018, Sept.). A Pipeline for Extracting Multi-Modal Markers for Meaning in Lectures. Poster presented at LinC – Summer School and Workshop, Aachen, Germany.

Ude, J., Schüller, B., Wegener, R., & Cassens, J. (2018, July). A Pipeline for Extracting Multi-Modal Markers for Meaning in Lectures. Paper presented at the Tenth International Workshop on Modelling and Reasoning in Context (MRC 2018) @ IJCAI 2018, Stockholm, Sweden.

Wegener, R., Cassens, J., & Schüller, B. (2018, July). Lexicogrammatical patterning in textual triggers for reader emotion during literary text reading. Paper presented at the 28th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference (ESFLC 2018), Pavia, Italy.

Schüller, B. (2018, July). Understanding the Identification of Important Information in Academic Lectures. Paper presented at the 28th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference (ESFLC 2018), Pavia, Italy.

Schüller, B., Cassens, J., & Wegener, R. (2017, July). Needing and wanting in Academic Lectures: profiling the academic lecture across contexts. Paper presented at the 44th International Systemic-Functional Congress (ISFC 2017), Wollongong, Australia.

Schüller, B., Cassens, J., & Wegener, R. (2017, July). Aligning multi-modal markers for importance in Academic Lectures. Paper presented at the 27th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference (ESFLC 2017), Salamanca, Spain.



Teaching Experience / List of Courses

At Justus Liebig University Giessen:

Seminar: Feminist Perspectives on Magical Mothers, Godmothers, and Nannies (winter term 2023/2024)

Seminar: Literary Theories: Approaches and Applications (winter term 2023/2024)

Seminar: Heroes and Villains in Fairy Tale Retellings Across Different Media (summer term 2023)

Seminar: Witches in Fiction: Gender & Othering from a Diachronic Perspective (summer term 2023)


At RWTH Aachen University:

Seminar: New Developments in Aboriginal Fiction (winter term 2022/2023) [online course]

Seminar: Indigenous Australian Narratives (summer term 2022) [online course]

Tutorial: Introduction to Cognitive Literary Studies (summer term 2021) [online course]