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December 7, 2022, 4.00 - 6.00 pm
Lucy Ives

AUTHOR EVENT: Lucy Ives Reading from Her New Novel 'Life is Everywhere'

The American novelist, poet, and critic Lucy Ives will read from her new novel 'Life is Everywhere' (Graywolf, 2022) and discuss her work with the MA seminar 'American Institutions of Literature' (Dr. Starre).

The event will be streamed online – please register here: Zoom Link.

Read more about the author here: Lucy Ives.

November 24, 2022

Noble Ambitions – a lecture about country house culture in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s

As the sun set slowly on the British Empire in the years after the Second World War, the nation’s stately homes were in crisis. Tottering under the weight of rising taxes and a growing sense that they had no place in twentieth-century Britain, hundreds of ancestral piles were dismantled and demolished. Perhaps even more surprising was the fact that so many of these great houses survived, as dukes and duchesses clung desperately to their ancestral seats and tenants’ balls gave way to rock concerts, safari parks and day trippers. From the Rolling Stones rocking Longleat to Christine Keeler rocking Cliveden, Noble Ambitions takes us on a lively tour of these crumbling halls of power, as a rakish, raffish,aristocratic Swinging London collided with traditional rural values. Capturing the spirit of the age, Adrian Tinniswood proves that the country house is not only an iconic symbol, but a lens through which to understand the shifting fortunes of Britain in an era of monumental social change.

Professor Adrian Tinniswood OBE FSA is the author of eighteen books on social and architectural history, including Behind the Throne: a Domestic History of the Royal Household and Noble Ambitions: The Fall and Rise of the Post-War Country House. He has worked with a number of heritage organizations including The National Trust, and is currently professorial Research Fellow in History at the University of Buckingham.

The lecture takes place on November 24, 2022, at 8 pm in room 131 at the English Department.

This event is hosted by Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Münster e.V. .

Lecture Series
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Black German Studies: Transatlantic Perspectives

Join us this semester for the lecture series "Black German Studies Transatlantic Perspectives". Co-organized by the Chair for German Literature, Comparative Literary Studies and Transatlantic Literary History
and the Chair for English, Postcolonial and Media Studies at University of Münster, the seven events intend to offer space for exchange and reflection on the research field of Black German Studies and for engagement with scholars, authors/artists, and activists who contribute to this discourse.

The lecture series is planned to take place in person and will be
documented by various articles, interviews, and reports posted to this
blog: https://medium.com/black-german-studies-transatlantic-perspectives.

Registrations for childcare and any questions can be sent to

December 19, 2022
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Info Session on Assistant Teacher Programmes

If you plan on doing a stay abroad as a student of the English Department, we warmly welcome you to join us on December 19, 2022, at 6.15pm at the English Department in room 131. You will receive useful information about possibilities to be an assistant teacher in the US. Please have a look at this pdf which gives you all the details you will need. See you soon!

November 22, 2022
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Study India Day 2022

We warmly invite you to join the upcoming Study India Day where you get the chance to learn more about India from different perspectives. The event will take place in the Festsaal, Schlossplatz 5, starting at 2 pm. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Lecture Series
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Guest Lectures in American Studies Münster | Winter Term 2022-2023

The Talks:

  • Mascha Lange, Leipzig University, “Vulnerable Worldmaking: Subverting Gendered Violence in Contemporary Life Writing” | November 3rd | Register here.
  • Maria Sulimma, Freiburg University, “Leisure in the Postindustrial City: Gentrification and Literature” | November 24th | Register here.
  • Xine Yao, University College London, “Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling” | December 8th | Register here.
  • Eugenie Brinkema, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Get Out; Or, How to Read a Sunken Form" | January 19th | Register here.

Wednesday, 6-8 pm (c.t.)
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Program for Hotspots lecture series 2022/23

We are happy to share the program for this semester’s Hotspots lecture series. We would like to invite everyone to come to one, several, or all of the lectures and find out what the members of staff of the English Department are working on at the moment.
Program for Hotspots lecture series 2022/23 (pdf)

Mittwoch, 1.März 2023, 14:00-18:00 Uhr

11. Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen 2023 - Wortschatzarbeit

Das Forum Fremdsprachendidaktik lädt alle Fremdsprachenlehrkräfte und Referenda*innen der Primarstufe, Sek I/II und BK zum 11. Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen ein. Studierende können auch gerne teilnehmen.

Save the date: 01.03.2023, 14:00-18:00 Uhr

Informationen zur Anmeldung, Ablauf und Programm finden Sie ab sofort hier: Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen

Upcoming Event: June 10th, 2022
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DBR Symposium

The Chair of English Language Education is organizing another symposium! The Symposium - Design Based Research in English Language Education will take place on Friday, June 10th 2022.

Design-Based Research (DBR) has already become a fixed branch of research in many areas in recent years. In the context of foreign language education, there are already individual projects based on DBR principles, but there is a lack of a systematic methodological discourse. The symposium aims to provide an impetus for a DBR network in foreign language research. For more information visit the DBR Symposium Website.
Follow this link to register right now!

Friday, May 20th, 2022
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This Week - YA Literature Symposium

YA literature is a focal point for discussions surrounding bibliodiversity and heterogeneity in and beyond the classroom. To acknowledge these trends in YA, and consider the opportunities for ELT through and with YA, we are merging our interests as researchers of English Language Education and Book Studies and coordinating this unique interdisciplinary event: Symposium - Reading Young Adult (YA) Literature in the EFL Classroom and Beyond

The Symposium will take place on May 20th, 2022 and feature many renowned guest speakers. For more information on the programme, participation fee and registration process visit the YA Symposium Website.

