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Markus Reisenleitner is Professor of Humanities at York University. He is also affiliated with the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture and the Graduate Program in History. 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. For a full list of publications and research-related activities as well as supervision of graduate students, please refer to the academic c.v. in pdf format.

Current teaching
Current service
  • Graduate Studies Governance Task Force (since October 2019)
  • Committee on Curriculum, Curricular Policy and Standards (since October 2019)
  • Senator
  • SSHRC Explore & Exchange Grants Committee
  • Classroom Renewal Program Taskforce
  • Open Access Steering Committee
Recent publications
  • Reisenleitner, Markus. “Canadian Comparative Literature in Bits: The Impact of Open Access and Electronic Publication Formats.” Comparative Literature in Canada: Contemporary Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Publishing in Review, Ed. Susan Ingram and Irene Sywenky, 237–47. London: Lexington Books, 2020.
  • Reisenleitner, Markus. "From Hippies to Hipsters: Urban Gentrification and Memories of the Counterculture." Geschichte und Gerechtigkeit, edited by Aleida Assmann et al., LIT, 2019, pp. 231–35.
  • Ingram, Susan, and Markus Reisenleitner. L.A. Chic: A Locational History of Los Angeles Fashion. Intellect, University of Chicago Press, 2018.
  • Reisenleitner, Markus. “Noir Transgressions: Bending Gender, Ethnicity, and Style in Recent LA Fiction and Film.” Transgressions / Transformations: Literature and Beyond. Ed. Brigitte Johanna Glaser and Wolfgang Zach. Vol. 25. Tübingen: Stauffenberg, 2018. 209–218. SECL Studies in English and Comparative Literature.
  • Reisenleitner, Markus. “Ruts of Gentrification: Breaking the Surface of Vienna’s Changing Cityscape.” Media Theory 2.1 (2018): 281–306.
  • 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.
Recent conference presentations
  • “Climb Every Mountain: Provincializing European Lineages in Mountain Documentaries.” (European Popular Culture Association EUPOP 2019, Limerick, Republic of Ireland, 16-18 July 2019)
  • “Hippies, Strangers, Colonizers: The Multifaceted Legacies of the Californian Counterculture.” (6th Annual Meeting On Social Inquiry and Its Dialectics: Otherness, Alterity, and Estrangement: Revisiting ‘The Stranger,’ Paros, Greece, 13-16 June 2019)
  • Roundtable: “New Editing and Legitimizing Practices in Comparative Literature and Digital Humanities.” (Congress 2019, University of British Columbia, 1-4 June 2019)
  • “Mediating Mountains: Patagonia’s Countercultural Lineages in Mountain of Storms (1968) and 180 Degrees South (2010).” (2019 National Conference of the Popular Culture Association of America, Washington DC, 17-20 April 2019)
  • “Spectres of the Counterculture: The Properties of Gentrification in Silicon Beach, Los Angeles.” (Spectral Cities - Western Humanities Alliance Conference, Calgary Central Library, 2-3 November 2018)
  • “Fiddling with Southern California at a Time of Upheaval: A.E. Maxwell’s Mystery Series.” (Alternative/Mainstream: A U.S. Studies Conference, St. Mary’s University, Calgary, 12-14 October 2018)
  • “Liminal Memories of the Beaches: Hawaiian Surf Culture as America’s Contact Zone in William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” (Transcending Boundaries: Migrations, Dislocations, and Literary Transformations, Centre for the International Study of Literatures in English, Ljubljana, 16-20 July 2018)
  • “Countercultural Heritages in Los Angeles: Silicon Beach’s Appeal to IT Startup Culture.” (Intangible Heritage: Scenes Of Urban Innovation, V: 5th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC), Athens Greece, 23-26 July 2018)
  • “California’s Counterculture Turns 180 Degrees South: Obsessively Documenting Drop-Outs While Saving the Planet” (Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, University of Mainz, 20 June 2018)
  • Roundtable: “Theoretical Directions in Comparative Literature / Orientations Théoriques En Littérature Comparée.” (Congress 2018, University of Regina, 26-28 May 2018)
  • “Riding the Tech Wave: Silicon Beach and Californian Surfing’s Hegemonic Beach Imaginary.” (Congress 2018, University of Regina, 26-28 May 2018)
  • “Gentrification by Adobe: Design Traditions of Santa Fe’s Urban Imaginary.” (Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge: Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions, 48th Conference of the Urban Affairs Association, Toronto, 4-7 April 2018)
  • "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

Updated 26 September 2019