ASL's Stefan Schubert Defends His Doctoral Thesis on "Narrative Instability"

On Monday, June 25, 2018, ASL instructor Stefan Schubert successfully defended his doctoral thesis in front of a dissertation committee and an audience of about 30 people. This process is part of receiving a doctorate degree at Leipzig University's Philological Faculty. In a 30-minute presentation, Schubert outlined the central findings of his dissertation on “Narrative Instability in Contemporary US Popular Culture” and offered a case study on the TV show Westworld, which exemplified the poetics of narrative instability as his dissertation describes it and the politics, not least of race and gender, that it advances. In a long and spirited discussion, he then answered questions from the committee, his reviewers, and the wider audience for roughly an hour. After a brief discussion, the committee rated his defense, and his overall doctoral thesis (reviewed by Prof. Anne Koenen, Prof. Katja Kanzler, and Prof. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez), summa cum laude.