Dr. Nele Sawallisch

Sawallisch, Nele
copyright Stefan Sämmer

Akademische Rätin


Research Interests:

  • African American and African Canadian history, literature, and literary history
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Life Writing
  • Transnational American Studies
  • Humor Studies, Comedy Studies


Research Projects:

My doctoral work focused on autobiographical life writing by formerly enslaved men who fled to Canada hoping to find a life in freedom and peace and their forms of textual community building in the 1850s. I have also applied my scholarship on African American and African Canadian literatures and cultures with a focus on the nineteenth century in my teaching. My second book project is situated in 21st-century humor and comedy studies. It investigates current forms and practices of comedy formats and their uses of sentimentality in the United States today, paying special attention to the political comedy around the last presidential elections.

Recent and Upcoming Projects:

  • "Are you laughing with us or at us? Participatory Laughter in North America." Workshop at the GAAS Annual Conference (June 17-19, 2021, zoom). Co-organized with Michael L. Moser (TU Dresden)
  • Funny Women. An International Symposium (May 6-8, 2021, zoom). Co-organized with PD Dr. Wieland Schwanebeck (TU Dresden). More infos via conference website.

Office Hours in the summer term 2021:

Tue, 4-5.30pm (via zoom). Please contact me via e-mail to set up an appointment.