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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. 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. My research 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.
My research and teaching intersts are: