Dr. Marta Werbanowska

Consultation hours: Spring 2022: Mondays, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm and by appointment at marta.werbanowska@univie.ac.at.

My research and teaching interests include African American and Caribbean literatures with a focus on poetry, poetics of social and environmental/climate justice, Environmental Humanities, and Black Studies. I am currently working on my first book project, tentatively titled Vital Necessity: Ecological Thinking in Contemporary Black Poetry.

As a scholar of African American literature and ecopoetics, I am guided by the intellectual principles of Black Studies and Environmental Humanities in my exploration of the intertwined ecological and humanitarian crises of today. More specifically, I am interested in how contemporary African American literature draws from Black diasporic traditions of ecological thinking to propose sustainable and socially just practices of daily life and political action in the twenty-first century. My approach to Black writing draws from African American and Caribbean literary histories, intellectual and folk traditions of the Black Atlantic, African cosmologies, as well as methodologies of ecocriticism and ecopoetics, critical posthumanism, and new materialism. While my background is primarily in literary studies, my research reflects the interdisciplinary commitments of Black Studies and Environmental Humanities.

Summer term 2022
123210 VO Literatures in English - Liberation in Literatures of the Black Atlantic
123421 SE Literary & Cultural Studies Seminar / BA Paper / MA American / North American Lit. Studies - African American Ecopoetics: Traditions and Futures
Winter term 2021
124642 VO BEd 04.2: Cultural Theories and Popular Culture - African American perspectives

Jimmy’s Blues: Political Experiment and Radical Humanism in Baldwin's Poetry

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


M. Nourbese Philip’s Zong! as Ecopoetic Ritual

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Black Lives Matter: An Introduction for 2020/2021 Fulbright Grantees to the U.S.

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Dwelling while Black: Ecological and Environmental Presence in Contemporary African American Poetry

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Learning from the Black Atlantic: Why Study Black Diasporic Thought in the Anthropocene?

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Department of English and American Studies

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8 (Campus)
1090 Wien

T: +43-1-4277-42413

marta.werbanowska@univie.ac.at