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Johanna Kardux


Dr. J.C. Kardux
+31 71 527 2727

Johanna Kardux is a guest at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Areas of interest

  • American literature, 1620 to present
  • African-American literature and cultural history
  • Migration literature
  • Slavery and memory culture
  • Trauma and Memory
  • American cultural history

Johanna C. Kardux (PhD Cornell University) teaches American literature and culture at Leiden University and is currently chair of the MA programme in North American Studies, as well as coordinator of the minor programme in American Studies. Her current research interests focus on memory and trauma studies, particularly the memorialization of slavery in transatlantic perspective; immigration literature; and post-9/11 literature, film and memorial culture. 

She has been a member of The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA)since its founding in Heidelberg in 1998 and has been (elected) Vice-President of MESEA since 2012, after earlier being a Board member in different capacities (Advisory Board 2004-2008; Treasurer 2008-2012). In 2008 she organized a major international MESEA conference in Leiden on “Migration Matters: Immigration, Homelands, and Border Crossings.”  Currently she is leading an international research network that is organizing an international conference on the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, which will be held at Leiden in 2020:  “Four-Nation Commemoration:  The Mayflower and the Construction and Politics of Public Memory.” She is a member of the Editorial Board of peer-reviewed journal Atlantic Studies: Global Currents and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Transnational American Studies.

Selected publications

Kardux, Joke, and Eduard van de Bilt. Newcomers in an Old City: The American Pilgrims in Leiden, 1609-1620. Leiden: Burgersdijk en Niermans. Third revised edition, 2007. Fourth edition forthcoming in 2020.

Davis, Rocio G., Dorothea Fischer-Hornung, and Johanna C. Kardux, eds. Aesthetic Practices and Politics in Art, Media, and Music: Performing Migration. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Kardux, Johanna C., and Doris Einsiedel, eds. and introd. Moving Migration: Narrative Transformations in Asian American Literature. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2010.

The Slave Trade’s Dissonant Heritage: Memorial Sites, Museum Practices, and Dark Tourism. Edited by Alan Rice and Johanna C. Kardux. Special issue Atlantic Studies 9.3 (Sept. 2012): 245-372.

Kardux, Johanna C. “Slavery, Memory, and Citizenship in Transatlantic Perspective.” In Derek Rubin and Jaap Verheul, eds. American Multiculturalism after 9/11: Transatlantic Perspectives. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009, 141-60.

Horton, James Oliver, and Johanna C. Kardux. “Slavery and Public Memory in the United States and the Netherlands.” New York Journal of American History 66.2 (Fall-Winter 2005), 35-52.

Kardux, Johanna C. “Monuments of the Black Atlantic: Slavery Memorials in the United States and the Netherlands.” In Heike Raphael, ed. Blackening Europe: The African American Presence. New York: Routledge, 2003, 87-105. Rpt. With Postscriptum in JTAS: Journal of Transnational American Studies 3.1 (2011). https://escholarship.org/uc/item/1qn7c59h

Kardux, Johanna C. “Herman Melville and the Mission of Empire.” In Theo D'haen, ed. (Un)Writing Empire. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998, pp. 261-93.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Moderne Engelstalige letterkunde

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden



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