Professor Vanessa Agnew

Position: Visiting Fellow
School and/or Centres: Humanities Research Centre

Position: Honorary Professor
School and/or Centres: Humanities Research Centre

Location: Universität Duisburg-Essen

Vanessa Agnew is Professor of English at Universität Duisburg-Essen, Honorary Professor in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University, and Director of Academy in Exile’s Critical Thinking Program. Agnew’s monograph, Enlightenment Orpheus: The Power of Music in Other Worlds (Oxford UP, 2008), won the Oscar Kenshur Prize and the American Musicological Society’s Lewis Lockwood Award. The recipient of research grants, including from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Academic Exchange

Service (DAAD), Australian National University, and University of Michigan, Agnew has coedited Settler and Creole Reenactment (Palgrave, 2010), special issues of Criticism 46 (2004) and Rethinking History 11 (2007), Refugee Routes (transcript, 2020), Routledge Handbook of Reenactment Studies (2020), and Reenactment Case Studies (Routledge, 2023). Agnew is principal investigator on grants from the Mellon Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Allianz Foundation, grants that support the scholar rescue work and research and cultural initiatives of Academy in Exile. In 2022, Agnew inaugurated an artist-in-residency program and launched a short-form imprint, Ostrakon, to publish scholarly and creative material dealing with forced migration, conflict, and climate issues. Agnew’s co-curated exhibitions include Right to Arrive (Canberra, 2018), What We Brought with Us (Re:Writing the Future Festival, 2021 and German Literature Archive Marbach, 2022), and Fixing What’s Broken (Berlin, 2023). Agnew’s illustrated children’s book on refugee flight, Wir schaffen das – We’ll Make It, appeared under a pen name (Sefa Verlag, 2021), and in Ukrainian and Arabic in 2022. Agnew’s current project is entitled λεῖμμα (leîmma): Remnantal Responses to Flight.

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