Dr. Nele Sawallischformerly: wiss. Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung Scheiding
Dear colleagues, dear students,
Please note that I am leaving the University of Mainz for a new position, starting Oct. 1, 2020.
Students, here is what you need to know:
- For matters regarding second and third term paper attempts, please contact my colleagues at the chair.
- For matters regarding the Direct Exchange Programs, please contact my colleagues Anne Bull and Sandra Meerwein (e-mails tba on the OI website soon).
If you wish to reach out to me personally, please direct your query to Nele.Sawallisch@ku.de .
Stay healthy and sane.
Dr. Nele Sawallisch
My MA and PhD projects have received funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. As a PhD candidate, I have participated in the Institute for World Literature’s 2014 session in Hongkong, and the Fulbright Commission’s American Studies Institute in San Francisco in 2016. I have also presented at international conferences in Europe, Canada, and the United States. I am a member of the GKS (Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien) and the DGfA (German Association for American Studies), whose 25th Postgraduate Forum I co-organized in Mainz in 2014. At the Institute, I serve as a post-doctoral lecturer.
My doctoral work focused on autobiographical life writing by former slaves who fled to Canada hoping to find a life in freedom and peace and their forms of textual community building in the 1850s. I have also applied my scholarship on African American and African Canadian literatures and cultures with a focus on the nineteenth century in my teaching. Most recently, I have begun work on my second book project, which will center on the history of comedy, comedy formats, and humor studies in the United States.
- African American and African Canadian history, literature, and literary history
- Nineteenth-Century American Literature
- Life Writing
- Transnational American Studies
- Humor Studies, Comedy Studies
I take immense pleasure in teaching, the interaction in the classroom, and good student papers. I am committed to get students involved in the classroom and create learning environments that both challenge and invite them to participate in the exploration of texts, theories, and writing formats.
Dr. Nele Sawallisch