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Susanne Luhmann, PhD, MA, Dipl. Paed.

Associate Professor & Chair


Women's & Gender Studies

About Me

I was born and raised in Germany and earned degrees in Germany, the US, and Canada:

  • Dipl. Paed (MA equivalent), Social Education and Women’s & Gender Studies (TU Berlin, Germany)
  • MA, Women's Studies (University of Alabama, USA)
  • PhD, Women's Studies (York University, Canada) 


I have research interests that traverse a number of fields: queer and feminist pedagogy; sexuality studies, the ongoing formation of academic Women’s and Gender Studies; trauma and cultural memory. I am currently working on a number of projects:

Domesticating the Nazi Past. Gender, Generation and the Familial Turn in Recent German Memory: This book manuscript in process focuses on how descendants of Nazi supporters and perpetrators mine family archives to narrate and restage publically their families’ legacies of perpetration, for example in recent memoirs, autobiographical film, and museums exhibits.

Learning Elsewhere? Critical Perspectives on Community-based Praxis Learning in Canadian Women’s and Gender Studies Programs: This collection of essays for WLU Press asks the question of how WGS programs negotiate the entrepreneurial university’s demand for workplace-relevant learning in the context of the field’s longstanding commitment to activist praxis. (Co-editors are Amber Dean, McMaster University, and Jennifer Johnson, Thorneloe University at Laurentian.)

“Un-settling Queer Pedagogy”: This series of journal articles for Turkish and German academic journals respectively revisits earlier foundational work in queer pedagogy (Luhmann 1998) in light of recent critiques of ongoing settler colonial violence and Indigenous struggles for sovereignty.

“Prairie Sexualities: Theories, Archives, Affects, Communities:” Brought together a multidisciplinary faculty team from the UofA and the University of Saskatchewan to consider together the state of queer and sexuality studies on the prairies, though not exclusively about the prairies. (Fall of 2016, with Marie Lovrod, University of Saskatchewan; funded through a Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration Grant from the UofA’s Kule Institute for Advanced Studies and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity, USask.) We plan to turn this into a collection of essays.

“Memory Economies” (with Terri Tomsky, University of Alberta). This research workshop brought an international group of established and emerging cultural memory scholars to the UofA in May 2016. The group explored the management of memory in its multiple economies: cultural, social, somatic, affective, transnational, capitalist, and environmental. 


Winter 2017

GSJ 502 Research Workshop

Fall 2018

GSJ 598 Cultural Memory and Social Justice

Winter 2018

GSJ 502 Research Workshop