Gabi R Kathoefer
Associate Professor, German
What I do
19th-Century German Literary and Cultural Studies
Gabi's current work focuses on migration in the context of Heimat studies, mobility, and precarity. Her book project titled "The German Invention of Brazil: An Transcultural Analysis of National Identity Construction" undertakes a fresh appraisal of German emigration to Brazil as an important component of nineteenth-century German history and nationalism. It analyzes nineteenth-century depictions of Brazil by German and German-Brazilian travelers, settlers, artists and intellectuals and discloses a heretofore ignored intercultural dimension of the German struggle for identity. She also served as co-editor (with Beverly Weber) for a special theme issue of Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies on "Heimatlosigkeit/Precarity" (2018), and￼ she has just started working on another project, examining nineteenth-century German settlements and missionaries' work in Australia.
- Ph.D., U of Connecticut, 2005