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Frau Prof. Dr. Gigi Adair

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1. Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft / Studienfächer / Anglistik / Amerikanistik / Hochschullehrer*innen und Professor*innen


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UHG C4-216 Lage-/Raumplan

Office hours Tuesday 2-3 pm in summer semester 2024. Office hours generally take place in my office, C4-216. Please contact me in advance if you need an alternative. In the semester break, please email me for an appointment.

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Curriculum Vitae

I grew up in Australia and studied Gender and Cultural Studies – after detouring through Chemistry, Asian Studies and other subjects – at the University of Sydney, graduating with a B. Liberal Studies (Hons) with Class I Honours and the University Medal. After moving to Germany and working as a translator and travel guide, I completed an MA in English Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, followed by a PhD in English at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (also at the FU Berlin). My PhD research was published as Kinship Across the Black Atlantic: Writing Diasporic Relations (Liverpool UP, 2019). Before joining the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the University of Bielefeld as a Junior Professor in 2019, I worked in the English and American Studies Department at the University of Potsdam for four years.

My research lies at the intersection of postcolonial studies and gender studies. I work primarily on anglophone Caribbean, West African and British literary and cultural texts, and I am particularly interested in questions of diaspora, migration, community, power relations, relationality and kinship, neoliberalism and utopia. I understand literature and cultural production as potentially also forms of knowledge about society and culture, including experiences such as migration.

PhD English, Freie Universität Berlin.

MA English Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

B. Liberal Studies (Hons), University of Sydney. Majors in Gender and Cultural Studies (with Honours), Chemistry, Asian Studies.

Current position
Junior Professor for Migration and Anglophone Cultures of the Global South, British and American Studies, Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Previous positions
Lecturer (akademische Mitarbeiterin), English and American Studies Department, University of Potsdam, German

Postdoc fellow, University of Tokyo, Japan

Scholarships and grants
Conference grant, Thyssen Stiftung
Conference grant, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF), Bielefeld University

Postdoc fellow, DAAD, University of Delhi (Project “Writing the Cosmopolitan Imagination: Genre Transactions in World-Literary Space”)

Postdoc fellow, Einstein Foundation, University of Tokyo (Project “Transpacifica”)

PhD Scholarship, German Research Foundation (DFG), Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

University Medal, University of Sydney

Professional memberships

  • Anglistenverband
  • Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien (member of the advisory board)
  • Dekolonial e.V.

Aktuelle Forschungsthemen

I am currently pursuing the following projects:

Rethinking African diasporas
Recent decades have seen substantial new migratory movements out of Africa, and increased movement of African diasporic subjects back to Africa. How have African diasporic formations, cultures and literatures changed as a result? How should theories of African diaspora be updated to account for this?
To this end, I am a member of the African Atlantic Research Group and in March 2021 I hosted an international Symposium on the topic at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in Bielefeld.

Narratives of Precarious Migrancy in the Global South
The majority of migration studies research - including in literary and cultural studies - examines migration from the Global South to the Global North. The majority of refugees and forced migrants, however, remain within the Global South. This project, a collaboration with Dr. Carly McLaughlin from the University of Potsdam, examines narratives of precarious migrancy in the Global South to ask how our understanding of contemporary migration, and our strategies for reading and teaching migration narratives, might be changed by paying more attention to Global South narratives. We are currently prepared an edited collection of essays (to be published by Routledge, 2023) and have publications forthcoming on teaching and reading migration narratives from the Global South.

Closely related to this project is the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Migration Literature, which I am currently co-editing with Carly McLaughlin (Potsdam) and Rebecca Fasselt (Pretoria). The Companion, which is planned for publication in 2023, will be the first comprehensive survey of this increasingly important and influential field. It aims to demonstrate the influence of the “age of migration” on literature and the institutions of literary studies and showcase the importance of migration literature in creating knowledge and shaping socio-political debates about migration.