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Markus Reisenleitner (PhD, University of Vienna) is Professor of Humanities at York University He is also affiliated with the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, the Graduate Program in History, and the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies. Before joining York’s Division of Humanities in 2006, he taught at the University of Vienna, the Vienna campus of the University of Oregon’s International Program, the University of Alberta, and Lingnan University in Hong Kong, where he was Head of the Department of Cultural Studies from 2004-2006. Markus Reisenleitner is past President of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association.

Research interests

Professor Reisenleitner situates his work at the intersections of Cultural History and Cultural Studies. His current research focuses on the imaginaries of mobility, community, fashion and style in the global digital city. He has also worked and published on urban imaginaries of modernity, digital humanities, e-learning, and memory and nostalgia in popular and digital culture (cf. full list of publications and research-related activities).

Recent publications


  • Reisenleitner, Markus. “Runrig’s Celtic Revival: Folk-Rock, the Gaelic Language, and the Cultural Politics of the Scottish Islands.” Musik und Erinnern: Festschrift für Cornelia Szabó-Knotik. Ed. Christian Glanz and Anita Mayer-Hirzberger. Wien: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag, 2014. 273–285.
  • Ingram, Susan, and Markus Reisenleitner. “Faking Translation in Hallstatt: A Visit to Hallstatt Revisited I.” TranscUlturAl: A Journal of Translation and Cultural Studies 6.1 (2014): 43–52.
  • Reisenleitner, Markus. “‘The Company of Strangers’: Urban Cultural Diversity and Colonial Connections in Twentieth-Century Popular Fiction and Cinema.” Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban. Ed. Michael Darroch and Janine Marchessault, 2014. 203–16. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Reisenleitner, Markus. “It’s a Kind of Magic: Situating Nostalgia for Technological Progress and the Occult in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.” Imaginations 5.1 (2014): 122–134.
  • Ingram, Susan, and Markus Reisenleitner. “Zero History: William Gibson’s Post-Geographical Global Concerns.” Literatures in English: New Ethical, Cultural and Transnational Perspectives. Ed. Michael Kenneally, Rhona Kenneally Richman, and Wolfgang Zach. Tübingen: Stauffenberg, 2014. 191–203. Print. SECL Studies in English and Comparative Literature 23.
  • Ingram, Susan, and Markus Reisenleitner. Wiener Chic: A Locational History of Vienna Fashion. Bristol: Intellect, 2013.
  • Abbas, Ackbar. Hongkong: Kultur und die Politik des Verschwindens. Translated by Susan Ingram and Markus Reisenleitner. Vienna: Löcker, 2013.
  • Reisenleitner, Markus “Accounting for Scholarship in the University 2.0: Knowledge Production and Dissemination under the Conditions of Global Knowledge Economies.” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 49.1 (2013): 9-14.
  • Reisenleitner, Markus. “Sodom und Gommorha” (1922), “I Love Vienna” (1991), “Before Sunrise” (1995) (with Susan Ingram). World Film Locations: Vienna. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2012. 12-13, 94-95, 98-99.

Recent Conference Presentations


  • “Memorializing, Performing and Reclaiming Latina/o Identities in Los Angeles and Santa Fe.” (4th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC), Ermoupolis, Syros Greece, 27-29 July 2016)
  • “Walking in (Latino) Style: Fashion and Street Style as Vehicles for Imagineering New Urbanism in Santa Fé and Los Angeles.” (Fashion on the Move: Rethinking Design. 10th International Fashion Conference, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, 20-21 April 2016)
  • “Furiously Mobile in the Global City: Fast Family, Smart Cities, and Muscle/Cars in Furious 7.” (Popular Culture Association, Seattle, 22-26 March 2016)
  • “Changing Urban Imaginaries: Topographies of Mobility, History and Culture in Smart Cities and New Urbanism.” (Brown Bag Lunch Series: New Perspectives in Humanities Research), York University, 12 January 2016)
  • “ 'East Meets West’ between Global Real-Estate Capitalism and Rent Protection: Re-imagining Vienna’s Urbanism for the 21st Century (Places and Non-Places of Modernity: Movement, Memory and Imagination in Contemporary Europe. CBEES Annual Conference 2015, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University, Stockholm, 3-4 December 2015)
  • “Walking, Cycling, and Dancing in the Streets: New Urbanist Imaginaries as Stages for Flaneuring in Santa Fe, Los Angeles and Vienna.” (Fashion Symposium, Museum of Vancouver, 14 November 2015)
  • “Video Blogs in the Fashion District: Re-inventing LA’s Urban Fashion Imaginary in the Digital Mediascape.” (ECREA TWG Media & The City 2015 Conference University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science, 24–25 September 2015)
  • “Noir Transgressions: Bending Gender, Ethnicity and Style in Recent LA Fiction and Film” (Transgressions Transformations: Literature and Beyond, CISLE Centre for the International Study of Literatures in English, 27-31 July 2015, Göttingen, Germany)
  • “Theme Parks, New Urbanism, and Smart Cities” (Libidinal Circuits: Scenes of Urban Innovation, 8-10 July 2015, Liverpool UK)
  • “Spaces of Translation in the Digital Episteme: Digital Humanities Approaches to Literature, the Environment, and the Archive.” (Roundtable, CRLCC Translation Research Summer School 2015: Translation, Language, and Place. Toronto, 22-26 June 2015)
  • “Interdisciplinarity in the Digital Episteme.” (“New Directions for Humanities Graduate Education”, Jackman Humanities Institute and School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, 16 April 2015)
  • “Pedagogy, Visualized: The Role of Technology in the Brick and Mortar Classroom.” (TA Foundation Seminar, 24 February 2015)
  • “Graduate Programs: Privatissima and Diploma.” (ACL(x) Otherwise, Columbia SC, 5-7 February 2015)
  • “Digital Humanities: Experimentation and Comparative Literature” (MLA 2015, Vancouver, 8-11 January 2015)