Dr. Corinna Erckenbrecht (assoziiertes Mitglied der Nachwuchsforschergruppe Das transkulturelle Erbe Nordwest-Australiens) ist seit Mai 2018 neue Leiterin der Abteilung Weltkulturen und ihre Umwelt an den rem | Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim.

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Jenny Oesterle organisiert zusammen mit Prof. Dr. Susanne Lachenicht eine Sektion auf dem 52. deutschen Historikertag in Münster zum Thema "Flight and Asylum from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period - transcultural perspectives" [more]


Nachwuchgruppenleiter Dr. Jenny Rahel Oesterle und Dr. Carsten Wergin zu ihren Forschungen im Open Access Video Journal Latest Thinking:


How Can Australian Indigenous Experience Change Western Perspectives of the World?



How Were Refugees Protected in the Islamic Early Middle Ages?



How Does Tourism Change People and Places?



Russischsprachige Bevölkerung in Osteuropa – von der Titularnation zur Minderheit
Demokratische Transformation und gesellschaftliche Integration im Baltikum und in der Ukraine






Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia
Epistemologies, Practices and Locales

Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia

Edited by Ravi Baghel, Lea Stepan, Joseph K.W. Hill

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Lustre: Pearling and Australia


Edited by Tanya Edwards, Sarah Yu

[more info]



Anthropology in/of Australia Past and Present

im Rahmen der Lecture Series
Introduction to Australian Studies:
(Trans-)Disciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Carsten Wergin

20 Juni 2017, University of Cologne

[more info]



The Trouble with Representation: Australian Indigenous World(view)s and the "White Magic" of Modernity

Dr. Carsten Wergin

06 April 2017, University of Western Australia

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Curtin Indigenous Research Network Lecture Series:

Heritage, Transculturality and Collections: New Research from Germany and the Kimberley,

30 March 2017, Curtin University, Perth

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Internationaler Workshop:

"Refugee transfers in the Euro- Arab Mediterranean zone:
Tying the past with the present
Towards a transregional and transhistorical understanding in times of crises"

(10-12 April 2017 Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon)

organisiert von:

Dr. Jenny Oesterle (Research Group "Protection in Periods of Political and Religious Expansion) in cooperation with Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American
University, Byblos) und der Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Collaborations of Biocultural Hope: Community Science Against Industrialisation in Northwest Australia


Dr. Carsten Wergin

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Expansion und Aktivitäten des Mercedarier-Ordens im Andenraum des 16. Jahrhunderts

Dr. Maret Keller

Anden Diss - Keller

​(Dissertationsschrift Universität Heidelberg 2013), URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-heidok-187295


Dancehall und Homophobie
Postkoloniale Perspektiven auf die Geschichte und Kultur Jamaikas
Patrick HelberDancehall

​05/2015, 304 Seiten, kart.
ISBN 978-3-8376-3109-8

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Materialities of Tourism
Special Issue of Tourist Studies (2014, 14/3)Guest-editors Stephen Muecke and Carsten Wergin




Caribbean Food Cultures
Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas
Food Cultures Transcript

05/2014, 306 pages,
ISBN 978-3-8376-2692-6
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Film Stars as Embodiments of Gender, Nation and Race, 1918-1939

Pablo Dominguez

The dissertation analyzes popular film stars of the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich as embodiments of gender, nation and race. As analyses of Hollywood stars have shown, film stars’ images and bodies are not only constructed and consumed as ideal representations of their respective genders. Both in their films and in the abundant fan literature, stars’ bodies are also frequently categorized and contrasted with each other in national and racial terms. As the dissertation will argue, in a culture increasingly obsessed with visual culture and the mass media, these bodies as extremely widespread cultural icons fulfilled an important pedagogical function: It is through the construction and consumption of stars’ bodies that audiences learned and negotiated not only what it meant to be a real man or a woman, but also a real German or no German at all; what a White or Nordic body was as opposed to a Black, Jewish, or Asian body; and how all of these complex categories could contradict or reinforce, could be at odds or highly consistent with each other.

The dissertation will focus on four different stars: Henny Porten, Hans Albers, Anna May Wong and Conrad Veidt. Thereby, it will analyze two exceptionally white and German stars and at the same time focus on two stars that were popular precisely because of their alleged exoticism and their otherness.

The constructions of these stars’ gendered, nationalized and racialized bodies will be contextualized within a variety of discursive fields: the widespread contemporary anxieties and discussions around the human body will play an equally important role as changing notions of femininity and masculinity and the obsessive fascination of German society and culture with racial and national difference. The project’s aim is to reconstruct how popular culture continuously attempted to produce stable forms of identities in a time when gender, nation and race were becoming increasingly unclear and unstable categories.



Zur Person: 

Pablo Dominguez
Universität Heidelberg.
Transcultural Studies
Marstallstraße 6
69117 Heidelberg
Telefon: 06221 54-7856
Fax: 06221/5478-62



October 2008- October 2011:
Research Associate in the Junior Research Group “Nationalism and Gender in the United States, Japan and Germany 1900-1945” , Transcultural Studies Program, University of Heidelberg.

May 2008 – October 2008:
Research Assistant, Department of History, University of Cologne


October 2008 – present:
Graduate Student, University of Heidelberg
May 2008:
M.A., University of Cologne: U.S. History, Medieval and Modern History, Philosophy;
M.A. Thesis: “Gender and Race in Hollywood Beach Party-Films of the Early 1960s”


Book Reviews

Nagl, Tobias: Die unheimliche Maschine. Rasse und Repräsentation im Weimarer Kino. München 2009, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 26.11.2010, <>.


"'Normal American Kids'. Youthful Bodies, Gender and Race in Early 1960s Hollywood Surf Films", paper presented at the conference "'Forever Young'? The Changing Images of America'", Biennial Conference of the European Association for American Studies, Trinity College, Dublin 03/2010

"'Im Daseinskampf ist Schönheit Trumpf!' Starkörper der Weimarer Republik zwischen Nation, Geschlecht und Rasse", paper presented at the conference "Das Sichtbare und das Verborgene - Diskurse über 'Rasse' und Sexualität in der Moderne", University of Göttingen 02/2010.

"'Paradise, Hawaiian Style': Fantasies of Hawaii in Postwar America", paper presented at the conference "Oceans, Islands, Continents", 124th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, San Diego CA, 01/2010

Research Interests

Cultural History of Germany and the United States
Gender History
History of Race and Racism
Film History

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