| Post-allocation phase (winter term 2021/22)

Post-allocation phase for all higher semesters

The post-allocation phase for all higher semester students (winter term 2021/22)

begins on 26 July and ends on 30 July 2021

via Learnweb: "Nachmeldeverfahren Englisches Seminar". Password/Einschreibeschlüssel: "Nachmeldungen".

Time slots/Sprechstunden via Zoom will be announced there by 23 July 2021.

Register until August 1st to participate!

Study@home: Additional Course in the Winter Term

Material Analysis and Design: Study@home - The TOOLS Project
22nd – 26th November 2021
Please note that we now offer a project week for future teachers of English (Blockseminar) who still need to complete their study@home. It will be taught by teachers of the University of Vic, Spain, the University of Opole, Poland, and the WWU as part of the ERASMUS+ TOOLS project. As part of this international project, you will be placed in groups with international students from Vic and Opole University to study together.
For more information on the project and registration process visit the Tools website!

Upcoming Guest Lecture by Dr. Daniel Becker | July 7th, 4- 6 pm
© Becker

Video Games and English Language Education

Currently, video games are witnessing a ‘golden age’. With titles such as Minecraft or GTA V selling over 200 million copies worldwide, they have become a most prominent part of popular culture today. With this in mind, it is hardly surprising that video games are often frequented by children and teenagers, too. As the most recent JIM study shows (Medienpädagogischer Forschungsverband 2020: 54), 68% of the studied 12 to 19-year-olds play digital games daily or several times a week, while another 25% deal with them on a monthly basis. In a younger generation, in other words, digital games have become a force of entertainment to be reckoned with.

And yet, video games are more than just entertainment: games also afford numerous opportunities for learning and can be used to foster key competences in English language education. In my presentation, I will provide an overview over some of these learning potentials, by looking at concrete game examples and their affordances in the EFL classroom. Additionally, I will explore ways and approaches to implement games in teaching practice, since, so far, the question of how to work with video games has hardly been explored on a systematic level. In this context, the presentation will also deal with issues and challenges that go along with using this digital medium in an EFL teaching environment.

Course registrations for the upcoming winter term start soon!

Course Registration Winter Term 2021/22

Course registration on HIS-LSF:

  • for higher semesters of each degree programme (2ndsemester onwards):  21 June 2021 –19 July 2021 (announcement of allocation results: 21 July2021)
  • for all 1st semester courses:   4 October 2021 –10 October 2021 (announcement of allocation results: 12 October2021

Registration within this period is obligatory for all courses except lectures, but recommended for lectures too (as in some cases places are limited even there). Participating in seminars and practical courses without registration is not possible.
Please note further information under Study > Registration

| Research Cluster – Ausschreibung von studentischen Abschlussarbeiten

Research Cluster – Ausschreibung von studentischen Abschlussarbeiten: Didaktik der Beruflichen Bildung & Fremdsprachendidaktik

Wir suchen interessierte BK Studierende, die uns in dem Bemühen, eine engere Verzahnung zwischen der Beruflichen Bildung und der Fremdsprachendidaktik unterstützen würden. Angehängt finden Sie eine Ausschreibung und wir würden uns sehr freuen, wenn Sie uns bei Interesse kontaktieren könnten.

Mehr Informationen entnehmen Sie bitte folgender PDF Datei zur Ausschreibung von studentischen Abschlussarbeiten [de].

© Ciftci

Juneteenth Event: Saturday, 19 June 2021, 6:00-8:00 pm (Zoom)

Hosted by Prof. Dr. Silvia Schultermandl and Gülsin Ciftci

Please join us for a poetry performance by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, former Poet Laureate of the city of Houston, from her poetry collection Newsworthy, published by Bloomsday Literary in 2019. Newsworthy examines incidents with police brutality and the Black body and how the media chooses to report them. It won honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize, was a finalist for the Writer's Guild of Texas Book Award, and received a Pushcart Nomination.

To receive the Zoom access key, please send an e-mail to americanstudies@wwu.de

M.A. NTS Applications 2021: Application platform NOW OPEN

Prospective students are now able to submit their application for the M.A. National and Transnational Studies via the university's electronic application platform (Bewerberportal) [de]

Applications will be processed in two phases and places will be offered accordingly. Applications received by 31 May will be evaluated in time for notifying candidates between early and mid-June. We encourage students to apply early and during the first application phase. In this way, successful candidates have a maximum of time to apply for visas (which can be time-consuming) and also to arrange funding, travel, and accommodation.

