Dr. Peter Maurits

Dr. Peter Maurits

Department of English and American Studies
Chair of American Studies (Prof. Dr. Paul)

Room: Room A 303
Bismarckstraße 1
91054 Erlangen

Office Hours

by appointment

Dr. Maurits is currently on parental leave.

Research Interests

African Literature and Lusophone-African Literature
Science Fiction and Utopia
Migration and Adaptation of Literary Form
World-Literary Theory and Postcolonial Studies

Current Research Projects

  • The Emergence of African Science Fiction
  • Designs of Literary Futures (with Antje Kley, Dirk Niefanger, Sabine Friedrich, and Georg Tamer)
  • Contemporary Africa-Asia Connections: Science Fiction in Africa and China (with Henrike Rudolph)


Dr. phil. in Comparative literature and Roman Languages, LMU Munich (2015, summa cum laude)
M.A. in Literary Studies, Utrecht University/Bern University (2012)
B.A. in Portuguese Language and Culture, Utrecht University/University of Coimbra (2010)
B.A. in Journalism, Utrecht (2008)


  • 2017- present: postdoctoral fellow, Faculty of Humanity, Social Sciences, and Theology at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2015-16: lecturer/postdoctoral fellow, Department of Comparative Literature at LMU Munich
  • 2010-11: teaching assistant at Utrecht University


Journal Articles

Book Contributions

Courses (Selection)

  • Aufbauseminar Literature (winter semester 2018-19)
  • Hauptseminar Anti-colonial Literature and Thought (winter semester 2018-19)
  • Histories of Science Fiction: From Plutarch to Wanuri Kahiu (BA, MA)
  • Globalization, Literature, World Literature (BA, MA)
  • Thomas More’s Utopia: A Renaissance Vision of Transition? (BA, MA)
  • The Modern Ghost Story: From Walter Scott to Mia Couto (BA, MA)
  • Literary Theory
  • Postcolonial Theory (BA)