Prof. Dr. Dirk Wiemann

Chair of English Literature


Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 0.28
14469 Potsdam


For study-related queries please try to avoid e-mails but see me during my office hours.

During the teaching period:

Wednesday, 10.45 - 11.45 hrs

During the semester break:
Thu 8 March, 12-14 hrs.
Thu March 15, 12-14 hrs.
Thu 22 March, 12-14 hrs.
Thu 13 April, 12-14 hrs.


I graduated from Oldenburg University where I read English, German, and Political Science. In 1998, I received my PhD in Comparative Literature for a dissertation on Anglophone exilic literature in Great Britain 1933-1945, funded by a grant from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. On behalf of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), I spent three years as a Visiting Lecturer at the English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad (India) and the University of Delhi, teaching Literature, Media Studies and European Studies. From 2001 to 2006, I held the post of an Assistant Professor at the University of Magdeburg where I completed my postdoctoral thesis (Habilitation) on contemporary Indian novels in English. Before joining the English and American Studies Department at Potsdam University in 2008, I was a Senior Reader at the University of Tübingen.

I am member of the DFG-funded Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) “Minor Cosmopolitanisms”. For further information, please visit

I was also the director of the bilateral research and exchange network "Writing the Cosmopolitan Imagination: Genre Transactions in World-Literary Space" with the University of Delhi. For further information, please visit


research and teaching interests 

  • genre transformations in world literary space
  • South Asia studies
  • theories and practices of cosmopolitanism
  • English renaissance republicanism in literature, politics and aesthetics
  • literature and the British Empire 
  • cultural and literary theory
  • postcolonialism


publications and projects

For an updated list of publications and more information on current projects, please see:


international research and exchange module

Information and instruction regarding the International and Research module can be found here or at