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  • Gabriele Dürbeck University of Vechta Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies





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Gabriele Dürbeck, University of Vechta Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies

Gabriele Dürbeck is Full Professor of German and Cultural Studies at University of Vechta. She is author of Einbildungskraft und Aufklärung. Perspektiven der Philosophie, Anthropologie und Ästhetik um 1750 (Niemeyer 1998) and Stereotype Paradiese. Ozeanismus in der deutschen Südseelite­ratur 1815-1914. (Niemeyer 2007). She has published numerous articles on literary anthropology, German travel literature, and postdramatic theatre. She was co-director of the Research Network on Postcolonialism in German Literature (2008-2011, founded by German Research Foundation) and is currently co-editing a book on German Postcolonialism. In 2010, she has organised the section Klima­chaos und Naturkatastrophen in der deutschen Literatur - Desaster und deren Deutung at the XIIth Conference of the International German Studies Association (IVG) and has edited the selection of papers included in the conference proceedings (Vielheit und Einheit der Germanistik, Vol. 17, Peter Lang, 2012). She is a member of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Network Environmental Humanities:







Writing Catastrophes: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Semantics of Natural and Anthropogenic Disasters