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Dr. Pia Wiegmink

wiss. Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung Banerjee
My research areas are literary, cultural, and performance studies. I am lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the institute and I currently work on my “Habilitation” („Re-Configuring the Nation: Transnational Abolitionist Narratives and Discourses of Personhood and Gender, 1776-1920″/working title).

From 2011 to 2012, I was visiting scholar at Georgetown University, Washington DC. For my current research project/habilitation, I received an ECCLES Center fellowship in North American Studies from the British Library (2011) and a post-doc fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (2012).

I received my doctorate in American Studies from the University of Siegen in 2010. I am author of two monographs, Theatralität und Öffentlicher Raum [Theatricality and Public Space], Tectum 2005, and Protest EnACTed, Winter 2011 and I have published numerous articles on political performance as well as essays on American dramatist Naomi Wallace, Walt Disney, the Obama campaign of 2008, and the Boston Female Antislavery Society.

Current Research

My current research project examines the interdependencies between abolitionist narratives, transnationalism, and conceptions of personhood in nineteenth-century US America. In American abolitionist narratives, I argue, issues like black emancipation, changing notions of womanhood, and discourses of naturalization and citizenship are inextricably intertwined. Transnational abolitionist narratives represent a distinct cultural sphere in which US American perceptions of personhood, gender, and national identity were reconfigured.

I am also currently preparing a special issue for the journal Atlantic Studies: Global Currents on German Entanglements with Slavery in the Americas (with Prof. Heike Raphael-Hernandez, forthcoming 2016).

In addition, I am also heading an international research network on “Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies” (together with Dr. Birgit M. Bauridl from the University of Regensburg). The research network is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for three years (2015-17).


My teaching areas are:

  • American Drama, Theater, and Performance
  • American Antislavery Literature
  • American Feminism, Gender Studies
  • African American Theory and Culture


Dr. Pia Wiegmink
Philosophicum II
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
Room 02.227

Phone: +49-6131-39-24635

Office hours

Mon, 9-10 (online)
Please send me an e-mail to make an appointment.

As of September 2021 I will be working at the University of Bonn. 



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