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Dr. Gigi Adair

Lecturer (akademische Mitarbeiterin)


Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 0.19
14469 Potsdam


consulting hours
Office hours arranged by email
during the semester break


Gigi Adair is a lecturer in cultural studies and postcolonial literature in the English department at the University of Postdam. After beginning her studies with a B.Liberal Studies (Hons) at the University of Sydney, with Honours in Gender Studies and additional majors in Chemistry and Asian studies, she completed an MA and then a PhD (2015) in English at the Freie Universität Berlin, with a thesis on diasporic kinship in contemporary Black Atlantic fiction. Her research and teaching interests include 18th- to 21st-century Anglophone literature, travel literature, postcolonial studies, gender studies and queer theory.


Kinship Across the Black Atlantic: writing diasporic relations. Liverpool UP, forthcoming.

Editorial Work
Postcolonial Justice in Australia. Reassessing the ‘Fair Go. Edited by Gigi Adair and Anja Schwarz, WVT, 2016.

Journal Articles
“The ‘Feringhi Hakīm’: medical encounters and colonial ambivalence in Isabella Bird’s travels in Japan and Persia.” Studies in Travel Writing , vol. 21, no. 1, 2017, pp. 63–75, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13645145.2017.1298205

Book Chapters
(with Anja Schwarz) “Postcolonial Justice in Australia and the ‘Fair Go’: An Introduction.” Postcolonial Justice in Australia. Reassessing the ‘Fair Go, edited by Gigi Adair and Anja Schwarz, WVT, 2016.

“Indigenous Posthumanism in Pauline Melville’s The Ventriloquist’s Tale.” Weeds and Viruses: Ecopolitics and the Demands of Theory, edited by Cordula Lemke and Jennifer Wawrzinek, WVT, 2015, pp. 175–85.

Other current projects and cooperations

Encounters with Difference: a conference on travel writing and gender,” to be held at the Freie Universität Berlin, 27-28 October 2017. Abstracts due 15 June 2017!

Writing the Cosmopolitan Imagination: Genre Transactions in World-Literary Space,” funded by the DAAD. Postdoc fellow, University of Delhi, 2016/17.

Experimental Histories and Alternative Archives,” funded by the DAAD. University of Potsdam and University of Technology, Sydney.

Transpacifica. Mitteleuropäische Observationen einer Neuen Mitte (1900–1945),” funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin. Postdoc fellow, University of Tokyo, 2015.