Mirja Riggert

Breisacher Tor, Zimmer 203
Rempartstraße 4, 79098 Freiburg
Phone: 0761 203-98651

Research Interests

  • Travel Writing
  • (Inter)Media Studies
  • Gender and Queer Theory, Feminist Theory
  • Popular Culture


Since December 2018, Mirja Riggert has been a PhD candidate and postgraduate research fellow at the graduate research group “New Travel – New Media”. She graduated from the University of Göttingen with a master’s degree in Comparative Literature in 2018, with the master thesis: “Performing Femininities in Contemporary Popular Music”. Between 2016 and 2018, Mirja Riggert worked as an assistant at the Institute for Intercultural Didactics in Göttingen, and gained an additional qualification for teaching German as a foreign language in 2017. She completed her BA in German Literature and Ethnology at the University of Göttingen in 2015, with a year abroad at the University of Granada, Spain, in 2014. 

Dissertation Project

Constructing Femininity in Autobiographical Travelogues: Medial Representations from Past to Present

This dissertation examines constructions of femininity in German and English autobiographical travelogues from the seventeenth century to the present day. Historical travel diaries, as well as contemporary internet phenomena such as travel blogs, are analysed for the correlations between new practices of travelling, gender discourses and their medial representations. The analysis of textual and (audio-)visual forms incorporates theories of inter- and transmediality, and thereby aims to investigate the interdependence of gender and alterity in travel narratives. Furthermore, it reflects on practices of gender-specific performance and self-positioning within digital media.



  • “Moving Forms, Breaking Norms: Transitions of Bodies and Borders in Antje Rávic Strubel’s In den Wäldern des menschlichen Herzens and Sasha Marianna Salzmann’s Außer sich”, 29th Annual Berkeley Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference, 19-21 February 2021, UC Berkeley (Zoom-Workshop).
  • “Narrating the Self in Digital Travel Literature: Constructions of Feminine Identity in Travel Blogs”, 8th Conference of the European Society of Comparative Literature, 26-30 August 2019, University of Lille.
  • “Travel Writing and Gender Performance – Discourses on Femininity in Narratives of Mobility”, International Conference on Gender Studies: “Gender and Mobility”, 29-30 June 2019, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research.
  • “Gender Performances in Travel Blogs”, Poster Presentation at the Conference “Touristifizierung urbaner Räume” of ‘AK Stadtzukünfte’ and ‘AK Tourismusforschung’, 23 May 2019, University of Freiburg.


  • Seminar on Travelling, Blogging, and the Impact of Covid-19, University College Freiburg, together with Vanessa Briese, winter term 2021/22
  • Proseminar on Autobiographical Travel Literature, University of Freiburg, summer term 2021


  • Interdisciplinary Course on Science-Technology-Society of the University College Freiburg, winter term 2021/22

Transdisciplinary Work

  • Moderation of the Literary Debut Festival “Aller Anfang ist YEAH”, Literaturhaus Freiburg, 2 July 2022
  • Moderation of the Panel Talk “Reisen im Stillstand, together with Vanessa Briese, Literaturhaus Freiburg, 25 January 2022
  • Attendance to Training for Media Competence by the NaWik Institute, sponsored by VW-Stiftung, 25-26 June 2019