Caroline Wiedmer

Caroline Wiedmer

Professor, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies
Department Chair, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

Ph.D. Princeton University
M.A. Princeton University
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 6
Phone: +41 91 986 36 53
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Caroline Wiedmer is the author and editor of a number of books, including The Claims of Memory: Representations of the Holocaust in Contemporary Germany and France (Cornell University Press, 1999), Inventing the Past: Memory Work in Culture and History (Schwabe Verlag Basel, 2005, together with Otto Heim), Motherhood and Space: Configurations of the Maternal in Politics, Art and the Everyday (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, with Sarah Hardy) and The Intersections of Law and Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012, with Priska Gisler and Sara Steinert Borella). She has received research fellowships from the University of London, the Center for Gender Studies of the University of Basel, Princeton University, Stanford University, the Collegium Helveticum at the ETH in Zürich and the Center for Advanced German and European Studies of the Freie Universität of Berlin. In the Department of Literature and Culture she teaches classes on memory, poverty, law and culture, catastrophe, and urban studies. Her classes in German Studies focus on Swiss-German Film and Migration. Her research interests include memory studies, gender, film, law and culture, spatiality, and the workings of narrative in multiple domains of cultural and intellectual life. She is currently at work on a study of street newspapers and the construction of public space.

2020-2021 Courses:

CLCS 200Theories and Methods in Gender StudiesFALL 2020
CLCS 371WLaw and CultureFALL 2020
GER 100Introductory German, Part IFALL 2020
GER 200Intermediate German, Part IFALL 2020
CLCS 220TInventing the Past: The Uses of Memory in a Changing WorldSPRING 2021
CLCS 315WSlavery and Its Cultural LegaciesSPRING 2021
GER 101Introductory German, Part IISPRING 2021


Intersections of Law and Culture. Co-editor with Priska Gisler and Sara Steinert Borella. London: Palgrave MacMillan,  2012.

Motherhood and Space: Configurations of the Maternal in Politics, Art and the Every-day. Ed. with Sarah Hardy, London: Palgrave Macmillan, January 2006.

Inventing the Past: Essays on Memory, Trauma and Culture. Ed. with Otto Heim, International Cooper Series in English Language and Literature, forthcoming Basel: Schwabe Verlag, 2005.

Sound Changes: An International Survey of Women’s Strategies in Higher Education, universelle 4, ed., Zürich: Ropress Genossenschaft, 2001

The Claims of Memory: Representations of the Holocaust in Contemporary Germany and France. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999.

Works in Progress
Spare Change: The Construction of the Homeless in Street Magazines. (working title, single-author book).

A Matter of Equity: Narratives of Sameness and Difference in Higher Education. (working title, single authored book).

Awards and Honors

Grant from the Cooper International Series in English Literature and Culture, to support publication of co-edited book on Memory and Trauma (August 2005), with Schwabe Verlag in Basel.

Grant from the Competence Center for Gender Studies at the University of Zurich

Areas of Research:

Gender, law and culture, space, narratology.