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Leonie John


Leonie John
Postdoctoral Researcher | Research Assistant | Academic Project Manager “Australian Studies” Online Master

Englisches Seminar I

50923 Köln

E-mail l.john (at)

Key Research Areas

Nuclear Narrations

Māori and Pacific Literatures

Mobility Studies (Literary Im/Mobilities)

Memory Studies

Short Fiction

Postcolonial Theory and Literatures

Upcoming/Recent Conference Presentations and Guest Lectures

05/2022: “‘[H]ow dare it be his people’? Family, Agency, Terrorism and Victimhood in Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire” (GAPS 2022: Contested Solidarities: Agency and Victimhood in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures; Goethe University Frankfurt)


01/2022: “Pacific memories and entanglements in Māori literature” (Invited guest lecture as part of the course “Memories of Diversity - Diversity of Memories” by Prof.’ Dr.’ Astrid M. Fellner and Dr.’ Magdalena Pfalzgraf (Saarland University - online)


11/2021: “‘You are nothing from nowhere’: The dynamics of remembering and forgetting in Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing” (Conference presentation, Memory (Studies) in Africa: State of the Field; MSA Africa Chapter Annual Conference 2021; Pretoria/Frankfurt - online)


09/2021: “‘This beautiful ocean was once a nightmare to me’: Hani Abdile’s ambiguous relationship with the sea” (Conference presentation, Australian Seascapes: 17th Biennial Conference of the Gesellschaft für Australienstudien; Trier - online)


07/2021: “Revisiting War: Tracing Ancestral Movements to Italy and Egypt in Māori Fiction” (Conference presentation, Convergences: Fourth Annual Memory Studies Association Conference; Warsaw, Poland - online)