"Historians and Historical Research at Iraqi Universities. A Survey".
The German Federal Ministry of Education (Bmbf) funds a project by Bashar Ibrahim and Jenny Oesterle (both members of the Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
[more info]


Dr. Carsten Wergin contributed a session on 'Listening Carefully' to the Radical Hope Syllabus. The group-sourced syllabus is intended as a resource for anyone interested in environmental issues - and how we, collectively and/or individually, might respond to them [more info]


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 organizes together with Prof. Dr. Susanne Lachenicht a section on the 52. deutschen Historikertag in Münster on the subject of  "Flight and Asylum from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period - transcultural perspectives" [more]



Dr. Jenny Rahel Oesterle and Dr. Carsten Wergin talk about their research in Open Access Video Journal Latest Thinking:


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


How Does Tourism Change People and Places?



Der Ruf des Schneckenhorns
Hermann Klaatsch (1863 – 1916). Ein Heidelberger Wissenschaftler in Nordwestaustralien




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

[more info]


Lustre: Pearling and Australia


Edited by Tanya Edwards, Sarah Yu

[more info]



Anthropology in/of Australia Past and Present

as part of the Lecture Series
Introduction to Australian Studies:
(Trans-)Disciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Carsten Wergin

20 June 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

[more Info]


Curtin Indigenous Research Network Lecture Series:

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

30 March 2017, Curtin University, Perth

[more info]


International 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)

organized by

Dr. Jenny Oesterle (Research Group "Protection in Periods of Political and Religious Expansion) in cooperation with Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American
University, Byblos) and the 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

[weitere infos]


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
[for more information]


Narratives of the Body: Coming-of-Age in Contemporary Caribbean Women's Writing in the Diaspora

The bildungsroman with a focus usually on one single character and her coming into being is particularly well suited to investigate how migration, cultural entanglements and growing up in at least two different locations, namely the Caribbean and North America, impact on the individual and alter subject formation. The project investigates the Caribbean-diasporic coming-of-age novels written by Makeda Silvera (*1955), Ramabai Espinet (*1948), both resident in Canada, Edwidge Danticat (*1969), and Angie Cruz (*1972), resident in the United States. It analyses migration and socialization patterns, body politics and embodiment. Aim of this study is to offer a pan-Caribbean selection of texts and distinct diasporic location in North America; to define generic features of the Caribbean-diasporic coming-of-age novel; to juxtapose and apply lived body and lived experience as analytical tool.

I employ diaspora theories to frame the selected texts and diverse topics discussed within the novels. The concepts of migratory subjectivities, the Black Atlantic and the Kala Pani account for both the Indo- and Afro-Caribbean experience of multiple dislocations, uprooting and rerouting. Here, I would like to speak of a feminist diasporic poetics which focuses on the body and the intersections of gender, class, race, age and sexualities.

Since adolescence is inevitably connected to physiological change and sexual awakening, both the woman’s body and sexuality are made visible and highly significant in the narratives. Agreeing that there is a materiality of the body, I also argue that bodies are socially constructed, gender, sexuality and race thus made meaningful and vary according to specific contexts. I insist on the agency, performative, and discursive power of the body – a textual script testifying lived experience. I draw from various approaches of Black, Latina and Indo-Caribbean feminism and argue that the characters in the novels challenge normative views on the body.



Wiebke Beushausen
Universität Heidelberg
Transcultural Studies
Marstallstraße 6
69117 Heidelberg
Tel. (0049) 6221 54-7858
Fax: (0049) 6221/54-7862



Since September 2015
Associate Member of the Transcultural Studies Junior Research Group „From the Caribbean to North America and Back“ at Heidelberg University

August 2014 - Juni 2015
Gender Consulting at the Central Office for Equal Opportunity at Göttingen University

February 2012 - March 2012
Visiting researcher at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University Toronto

February 2012
Research grant awarded by the German Foundation of Canadian Studies

December 2010 - December 2013
Research assistant of the transcultural studies junior research group "From the Caribbean to North America and Back. Transcultural Processes in Literature, Popular Culture and the New Media" at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.

April 2010 - November 2010
Member of the project group „Integrating Women’s and Gender Studies“ at the Department of English at Gießen University.

May 2009 - March 2010
Research assistant at the Department of English, Gießen University.

April 2009
Postgraduate degree at Gießen University. Title of the final thesis: "Intertextualität und Sexualität: Die Neuperspektivierung des Körpers und der Geschlechterbeziehungen in postkolonialen Rewritings" (Intertextuality and Sexuality: New Perspectives on the Body and Gender Relations in Postcolonial Rewritings).

January 2008 - March 2009
Assistant to the management of the collaborative research program SFB 434 "Erinnerungskulturen" (Cultures of Memory).

September 2006 - April 2009
Student research assistant at the Department of English, Gießen University.

September 2004 - June 2005
Studies at Management School, University of Bradford/ West Yorkshire, awarded with the “Certificate of Continuing Education.“

October 2002
Studies of applied linguistics and business administration at Gießen University, subjects: English, Spanish and business administration.




