Dr. Vanessa Agnew

Prof. Dr. Vanessa Agnew
Office Hours: Please consult the official list of office hours
Office: R12 R05 A17
Email: vanessa.agnew@uni-due.de


Biographical Information



Publications (Selected)


Monographs & Edited Volumes

Chinese translation of Enlightenment Orpheus: The Power of Music in Other Worlds, trans. Hongjie Sun (Chongqing: Chongqing Southwest China Normal University Press, forthcoming)

The Routledge Handbook of Reenactment Studies, with Juliane Tomann and Jonathan Lamb (London: Routledge, 2020)

Reenactment Case Studies, with Juliane Tomann and Sabine Stach (London: Routledge, in press)

Refugee Routes, with Kader Konuk and Jane O. Newman (Bielefeld: transcript, 2020). 

Wir schaffen das (Lübeck: Sefa Verlag, 2021)

Settler and Creole Reenactment, ed. Vanessa Agnew and Jonathan Lamb (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
Enlightenment Orpheus: The Power of Music in Other Worlds (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008); Winner Oscar Kenshur Prize for 2009; winner Lewis Lockwood Award for 2009
Rethinking History 11, no. 3 (2007); editor of special issue on historical reenactment
Criticism 46, no. 3 (Summer 2004); co-editor with Jonathan Lamb of special issue on historical re-enactment


Current Affiliations

Professor, Anglophone Studies, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Director, Critical Thinking Program of Academy in Exile at Freie Universität Berlin



Past Appointments (Since 2001)

Senior Fellow, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Australian National University, 2019–21

Associate Professor, Department of German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Studies, University of Michigan, 2008–13

Assistant Professor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan, 2001–08


Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships (Since 2001)

Visiting Fellow, Research School of Humanities, Australian National University, August 2017 

Visiting Scholar, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Dec. 2012–April 2013

Visiting Researcher Award, DAAD, awarded 2012

Research Fellowship (renewal), Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Sept. 2012–Dec. 2012

Associate Professor Support Fund, University of Michigan, awarded 2012

Visiting Fellow, Research School, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, awarded 2011

Lewis Lockwood Award for Enlightenment Orpheus, American Musicological Society, awarded November 2009

Oscar Kenshur Prize for Enlightenment Orpheus, Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University, awarded September 2009

Visiting Fellow, Research School of Humanities, Australian National University, awarded 2008; renewed 2009

Dr. Theo and Waltraud Michael Fellowship in Musicology, Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar (Musicology Department) at Humboldt-Universität and Forschungszentrum Europäische Aufklärung (Research Center for the European Enlightenment), Potsdam, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, awarded 2006

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2004

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University, 2001

Scholarly Interests

* Neuroscience, biology, and the history of science

* Anglo-German cultural history

* Biology and the history of science

* Travel writing and exploratory travel in the Pacific and Southern Africa

* Music discourses from the 18th century to the present

* Intercultural exchange and knowledge transfer

* Historical reenactment

* Postcolonial theory

* Georg Forster; Charles Burney