Sigrid Thomsen, BA BA MA

Since August 1st, 2018, Sigrid Thomsen has been a university assistant (prae-doc) at the research platform "Mobile Cultures and Societies." 

PhD Thesis:

'They Were Home. They Were Far from Home': Cultural Im/Mobilities in Contemporary Caribbean Diaspora Literature

Research interests

  • Postcolonial and decolonial theory
  • Caribbean literature
  • Contemporary literatures in English
  • Critical Geography
  • Comics and graphic novels 

Curriculum vitae

BA in Comparative Literature and in Philosophy from the University of Vienna, with semesters abroad at the Universitetet i Bergen, Norway, and the University of Chicago. MA in Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 

Project outline

In the works of Caribbean-North-American writers Edwidge Danticat, Roxane Gay, Junot Díaz, Dany Laferrière, and Jamaica Kincaid, different kinds of mobility are entangled – geographic im/mobilities between the Caribbean on the one hand and the U.S. and Canada on the other hand not only take place in the form of migration, remigration, and family visits, but go hand in hand with linguistic mobility between English and Spanish, French, or Haitian Krèyol. In addition, these geographic and linguistic im/mobilities are entangled with imaginative mobilities: Characters either imagine or remember mobility, and the texts navigate these imaginative mobilities on the level of form. My dissertation explores this nexus of geographic and imaginative im/mobilities and as such makes a contribution to the imaginative in Mobility Studies.

A full list of my activities and publications can be found on u:cris.