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Dr Raphael Hoermann

Senior Research Fellow, Lecturer in English Literature
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Raphael came to UCLan as Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow and is a member of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) and the Research Centre on Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX). He works on North and Black Atlantic narratives of slavery, slave resistance and Black Atlantic radicalism. He has been engaged in a major research project on Gothic narratives of the Haitian Revolution with a monograph in progress. He teaches across a range of subjects in literature and culture.

Raphael has published widely in the fields of Black Atlantic and Transatlantic Studies, Haitian Revolutionary Studies and nineteenth-century German and English Literature and Culture. His monograph Writing the Revolution: German and English Radical Literature, 1819 to 1848/49 (2011) comparatively investigates the evolving revolutionary discourse in this period. More recently, he has published on the Haitian Gothic, the horror trope of the zombie and the Haitian Revolution, and the transatlantic figure of the Black Jacobins (see publications). He teaches widely on BA programmes involving literature as well as on the school’s foundation programme. Particular areas of expertise in teaching are African American literature and culture (including music), the discourses of transatlantic slavery and postcolonial literature and culture, including Black German writing.

Edinburgh and was awarded a PhD in Comparative Literature from Glasgow University in 2008. Before coming to UCLan as Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow to work with Prof. Alan Rice, he held two positions as a postdoctoral researcher in collaborative doctoral research groups at Rostock and Giessen University. Apart from advancing his own research, he organised workshops and trained and informally supervised PhD students. Raphael has been invited internationally to present his research, including in Germany (Hannover University, Merz Akademie and Württemberg Art Association, Stuttgart), Sweden (Uppsala University) and Denmark (Aarhus University). He has also given invited public lectures on the nineteenth-century Black Atlantic radical Robert Wedderburn at the International Slavery Museum (ISM) in Liverpool and to the Preston Black History Group and on Black Atlantic people in Britain prior to the Windrush Generation as part of Refugee Week (2019). Raphael is a seasoned conference organiser and convener. Among the most high-profile events, he has convened was the UK largest international conference on the Haitian Revolution and its repercussions: “After Revolution: Versions and Re-Visions of Haiti” (UClan, 2015). As founding member of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR), Raphael’s research engages with transatlantic narratives of the Haitian Revolution and Black Atlantic radicalism. Raphael is very interested to supervise research students working in the fields of Black Atlantic Studies, Haitian Revolutionary Studies and Black German literature and culture.

  • PhD Comparative Literature, Glasgow University, 2008
  • MA (Magister Artium) German and English & American Literature, Constance University, 2001
  • Black Atlantic Studies
  • Haitian Revolutionary Studies
  • Black Atlantic Radicalism