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Prof. Dr. Lars Eckstein

Chair of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures outside of GB and the US


Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 0.27
14469 Potsdam


consulting hours
Thursdays 12-13
no office hours on 6 Dec

Academic Background

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.

Publications and Projects

For an updated list of publications (including downloading links to draft or full text PDFs), synopses of books, or information about events, please see: http://larseckstein.wordpress.com/

Research and Teaching Intersts

  • Anglophone Literatures and Cultures across the Globe
  • Memory Studies, Popular Culture and Media Studies
  • Postcolonial and Decolonial Theories and Practices