Candidates applying between 01 June and 15 July 2021 will be notified at the end of July.

You can find more information on the application process, required documents and language skills, etc. in the "Admissions" section on our MA NTS website.

New Application Deadline | Study Abroad

Update application deadline:
Traditionally, the deadline for application has been January 15 for the upcoming winter term and July 15 for the upcoming summer term.
Important: Please note that in the future, all spots will be allotted in January/February for the entire following academic year.
That is, if you want to apply for ERASMUS in the upcoming academic year (running September to August), you will need to apply by December 15.

| Arbeitsgruppe

Gegen Rassismus und andere Formen der Diskriminierung - Against Racism and Other Forms of Discrimination

Racism and other forms of discrimination regularly and also structurally affect students and staff of the English Department. In order to address this grievance, and with a view to redressing it, a work group is being set up.
If you are interested to work in or have questions about the committee "Against racism and other forms of discrimination" at the English Department, pls get in touch via email: markstein[at]wwu.de.

It is important that the diversity of the English Department is reflected in the membership of this committee.

A first meeting is planned for 24 February, 2021 at 12.15 pm.

© Undocumented Migration Project [edited by A. Reketat / C. Cakir]

Hostile Terrain 94 Münster – global participatory art project

Münster edition of UCLA’s global participatory art project that draws attention to the state-sanctioned violence of the US border enforcement strategy. Also suggesting links to similar policies in Europe.
Starting from a blank map, the exhibit visualizes migrant deaths by mounting 3,200 toe-tags filled in by Münster community members, incl. students & staff of our university.

Safe viewing despite Corona:
On-site: socially distant open-air viewing in the courtyard of the Bible Museum, Johannisstr. 20

Online: website complements on-site exhibition with background info: ptts.wwu.de/ht94Muenster
This site also gives access to Contingent Belonging, the accompanying digital lecture series

When? 18–29 January 2021
Open to all; free entry #ht94Muenster

| Master of Education 2021

Master of Education SoSe 2021

Alle Studierenden, die Informationen für den im Sommersemester 2021 beginnenden Master benötigen, werden zunächst gebeten, sich in folgendem Learnweb Kurs anzumelden:

Master of Education, Neue Studienordnung (Ab SoSe 2021)

Das benötigte Passwort erfragen Sie bitte bei Claudia Weber.

| Registration

Summer Term 2021 - Registration period for all higher semesters and 1st semester M.Ed.

Registration period for all higher semesters - starts on 15 January and ends on 5 February 2021.

Registration period for all 1st semester Master of Education courses - starts on 15 March and ends on 24 March 2021.

You can find all the information on our registration website.

| Wintersemester 20/21

New seminars | Culture and Communication (Study at home)

Im Laufe der vorlesungsfreien Zeit wird das Englische Seminar uns derzeit noch fehlende Lehrkapazitäten im Vorlesungsverzeichnis ergänzen, um allen Studierenden die im elektronischen Anmeldeverfahren und im Nachmeldeverfahren nicht versorgt werden konnten, die benötigen Kurse anzubieten.

Darüber hinaus werden allen von verhinderten Auslandsaufenthalten oder Praktika betroffenen Studierenden im Wintersemester 2020/21 Vorlesungen (statt Seminar) im Modul "Culture and Communication" (Study at Home) zum Erwerb der erforderlichen Leistungspunkte in zwei Vorlesungen (in der Aufteilung 2 LP und 6 LP) angeboten. Dies gilt natürlich auch für Studierende, die bereits einen Platz in einem Seminar innerhalb dieses Moduls erhalten haben, sich davon abmelden und in eine Vorlesung wechseln möchten.

Bitte beachten Sie die entsprechenden Informationen auf den Seiten der Studienberatung im Hinblick auf den Nachweis des verhinderten Auslandsaufenthaltes.

Corona - ERASMUS WS20/21
| | Corona - ERASMUS WS20/21

Corona - ERASMUS WS20/21

Regulations for the Upcoming Winter term:

A) Students whose designated host university has offered them to participate in an online semester should do so.
o How to proceed: You can start your digital studies without any further notification to the student advisory service.

