MemberSherry Truffin

I was born in Cleve­land, Ohio and spent my youth in and around the Cleve­land met­ro­pol­i­tan area. I did my under­grad­u­ate work in Eng­lish at Bald­win-Wal­lace Col­lege in Berea, Ohio and com­pleted a Master’s at Cleve­land State Uni­ver­sity before mov­ing to Chicago to com­plete a Ph.D. at Loy­ola Uni­ver­sity Chicago. I taught at col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in Geor­gia, Illi­nois, and Ohio before join­ing Camp­bell University’s Eng­lish depart­ment in 2011. I live in Fuquay-Varina, North Car­olina with my hus­band Todd, who also teaches Eng­lish, and my cats, Emma and Knight­ley. I am a mem­ber of Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church in Fuquay, and I enjoy read­ing, run­ning, watch­ing base­ball, and hear­ing live music.

MemberIvan Sablin

Sablin, Ivan, and Savelyeva, Maria. Interspatial Gender Asymmetries in Early Soviet Siberia, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, vol. 22, no. 6, 2015, pp. 801–816,
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Ivan Sablin leads the Research Group “Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China and Mongolia, 1905–2005,” sponsored by the European Research Council (ERC), at the University of Heidelberg. His research interests include the history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, with special attention to Siberia and the Russian Far East, and global intellectual history. He is the author of two monographs – Governing Post-Imperial Siberia and Mongolia, 1911–1924 (London: Routledge, 2016) and The Rise and Fall of Russia’s Far Eastern Republic, 1905–1922 (London: Routledge, 2018) – and research articles in Slavic Review, Europe-Asia StudiesNationalities Papers, and other journals.

MemberJohannes Waldschütz

I’m head of the City Museum and City Archives of Stockach since 2017. I also pursue a sparetime PhD project in Medieval History, that I started while working at the University of Freiburg. I’m particularly interested in medieval monastic history and especially the relations between monasteries and their patrons, as well as the sources that document these relations: cartularies, chronicles and charters. I’ve also worked on late medieval cities and in my job as head of the museum curated exhibitions on such diverse topics as the German Revolution of 1918 and french painter Marc Chagall.    

MemberMargaret Freeman

  Margaret H. Freeman is Professor Emerita, Los Angeles Valley College, and co-director of Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts ( She was a founding member and first president (1988-1992) of the Emily Dickinson International Society and moderates the monthly meetings of the Emily Dickinson Reading Circle at Myrifield in Heath, MA. She is a co-editor of the Oxford University Press series in Cognition and Poetics. Her research interests include cognitive poetics, aesthetics, linguistics, and literature. A list of her scholarly publications may be found at  

MemberCornelia Rémi

I am currently serving as the Acting Chair of German Literature at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, while on leave from my position as Akademische Oberrätin (untenured) at LMU Munich. Between 2016 and 2018 I served as Acting Chair of German Philology at the German Department of Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, focussing on the teacher training program (Literaturdidaktik) and collaborating intensely with colleagues from Linguistics to design an introductory lecture for students preparing to become German teachers. My research interests span the cosmos of European literatures from the early modern era to the 19th century (and occasional adventures into the realm of contemporary authors). I am a currently a member of the research network »Lutheran Orthodoxy Revisited« (, working on a subbproject on the poetic popularization of erudite Lutheran discourses. In 2015 I finished my habilitation thesis (i.e. my second major monograph) »Erzählgeheimnisse: Funktionen unzugänglichen und vorenthaltenen Wissens in der Erzählliteratur des mittleren 19. Jahrhunderts« (»Narrated Secrets – Narrative Secrets: Functions of withheld and inaccessible knowledge in mid-19th-Century Prose Fiction«), which I am currently preparing for its print publication. Another project I have been juggling in my mind for quite some time and recently returned to is a major paper on the connections between the fictional, factual and autobiographical writings of Per Olov Enquist, which follows the genealogy of his autobiography through his entire oeuvre and along a long tradition of critical self-examination that dates back to the Moravian Church, Bunyan’s »A Pilgrim’s Progress« and beyond. Apart from such interactions between literature and spirituality, books for children and young adults have been an interest of mine for many years. In 2016 and 2017 I served in the jury for Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, the most renowned German awards in the area of children’s and young adult literature, organised by the German branch of IBBY. I have co-organised conferences on hybrid literary genres and »geographic non-fiction« in 2014 and remain fascinated by the recently booming genre of geographic wimmelbooks (Städte-Wimmelbücher, Bymyldrebøker, …) and its implications for the presentation of encylopedic knowledge. Between 2009 and 2017 I was a member of the board of LMU’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and have been affiliated both with the Collaborative Research Center 573 (»Pluralisation and Authority in the Early Modern Period«) and the international research project Eurolab (Dynamik der Volkssprachigkeit im Europa der Renaissance/Dynamique des langues vernaculaires dans l’Europe de la renaissance). Besides, I regularly serve on the selection committee for the German National Merit Foundation and the Elite Network of Bavaria (Max Weber Programme). My teaching covers the area of German literature from the Reformation era to the 21th century. I have been the first academic teacher ever to earn the Bavarian Certificate of Academic Teaching (»Zertifikat Hochschullehre Bayern«) at my home university.