Edited volumes

Caribbean Food Cultures: Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas. Bielefeld: transcript 2014. [mit Anne Brüske, Ana-Sofia Commichau, Patrick Helber, Sinah Kloß]

in preparation

Practices of Resistance: Narratives, Politics, and Aesthetics across the Caribbean. Series InterAmerican Research: Contact, Communicaton, Conflict. Routledge. [co-edited Miriam Brandel, Marius Littschwager, Joseph Farquharson, Annika McPherson, Julia Roth]
Artikel in Sammelbänden

„Writing from lòt bò dlo: Vodou Aesthetics and Poetics in Edwidge Danticat and Myriam Chancy“. Celucien L. Joseph / Asselin Charles / Schallum Pierre / Nixon S. Cleophat (Hgg.): Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination, Lanham: Lexington Books 2016. 145-178. [mit Anne Brüske; peer reviewed]

„The Caribbean (on the) Dining Table: Contextualizing Culinary Cultures“. Wiebke Beushausen / Anne Brüske / Ana-Sofia Commichau / Patrick Helber / Sinah Kloß (Hgg.): Caribbean Food Cultures. Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas, Bielefeld: Transcript 2014. 11-24. [mit Anne Brüske, Ana-Sofia Commichau, Patrick Helber, Sinah Kloß]

in preparation

„From Theory to Practice and Back: Caribbean Activism in and across Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts“. Wiebke Beushausen et al. (Hgg.): Resistance across the Caribbean: Practices, Narratives, Activism. Routledge [mit Julia Roth]

Journal articles

„‚Making Eden a Reality‘: Caribbean Ecopoetics and Ethnic Environment in Andrea Gunraj’s The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha“. fiar Vol. 8.3 (Dez. 2015): 91-110. [peer reviewed]

„Sexual Citizenship and Vulnerable Bodies in Makeda Silvera’s The Heart Does Not Bend and Joan Riley’s The Unbelonging“. Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism Vol. 13.2 (2016): 56-78. [peer reviewed]

in press

„Caribbean Canadian Feminism and Decolonial Practice in Makeda Silvera’s The Heart Does Not Bend and Her Head A Village“. e-journal EnterText, special issue “Crossing Thresholds: Decoloniality and Gender in Caribbean Knowledge [peer reviewed]


in preparation

Julia Borst. Gewalt und Trauma im haitianischen Gegenwartsroman: die Post-Duvalier-Ära in der Literatur. Ersch. bei Narr, 2015.




“ ‘No where no betta dan yard?’ Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence”, Proseminar Kulturwissenschaften, Institut für Anglistik, Universität Heidelberg, WS 2012/13 [zusammen mit Patrick Helber]




Januar 2015

Organisation der Junior Research Konferenz der Society for Caribean Research (Socare) „Cultures of Resistance: Theories and Practices of Transgression in the Caribbean and its Diaporas”. Universität Bielefeld

Januar 2013

Organisation des öffentlichen Workshops “ ‘No where no betta dan yard?’ Negotiating Jamaican Identities and Sexualities between Jamaica and the Diaspora”

Campbell X (London) und Dr. Rochelle Rowe (Berlin)


September 2012

Organisation der internationalen Konferenz “Caribbean Food Cultures: Representations and Performances of Eating, Drinking and Consumption in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas”, Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg




"Ecopoetics and Ethnic Environments: Reconstructing the "Interior" in Andrea Gunraj' The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha" Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) "'Mixing without Combining'?: Re/thinking Pluralist “Environments” in the Caribbean and its Diasporas", Mérida, Mexiko. 26.-30.05.2014



"‘Marketing the Margins’: The Indo-Caribbean literary voice in the diaspora” Workshop mit Autor Ruel Johnson "Transnational Entanglements? The Locations of Guyanese Literature", Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg (org. Sinah Kloß). 17.12.2013.


“Embodiment and Coming of Age in Caribbean Diasporic Women’s Writing” Forschungskolloquium Prof. Dr. Frank Schulze-Engler, Dept. of New Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Frankfurt. 17.01.2013


 “‘Yuh uncle is a battyman’: Sexualities and Queer Bodies in Makeda Silvera’s The Heart Does Not Bend and Selected Short Stories” Workshop “Crossing Thresholds: Decoloniality and Gender in Caribbean Knowledge” Society for Caribbean Research (SoCaRe), Hannover. 23.-25.01 2013


Kala Pani Continuum: Paradigms of Development in Ramabai Espinet’s The Swinging Bridge / Paradigmas del desarrollo en la novela The Swinging Bridge de Ramabai Espinet” Jahreskonferenz der Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) “Caribbean Spaces and Institutions: Contesting Paradigms of ‘Development’ in the 21st Century”, Grenada. 03.-07.06.2013



“Narrating (Un-)Belonging and Citizenship in Caribbean Coming-of-Age Novels: Joan Riley The Unbelonging and Makeda Silvera’s The Heart Does Not Bend” Jahreskonferenz der Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) “Unpacking Caribbean Citizenship(s): Rights Participation and Belonging”, Guadeloupe. 28.05.-03.06.2012



„Narratives of the Body: Coming-of-Age in Contemporary Caribbean Women’s Writing in the Diaspora“ Jahreskonferenz der Gesellschaft für Neuere Englische Literaturen (GNEL/ASNEL), Universität Hannover. 02.-04.06.2011


„Embodying Emotions in Speculative Fiction: Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring“ Nachwuchsworkshop „Performing Emotions in the Caribbean“ der Gesellschaft für Karibikforschung (SoCaRe), Berlin. 24.-25.06.2011


„Narratives of the Body: Coming-of-Age in Contemporary Caribbean Women’s Writing in the Diaspora“PhD Colloquium des Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA). 01.-02.07.2011



„Maryse Condé and Rewriting History“ Seminar „Representations of the Salem Witchcraft Trials, 1692 till Today”, Leitung: Dr. Birte Christ, Universität Gießen. 31.05.2010


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