Sigrid Rieuwerts is Reader at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and Fellow (Celtic and Scottish Studies) of the University of Edinburgh. She is currently Principal Investigator on the DFG/AHRC-funded project “Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (3 vols; 1802-03) as focus for literary, musical, historical, critical and cultural analysis” with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.
Dr Rieuwerts read English, Theology and German at the universities of Gießen and Lancaster, received her doctorate from Mainz and her higher doctorate (Habilitation) from Siegen. She has served on the faculty at Justus Liebig Universität Gießen, University of Kent at Canterbury, University of Education at Weingarten, Siegen University and Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. She also has held visiting appointments at the University of Latvia (Riga), York University (Toronto), Glasgow University (Chrichton Campus) and the University of Edinburgh. She has received teaching and research awards and been the recipient of fellowships at Harvard, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Edinburgh), SWINC – Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh), the Scott Centre (Aberdeen) and has been the “Stanley J. Kahrl Fellow for Literary Manuscripts of Houghton Library” at Harvard. She is the founder and president of the Society of Scottish Studies in Europe. She is the initiator and organiser of the “GET [German Educational Trainees] across Borders”-programme at the German Consulate (Edinburgh).
Dr Rieuwerts is on the editorial/advisory boards of Folk Music Journal (London), Traditiones (Llubljana) and ROSC: Review of Scottish Culture (Edinburgh) and the series editor of B·A·S·I·S: Ballads and Songs ‑ International Studies; B·A·S·E: Ballads and Songs – Engagements and MUSE: Mainz University Studies in English. She has (co-) edited more than a dozen books, among them Ballads into Books: The Legacies of Francis James Child (1997, 1999), Bridging the Cultural Divide (2000), History and Drama (2006), Kindertransport (2011) and teaching material on The Caribbean (2012).
Her main reseach interests are in Scottish Literature and Culture, Orality and Cultural Memory, Cultural Studies, Romantic and Victorian Studies, Poetry, Narratology, Teenage Fiction and the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. She has published extensively in these fields and is the author of a book on cultural narratology (Kulturnarratologie: Die Geschichte einer Geschichte, 2006) and The Ballad Repertoire of Anna Gordon, Mrs Brown of Falkland (2011 Yearbook of the Scottish Text Society).