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:

Cultural and Linguistic Mobility in the Works of Junot Díaz, Edwidge Danticat and Jamaica Kincaid

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-American writers Junot Díaz, Edwidge Danticat and Jamaica Kincaid, different kinds of mobility are depicted and entangled. Added to the geographical mobility between the Caribbean and the U.S. is the linguistic mobility between Spanish, French and Créole on the one hand and English on the other, and the cultural mobility that these configurations demand of the characters. In these works, mobility is an ongoing, open-ended process: The characters continue to situate themselves in new contexts and realities even after their “arrival” in the U.S., thereby remaining mobile in a variety of ways. My project looks at how these overlapping mobilities are reflected on the level of content and language in the works under discussion.