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Staff Profiles

Alexandra Berlina has an MA in Comparative Literature from the University College London and has completed her PhD on Brodsky’s self-translations at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where she teaches American literature. She also works as a translator and interpreter for Russian, German and English. Her most recent publications are: “Brodsky Translating Brodsky: Poetry in Self-Translation.” New York: Bloomsbury/Continuum, 2014, "Comparative Literature in Central and East Europe Including Russia", in: The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Literature , with Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek, 2012, “Homosexuality in the Russian Translation of The Hours”. Sexuality and Culture 16.4 (2012): 449-466.

Christian Büschges studied History and German Philology at the Universities of Cologne and Seville (Spain). He received his Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American History at Cologne University in 1995. Afterwards he worked as an assistant professor at Cologne University and, from 2002 onwards, as an associate professor at Bielefeld University. Since February 2013 Christian Büschges holds the post of associate professor for Iberian and Latin American History at the University of Bern (Switzerland). His main interests concern modern social and political history of Spain and Spanish America and the relationship between ethnicity and politics in Latin America and globally.

Isabel Caldeira is Associate professor of English and American Studies at the Faculty of Letters and Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Her teaching focuses on North American literature and culture, and Feminist studies. Her research fields are American and African American Literature and Culture, comparative studies and studies of the African Diaspora. She has published on African American and Caribbean literature, racism, and feminist issues. She contributed to Translocal Modernisms: International Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2008), Trans/Oceanic, Trans/American, Trans/lation: Issues in International American Studies (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), and America Where? 20th-Century Transatlantic Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2012). She is a former President of APEAA and a former member of the Board of EAAS. She is currently editor-in-chief of Op.Cit.: Journal of Anglo-American Studies.

Roberta Cimarosti, earned her PhD in English Studies at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari in 2002.  Her post-doctorate Research focuses on Postcolonial Studies and their contributions to English Language, on Theories and Practices and on Shakespeare and the Postcolonial World (2003-07). Recent publications are “English as a Familiar Language. Building Relations World-Wide” (In press), “A Way into Chaos: Creolization and Complex Cultural Systems.” In Contemporary Sites of Chaos in the Literatures of the Postcolonial World, ed. by J. Wilkinson and H. La Forést, Aracne, Roma, 2012, pp. 85-104 and “Help for the ELF world. Contributions from the Ex-Colonial World.” In English Lingua Franca: Contexts, Strategies and International Relations, Cafoscarina 2012, pp. 91-111.

Nuala Finnegan is the Director of the Centre for Mexican Studies at the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at University College Cork. She is also the Head of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Her research interests are primarily in the area of contemporary Mexican cultural studies with a particular interest in questions of gender. Her current projects include an exploration of  cultural responses to the femicides in Ciudad Juárez and a collaborative project on Juan Rulfo. Recent publications from 2013 include essays on detective fiction from Juárez and an analysis of the role of the child as a mediator of identity in transnational Mexican cinema. Other major projects include an edited collection of essays, The Boom Femenino in Mexico: Reading Contemporary Women’s Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press 2010), with Jane Lavery and Ambivalence, Modernity, Power: Women and Writing in Mexico since 1980 (Oxford: Peter Lang 2007). 

Olaf Kaltmeier, earned his Ph.D. in sociology at Münster university and is currently Junior Professor of Transnational History of the Americas and Executive Director of the Center for InterAmerican Studies at Bielefeld University. He is organizer of the BMBF-project “The Americas as Space of Entanglement” and he was organizer of the Research Group “E Pluribus Unum? Ethnic Identities in Transnational Integration Processes in the Americas” at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research. His general research interests include: Ethnicity, social movements, social anthropology, cultural studies, and entangled histories in Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia.

Albert Manke is senior researcher and lecturer of Iberian and Latin American History at the University of Cologne. Since August 2013 he is one of the two directors of the University of Cologne Forum "Ethnicity as a Political Resource: Perspectives from Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe" within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative. His PhD thesis dealt with the defense of the Cuban revolution by the National Revolutionary Militias, 1959-1961. Currently he is working on a new research project concerned with Chinese migration to Latin America from colonial times to the republican era, focusing especially on transpacific transculturation, agency and ethnic identity building.

Patrick J. McNamara is Associate Professor of Latin American History at the University of Minnesota and Visiting Professor at the Department of History of Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. He is the author of Sons of the Sierra: Juárez, Díaz, and the People of Ixtlán, Oaxaca, 1855-1920 (2007), and other articles dealing with 19th and 20th century Mexico. His current research examines Memory Studies, aesthetic theory, and performance in Mexico. He also does research on the violence currently taking place in Mexico around the so-called war on drugs.

Heidrun Moertl is researcher at the Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. Her research and teaching interests include Inter-American Studies, Indigenous Studies, American Cultural Studies and Aging Studies. She recently conducted one year of fieldwork in Minnesota, USA, focusing on the intersection of time and aging of indigenous societies (with a focus on Ojibwa inhabitants of the Great Lakes area). Her most recent publications include a special issue of Comparative American Studies: An International Journal  titled “Hemispheric Indigenous Studies”.

Antonio Saez-Arance is currently Senior Researcher and Lecturer of Iberian and Latin American History at the University of Cologne. In 2013 he had been Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Chile and was co-director of the DFG-funded research project on “National identity discourses in Argentina and Chile (1750-1950)”. His works is related to nationalism, politics of history and discourses of national identity, in particular the rise of nationalism in Spain and Latin America, in its use in domestic and international conflicts in the 19th and 20th centuries. His second book project deals with the origins of Chilean nationalism in the first phase of the Republic and its evolution into a predominantly excluding and exceptionalist discourse towards its regional neighbours at the end of the 19th century. His current research focuses on the relations between Central European (German, Swiss) settlers and Mapuche in Southern Chile in 19th and 20th Century.

Georg Schendl is assistant at the Center for Inter American-Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. His research interest lies in the history of the Americas, human rights, the development of international criminal law as well as environmental history and studies. He holds two bachelors in Sociology and Political Science as well as a master’s degree in History from the University of Vienna. He is currently working on his PhD-thesis with the working title: “The road to the ICC”.

Anne Tittor, is Post-Doctoral Researcher of the Project „The Americas as Space of Entanglements“ at the Center for InterAmerican Studies at Bielefeld University. Her research interests include Development Studies, Environmental Policy, Social Movements, Social and Health Policy and Gender Studies with an overall regional focus on Latin America. Her current research project analyzes socio-ecological conflicts about the commodification of nature in Central America.


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