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Prof. Dr. Sieglinde Lemke

English Department – North American Studies Section

KG IV, Room 4050
Rempartstr. 15
79085 Freiburg

Phone: +49 761 203-3349
Secretary: 203-3348
Fax: +49 761 203-3351







Sieglinde Lemke is a professor of American Studies at the Department of English at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Her research and lectures focus on U.S. American literature, art, and cultural history.

She has published widely on textual representations in visual, fictional, non-fictional, scholarly, theoretical, activist, and material form to determine the social and political impact of the arts. Her work has appeared in Boundary 2, Transition, Amerikastudien/ American Studies, Frame, as well as with Routledge, Palgrave, and Oxford University Press.

She was a guest professor at Harvard University and a research fellow at a number of universities including Irvine, UCLA, NYU, Sydney University, Kyoto University, and IIT (Indian Institute of Technology).

In 2010, she founded the Black Forest Writing Seminar, which offers students from all over the world the opportunity to hone their creative writing skills while spending the summer in Freiburg.

She is the author of Poverty, Inequality, and Precarity in Contemporary American Culture (Palgrave McMillan, 2017) (review ALH), Vernacular Matters in American Literature (Palgrave, 2009) and Primitivist Modernism: Black Culture and the Origins of Transatlantic Modernism (Oxford UP, 1998). She is also the co-editor of the volume Class Divisions in Serial Television (Palgrave, 2017).

Sieglinde Lemke, who studied at the University of Konstanz and at UC Berkeley, was an assistant professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Free University in Berlin and a guest professor at Harvard before taking up her position in the English Department at the University of Freiburg, where she also initiated the Black Forest Writing Seminars, a summer academy for creative writing.





Current Seminars

SS 2020


V: Introduction to Literary Studies

Mondays 12-14 h, room 1098



 HS/MS: African American Literature. From Slave Narratives to Conscious Rap

Tuesdays, 12-14 h, room 1231 


HS/MS: Documentary Film

Wednesdays, 10-12 h, room 1139



HS/MS: Critiques of Capitalism. Precarity, Labor and Leisure

Thursdays, 10-12 h, room 1019



Thesis Writing and Colloquium

Tuesdays, 14-16 h, fortnightly (first session April 28) room 4050




 Past Seminars





January 12/13, 2018 at Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)


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 Conference Schedule 




  • Information regarding term papers: 
    Please note that the term papers should be submitted in hard copy!  Please drop the paper into the mailbox "Amerikanistik" across from Room 4010.
  • Your paper can be picked up at Andrea Strothmann’s office (4048) about 3 weeks later. You can also get personal feedback from Prof. Lemke during her office hours. For more information on assessment and grading, you can check the “Term Paper Assessment” and the “Description Grade Criteria” sheet on Prof. Lemke’s website. 
  • Please also note that it can take some time before the grade for your paper appears on your transcript. This is due to the fact that the lists with the grades will only be forwarded to the Prüfungsamt once all papers from other students are handed in and graded. So even if you hand it in early, it can take a while. We ask for your patience in that case.





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Dr. Simon Trüb

Research Associate

Rafaela Tosin

Research Assistant


Andrea Strothmann







  • Cultural and Literary Theory
  • Poverty Studies
  • Modernism
  • African-American Studies
  • Visual Culture
  • Gender and Queer Studies


Director of the Summer Academy for Creative Writing


Black Forest Writing Seminars 2016 (August 1–August 14, 2016)

Black Forest Writing Seminars 2015 (July 27–August 10, 2015)

Black Forest Writing Seminars 2013 (July 23–August 6, 2013)





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