Univ.-Prof. em. Dr. phil.

Geoffrey V. Davis




Prof. Dr. Geoffrey V. Davis // 25. November 1943 - 22. November 2018 Copyright: © Ifaar Prof. Dr. Geoffrey V. Davis // 25. November 1943 - 22. November 2018

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our colleague Geoffrey Davis, one of the world's leading scholars in the field of Postcolonial Literatures, a brilliant teacher and a tireless life-long supporter of our Institute. Since he first came to Aachen as a "Lektor für Englisch" he shaped the profile of our Institute with his unique combination of academic excellence, untiring committment to teaching and a deeply humane urge for justice, be it "at home" in institutional affairs of our University, be it in the wider world.

Geoff Davis passed away on November 22, 2018, only days before his 75th birthday. We have lost a greatly valued colleague and many of us also a dear friend.


M.A. (Oxon); Dr. Phil. (Aachen); Dr. Habil. (Essen).


Universities of Aachen (RWTH), Essen, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Trento, Verona.

Research Fellowships:

Visiting Overseas Scholarship, St. John’s College, Cambridge.

Visiting Fellowship for Study in Australia (Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, University of London)

Visiting Senior Research Fellowship, Curtin University, Dept. of Communications and Cultural Studies, Perth, Western Australia.

Visiting Research Fellowship, University of Växjö (Sweden).

British Studies Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center for Research in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin, USA.


Co-editor: Matatu (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi).

Co-editor: Cross/Cultures. Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures and Cultures in English (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi).

Professional Associations:

Chair of the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS): 2002-2005; 2005-2008; 2011-2014.

International Chair of ACLALS: 2008- 2011.

Current Research Interests:

South African Literature

Arts and culture in Zimbabwe

Indigenous studies

Anglophone Literature of the First and Second World Wars

Recent Publications:

2009. Ed. with G.N. Devy, K.K. Chakravarty, Indigeneity: Culture and Representation (New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan).

2011. Ed. with G.N. Devy, K.K. Chakravarty, Voice and Memory: Indigenous Imagination and Expression (New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan).

2013. Ed. with G.N. Devy, K.K. Chakravarty, Narrating Nomadism: Tales of Recovery and Resistance (New Delhi & London: Routledge, 2013).

2013. Ed. (with G.N. Devy, K.K. Chakravarty), Knowing Differently: The Challenge of the Indigenous (New Delhi & London: Routledge, 2013)

2013. Ed. with Frank Schulze-Engler, African Literatures. Postcolonial Literatures in English: Sources and Resources, Vol. 3, (Trier: WVT, 2013).

2013. (Ed. with Bernth Lindfors), African Literature and Beyond: A Florilegium. Festschrift for James Gibbs (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2013).

Forthcoming :

2014. Ed. (with B. Ledent, M. Delrez), The Invention of Legacy (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi).

2014. Ed. (with G.N. Devy, K.K. Chakravarty) Performing Identities: The Celebration of Indigeneity in the Arts (New Delhi & London: Routledge).

2015. Ed. Feuchtwanger and Berlin (Oxford: Peter Lang).