Prof. Dr. Pia Wiegmink 

BCDSS Clusterprofessorship

Room 2019
Niebuhrstr. 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 7362479

office hours: Thursdays,  4.30-6 pm (in person or via Zoom), please register via email in advance

Team: Dr. Jennifer Leetsch, Luvena Kopp 

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© Barbara Frommann

"I envision the BCDSS to be a lively and interdisciplinary academic community which enables a broad variety of scholars to become familiar with and learn from each other’s diverse areas of expertise; this exchange, I believe, will fuel my own research on the literatures of (anti)slavery and its global entanglements in exiting and unique ways."

Academic Profile

In her research, Pia Wiegmink is interested in cultural practices and particularly narratives of American slavery and dependency and their transatlantic entanglements and circulation. Her most recent monograph (forthcoming with Brill 2021) redefined the potential of nineteenth century American abolitionist literature as a cultural and political imaginary. She situated abolitionist literature in specific transnational contexts and highlighted the role of women as producers, subjects, and readers of abolitionist literature. Her current research can be divided into three thematic clusters: The first cluster focuses on practices of remembering slavery and other forms of asymmetrical dependency in North America and Europe (in particular Germany) and examines how these practices profoundly contribute(d) to processes of (political and cultural) self-fashioning. The second cluster aims at exploring the slave narrative and other forms of life writing in a transcultural and comparative perspective. The third cluster/project, tentatively entitled “the protocols of dependency in American literature” analyzes intersecting tropes and discursive structures of various forms of dependency inherent in nineteenth century American literature.

2 monographs (+ 1 forthcoming); 3 edited collections (+1 forthcoming); 21 articles (+6 forthcoming); 6 reviews; 39 national and international lectures and papers; 5 MA theses; 39 BA theses; (co)organizer of 7 conferences/workshops; (co)organizer of 8 panels

Habilitation and Venia legendi, American Studies, JGU Mainz

Ph.D. American Studies, University of Siegen

M.A. Theatre Studies and English Studies, JGU Mainz   

Current Position
Professor for  Dependency and Slavery Studies, University Bonn, Germany      

Assistant Professor (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, JGU Mainz

Interim Chair of American Studies, University of Regensburg

Assistant Professor (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, JGU Mainz

Visiting Professor, English Department, York University, Toronto

Visiting Researcher, English Department, Georgetown University,Washington D.C.

Lecturer, Department of Literature, Culture and Media Studies/American Studies, University of Siegen

Rob Kroes Award for the best unpublished manuscript in American studies by a European scholar for the year 2020  (European Association for American Studies)

Best Article Award 2019 Amerikastudien/American Studies

DFG Research Network: “Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies” (co-organization)

  • Reviewer for various journals
  • 4/2021 – Special Forum Editor, Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS)

DFG (German Research Foundation) research network “Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies” with Dr. Birgit Bauridl (University of Regensburg)

DFG (German Research Foundation) financial support for international workshop („From Abolition to Black Lives Matter: Past and Present Forms of Transnational Black Resistance, 26.–18. November 2017 JGU Mainz, organized with Nele Sawallisch, Frank Obenland and Johanna Seibert)

DAAD Post-Doc Fellowship as visiting scholar at Georgetown University Washington, DC (discontinued 10/2012 due to parental leave)

Eccles Centre Fellowship in North American Studies, Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, London.

Research Fellowship (DAAD/German-Academic Exchange Service travel grant), University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles 

  • Reconfiguring the Nation. Transnationalism and Gender in Nineteenth-Century American Abolitionist Literature. Leiden: Brill. [forthcoming].
  • 2021. American Cultures as Transnational Performance. Commons, Skills, Traces, co-edited with Katrin Horn, Leopold Lippert, and Ilka Saal.  London: Routledge. 
  • 2021. “Race, Slavery, and Emigration in Black Women’s Life Writing.” In African American Literature in Transition, 1830–1850, edited by Benjamin Fagan, 202–220. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2021. “African American Women in Europe.” In In Search of Liberty. African American Internationalism in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World, edited by Ronald Angelo Johnson and Ousmane Power-Greene, 253–278. Athens: University of Georgia Press.
  • 2019. “Tearing the Envelope: Harriet Jacobs’s ‘Epistolary Activism’”. Amerikastudien/American Studies 64(3): 373–390.
  • 2019. “Cultural Performance and Transnational American Studies.” (co-authored with Birgit Bauridl) In The Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies, edited by Nina Morgan, Alfred Hornung, and Takayuki Tatsumi, 85–95. London: Routledge.
  • 2020. German Entanglements in Transatlantic Slavery, co-edited with Heike Raphael-Hernandez. London: Routledge.
  • 2017. “Antislavery Discourses in Nineteenth-Century German American Women’s Fiction.” Atlantic Studies: Global Currents 14(1): 476–496.
  • 2014. “Naomi Wallace.” In The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights, edited by Martin Middeke, Peter Paul Schnierer, Christoper Innes, and Matthew C. Roudané, 391–410. London: Bloomsbury.
  • 2011. Protest EnACTed. Activist Performance in the Contemporary United States. American Studies 201. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.
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