Dr. Raphael Hoermann

Senior Research Fellow

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH202

+44 (0) 1772 89 3122


Subject Areas: English and Linguistics

Raphael came to UCLan as Marie Curie Fellow and is a member of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR). He works on North and Black Atlantic narratives of slavery and slave resistance. He has been engaged in a major research project on Gothic narratives of the Haitian Revolution with a monograph in progress. He also investigates early nineteenth-century British white and black radicalism and issues of intersectionality.

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In his role as Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR), Raphael furnishes high-class research outputs, contributes to the running of IBAR and its numerous events and presents his research at both international conferences and to the wider public.

His sessional teaching covers Black Atlantic and African American Literature and Culture (including music and drama) and discourses of slavery and anti-slavery.

He welcomes post-graduate proposals from the field of Cultural Slavery Studies, Haitian Revolutionary and Black Atlantic Studies, in particular from the nineteenth century. Other areas include cultures of British and German Nineteenth Century Radicalism, Black Atlantic Marxism and Germany and the Black Atlantic.

Before coming to UCLan, Raphael has held postdoctoral positions within Research Training Groups at the Universities of Rostock and Giessen in Germany and at the German Historical Institute in London, before he was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at UCLan with Professor Alan Rice as scientist in charge. He also held a Fellowship with the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Research at Linnaeus University in Sweden.

Raphael is author of comparative study of early to mid-nineteenth-century German and English revolutionary literature and discourse and has co-edited a volume on slavery and the discourses. His work on narratives of the Haitian Revolution and the figure of the zombie has appeared in several edited volumes and internationally leading journals such as Slavery & Abolition and Atlantic Studies. He is currently completing a manuscript on Gothic Narratives of the Haitian Revolution with the working title: ‘A Very Hell of Horrors’: Politics of the Haitian Gothic in Transatlantic Narratives of the Haitian Revolution, 1791-2011


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Glasgow, 2007
  • M.A. (Magister Artium; First Class), German and English & American Literature, University of Constance, 2001


“’A Very Hell of Horrors’? The Haitian Revolution and the Transatlantic Haitian Gothic,”

Slavery & Abolition (37.1) (2016), pp.183-205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2015.1086083

“Figures of Terror: The ‘Zombie’ and the Haitian Revolution,” Atlantic Studies: Global Currents (14.2) (2017), pp. 152-173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14788810.2016.1240887

… Writing the Revolution: German and English Revolutionary Literature, 1819-1848/49 (Zurich: LIT, 2011)

 Raphael Hörmann & Gesa Mackenthun (eds.): Human Bondage in the Cultural Contact Zone: Transdiciplinary Perspectives on Slavery and Its Discourses (Münster, etc.: Waxmann, 2010).


RESEARCH Activities

Raphael has worked on his Marie Curie project on Gothic narratives of the Haitian Revolution (2014-2016) and is now revising the monograph for publication. In the course of it, he co-convened the conference “After Revolution: Versions and Re-Visions of Haiti” (July 2015), which the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) hosted conjunction with members of the Centre for Study of International Slavery (CSISIS) in Liverpool.

Raphael has been invited speak at the international conferences in Germany, Translation and Transformation in the Age of Revolution (1750-1850) (University of Goettingen) and “The Birth of Transmodernity and the Creolisation of the World” (Merz Academy, Stuttgart) and invited for lecture at the University of Uppsala.

He has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for the Study of International Slavery in Liverpool and at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at Linnaeus University in Sweden.

He has been involved in the public engagement giving lectures at the “Festival of Freedoms,” International Slavery Museum Liverpool, for the Preston Black History Group and the RESPECT Union of BAME prison staff and the “Legacies of British Slaveownership Showcase,” Manchester


  • Gothic Narratives of the Haitian Revolution
  • Configurations of Haitian Revolutionary Heroism Across the Black Atlantic

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

Sessional Teaching on African American Literature and Culture, Black Atlantic texts and the cultures of Slavery and Anti-slavery

External Activities

Peer-Reviewer for special issue of the journal Francosphère: Haiti in a Globalised Context, ed. by Charles Forsdick & Martin Munro and Open Cultural Studies (De Gruyter)