Dr. Dirk Naguschewski

Knowledge transfer and communications, managing editor of the ZfL BLOG, managing editor of the podcast Bücher im Gespräch


  • since november 2005 communications manager at the ZfL, current managing editor of the ZfL BLOG and the podcast Bücher im Gespräch
  • managing editor of the journal "Trajekte" until 2015
  • contributions to newspapers such as Tagesspiegel, Die Welt, Frankfurter Rundschau, and Neue Zürcher Zeitung
  • translator of scholarly texts from French and English into German
  • MA in French language and Literature, Comparative Literature, Library Studies, FU Berlin 1994, Ph.D. in Romance Philology, FU Berlin 2002
  • 2002-2005 research associate at the ZfL in the project "Africa/Europe. Literary transports, translations, and migrations"
  • 1997-2002 research associate and lecturer for French linguistics at the Institute of Romance Philology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 1995-1997 research associate at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, interdisciplinary research group "Challenges of Otherness"


  • 2010 Visiting scholar, Stanford University, USA

Research Interests

  • Visual Culture and Communication (particulary philately, collage art)
  • Contemporary Literature in Africa and African Cinema
  • History of Romance Philology (Max Leopold Wagner, Leo Spitzer)


English publications only. For publications in German and French see the German entry.

  • Jorge Chamorro. Lust & Luster. In: S. Opitz, Landeshauptstadt Erfurt (Hg.): Zwei Räume für sich allein. Maria von Gneisenau und Schloss Molsdorf (Ausstellungskatalog). Berlin: Revolver Publishing 2016: 210-211.
  • Arrangements of Knowledge. Ruth Hommelsheim’s Pictures from a Private Archive (übers. v. Japhet Johnstone). In: Trajekte 30, 2015: 38-39.
  • Contesting African-ness in African Film Criticism: Djibril Diopl Mambéty’s "Hyenas". In: J. Heinicke/H. Heister/T. R. Klein/V. Prüschenk (Hg.): Kuvuka Ukama. Building Bridges. Heidelberg: kalliope paperbacks 2012: 337-347.
  • Body, Sexuality, and Gender. Versions and Subversions in African Literatures 1 (= Matatu. Journal for African Culture and Society 29-30), ed. with Flora Veit-Wild, Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi 2005
  • Reading Foreign Films: African Images and the German Audience. In: P. Stegmann/P. C. Seel (Hg.): Migrating Images: producing ... reading ... transporting ... translating. Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2004: 78-93.
  • Book Review: Sada Niang: Djibril Diop Mambety. Un cinéaste à contre-courant. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2002; Anny Wynchank: Djibril Diop Mambety ou le voyage du voyant. Ivry-sur-Seine: Editions A3 2003. In: Wasafiri 43 (Global Cinema, Hg. Sukhdev Sandhu), 2004: 65-66.