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Dominik Ohrem

Institute of North American Institute
University of Cologne
50923 Cologne

Phone: +49 221-470 3021
Fax: +49 221-470 4996
E-Mail: OhremD(at)


Consultation hour

Flexible. Please contact me via e-mail or phone



09/2018-present | Research Assistant at the Department of English II, University of Cologne

11/2018-12/2018 | Research stay at the University of California, Berkeley

05/2016-07/2016 | Visiting Researcher at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley

2013-2016 | Doctoral scholarship from the German National Merit Foundation ("Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes")

2013-present | Doctoral student at the Anglo-American Department of the School of History, University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Norbert Finzsch)

2012-2016 | Teaching assistant at the Anglo-American Department of the School of History, University of Cologne

2011-2012 | Substitute teacher at "Rhein-Gymnasium" (grammar school) in Cologne 

2009-2011 | Student assistant at the "Research Center for Intercultural Studies" and the "Center for Diversity Studies", University of Cologne

2005-2011 | Study of English philology, German philology and history at the University of Cologne


Current Projects

"Creatures of the West: Humanity, Animality, and the Zooanthropological Imaginary in the Era of American Westward Expansion" (Dissertation)

"Humans, Animals, and Society: A Documentary History of Britain and the United States in the Long Nineteenth Century" (Multivolume collection of historical source materials for Routledge Historical Resources; w/ Philip Howell)

FAUNA (Research network for interdisciplinary Animal Studies; w/ Roman Bartosch)



Edited Volumes & Journal Issues

Exploring Animal Encounters: Philosophical, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 (with Matthew Calarco). »Website«

Beyond the Human-Animal Divide: Creaturely Lives in Literature and Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (with Roman Bartosch). »Website« 

American Beasts: Perspectives on Animals, Animality and U.S. Culture, 1776-1920. Berlin: Neofelis, 2017. »PDF« »Review«

Special issue: "Beauty in the Beast: Gender, Animals, Animality." Gender Forum 55, 2015. »Website« 

Articles in Books & Journals

Feminist Intersectionality Studies. In: Mieke Roscher, Brett Mizelle & Aline Steinbrecher (eds.), Handbook of Historical Animal Studies. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, forthcoming.

Some Thoughts on (Animal) Encounter. In: Dominik Ohrem & Matthew Calarco (eds.), Exploring Animal Encounters: Philosophical, Cultural, and Historical PerspectivesNew York: Palgrave Macmillan, 3-42.

Western Horizons, Animal Becomings: Race, Species, and the Troubled Boundaries of the Human in the Era of American Expansionism. In: Sharon Wilcox & Stephanie Rutherford (eds), Historical Animal Geographies. Abingdon: Routledge, 2018, 134-150.

An Address from Elsewhere: Vulnerability, Relationality, and Conceptions of Creaturely Embodiment.” In: Dominik Ohrem & Roman Bartosch (eds), Beyond the Human-Animal Divide: Creaturely Life in Literature and Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 43-75. »PDF«

Animating Creaturely Life. In: Dominik Ohrem & Roman Bartosch (eds), Beyond the Human-Animal Divide: Creaturely Life in Literature and Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 3-19. »PDF«

The Ends of Man: The Zooanthropological Imaginary and the Animal Geographies of Westward Expansion in Antebellum America. In: Dominik Ohrem (ed.), American Beasts: Perspectives on Animals, Animality and U.S. Culture, 1776-1920, Berlin: Neofelis, 2017, 245-278. »PDF«

A Declaration of Interdependence: American History and the Challenges of Postanthropocentric Historiography. In: Dominik Ohrem (ed.), American Beasts: Perspectives on Animals, Animality and U.S. Culture, 1776-1920, Berlin: Neofelis, 2017, 9-48. »PDF«

John L. O‘Sullivan, “Manifest Destiny” (1845), oder: Expansionsdiskurse, Expansionsbegehren und das Unbehagen der kontinentalen Vision. In: Olaf Stieglitz & Jürgen Martschukat (eds), race&sex: Eine Geschichte der Neuzeit, Berlin: Neofelis, 2016, 328-336.

