Susann Liebich is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence, "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", at Heidelberg University. At Heidelberg, she is part of the research group "Floating Spaces", and is working on a project exploring reading and writing practices at sea, from nineteenth-century immigrants, to soldiers on troopships during WW1, to leisure travellers on cruise liners in the twentieth century.

Before moving to Heidelberg in December 2014, Susann was the Colin & Margaret Roderick Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Literature at JCU. As a JCU Adjunct Research Fellow, she continues her collaborative research project with Dr Victoria Kuttainen and Dr Sarah Galletly on representations of sea travel and mobility across the Pacific in Australian popular magazines of the 1920s and 1930s. (The Transported Imagination)

Susann's research interests include book history and the history of reading, British imperial history, especially New Zealand and Australian history, and maritime history and oceanic studies, as well as travel and mobility. She has published in these areas, most recently an article on the discourse of reading practices as expressions of patriotism and citizenship during World War One and the role of reading in building networks and community New Zealand at the turn of the twentieth century.



  • SHARP News book review editor (Pacific), 2012-present
  • Book History and the history of print culture, especially the history of reading and writing
  • nineteenth- and twentieth-century British imperial history, New Zealand history, Australian history; trans-national and cross-cultural history; maritime history and oceanic studies
  • Digital Humanities, especially historical GIS
  • 2014 to present - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Heidelberg University (Heidelberg)
  • 2013 to 2014 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2012 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow - NZ Reading Experience Database, Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington)
  • 2012 - Teaching Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington)
  • 2007 to 2012 - PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington)
  • 2007 to 2010 - Tutor (various history courses), Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2012 - New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage History Award
  • 2012 - The Zander & Durden Families Prize in History for best PhD thesis
  • 2010 - D.F. McKenzie Award
  • 2010 - The Australian Historical Association (AHA) / Copyright Agency Limited - Travel and Writing Bursary
  • 2009 - Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing - Travel Award
  • 2009 - Postgraduate Research Excellence Award, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2008 - Bibliographical Society of the United Kingdom - Minor Research Grant
  • 2008 - Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing - Travel Award
  • 2008 - Bibliographical Society of the United Kingdom - Postgraduate Travel Award
  • 2007 - Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand - Travel Award
  • 2007 - Kathleen Stewart Scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2013 to 2016 - Margaret and Colin Roderick Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Comparative Literature
  • 2007 to 2010 - Bright Future Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship, NZ Government
  • 2009 - McCorison Fellowship for the History and Bibliography of Printing in Canada and the United States (Bibliographical Society of America)

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