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Prof. Dr. Pia Wiegmink



room: PT 3.2.73
phone:+49 (0) 941 / 943 - 3478
fax:+49 (0) 941 / 943 - 3590

American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany

email: pia.wiegmink@ur.de

office hours: Tuesday, 4-6 pm (via telephone, Zoom, or Chat UR).
Please send an e-mail to pia.wiegmink@ur.de to register for office hours.

Research Interests

  • Transnational American Studies
  • American Antislavery Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Print Cultures
  • African American Literature and Culture
  • Performance Theory, Cultural Performance, Theater and Protest


Academic Appointments

Habilitation: “Re-Configuring the Nation: Transnationalism and Gender in American Abolitionist Literature” (submitted June 2019, JGU Mainz)

DFG Research Network with Dr. Birgit Bauridl (U Regensburg); wissenschaftliches Netzwerk DFG # BA 3567 / 4-1; “Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies” 2014-2018 (36 months + ext.).

PhD Project

  • DFG funding for international symposium “From Abolition to Black Lives Matter: Past and Present Forms of Transnational Black Resistance,” JGU, November 2017.
  • DFG funding, research network “Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies” (network coordinators: Birgit Bauridl and Pia Wiegmink), 2014-2018.
  • 12 months DAAD Postdoc Fellowship, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 2012.
  • Eccles Centre Fellowship in North American Studies, Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, London, 2011.
  • DAAD funding for research at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Sept/Oct. 2006.
  • DAAD-Förderung Konferenzreise, Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, and Society for the Study of American Women Writers (2018, 2016, 2015, 2012)
  • “inneruniversitäre Forschungsförderung” JGU Mainz (various international conferences, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013)



“Carsten Junker. Patterns of Positioning: On the Poetics of Early Abolition.” ZAA: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 65.4 (2017): 450-53.

“Martha Schoolman: Abolitionist Geographies.” African American Review 48.3 (2015): 387-89.

“Philip K. Colin, ed. Contemporary African American Women Playwrights: A Casebook.” Journal for Contemporary Drama in English 2.1 (2014): 119-22.

“Kirk Savage: Monument Wars: Washington D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape.” Amerikastudien 56.3 (2011): 473-475.

“Soyini D. Madison: Acts of Activism: Human Rights as Radical Performance.” Theatre Research International 36.1 (2011): 79-80.

“Susan C. Haedicke, Deirdre Heddon, Avraham Oz and E. J. Westlake, ed. Political Performances: Theory and Practice.” Theatre Research International 35.2 (2010): 213-14.


Conference Organization

“Black on White? Reassessing 'Tactical Anonymity' and 'Double Veiling' in Eliza Potter's A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life” (In/Visibility and Opacity: Cultural Productions by African and African Diasporic Women, Volkswagen Stiftung, Schloss Herrnhausen, Hannover), July 2019.

“Harriet Jacobs, Transatlantic Public Intellectual” (The Black Diaspora and African American Intellectual History, JGU Mainz), June 2019.

“Mobility, Belonging, and Antislavery Critique in Antebellum African American Women’s Travel Accounts” (State of Emergence, American Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia annual meeting), Nov. 2018.

“Domestic Publicity in Antebellum African American Women’s Life Writing” (Counter/Publics, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin), May 2018.

“The Serial Character of Abolition: Charting Transatlantic and Gendered Critiques of Slavery in The Liberty Bell (The Transnational American Periodical, British Library in London), Dec. 2017.

“Celebrating Freedom: Antislavery Events as Transnational Cultural Performance” (Environment Meets Performance: Current Research in Transnational American Studies, DFG Network “Cultural Performance” und “Environmental Crisis,” Universität Regensburg), Sep. 2017.

“Women’s Life Writing in the Black Atlantic” (Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are, American Studies Association, annual meeting, Colorado, USA), Nov. 2016.

“A View from Abroad: Slavery, Transatlantic Relations and European Revolutions in African American Women‘s Writing” (European Association for American Studies, bi-annual conference, Constanta), May 2016.