(In)VulnerAbilities: Postanthropozentrische Perspektiven auf Verwundbarkeit, Handlungsmacht und die Ontologie des Körpers. In: Sven Wirth et al. (eds), Das Handeln der Tiere: Tierliche Agency im Fokus der Human-Animal Studies. Bielefeld: transcript, 2016, 67-91.

The Question of the Animal and the Promises of Postanthropocentric Feminisms. Gender Forum 55, 2015. »Website«

"A Deathless Love for the Natural and the Free": Nature, Masculinity and Whiteness in Nineteenth-Century America. In: Roman Bartosch & Sieglinde Grimm (eds), Teaching Environments: Ecocritical Encounters, Frankfurt am Main et al.: Peter Lang, 2014, 171-197.

American Knights in Buckskin: Das Männlichkeitsdispositiv der Frontier und Narrative der Nationsbildung in den USA des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. In: Elke Kleinau, Dirk Schulz & Susanne Völker (eds), Gender in Bewegung: Aktuelle Spannungsfelder der Gender und Queer Studies, Bielefeld: transcript, 2013, 289-306.


John Frymer, Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion. Princeton University Press, 2017. H-Soz-Kult, forthcoming.

John Bruni, Scientific Americans: The Making of Popular Science and Evolution in Early Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture. University of Wales Press, 2014. Configurations 24, 3 (2017), 253–256.

Brendan C. Lindsay, Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1846-1873. University of Nebraska Press, 2012. Neue Politische Literatur 59 (1), 2014, 138-139. »Website« 

Sarah Jaquette Ray, The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture. University of Arizona Press, 2013. Neue Politische Literatur 58 (3), 2013, 499-501. »Website«

Jürgen Martschukat, Die Ordnung des Sozialen: Väter und Familien in der amerikanischen Geschichte seit 1770. Campus Verlag, 2013. Neue Politische Literatur 58 (2), 2013, 268-270. »Website«



Intersectionality and Animal Studies: Prospects and Pitfalls, Gender | Fictions: What’s Sex(y) Now?, University of Cologne, October 31, 2018.

The Politics of Sharing and the Politics of Being, a.r.t.e.s. forum 2017: “environment | agency”, University of Cologne,  July 7, 2017.

At the Ends of Man: The Zooanthropology of American Frontiers, ASLE-UKI 2015 Biennial Conference: “Green Knowledge”, University of Cambridge, September 2-4, 2015

“The Savagest Creature You Ever Did See”: Nineteenth-Century American Frontiers and the Question of (Human) Animality, International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015, Royal Geographical Society London, July 5-10, 2015

On Be(com)ing a Creature: Kreatürliche Ontologien und die Frage mensch-tierlicher Handlungsmacht [engl. On Be(com)ing a Creature: Creaturely Ontologies and the Question of Human and Animal Agency], Handeln Tiere? Zur Theorie und Praxis tierlicher Agency, Berlin, October 31–November 2, 2014

The Natures of Power and the Powers of Nature: Perspectives on American Gender History, ASLE-UKI 2013 Biennial Conference: “Ecological Encounters: Agency, Identity, Interactions”, University of Surrey, August 29-31, 2013

The White Man’s Wilderness: Natur, Nation und Konstruktionen weißer Männlichkeit in der amerikanischen Geschichte [engl. The White Man’s Wilderness: Nature, Nation and Constructions of White Masculinity in American History], PanoRahmen: Gender Studies in Köln, University of Cologne, June 6, 2013

Wilderness and Masculinity in American History: An Intersectional Perspective, Teaching the Environment: Transdisciplinary Perspectives, University of Cologne, September 18-19, 2012

Black Frontiers: Afroamerikanische Männlichkeit und die Rolle des amerikanischen Westens im 19. Jahrhundert [engl. Black Frontiers: African American Masculinity and the Nineteenth-Century American West], Immer BeweGENDER. Transformationen (in) der Geschlechterforschung, University of Cologne, June 22-23, 2012


Research interests

  • Animal Studies
  • Gender Studies & Feminist Theory
  • Nineteenth-Century U.S.
  • American West
  • Environmental History