With effect from 1st January 2015 Kerstin Knopf was appointed Professor for Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies. Kerstin Knopf was a student of American/Canadian Studies as well as Spanish and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Greifswald and also spent time studying in Los Angeles (USA), Regina (Canada), and Göteborg (Sweden). In 2003 she was awarded a doctorate on the topic of indigenous film in Canada and the USA, and in 2012 she submitted a post-doctoral dissertation on 19th century Canadian Gothic Literature. She researched this topic in Regina, Toronto and Ottawa, and gained experience teaching North American literature, film and media in Greifswald, Rostock, Mainz, and Chester (USA). Her main research interests include postcolonial and indigenous studies, the African Diaspora, North American prison literature and 19th century literature, as well as feminist and gender studies. She is currently engaged in an international research project on indigenous film. In addition to this, she is working on two publication projects on “Indigenous Knowledge”. In February, Kerstin Knopf became Vice President of the Society for Canadian Studies in German-speaking countries. This interdisciplinary field of research investigates Canada-related topics from mixed disciplinary perspectives in sections such as Anglophone and Francophone language, literature and Culture, feminine and gender studies, geography, economics, and political and social science.