“Immigration and Womanhood in Nineteenth-Century German American Antislavery Fiction” (Society for the Study of American Women Writers, triennial conference, Philadelphia, USA), Nov. 2015.

“Female Odysseys: Discourses of Transatlantic Female Benevolent Work in the Works of Harriet Jacobs and Nancy Prince” (Transatlantic Studies Association, annual meeting, Middleburg, Netherlands, Belgium), July 2015.

“Transatlantic Memories: Imagining Black Cosmopolitan Womanhood in the Writings of Harriet Jacobs, Nancy Prince, and Eliza Potter” (Collegium for African American Research, Liverpool, Great Britain), June 2015.

“Nineteenth-Century German American Women Writers' Perspectives on Slavery” (Transatlantic Studies Association, annual meeting, Ghent, Belgium), July 2014.

“Atlantic Crossings: German American Women Writers' Gendered Perspectives on Race and Slavery” (Crossing Boundaries in a Post-Ethnic Era – Interdisciplinary Approaches and Negotiations, MESEA, Saarbrücken), June 2014.

“‘Buy and Sell for the Benefit of the Slave:’ Women's Political Acts at Boston's Anti-Slavery Fair” (America: Justice, Conflict, War, EAAS 60th Anniversary Conference, The Hague, Netherlands), April 2014.

“Friends of Freedom: Maria Weston Chapman's Anti-Slavery Network” (International Cross-Currents: Women's Networks Across Europe and the Americas, 1776-1939, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg), December 2013.

“Transatlantic Routes of Abolitionism in The Liberty Bell” (Transcultural Mobility in the Americas, Inaugural Conference of the BMBF Project “The Americas as Space of Entanglement(s),” Bielefeld University), May 2013.

“The Gift Book as Transnational Medium of Women’s Abolitionism” (Dimensions of Empire and Resistance: Past, Present, and Future, American Studies Association Conference, annual meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico), Nov. 2012.

“Harriet Jacobs, Transatlantic Female Public Intellectual” (American Studies in the World, Chesapeake American Studies Association Conference, American University, Washington, DC), March 2012.

Gandhi Is My Homeboy”: Performance and Peace Activism in the Wake of 9/11” (Imagination, Reparation, Transformation. American Studies Association, annual meeting, Baltimore), Oct. 2011.

 “Birds of a Feather? Inter-American Relations in Walt Disney’s Saludos Amigos (1943) and The Three Caballeros (1945).” (Transnational Americas: Difference, Belonging, Identitarian Spaces. Bi-Annual Conference of the International Association of Inter-American Studies, Essen, Germany), November 2010.

with Matthias Oppermann: "Eloquent Binaries: The Obama's Political Narrative and Web 2.0" (Texting Obama: Poetics/Politics/Popular Culture, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sep. 2010)

 “The Billionaires for Bush: Activist Counterpublics and Parodic Performances.” (The American Presidency and Political Leadership, annual conference of the German Association for American Studies, Heidelberg), May 2008.

“Beyond Appropriation: Fakes, Hoaxes and Tricksters in American Activist Performance.” (Adaptations — Performing across Media and Genres, 17th Annual CDE Conference 2008, Siegen), May 2008.

“Volatile Performances: American Corporations, Fake Websites and Media Activism in a Globalized World” (America Without Borders, University of Southern California), Oct. 2006.


“Walt Disney und der Amerikanische Traum.” (Der Mann mit der Maus. Woran Disney heute scheitern würde. HR2 Der Tag) Dec. 15, 2016.


Supervised Theses

BA/ Staatsexamen

“Breaking the Silence – Gendered Perspectives in Contemporary American Prison Literature”

“The Public Persona of Muhammad Ali in His Life Writing”

“‘Where have all the black men gone?’ – The Criminalization of African American Men”

“Black Women’s Voices and the Civil Rights Movement: Approaches to Selma”