04.05.2022, 4 pm, F5
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Panel Discussion on Global Citizenship Education

Panel Discussion with William Gaudelli and Frauke MatzIm Rahmen der Vorlesung Selected Aspects of SLA/ELT findet am 04. Mai 2022 eine Podiumsdiskussion mit William Gaudelli (Lehigh University) und Frauke Matz (WWU) zum Thema Global Citizenship Education statt.

Wann? – 04.05.2022, 16:00-18:00Uhr
Wo? – Fürstenberghaus, F5

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NTS Open Day - Online information event

Are you interested in interdisciplinary research?
Do you have a passion for Postcolonial Studies?
Are you curious about critiques of the nation state?

Tune in to our info event to learn more about our M.A. National and Transnational Studies at WWU Münster and get the opportunity to speak to current students about their experience.

Date: 19th April 2022
Time: 12 p.m.

Register here for the Zoom Meeting.


TALK: Chiara Bullen (SFC Saltire Emerging Researcher), "The Moral Responsibilities of Publishers and Authors in the 21st Century," 25 April 2022

This talk is part of the series "Book Studies Talks" and has been organised in cooperation with the collaborative research center Law and Literature (DFG SFB1385 Recht und Literatur).

Monday, 25 April 2022

12 noon (s.t.), AE 11 (Aegidiistraße 5)

Upcoming Guest Lecture | April 6, 2022

Sudan: Kampf um politische und soziale Erneuerung

Lesung und Gespräch mit Dr. Ishraga Mustafa Hamid und Omer Othman

Mit dem Sturz des langjährigen Diktators Umar al-Bashir im April 2019 schien sich für die Menschen im Sudan der Weg in eine freiheitliche, demokratische Zukunft zu öffnen. In dieser Aufbruchstimmung initiierte die sudanesische Autorin Dr. Ishraga Mustafa Hamid das Literaturstipendium „Brot und Rosen". Insbesondere junge Frauen bekamen damit die Möglichkeit, ihre Erfahrungen aufzuschreiben, zu reflektieren und weiterzugeben. Das Motto lautete „Schreiben für soziale Veränderung“. Texte von mehr als 60 jungen Autor*innen liegen nun in arabischer Sprache gedruckt vor. Themen sind die Revolution von 2019 im Sudan, der Widerstand gegen das Militärregime, Erfahrungen von Gewalt und Missbrauch, Gleichberechtigung oder Umwelt.
Der Verein Afrikanische Perspektiven begleitet das Projekt von Beginn an. Mit Spenden wurden Autorinnen, Schreibwerkstätten und auch die Veröffentlichungen unterstützt. In zwei Veranstaltungen werden nun Texte des Literaturstipendiums vorgestellt und über die Lage im Sudan informiert:

Der erste Termin findet am Mittwoch, dem 6. April 2022, um 19 Uhr im Audi Max des Englischen Seminars, Johannisstr. 12, Münster statt.
Dort wird Dr. Ishraga Mustafa Hamid über das Schreibprojekt berichten. Eine Auswahl der ins Deutsche übersetzten Texte liest die Schauspielerin Sarah Giese. Der Literaturwissenschaftler Omer Othman moderiert und informiert über die jüngsten Ereignisse im Sudan. Die Veranstaltung wird zusätzlich online übertragen. Die Veranstaltung findet auf Deutsch statt, online wird es auch eine zusammenfassende Übersetzung ins Arabische geben. Die Zugangsdaten zur Online-Übertragung finden Sie hier. Der zweite Termin wird nur online stattfinden, das Datum und die Zoom-Zugangsdaten werden noch bekannt gegeben.
Die Veranstaltungen von Afrikanische Perspektiven e.V. finden in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Englischen Seminar der WWU - Postcolonial Studies, der Volkshochschule und dem Eine-Welt-Forum Münster e.V. statt. Sie werden gefördert vom Kulturamt der Stadt Münster und dem Beirat für kommunale Entwicklungszusammenarbeit.

Save the dates: April 7th | May 5th | May 19th
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Guest Lectures in American Studies

The Chair of American Studies invites all students to partake in the upcoming lecture series: GLAM!
This lecture series is planned to be hybrid, and registration for online lectures is required. Please visit the  American Studies homepage for up-to-date information. For further information, please contact Gulsin Ciftci.

Online Spotlight Series on Digitalization for Future English Teachers
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Curriculum 4.0

We invite all students to take a look at our new spotlight series: See You on the Flip(ped) Side - Fostering Digitalization for Future English Teachers via Spotlights in a Digital Learning Environment.

The lecture series offers our pre-service teacher trainees a digital learning environment in which they can engage in self-directed and independent learning. In this flipped classroom both Bachelor and Master of Education students will be able to work with video-based learning modules on various aspects of digitalization within the field of English language education.

Take a look at our website to start your new learning experience!

Upcoming Event | 02.03.2022 | 13:30-18:00 Uhr
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10. Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen 2022 - Mündlichkeit

Das Forum Fremdsprachendidaktik lädt alle Fremdsprachenlehrkräfte und Referendar*innen der Primarstufe, Sek I/II und BK zum 10. Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen ein. Studierende können auch gerne teilnehmen.

Save the date: 02.03.2022, 14:00-18:00 Uhr

Aufgrund der aktuellen Entwicklungen wird der Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen in diesem Jahr digital stattfinden müssen. Informationen zur Anmeldung, Ablauf und Programm finden Sie ab sofort auf der Webseite: Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen.

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