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About

I studied English, German and Sports in Tübingen and Indiana in the second half of the 90s. Quite late in my studies I encountered and became fascinated with postcolonial literatures and cultures. I was lucky enough to win a scholarship to do a PhD at Tübingen on the work of memory in Caribbean and African American literatures about the Atlantic slave trade. When that turned out well, I got a job as assistant professor, still at Tübingen. This allowed me to teach widely, exchange my job for a semester at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, do some editorial work, and write a second monograph on the way I think song lyrics work, again with a postcolonial edge.

Since 2009 I am Professor for Anglophone Literatures and Cultures outside of GB and the US at Potsdam University.  A lot of my work in Potsdam has been collaborative, conducted and published together with my fantastic colleagues. This included work on postcolonial (media) piracy; on the figure of the Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt and German-Australian colonial entanglements more generally; on questions of justice in postcolonial frameworks; I have also co-written a new introductory volume to Postcolonial Literatures in English. I was vicepresident of GAPS (Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies) between 2012 and 2015. Since 2016, I am spokesperson, together with Dirk Wiemann, of the Research Training Group (DFG Graduiertenkolleg) minor cosmopolitanisms, a programme mainly focussing on PhD training conducted in close collaboration with partners in South Africa, India, Australia and North America. My main research project over the past few years has focussed on the figure of Tupaia, a Polynesian master navigator who joined the crew of Captain James Cook on his first voyage to the South Seas.