B) Students who have been offered to switch their stay to the spring/summer term are welcome to do so. But please bear in mind that the summer term at the host university might start way earlier than April!
o How to proceed: If you have any queries about the time frame, please contact Amrei Sander

C) Students whose autumn term has been cancelled and who did not get the offer to do
o A) an online term or
o B) switch to spring/summer term
should participate in the Culture and Communication @ Home module at WWU.
o How to proceed: Please register during the LSF course registration period (15.6.-3.7.) for a seminar and a lecture course. Come and see us from 2 November onwards (bring the cancellation e-mail along!) and we issue a form that you need to take to the exam office to enable a QISPOS registration.

  • 2020

    Online Information Event
    Photographer Johny Pitts (London/Marseille) with MA NTS students
    © WWU

    MA National and Transnational Studies #MANTS

    MA National and Transnational Studies #MANTS

    Online information event, Wed. 27 May 2020 @2pm (CET) via Zoom

    On Wednesday, 27 May 2020, faculty members will host a digital info event for BA students interested in our international Master’s programme National and Transnational Studies: Literature—Culture—Language at WWU Münster. If you would like to join, please let us know in advance.

    The event will take place in Zoom and covers the following topics:

    * General introduction to the Master’s programme
    * Fields of study (literary and cultural studies, linguistics, book studies, etc.)
    * Application procedure and “corona concessions”
    * Q&A session

    We look forward to meeting you in virtual space!

    © WWU

    Corona Emergency Fund for Students

    For students who are experiencing financial hardship due to the Corona crisis (e.g. because they have lost their job and cannot obtain another one, e.g. for health or family reasons), the university has established an emergency fund where students can apply for limited financial support (1 or 2 payments of up to € 450 each). More information on the fund’s website [de].

    Book Studies
    © privat

    Welcome Prof. Dr. Norrick-Rühl!

    We are very pleased to welcome our new Professor for Book Studies. Prof. Dr. Norrick-Rühl has joined our department on 1st April 2020. Please find more information on the Book Studies website.

    | Inklusionstutor*innen

    Inklusionstutor*innen ab Wintersemester 2019/20

    Seit dem Wintersemester 2019/20 gibt es an der WWU Inklusionstutor*innen, die in den Fachbereichen studentische Ansprechpartner*innen zum Thema Inklusion sind. Aufgaben der Inklusionstutor*innen liegen vor allem in der Informationsweitergabe zu speziellen Beratungsangeboten für Studierende mit Beeinträchtigung sowie in der Sensibilisierung zur Gestaltung von barrierefreien Veranstaltungen, Materialien und Studienbedingungen. Wir würden uns sehr freuen, wenn sich Studierende für diese Arbeit interessieren und sich bis zum 4. März als Turto*innen bewerben würden.

    Mehr Informationen finden Sie unter: https://www.uni-muenster.de/studium/hilfeundberatung/studiummitbeeintraechtigung/InklusionstutorInnen.html [de]

  • 2019

    | Reading Group

    New Reading Group launched at the English Department!

    Native American and First Nations Literatures - Indigenous Women Writers

    The first meeting of the reading group takes place in ES 129 on Tuesday, 9 July 2019 from 4 - 6 pm.
    A second meeting will be held on the following Tuesday (16 July 2019); same place, same time.
    No registration necessary - everyone is welcome!

    Organisers: Alisa Preusser  (a_preu05) and Lara Meßbauer (l_mess07)

    | Exhibition

    New exhibition in the Department library!

    (Re)Covering Rebecca: A Critical Look at the Cover Design History of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca

    There is a new exhibition in the English Department Library. More information can be retrieved from this pdf flyer.

    | New research centre

    Launch of new collaborative research centre at the English Department

    The English Department proudly announces the launch of a new collaborative research centre "Law and Literature".

    In the CRC "Law and Literature", researchers in the fields of literature and law will work together more closely than they have previously in Germany. This collaboration is based on the recognition that the disciplines' analysis of the key questions of their respective counterpart has been fragmented. In view of the heated debates surrounding fact and fiction as well as the disappearance of traditional media and the emergence of a legal communication vacuum, it is important that there is research into the content, processes and forms of articulation of normative and aesthetic values. The CRC aims to incorporate the entire cultural region of Europe and the Mediterranean into its research. (University of Münster, Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer).

