Englisches Seminar

Prof. Dr. Dr. Russell West-Pavlov

Chair of Anglophone Literatures


Russ West-Pavlov teaches and researches comparative Global South cultural and literary studies with foci in the areas of Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. Particular interests are the poetics of space and time and their transformation in the contemporary moment. He co-convenes the MA Cultures of the Global South and teaches in the Comparative Literature programme in the German department. He is a co-convenor of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Global South Studies at the University of Tübingen. He is co-editor of the book series Literary Cultures of the Global South (Routledge) and Challenges (Narr).

He has been a professor at the Free University of Berlin (2002-11), the University of Pretoria (2011-13) and at the University of Tübingen since 2013.

He has also worked as a forester (Exmoor coast), social worker (Lille and Melbourne), high-school teacher (Münster) and translator (Cologne).


Current Projects

DAAD Thematic Network Literary Cultures of the Global South (initiator)

Interdisciplinary Center for Global South Studies (co-convenor)

Translating the Global South into German


Selected publications

Books (since 2010)

2020 AfrikAffekt: Deutschsprachige Gegenwartsromane zum Herero- und Nama-Genozid: Ein affekttheoretischer Ansatz. Tübingen: Narr/Francke/Attempto.

2019 German as a Contact Zone: Towards a Quantum Theory of Translation. Tübingen: Narr/Francke/Attempto.

2018 Eastern African Literatures: Towards an Aesthetics of Proximity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198745723

2018 (with John Kinsella) Tɛmp(ə)rərɪnəs [Temporariness]: On the Imperatives of Place. Tübingen: Narr/Francke/Attempto.

2013 Temporalities. London: Routledge, 2013. 211pp. ISBN 978-0-415-52074-4 (PBK); 978-0-415-52073-7 (HBK)

[Temporalities] Chinese translation. Peking University Press. Forthcoming 2021.

2010 Spaces of Fiction / Fictions of Space: Postcolonial Place and Literary DeiXis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmilllan, 2010. 250pp. ISBN 978-0-230-23776-6.


Edited volumes (since 2010)

2018 Ed. Russell West-Pavlov: The Global South and Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2017.

2017 Ed. R. West-Pavlov and A. Heise-von der Lippe: Literaturwissenschaften in der Krise - Zur Rolle und Relevanz literarischer Praktiken in globalen Krisenzeiten. Tübingen: Narr, 2018.

2014 Ed. R. West-Pavlov. Visions of the Future in Contemporary African Literatures and Cultures. Sondernummer Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 51 (2014). ISSN 0041-476X

2011 Ed. R. West-Pavlov, J. K. S. Makokha & J. Wawrzinek. Border-Crossings: Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011. 279 Seiten. ISBN 978-3-8253-5899-0.

2010 Ed. R. West-Pavlov & J. Wawrzinek. Frontier Skirmishes: Literary and Cultural Debates in Australia after 1992. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010. 332pp. ISBN 978-3-8253-5761-0