Postcolonial Studies

Welcome to the Postcolonial Studies Section

Welcome to the website of the Postcolonial Studies Section of the Department of Anglophone Studies at Duisburg-Essen University. These pages provide news and relevant information for students and inform them about forthcoming events as well as past activities.

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Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer, Chair of Postcolonial Studies

Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer

Room: R12 R05 B40
Office Hours: Wednesday, 13-14h
Tel.: 0201/ 183-3406

Administrative Staff

Monika Forstreuter
Room: R12 R05 B45
Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 9-12h
Tel.: 0201/ 183-4004


Research Interests and Current Projects

Patricia Plummer's publications, research and teaching focus on literature and culture of the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, on travel writing, Orientalism, Islamophobia and transcultural spirituality, postcolonial and gender studies as well as popular culture. She is the author of a monograph on Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist and of a forthcoming study on eighteenth-century English representations of the Ottoman Empire. Patricia Plummer is currently editing the proceedings of an interdisciplinary symposium on transcultural Western encounters with Zen-Buddhism (to be published later this year); she is also writing a book on women, art and Theosophy in early twentieth-century Australia.

Sabine Bürger

Behind the Scenes at the Museum: The Wisbech & Fenland Museum/UK

Film screening and artist talk with Sabine Bürger (Essen)
18th November 2016, 10-12h, R12 R04 B21, Campus Essen



On Friday, 18 November 2016, 10-12 am, multimedia artist Sabine Bürger will present Great Expectations, her 2013 video about the Wisbech & Fenland Museum. The film screening will be followed by an artist talk, in which Sabine Bürger elaborates on her exploration of the museum's collections and archive, and her interview with former curator David Wright.


The Wisbech & Fenland Museum is one of the oldest museums in Britain. It holds a substantial collection from the Chauncey Hare Townsend bequest (which was divided up between the Victoria & Albert Museum and the museum in Wisbech), including the original manuscript of Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations. The fascinating video provides an insight into the museum's diverse collections while deconstructing the role of museums today. The Artist Talk is part of Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer's seminar "Colonialism's Heritage in Museums and Archives," which has been awarded funding within UDE's 2016 Teaching Diversity (Lehre Divers) scheme.


Sabine Bürger; Clarkson display Wisbech & Fenland Museum, detail

Making a Difference


Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846) - Abolitionist

Artist Talk with Sabine Bürger (Essen)



7 January 2016, 14-16h, Bibliothekssaal, Campus Essen

On January 7th 2016, Sabine Bürger, an Essen-based media artist who trained at Düsseldorf Art Academy, will talk about the abolitionist Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846). Born in Wisbech, East Anglia, Clarkson became aware of the injustice of slavery in his student days at Cambridge. The talk focuses on Clarkson’s contribution to the Abolitionist movement, and introduces the Clarkson display at Wisbech & Fenland Museum, one of the oldest museums in England, simultaneously reflecting on the artist’s engagement with the museum. Great Expectations (2013) is Bürger’s filmic portrait of the museum, and its curator, David Wright. The film was screened at the Department of Anglophone Studies in July 2014 as part of the ongoing collaboration between Sabine Bürger and Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer, Chair of Postcolonial Studies at Duisburg-Essen University.

The talk takes place in the context of Professor Plummer’s current lecture course “Narrating Slavery in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts.“ Excerpts from the video will also be included in the talk, which will be followed by a discussion.

A thematic exhibition of selected photographic works by Sabine Bürger, including information on Thomas Clarkson and the Wisbech & Fenland Museum will be on display in the university library (Essen Campus, level 1, room BC) until 12 February during opening hours.