Clara Ervedosa


Clara Ervedosa holds an European PhD in German Literature and Language from the University Christian-Albrechts Kiel, Germany, and the University of Coimbra. She was lecturer ("Assistente") (1996-2004) and senior lecturer ("Professora Auxiliar") (1994-2007) at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Altou Douro, Portugal. She taught and researched at the universities of Sheffield and Manchester, UK (2007-2010) and at the University of Kiel, Germany (2010-2013). Currently she is senior researcher at the CES, University of Coimbra, and review editor (responsible for Postcolonial Studies) for the journal IASLonline (University of Munich). Her research interests include questions of identity, difference (both from an aesthetical and a socio-cultural perspective) racism and postcolonialism in German Literature and Culture. She has published various articles on these questions, particularly on Yoko Tawada, Emine S. Özdamar and May Ayim. In her PhD thesis she addressed the comical aspects of Thomas Bernhard's work which she interpreted as part of a shock aesthetic that underlies Bernhard's writing and subverts artistic and hermeneutical concepts of totality and harmony. Clara Ervedosa is currently engaged in a interdisciplinary research project on the "Südländer" topos (the "Southerner" topos) in German Literature and Culture. It aims at highlighting the negative and culturalistic semantics of this topos in the German cultural archive, a question that is all the more relevant considering that the "South" has long been a source of inspiration for the German educated middle-class culture.

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Ervedosa, Clara (2020), 'Ornament, nicht Ferment'. Das Kulturparadigma in der (Interkulturellen) Germanistik, in Nicole Colin, Rolf Parr, Joachim Umlauf (org.), Germanistik - eine interkulturelle Wissenschaft?. Heidelberg: Synchron 2020 (Amsterdam German Studies), 59-76

Article in Scientific journal

Ervedosa, Clara (2020), ""The Southerner is a perpetrator". "Südländer" as Racial Profiling in police reports", Monatshefte (University of Wisconsin-Madison), 112, 2, 217-246

Article in Scientific journal

Ervedosa, Clara (2018), ""Elective affinities": interdiscursive dynamics between football, the economy and nationalism in Germany", National Identities, 1-22

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