Heike Hartung is an independent scholar in English Literature and Cultural Studies. She earned her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin and her PhD habil. at the University of Potsdam. She is affiliated as a senior scholar at the University of Potsdam, Germany and the Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. In her research and teaching she focuses on cultural Age(ing) Studies, Disability and Gender Studies, narrative theory and the history of narrative.