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Cameron Seglias

C Seglias

PhD Candidate

Lansstraße 5-9
14195 Berlin

Research Interests

  • Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Antislavery
  • Print Culture and the History of the Book
  • Religion and the Public Sphere
  • Mysticism
  • Anti-consumerism and Critiques of Early Modern Capitalism
  • Modern and Post-Modern Anglo-American Poetry and Poetics
  • Theater and Performance


10/2015 - 09/2017 

MA in North American Literature and Cultural Studies

John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin                                             

Thesis: “Hints Left in Writing: Print History, Hermeneutics, and the Creation of a Readerly Ethics in John Woolman’s Journal

First Advisor: Prof. Frank Kelleter

Second Advisor: Prof. Mary Ann Snyder-Körber

08/2008 - 05/2012 

BA in Languages and Literature 

Bard College

Senior Project: “Within This Hazel”

Advisor: Prof. Robert Kelly

Board Members: Prof. Ann Lauterbach, Prof. Karen Sullivan

Fellowships and Prizes


Barra Foundation International Research Fellowship

Library Company of Philadelphia/Historical Society of Pennsylvania


Willi Paul Adams Prize

Award for the best MA Thesis

John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin

10/2018 -

German Research Foundation (DFG) Doctoral Fellowship


The Flow Chart Foundation/Academy of American Poets Prize


Irma Brandeis Prize

Award for the best thesis proposal in the Humanities

Bard College


Mary McCarthy Prize

Award for the best undergraduate prose

Bard College

Work Experience

11/2017 –

Research Assistant

Department of English and American Studies

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Coordinator for English Language Offerings
Schreibzentrum|Writing Center

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

10/2016 -

Teaching Assistant

Department of Literature

John F. Kennedy Institut, Freie Universität Berlin

08/2012 -

Academic Assistant

Bard College Berlin

05/2011 -



Department of Art History

Bard College

Other Academic Experience


Certification as Academic Writing Instructor

Schreibzentrum|Writing Center

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

09/2010 -


Student Member, Professorship Appointment Committee

Department of Medieval Studies

Bard College

Professional Memberships

Member, German Association for American Studies (DGfA/GAAS)

Member, Charles Brockden Brown Society

Summer 2018

War and Peace in American Culture from the Colonial Era to the Present

Department of English and American Studies

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg



The Published Self: Modernity, Ethics, Eighteenth-Century Antislavery  (dissertation project)

Dissertation in Culture

Mentoring team:
First supervisor: Prof. Dr. Frank Kelleter
Second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Florian Sedlmeier
Third supervisor: Prof. Dr. Laura M. Stevens

Many accounts of the public sphere’s development in eighteenth-century England and its American colonies still tend to emphasize the public sphere’s secularism and division of public and private conceptions of the self. The problem with this narrative is that it omits the perspectives and contributions of marginalized people and the significance of religious affect. I propose to address this insufficient interpretation through analyses of texts that I call published selves. The double meaning of “published” becomes essential here: the published self must be “made public” and “put into print” or otherwise circulated. Moreover, the published self is distinguished by its inclusion of other technologies of communication such as letter-writing, public statements, and excerption, signaling the importance of its embeddedness in larger discursive and material networks.

Although its roots lay in early Christian practices, the published self’s first modern precursors are found in seventeenth-century English Quakerism. These Friends explicitly referred to themselves as “publishers of truth,” dually stressing orality and print. In colonial America, the published self reemerged as a form of ethical response to the horrors of a slave society, in which many Quakers and Methodists were complicit. I contend that this antislavery tactic of resistance was not limited to a few radical Quakers such as Benjamin Lay (1681-1759) and John Woolman (1720-1772), but was also used to great effect by evangelical writers of African descent such as Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) and Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797). These texts, along with the portraits, images, and performances that circulated in conjunction with them, seek to demonstrate the coherence of thought and action. Collectively, they deny the self’s bifurcation into an “authentic” private self and public “mask,” fundamentally challenging accepted narratives about the emergence and development of the public sphere and its association with liberal ideas of progress.


“Conference Report: 1898: Imag(in)ing the Caribbean in the Age of the Spanish-American War, 25 June 2019, Freie Universität Berlin,” Humanities – Sozial und Kulturgeschichte (H-Soz-Kult), forthcoming.

For Else. Annandale-on-Hudson: Metambesen, 2014. (Poetry)

“Julian Beck/Now in Paradise,” Mousse Magazine (June 2014). (Review)

“Nights in September” and “Supplication,” Anthem Journal (May 2014). (Poetry)

“Anon,” Bard Papers (Spring 2012): 32-33.(Poetry)

“To Build the Cathedral of Ephemeral Materials: The Question of a Contemporary Poetics,” Forum (Spring 2010): 5-10. (Essay)

Conferences and Invited Talks

“‘Black as Cain:’ Eighteenth-Century Dissenting Protestantism’s Ambiguous Antislavery” (3-5 October 2019, “Dissent of the Governed, c18 and c21,” Charles Brockden Brown Society 12th Biennial Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY).

“The Published Self: Modernity, Ethics, Eighteenth-Century Antislavery” (13 September 2019, Talk at the Helmerich Center for American Research, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK).

Co-Organizer and Panel Chair (22-24 May 2019, “American Ambiguities: Is Now the Era of Our Disconsent?” 12th Annual Graduate Conference, Graduate School for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin).

“The Published Self” (4-6 October 2018, “Transatlantic Conversations: New and Emerging Approaches to Early American Studies,” Society of Early Americanists/Obama Institute Joint Workshop and Conference, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz).

Theater and Performance

Performer, Fantomoj, directed by Marie Schleef. Universität der Künste Berlin, October 2016.

Set and costume designer, Schlamm/Mud, directed by Marie Schleef. BAT, HfS Ernst Busch, September 2015.

Author and dramaturge, Christina Mirabilis, directed by Marie Schleef. Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, November 2013.

Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft