In Memoriam of Margaret Simmons Vining (1933-2018)

Margaret Simmons Vining was a founding member of the network. From the beginning, she was never tired of supporting its mission of bringing together scholars from the Americas and Europe to research women's networks. Committing her life to promoting the recognition of women in military history as a curator at the Smithsonian's Division of Armed Forces History, Margaret never retreated one inch from her demand of the inclusion of women in the national memory of armed conflict. We shall always fondly remember her frontier work on women's history, her gentle way of inspiring others to follow suit, and her overall engaging and kind personality.

Julia Nitz is Associate Professor at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, founding member and managing administrator of the Intercontinental Crosscurrents Network. Her research foci include American cultural history of the 19th century (especially Southern states), women and gender studies, the British Monarchy and national commemorative spaces, cognitive narratology and historiography, as well as film studies and the Anglophone Caribbean.

e-mail: julia.nitz[at]

Sandra H. Petrulionis is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State University, Altoona and one of the founding members of the Intercontinental Crosscurrents Network. Among others, her research interests include 19th-century American literary studies, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, and Mary Moody Emerson.

e-mail: shp2[at]

Theresa Schön is Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies (IZEA) at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, where she also holds her PhD in English Literature. She is a founding member of the Intercontinental Crosscurrents Network. Her research interests are the relationship of science and literature, conceptualization of norm and deviance in literature and culture, literary, philosophical and cultural concept of character.

e-mail: theresa.schoen[at]


Noelle Baker is an independent scholar, and she lives in Denver, CO. She holds a PhD in English from Georgia State University, Atlanta. Baker's publications and research focus on Transcendentalism, women’s writing and history, the history of women’s rights, and manuscript culture.

e-mail: noelle.baker[at]


Deborah Besseghini received her PhD in Humanities from the Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy. She uses ‘informal imperialism’ as an analytical tool in her analysis of the crisis and fall of the Spanish Empire. Her research has drawn attention to the importance of British business and personal networks in South America, at the highest levels of trade, finance and politics. She is currently working on publishing a series of articles and a book in English based on her PhD thesis (i.e. the networks and initiatives of the first ‘unofficial’ British consul in Buenos Aires, Robert P. Staples, later consul in Mexico).

e-mail: deborahbesseghini[at]

Alice Bailey Cheylan was an Associate Professor at the University of Toulon, La Garde, where she also was Head of the Department for Applied Foreign Languages at the Faculty for Literature and the Humanities at the University Toulon, La Garde. She holds a PhD from the University Aix-Marseilles in the field of modern and contemporary literature and expression. She was the head of the department for applied foreign languages at the faculty for literature and the humanities at the University of Toulon La Garde. Her research interests include British and American literature, women studies and the representation of women in literature.

e-mail: alicecheylan[at]

Jaime Costa received his PhD from the University of Salamanca, Spain. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Arts and Humanities of the University of Minho where he teaches American Literature and American Society and Culture. He is also head of the MA program in English Language, Literature and Culture. His work covers a wide range of American topics including Literature and history and the arts. His current research projects focus on the historical process of creation of an American identity through the arts.

e-mail: jaco[at]

Daniela Daniele is Assistant Professor for Anglo-American Literature at the Universitá degli Studi di Udine, Italy. She holds a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University di New York. In her research she focuses on Louisa May Alcott, neglected transcendentalists, literary sculptors in Rome, Abolitionist feminism and European revolutions.

e-mail: daniela.daniele[at]

Stéphanie Durrans is University Professor at Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France. She holds a PhD from University of Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux 3. In her research she focuses on 19th- and 20th-century American women’s literature, women’s studies, transatlantic studies, intertextuality.

e-mail: stephanie.durrans[at]

Jutta Gsoels-Lorensen is an Associate Professor of German, English and Comparative Literature at Penn State University, Altoona College. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Her current research focuses on forcible migration and displacement in literature, film and law. Relevant research has appeared in New German Critique, Arethusa, Mosaic, African American Review, Germanic Review, among others. She is currently working on a book manuscript on refugees and the city. Her interests also comprise undergraduate teaching innovation and inter-institutional public humanities projects.

e-mail: jmg35[at]

Bahar Gürsel is Vice Chair and Assistant Professor at the Department of History, and Chair of Latin and North American Studies Masters Program of Middle East Technical University where she currently teaches US cultural history, Cold War history, nineteenth-century British history and Italian Unification. Her areas of interest include social and cultural history of Britain, Italy and the United States, nineteenth-century children’s literature, ephemera studies, imagology and visual culture.

e-mail: bgursel[at]

Paula Alexandra Guimarães is Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities (English Studies of Literature) at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) and Director of the Course in European Languages and Literatures. She is also a senior member of CEHUM Research Centre (NETCult Group), working on her areas of interest: Intercultural Poetics, Romantic and Victorian Studies, Women’s Poetry and the connections between Literature and History / the Sciences, and Affect Studies. She supervises four PhD theses and has a forthcoming book on Literary Representations of the Foreign Other (2019-20).

e-mail: paulag[at]

Laura-Isabella Heitz is a PhD candidate at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg where she received her M. Sc. in 2019 and works as a Research Assistant at the Department for English and American Studies. Her research interests include environmental justice research, environmental activism, Native American activism, and cultures of protest.

e-mail: laura-isabella.heitz[at]

Jason O. Hoppe is Associate Professor at the English and Philosophy Department at the United States Military Academy. He holds a PhD in English and American Literature from John Hopkins University. His scholarly and teaching interets focus on American literature and literary criticism, the history of reading practices, canon formation, and the university as well as feminism, gender, and sexuality studies, the relationship of the ‘public humanities’ to conceptions of social justice and activism.

e-mail: jasonhoppe[at]

Katrin Horn is an Assistant Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Bayreuth University. Her research and teaching focus on queer and gender studies, media studies, literatures of the long nineteenth century, and the history of knowledge. She is the coordinator of the digital project, which collects and annotates material relating to the role of gossip for the transnational celebrity of Charlotte Cushman, and the work of US expatriate gossip journalists during the nineteenth century.

e-mail: Katrin.horn[at]


Katherine G. Lacson is Assistant Professor at the Department of History at Ateneo de Manila University, Q.C. Philippines. She holds a PhD in History, University of Cote d’Azur, France. Her research interests include Philippine History, Women's History, Visual History, and Business History.

e-mail: klacson[at]

Khristeena M. Lute is an Assistant Professor of English at the State University of New York Adirondack where she also is the Director of the Center for Reading and Writing. She holds a PhD from Middle Tennessee State University. Her research interests include American Literature 1865-Present, Film Studies, Transatlantic/Intercontinental Literature, Southern Women Writers, New Orleans Literature, and Writing Center Administration.

e-mail: lutek[at]

Ana Gabriela Macedo is a University Professor at the Deparment of English and North-American Studies at the University of Minho, Portugal. Her research interests and projects include Gender, Arts, Interart Poetics, Critical Theory, Modernism, Postmodernism.

e-mail: gabrielam[at]

Anitta Maksymowicz, PhD, is a curator at the Muzeum Ziemi Lubuskiej in Zielona Góra, Poland. Her research interests and projects comprise nineteenth- and twentieth-century Polish and German overseas emigration, especially to the USA and Australia, activities of American  women of Polish origin for Polish WWI veterans in the USA, and migrations and resettlement in the Polish “Western Territories” after 1945.

e-mail: a.nitta[at]

Mihail Mindra is an independent researcher currently living in Paris and working on a book on Mary Antin. Former Associate Professor of American Literature with the University of Bucharest (Romania), teaching twentieth and twenty-first century fiction and poetry. Brandeis University Fulbright fellow and J.F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies grantee. Author of numerous studies on American literature and culture.

e-mail: mihai.mindra[at]

Joanne Paisana is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Arts and Humanities, University of Minho. She is responsible for the teaching etc. of English/British Culture at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. She has held various administrative posts and been elected/served on various boards at the Institute level. She has worked and published in the Education field too and is currently interested in various aspects of Memory Studies as well as women and philanthropy in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

e-mail: jpaisana[at]

Margarida Esteves Pereira is Associate Professor at the Institute of Arts and Humanities at the University of Minho, where she is head of the Department of English and North-American Studies. Her research focuses on the areas of English Literature, Women's Studies and Gender and the relationship between literature and film. She holds a PhD in English Literature.

e-mail: margarida[at]

Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez is Professor for American Studies at the University of Leipzig where she teaches American literature and culture with a special focus on race and ethnicity in the United States. Her research interests comprise the fields of 19th century inter-American relations, transnational studies and critical regionalism, Latino/a studies, migration studies, and 21st century concepts of race and ethnicity.

e-mail: pisarz[at]

Dr Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa (Indigenous Australian) woman who belongs to the Mardoowarra, the lower Fitzroy River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Poelina is an active Indigenous community leader, human and earth rights advocate, filmmaker and academic researcher, with a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy & Doctor of Health Science and is Managing Director of Madjulla Incorporated.

e-mail: majala[at]

Charlotte Purkis is Principal Lecturer in Perfoming Arts at the Universtiy of Winchester. She has several publications on women's networks from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century and is a contributor to the Edinburgh History of Women's Periodical Culture in Britain.

e-mail: charlotte.purkis[at]

Elizabeth Russell is an Associate Professor at the Department of English and German Studies, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Barcelona. She is interested in Women’s Studies and Feminist Theories, Utopian Studies, Studies on Women and Cities, and Indian Women Writers.

e-mail: liz.russell[at]

Sirpa Salenius, PhD, is a Faculty Member at the Department of English Language and Culture at the University of Eastern Finland. Her research interests and projects focus on Transatlantic Studies, on examining the presence of American artists and writers in Italy, on exploring gender, sexuality, and race in the transatlantic context; her recent projects examine cosmopolitanism, space, and nineteenth-century African Americans in Europe.

e-mail: sirpa.salenius[at]

Inês Tadeu F. G. received her PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Minho, Portugal. She has been a lecturer at the University of Madeira, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, since 2000,  where she teaches Anglo-American Cultures and Civilisations, Contemporary Great Britain and English Language courses. With several publications, her research interests include Historical fiction, Women Studies, and Memory Studies, namely the (trans)cultural memory of the woman-as-witch and the woman with inversionary behaviour.

e-mail: inest[at]

Pia Wiegmink is currently Interim Chair of American Studies at Regensburg University, Germany. In June 2019, she submitted her habilitation entitled “Reconfiguring the Nation: Transnationalism and Gender in American Abolitionist Literature." In 2017, Pia Wiegmink has been visiting professor at York University, Toronto. She received her doctorate from the University of Siegen (2010), Germany, and is author of two monographs, Theatralität und Öffentlicher Raum [Theatricality and Public Space], Tectum 2005, and Protest EnACTed, Winter 2011.

e-mail: wiegmink[at]

Andrew Wildermuth is a PhD student in North American Studies at the University of Erlangen–Nuremberg, where he is a member of "The Sentimental in Literature, Culture, and Politics." He is interested especially in affect and critical theory, and readings of U.S. literature with attention to race, settler colonialism, and the aesthetics and politics of reform. His dissertation is a comparative reading of "malleability" in the American Renaissance and the Harlem Renaissance.

e-mail: andrew.wildermuth[at]