Gabriele Eichmanns is Associate Teaching Professor of German at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She received her PhD in German Literature from the University of Washington-Seattle in 2008. Her research focuses primarily on travel writing, questions of home and identity, trans-cultural writers and pop literature. She has published on Christian Kracht, Christoph Ransmayr, Yadè Kara and German travel writing on Japan and is currently working on a textbook on globalization for advanced students of German. Yvonne Franke is Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Foreign Languages at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Her research interests include contemporary German audiovisual culture and literature against the backdrop of European expansion.