Wiebke Sievers

Senior Researcher

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Wiebke Sievers has been working as migration researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna since 2003. Since 2013, she has been guest researcher and teacher at the department of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, Exile and Migration at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. Previously, she had taught at the University of Vienna, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Düsseldorf.

She has studied at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Düsseldorf, the Université Stendhal in Grenoble, and the University of Warwick, where she completed a PhD in Translation Studies. Her PhD thesis focused on the translation of contemporary German prose in Britain and France. Currently, she is writing her habilitation on migration and literature.

She is a member of the executive board and chair of the board of directors of the biggest European research network on migration, IMISCOE. Together with Marco Martiniello, she additionally coordinates the IMISCOE Standing Committee Superdiversity, Migration and Cultural Change (DIVCULT). With Rainer Bauböck, she is co-editor of the series „Migration &“, which aims to make international migration research accessible to a wider German-speaking readership.

Research Areas

  • Migration and culture in Austria and in international comparison
  • Literary sociology
  • Internationalisation of literature
  • Literary translation

Recent Publications

SIEVERS, W., BAUBÖCK, R., JOSIPOVIC, I., KARABEGOVIĆ, D. SHINOZAKI, K. (Hg.) (2022): Jenseits der Migrantologie: Aktuelle Herausforderungen und neue Perspektiven der Migrationsforschung. Jahrbuch Migrationsforschung, 6. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Open Access (Link dazu: http://www.austriaca.at/0xc1aa5576_0x003dae11.pdf)

SIEVERS, W. (2021): ‘Silence is golden’: Vladimir Vertlib’s literary explorations of silence in migration, Migration Studies, 9, 4, 1857–1862, https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnab006

SIEVERS, W. (2021): Towards equality: joining forces with arts and culture in the struggle for change in migration societies. Comparative Migration Studies, 9, 33 (2021). Open access

SIEVERS, W., BAUBÖCK, R. und REINPRECHT, CH. (2021) (Hg.): Flucht und Asyl – Internationale und österreichische Perspektiven. Jahrbuch Migrationsforschung 5. Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2021. Open Access

SIEVERS, W. und LEVITT, P. (2020): Scale Shifting: New Insights into Global Literary Circulation, Sonderausgabe der Zeitschrift Journal of World Literature, 5, 4, 2020.

SIEVERS, W. und VLASTA, S. (ed.) (2018): Immigrant and ethnic minority writers since 1945: fourteen national contexts in Europe and beyond. Leiden: Brill/ Rodopi, 2018.