Sarah van der Heusen

Sarah van der Heusen
Image Credit: © Sarah van der Heusen

International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Field of Activity

Project: “Image of Europe and Latin American Identity(s) in the Literary Reviews Sur and Repertorio Americano between 1931 and 1948”

Address Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin
Email SarahvanderHeusen@gmx.de

Since 12/2012

PhD student within the International Research Training Group „Between Spaces“

10/2008 - 12/2011

Master of Arts European Literatures, Humboldt University of Berlin

Master Thesis: 'Precisamente porque soy una americana auténtica – Authorial selfconsciousness, American identity and feminine perspective in Sur between 1936 and 1945'

Since 02/2010

Participation in the binational PhD colloquium '(Con-)figurations of intercultural knowledge' between Humboldt University of Berlin and Complutense University of Madrid

02/2010 – 06/2010

Grant at Complutense University of Madrid, Faculty of Philology, within the framework of the university partnership between Humboldt University of Berlin and Complutense University of Madrid

10/2004 – 10/2008

Bachelor of Arts in German Literature and History, Humboldt University of Berlin

Bachelor Thesis: 'Mascha Kaléko and the Literary Award of the Academy of the Arts (West) in the Year 1959'

"Image of Europe and Latin American Identity(s) in the Literary Reviews Sur and Repertorio Americano between 1931 and 1948"

 


Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dieter Ingenschay (HU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Susanne Klengel (FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Liliana Weinberg (UNAM)


The events of the 1930s and 40s prompted an intensive discussion among the intellectuals of Latin America about the development of Europe and Latin American identity. The actors began to question the spatial representation marked by the dichotomy of European civilization vs. American barbarism. They ascribed a central role in the task of continuing, correcting or substituting the European civilization project to America.

The literary reviews Sur (Argentina) and Repertorio Americano (Costa Rica) reflect decades of developments in politics and culture in a dialogical and polyphonic way. Within their pages they assembled the most influential writers of Latin America, USA and Europe. Therefore the reviews offer an especially valuable – and not sufficiently evaluated – source for the analysis of this paradigm shift.

The objective of the project shall be to re-evaluate this discourse as a prehistory both of the post- and decolonial debate and of the emancipatory movements since the second half of the 20th century.

 

 

 

  • (2010), 'Mascha Kaléko und der Fontane-Preis. Ein Fallbeispiel', in: Berliner Hefte zur Geschichte des literarischen Lebens 8, p. 222–231.