Team


Zairong Xiang (curator) 
is the curator of the minor cosmopolitan weekend. He is postdoctoral research fellow at potsdam university with the DFG Research Training Group “minor cosmopolitanisms” and the author of Queer Ancient Ways: A Decolonial Exploration (2018, punctum books). He holds a cotutelle Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, and was a research fellow at the ICI Berlin.

Lina Fricke, Finance and Logistics 
is the assistant coordinator to the RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Potsdam in the Anglophone Modernities program.

Monica Gutierrez, Web Design and Public Relations
is an academic assistant to the RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms and a Master’s student in the Anglophone Modernities program at the University of Potsdam. She created the website and co-manages the Public Relations for the RTG. 

Joanna Louise Mackenthun, Visual Design and Public Relations
is an academic assistant to the RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms and a Master’s student in the Anglophone Modernities program at the University of Potsdam. She created the artwork of all the speakers and co-manages the Public Relations for the RTG. 

Farai von Pentz, Assistant
is an academic assistant at the University of Potsdam and a Master’s student in the Lehramt department. 

Amina Balajo, Assistant
is an academic assistant at and a Bachelor’s student at the University of Potsdam. 

Lars Eckstein, Collaborator
is a spokesperson for the RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms and a professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures outside of Great Britain and the U.S. at the University of Potsdam. He’s taught at Tübingen and the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Between 2012 and 2015 he was vice-president of GAPS (Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies).

Dirk Wiemann, Collaborator 
is a spokesperson for the RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms and a professor of English Literature at the University of Potsdam. In 1998, he received his 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. He’s held visiting professorships at the English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad (India), the University of Delhi, and the University of Magdeburg. He’s 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.

Anja Schwarz, Collaborator
is a local supervisor to the RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms and a professor of British Cultural Studies at the University of Potsdam. She has previously taught at the University of Konstanz and the Freie Universität Berlin. She currently co-directs the German-Australian research group “German Anthropological Legacies in Australia” (DAAD-Universities Australia). In 2015 she was was appointed as the German research expert to the Australia Germany Advisory Group.

Nicole Waller, Collaborator
is a local supervisor to the RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms and a professor of American Studies at the University of Potsdam. After finishing her Ph.D. in American Studies from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz she’s held numorous professorships such as at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (Juniorprofessur), Georg-August-University Göttingen (as interim professor), and Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg.

Regina Römhild, Collaborator
is a local supervisor to the RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms and a Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Institute of European Ethnology at  Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is the co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Transnational Border Studies at Humboldt-Universität and the related Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium on Border Studies and Critical Migration Research and a co-founding member of the Berlin Institute of Empirical Migration Studies (BIM).

Marie-Christin Hoffmann, Head of Volunteers
is an academic assistant at the University of Potsdam and a Master’s student in the Lehramt department. 

Gracija Atanasovska, Web Design Intern
is a Master’s student in the Anglophone Modernities program at the University of Potsdam.

Francisco Bugmann Neto, Social Media Intern
is a Master’s student in the Anglophone Modernities program at the University of Potsdam.

Imge Turan, Social Media Intern
is a Master’s student in the Anglophone Modernities program at the University of Potsdam.

Joshua Pawli, Content Editor Intern
is a Master’s student in the Anglophone Modernities program at the University of Potsdam.

 

We also want to thank our volunteers Mirrat Younes, Altinawi Waseem, Mohamed Darif, Mazen Abo-Ismail, Rhituparna Chakraborty,  Al-Bounni Alaa, Romby Cubas, Baad Elfenniri, Philip Eybing, Robin Hartmann, Bentahor Hatim, Abdelilah Faiq, Tayfun Sakir Karatas, Athina-Marla Mademli, and Beatrice Achterberg. 

… and all other supervisors and fellows of the RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms.