Prof. Dr. Pia Wiegmink 

BCDSS Professor

Room 2.019
Niebuhrstr. 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 228 73 62479

Office hours: Thursdays, 4:30–6 pm (in person or via Zoom), please register via email in advance

Team assistant: Martina Kuhnert
Team: Dr. Jennifer Leetsch, Luvena Kopp

Upcoming workshop: Global Voyages, Local Sites

Working Groups:

  • Life Writing, Slavery and Dependency

  • Rethinking Atlantic Narratives of Slavery and Freedom

© 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 global entanglements and circulation. Her most recent monograph Abolitionist Cosmopolitanism (Brill 2022) 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 includes

  • the upcoming symposium "Global Voyages, Local Sites: The Long Shadow of Atlantic Slavery in the Anglo-American and German Pacific" (June 2023)
  • the working group "Life Writing, Slavery and Dependency" 
  • a project, tentatively entitled "the protocols of dependency in American literature," which analyzes intersecting tropes and discursive structures of various forms of dependency inherent in nineteenth century American literature.
  • a co-edited special issue "Beyond Slavery and Freedom" in Journal of Global Slavery (forthcoming; with Jutta Wimmler)
  • a co-edited special issue "Slavery and Colonialism in German Cultural Memory: Discourses, Debates, and Practices" in Atlantic Studies: Global Currents (forthcoming; with Heike Raphael-Hernandez)

3 monographs; 4 edited collections; 25 articles (+1 forthcoming); 6 reviews (+2 forthcoming); 39 national and international lectures and papers; (co)organizer of 7 conferences/workshops; (co)organizer of 8 panels; advisor of 5 MA theses (first advisor) and 39 BA/B.Ed. theses

Venia legendi, American Studies, JGU Mainz, Germany

Submission of Habilitation, American Studies, JGU Mainz, Germany

Ph.D. American Studies, University of Siegen, Germany

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

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," 26–28 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 

  • 2022. Abolitionist Cosmopolitanism: Reconfiguring Gender, Race, and Nation in American Antislavery Literature. Leiden: Brill. Access 
  • 2021. Co-edited with Katrin Horn, Leopold Lippert, and Ilka Saal. American Cultures as Transnational Performance. Commons, Skills, Traces. 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. Open access 
  • 2019. With Birgit Bauridl. "Cultural Performance and Transnational American Studies." In The Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies, edited by Nina Morgan, Alfred Hornung, and Takayuki Tatsumi, 85–95. London: Routledge.
  • 2020. As editor. With Heike Raphael-Hernandez. German Entanglements in Transatlantic Slavery. London: Routledge. Open access
  • 2017. "Antislavery Discourses in Nineteenth-Century German American Women’s Fiction." Atlantic Studies: Global Currents 14(1): 476–496. Access
  • 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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