Wiebke Sievers


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Wiebke Sievers has been working as migration researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna since 2003. Her research concentrates on migration and culture in Austria and in international comparison, with her main interest being in literature. However, she also works on theatre, cultural policies and the financing of culture. Her other research foci include literary translation and the internationalisation of literature.

She 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 in Austria at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder where she also teaches. Previously she taught at the University of Vienna, the University of Nottingham and the University of Düsseldorf.

Research Areas

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

Recent Publications

SIEVERS, W. (2019): From Monolingualism to Multilingualism? The Pre- and Post-monolingual Condition in the Austrian Literary Field, in Austria in Transit: Displacement and the Nation-State, ed. by Áine McMurtry and Deborah Holmes (= Austrian Studies, 26), 2019, 40-56.

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.

SIEVERS, W. (2017): ‘Mainstage theatre and immigration: The long history of exclusion and recent attempts at diversification in Berlin and Vienna‘, Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture, 8, 1, 2017, 67-83.