Picture of Markus ReisenleitnerMarkus Reisenleitner 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 editor-in-chief of Imaginations: Revue d’études interculturelles de l’image / Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies and past President of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association.

Research interests

Professor Reisenleitner's research is situated at the intersections of Cultural Studies, Urban Humanities, Fashion Studies and Digital Humanities. He is currently working on a monograph on the countercultural origins of digital media culture. (cf. full list of publications and research-related activities).

Recent publications

  • Ingram, Susan, and Markus Reisenleitner. L.A. Chic: A Locational History of Los Angeles Fashion. Intellect; University of Chicago Press, 2018. In print.
  • Reisenleitner, Markus. “Heimat on the Range vs. Kosmo Noir: Edgar Wallace, Karl May, and Post-Second World War German Cinematic Translations of Anglo-American Popular Culture.” Translation and Translating in German Studies A Festschrift for Raleigh Whitinger. Ed. John L Plews and Diana Spokiene. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr, 2016. 147–159.
  • Ingram, Susan, and Markus Reisenleitner. “Hong Kong: Reflection on the City of Disappearence.” Locations: Anthology of Architecture and Urbanism. Ed. Kazi Khaleed Ashraf. Vol. 1. Khilkhet, Dhaka; Novato CA: ORO Editions, 2016. 226–233.
  • Reisenleitner, Markus. “Resetting the Clock: Theme Parks, New Urbanism, and Smart Cities.” A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. Ed. Scott A Lukas. Pittsburgh PA: Carnegie Mellon ETC Press, 2016. 279–287.
  • 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.

Recent conference presentations

  • "Lineages of Digital Discourse: Silicon Beach and Its Countercultural Origins." (Digital Doings: Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence, York University, Toronto, 15 Feb 2018)
  • "Surfing L.A.’s Silicon Beach: The Infrastructures, Mobilities and Practices of Google & Friends’ New Locationality" (Workshop Digital Media and Borders: Infrastructures, Mobilities, and Practices across Asia and Beyond, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 7-9 December 2017)
  • "Do Androids Dream of Going Surfing? Silicon Beach and L.A.’s Persistent Countercultural Beach Utopia" (Canadian Association for American Studies 2017: Uncertain Futures, OCAD University, Toronto, 27-29 October 2017)
  • "Translating and Negotiating latinidad in L.A.'s Fashion System" (Congress 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, 28-30 May 2017)
  • Roundtable: "Digital Spatial Ecologies: Geolocating the Layers of History and Memory in New Media" (Congress 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, 28-30 May 2017)
  • “The Digital Traces of History: Geomediating Vienna’s Gentrification” (Spaces of the In-Between, An Interdisciplinary International Conference. Karlstad, Sweden, 9-12 May 2017)
  • “Gentrification by Adobe: Imagining Santa Fe’s Past in Popular Culture” (Popular Culture Association, San Diego, 12-15 April 2016)
  • “Memorializing, Performing and Reclaiming Latina/o Identities in Los Angeles and Santa Fe.” (Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2016. Sydney, Australia, 14-16 December 2016)
  • “Vancouver’s Global Imaginary: Smartest, Greenest, Most Expensive?” (The Concept of Vancouver. The 30th Annual Two Days of Canada Conference, Centre for Canadian Studies, Brock University, St Catharines, 13-15 October 2016)
  • “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)

Updated 26 March 2018