Gabi R Kathoefer
Associate Professor, German
What I do19th-Century German Literary and Cultural Studies Transcultural Studies Postcolonial Studies Life Writing Travel Literature Inclusive Pedagogies
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