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Projects

Beitrag HCA Graduate Blog: "Falling into the Crevice – COVID-19 Pandemic Puts Spotlight on Housing Disparities in the U.S. Capital.”

Ringvorlesung: "Renaissance oder Krise? Überlegungen zur aktuellen Situation und Zukunft der US-amerikanischen Stadt"

BW2 Lernplattform: Beispielaufgaben aus dem Studium

Podcast: Corona in den USA

Erlebbare Wissenschaften: Stadt der Zukunft

 

Judith Keller

Judith Keller is a PhD student in the graduate program Authority and Trust in American Culture, Society, History, and Politics at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), funded by the German Research Association (DFG). In this interdisciplinary program she works on the urban dimension of trust. In her thesis The Spatiality of Trust she already explored different spatial aspects of trust using the example of post-Katrina New Orleans. Judith Keller studied Geography and English at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio, graduating with a double major in 2019. She has been a research associate in the Geographies of North America working group ever since. In 2019, Judith Keller had the honor to participate at the Abigail Adams Summer Seminar at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Here she focused on American democracy from a sociological perspective.

In the winter term 2021/22, Judith Keller is a visiting research scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

Research Areas

Judith Keller applies a socio-geographic perspective to urban spaces, focusing on questions of social justice such as access to housing, education, health services, supermarkets, and urban infrastructure. Her research focuses on North-American cities, broadening this perspective with a migration and mobilities approach to the Americas. Further, Judith Keller enjoys bridging the gap between her two fields of study – geography and literary and cultural studies – by exploring the representation of (urban) spaces in literature and film.

PhD Project

In her PhD project Judith Keller focuses on the importance of trust for urban development, especially with regards to home and housing in the city. In a rapidly changing urban environment, many cities are facing a housing crisis. Fearing for one’s home or losing it is thus part of the everyday reality of many urban residents who live on the flip side of urban redevelopment projects. It is argued that these processes cause trust relations to shift affecting the home of individuals, entire neighborhoods, and urban society at large. In her dissertation, Judith Keller analyses various case studies situated in US-American cities. This PhD project is part of a larger interdisciplinary endeavor on Authority and Trust in from of the graduate program at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies.

Publications
  • Keller, J. & Gerhard, U. (2021): Die ungleichen Staaten von Amerika. Reflexionen aus humangeographischer Perspektive. Praxis Geographie 10/2021, S. 4-9.
  • Keller, J. & Rever, L. (2021): Falling into the Crevice – COVID-19 Pandemic Puts Spotlight on Housing Disparities in the U.S. Capital. HCA Graduate Blog.
  • Gerhard, U., Keller, J. & Werner, C. (2021): Trust and the City. Analyzing Trust from a Socio-Spatial Perspective. In G. Leypoldt & M. Berg (Eds.): Authority and Trust in US Culture and Society. Interdisciplinary Approaches and Perspectives, pp. 111-134. Bielefeld: transcript.
  • Keller, J. (2021): Unsichtbare Frauen? - Annäherungen an einen Geographieunterricht aus feministischer Perspektive. In F. Durczok (Ed.): Feministische Pädagogik und Unterricht, pp. 111-124. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag.
  • Keller, J. (2021): Das Andere verstehen lernen. Ästhetische Bildung im fremdsprachlichen Literaturunterricht. In F. Durczok (Ed.): Feministische Pädagogik und Unterricht, pp. 73-86. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag.
  • Keller, J. (2021): Forschungsprojekt zur amerikanischen Wohnraumkrise – ein Fallbeispiel aus der Hauptstadt Washington, D.C.. In: A. Zipf, A. Growe, S. Schmidt & C. Klonner (Eds.): HGG-Journal, Vol. 34, pp. 105-107. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Geographische Gesellschaft.
  • Gerhard, U. & Keller, J. (28.05.2020): The Land of (In) Equality– Wie Corona die Ungleichheiten in US-amerikanischen Städten verstärkt. Podcast Corona in den USA.
  • Gerhard, U. & Keller, J. (2019): "My Home Is My Castle" - über die Rolle von Vertrauen im Wohnungsbau. Ein Blick auf US-amerikanische Städte. Forum Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung, 6, pp. 300-304.
  • Keller, J. (2019): The Spatiality of Trust – Redeveloping New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina. In: A. Zipf, A. Growe, S. Schmidt & C. Klonner (Eds.): HGG-Journal, Vol. 33, pp. 206-212. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Geographische Gesellschaft.
Presentations
  • Keller, J. (2021): Housing Challenges and Some Ways Forward. The Case of Germany. World Regions Seminar, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, 07.10.2021.
  • Keller, J. (2021): We Not Moving! Urban Social Movements and the Fight for a Place to Call Home. 14th International Graduate Conference, JFK Institute Berlin, 02.07.2021.
  • Keller, J. (2021): No Right to Stay Put? Forced Mobility and the Fight for a Home in Washington, DC. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien, Heidelberg, 19.06.2021.
  • Keller, J. (2021): Urbane Räume des Vertrauens. Ein Blick auf aktuelle Entwicklungen in Washington, DC. Auftaktkonferenz des Forschungsinstituts Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt, Hannover, 09.03.2021.
  • Gerhard, U. & Keller, J. (2020): Renaissance oder Krise? Überlegungen zur aktuellen Situation und Zukunft der US-amerikanischen Stadt. Ruperto Carola Ringvorlesung, Heidelberg, 14.12.2020.
  • Gerhard, U. & Keller, J. (2020): No Place for Trust: Housing as the New Urban Frontier in Global City Washington, D.C. Global City Seminar, York University, Toronto, 20.11.2020.
  • Keller, J. (2019): The Urban Dimension of Trust: A Conceptual and Empirical Perspective. Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, Kiel, 27.09.2019.
Teaching
Summer semester 2021:
  • Proseminar Regional Geography: The American South
Winter semester 2020/2021:
  • Bachelor American Studies: Introduction to Geography, Tutorial
Summer semester 2020:
  • Exkursion and Seminar: From DC to NO - Tracing Urban Geographies in Post-Racial America (in Englischer Sprache; in Kooperation mit Ulrike Gerhard und Wilfried Mausbach, HCA)
Winter semester 2019/2020:
  • Bachelor American Studies: Introduction to Geography, Tutorial
  • Seminar: Die soziale Stadt - Eine Utopie?
Summer semester 2019:
  • Proseminar Regional Geography: The American South
  • Research seminar: "My Home Is My Castle" - Über die Rolle von Autorität und Vertrauen in aktuellen Prozessen der Stadtentwicklung (in Kooperation mit Ulrike Gerhard)
Winter semester 2018/2019:
  • Bachelor American Studies: Introduction to Geography, Tutorial
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