Dr. phil. Oluwadunni Talabi (Wiss. Mitarbeiterin)

North American and Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies

Dr. phil. Oluwadunni Talabi

Büro: GW 2, A 3.710
Telefon: +49 (0)421 218-68132
Sprechzeiten im SoSe 2024: Mondays, 14-16Uhr
(book an appointment via email during the semester break)
E-Mail: otalabiprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de


Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2024 executive director of the Bremen Institute of Canada and Québec Studies, University of Bremen
  • Since 2023 postdoctoral research assistant, English-Speaking Cultures/North American and Postcolonial Studies, Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies, University of Bremen 
  • 2023 doctorate in Postcolonial Studies, Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies, University of Bremen (“Black Feminism and Intersectionality in the Literature of African Women in the Diaspora,” magna cum laude)
  • 2022 doctoral fellowship, University of Bremen
  • 2019—2022 doctoral fellowship, Evangelisches Studienwerk, e.V.
  • 2013—2017 M.A. National and Transnational studies, University of Münster
  • 2007—2011 B.A. English Linguistics and Literature, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria

Research and Teaching

  • Black feminist, Postcolonial and Transnational queer feminist studies
  • Black, African women and diasporic literatures and cultures
  • Critical race studies and analysis of structures
  • Critical future studies and Posthumanism
  • Feminist literary theory and gender studies

Classes Offered

B.A. English-Speaking Cultures, University of Bremen:
  • West African Women’s Literature (SOSE 2022)
M.A. English-Speaking Cultures: Language, Text, Media, University of Bremen:
  • The Anthropocene and Contemporary Black Literature (SOSE 2024)
  • Comparative African and African Diasporic Women and Queer Literature (WISE 2022/23)


Talabi, Oluwadunni. “Writing the Polyphonic African Queer Future: Reflections on Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater.” Journal of the African Literature Association, 17(2), 2023, pp. 329-344.http://doi.org/10.1080/21674736.2023.2228073

Grants & Fellowships

  • Conference travel grant by European Consortium for Political Research (July 2024)
  • Conference travel grants by Central Research development Fund, University of Bremen and Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V.
  • Completion grant for doctoral studies, University of Bremen (June-Sept 2022)
  • Travel grant by Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. for a research stay at the African American Studies Program, Boston University, Massachusetts, USA (Feb-April 2022)
  • Further training grant by Evangelisches Studienwerk for Summer School Participation, Black Europe Summer School, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (June 2021)
  • PhD fellowship by Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. (2019—2022)
  • Grant for Intercultural Poetry Slam Community Project by Kompass International, University of Bremen (May 2019)

Conference Presentations

“Spectres of (De)Regulatory Practices in the Desirability of Black Natural Hair: Colonialism, Christianity, and Black Renaissance in Postcolonial Nigeria," 16th Annual Conference of the International Society for Cultural History, University of Potsdam, Germany, 04-06 Sept 2024.

"Black Feminist Encounters: On Walking the Talk, Risking the Self and Shifting Centres," European Conference on Politics and Gender, Ghent University, Belgium, 8-10 July 2024.

"Phallogocentric Disruptions of the Indigenous Yoruba Post-Human Environment in D.O. Fagunwa's The Forest of a Thousand Daemons (Translated by Wole Soyinka)," Annual Conference of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS), University of Zurich, Switzerland, 9-11 May 2024.

"The Ogbanje Onto-Cosmology as Decolonial Somatechnics: A Diffractive Analysis of Wole Soyinka's Abiku, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Akwaeke Emezi's Freshwater," The 23rd Annual Africa Conference, University of Texas at Austin, 4-7 April 2024.

"African Women on the Frontline: A HerStory of Racialized Essential Workers,” II International Conference of African Literatures, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, 23-25 October 2023.

“Rethinking Oyewumi.” Roundtable Discussion at the Rethinking Decoloniality: African Decolonization and Epistemologies in the 21st Century 7th Annual LSA Conference, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, 20-24 June 2023.

“Affect of Collectivism and Gendered Care Function in Toni Morrison’s Sula and Buchi Emecheta’s Second-Class Citizen,” Strategies of Critique, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Toronto, Canada, 17-19 May 2023.

“Recipes for Colonial Undoing: Reading New Narratives of Indigenous (Un)gendered Realities in Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater,” Annual Conference of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS), Goethe-Universität Frankfürt, Germany, 26-29 May 2022.

“On Choice, Translocational Terminologies, and Geo-Political Parallelism – A Critical Analysis of the 2018 Interview between Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Hilary Clinton,” Intellectuals Across Borders 2nd PIN Conference, Universität Münster, Germany, 5-6 September 2019.

Guest Lectures

“The Ogbanje is here to stay: Queer African Interventions to the Crisis of Ontology in Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater” lecture series “Gender – Culture – Feminism” organized by Dr. Karin Esders, University of Bremen, 13 Dec. 2023 (confirmed).

“Research writing”, lecture series “Cross-Cultural Collaboration” organized by Mr. Ibukunolu Ajagunna, DAAD representative at the European Studies Department, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, June 2020.

Conference and Event Organization

  • With Corina Wieser-Cox, Rita Maricocchi and Dorit Neumann. “Queering Postcolonial Worlds,” Postcolonial Narrations conference in cooperation with GAPS, Universität Bremen, 6-7 Oct. 2023.
  • With Oluseun Tanimomo. “Black Bodies and the Normalization of Pain – A Conversation on Black Women and Reproductive Health and Screening of a Short Film titled A Thousand Needles,” in cooperation with English Speaking Cultures, Universität Bremen, Oct. 2019.
  • With Oluseun Tanimomo. “Poetry Slam on Interculturalism and Diversity,” in cooperation with Kompass International, Universität Bremen, 16 May 2019.
  • Co-organization of Nigerian scholars in Germany cultural participation at the International festival, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 1 June 2017.