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Prof. Dr. Dirk Wiemann

Chair of English Literature

 

Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 0.28
14469 Potsdam

 

consulting hours
Wednesday, 10.30-11.30

about

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.

Together with Lars Eckstein I am currently speaker of the DFG-funded Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) “Minor Cosmopolitanisms”. For further information, please visit https://www.uni-potsdam.de/minorcosmopolitanisms

I am 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 dirkwiemann.wordpress.com/research/genre-transactions-in-world-literary-space/

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 information on events and projects, please see: https://dirkwiemann.wordpress.com/