    Further details:
    Announcement of the Faculty of Philology (German)
    Announcement of the DFG

    | Alumni network

    The NTS alumNET is now online!

    During the 10 year NTS celebrations in July 2018, WWU Rector Johannes Wessels officially launched the NTS AlumNet. As a digital forum, the AlumNet helps NTS alumnae and alumni to (re)connect and it facilitates exchange with current NTS students. The forum allows you to post and browse job as well as internship offers, and it lists relevant conference calls from various academic disciplines. Enabling you to exchange ideas, it brings vital debates into a virtual discursive space. The AlumNet is a further step in strengthening the wide-ranging network of MA NTS graduates which serves as a resource for your professional careers – both while studying in Münster and when you move beyond.

    While the platform is managed by the NTS team, it is hosted externally in the vBulletin cloud. This means that vBulletin will store information about NTS AlumNet members on their servers.

    You can access and register for the AlumNet on the AlumNet website!

  • 2018

    S. Stroh and ESSE President Liliane Louvel at the award ceremony. Photograph by Eva Růžičková.
    © Dept. of English & American Studies, Masaryk University, Brno; reproduced by permission of ESSE*


    10 September 2018

    We are pleased to announce that our staff member Dr. Silke Stroh has won the ESSE Book Award 2018 (presented by the European Society for the Study of English) in the category “Cultural and Area Studies” for her monograph Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination: Anglophone Writing from 1600 to 1900 (Evanston IL: Northwestern University Press 2017).

    10 YEARS ON: National & Transnational Studies in Münster and Beyond

    07 July 2018

    Eighty students, alumni, staff members, and guests came together at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster to celebrate the tenth anniversary of our interdisciplinary MA programme National and Transnational Studies (MA NTS).

    Opening the anniversary celebrations, WWU Rector Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels highlighted the importance of the MA NTS as one of the University’s most interdisciplinary and international study programmes. With its high number of foreign students, averaging at 75%, the MA NTS has been contributing significantly to the international profile and cultural diversity of the WWU ever since its accreditation in 2008.

    Before launching the new NTS AlumNetwork, course director Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein pointed to the steadily growing numbers of national and international applications which indicates the unbroken appeal of a transdisciplinary programme that transcends the conceptual boundaries of traditional thought and combines literary and cultural studies as well as book studies and linguistics. He also cautioned that the Land NRW is considering the introduction of tuition fees for international students — at a time when Europe is seen to keep non-Europeans out.

    The anniversary programme was supplemented by several guest speakers. In a thought-provoking keynote, renowned photographer, writer, and broadcast journalist Johny Pitts (London) connected key topics of the NTS to his own photographic work and personal experience. Two talks by NTS alumnae Isabel Raabe (Oxford) and Selver Bener (Amsterdam) provided first-hand insights into the successful career paths of NTS graduates who are now spread across the globe – as scholars and lecturers at international universities or working in the media, for agencies, companies, or foundations.

    10 YEARS ON also included the workshop “Strategies for the Sustainable Internationalization of an Interdisciplinary Field”, organized and chaired by PD Dr. Markus Schmitz. In the workshop, alumnae/i, current students, and faculty discussed how the NTS programme’s well-established informal network of internal and external partners can be translated into continuing exchanges, institutionalized partnerships, and stable collaborations between NTS alumnae/i scattered across geographical and disciplinary locations.

    The celebrations concluded with a reception that offered plenty of time for students, staff, alumni, and other guests to catch up and network over food and drink. The event was kindly supported by the English Seminar, the International Office of the WWU Münster and the International Centre "Die Brücke".


    13 June 2018

    The English Department and the University of Abuja (Nigeria) will work more closely together in the future. The rector of the University of Münster, Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Dr. Michael Adikwu, have signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" initiated by our Head of Department, Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer. More information can be retrieved on this website [de].

  • 2017

    New Exhibition in the Department Library!

    13 December 2017

    In celebration of Jonathan Swift's 350th birthday, the Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies has set up "An Exhibition of Gulliver's Travels in exotic languages" on the second floor of the Department Library. Feel free to have a look around!

    Interdisciplinary certificate of north american studies

    17 November 2017

    The Faculties of Philology, Educational Studies, Social Studies and History/Philosophy offer a new certificate for students of the WWU.
    Further information is available on the philology website [de] and on the correspondent website [de].

  • Other information (German)