Upcoming lectures at the English Department

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Winter term 2019/2020

The following list states all the lectures that are currently held by our members of staff. Please be aware that this website serves the sole purpose of giving an overview with basic information. Therefore, the list does not include any details on course or module requirements. Detailed information of every lecture and course may only be retrieved from HIS-LSF. General information about coursework and credits is available here.


Selected Aspects of SLA/ELT (098590) [Wednesdays: 16-18]

First session: 9 October

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Frauke Matz
Location: S8, Schloss
Short information: This lecture will give an overview of current issues and challenges in foreign language learning and teaching. Topics discussed will be

-    The use of digital media

-    Inclusion

-    Transcultural learning

-    CLIL etc.

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Accents of English (098596) [Mondays: 14-16]

First session: 14 October

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gut
Location: F1, Fürstenberghaus
Short information: t.b.a.

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Introduction to syntax: functional and typological approaches (096820) [Wednesdays: 10-12]

First session: 9 October

Lecturer:  Jun.-Prof. Dr. Pavel Ozerov
Location: F 229, Fürstenberghaus
Short information: The course will provide a general introduction to syntax and syntactic analysis in the frameworks of functional linguistics. It will present an overview of approaches that regard syntax from the perspective of the communicative function of language and as a product of language usage. The discussion will be conducted from the cross-linguistic perspective, employing data from typologically diverse languages. The students will actively practice how to implement the acquired tools for the analysis of languages of their interest.
Givón, Talmy. 2001. Syntax. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins
Goldberg, Adele 2006. Constructions at Work: the nature of generalization in language. Oxford:Oxford University Press

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Literary and Cultural Studies

Literatures of the African Diasporas (098592) [Tuesdays: 12-14]

First session: 8 October

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein
Location: JO 1, Johannisstr. 4
Short information: This lecture engages with the the diaspora concept -- and with diaspora literature from the African diaspora.
Diaspora might evoke travel, migration, nomadism. But, crucially, it is ‘push factors’ that are central to its definition: they include forced migration, displacement, slavery, pogroms, genocide, famine, political persecution and war are reasons for the translocation of entire populations (Clifford, 1994; Gilroy, 1994). Add to this James Clifford's (1994) suggestion that ‘the term diaspora is a signifier, not simply of transnationality and movement, but of political struggles to define the local, as distinctive of community, in historical contexts of displacement’. 
African Diaspora literatures reflect and promote connections between cultural origins and present locations; they mediate different social and cultural groups and relate to the formation of community; they reach back to distinct historical moments; they remember departures and arrivals – and what came before, after, and in between. They draw on collective memory, they add to it, and in the process revise, rewrite, and transmit memory; from one generation to the next; and from one location to another. This lecture course, then, explores African diaspora literatures from several contexts, including the UK, the Caribbean, Canada, and the US.

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Environmental Ethics in North American Literatures (098593) [Thursdays: 10-12]

First session: 17 October

Lecturer: PD Dr. Stefanie Müller
Location: S10, Schlossplatz 2
Short information: At a time that the Fridays for Future movement has brought questions of sustainability to the center of public attention, this lecture course seeks a fresh perspective on the tradition of environmental literature and ecocriticism in North America. Scholarship on this tradition in the U.S. has often focused on white male subjectivity and an idealized and ahistorical concept of nature. The wealth of research literature on Henry David Thoreau and John Muir is a case in point and it includes even more recent writers in the ecocritical US tradition, such as Wendell Berry. In the spirit of transnational American Studies this lecture course takes a more diverse approach to studying the relationship between nature and history in North America, such as by discussing the work of U.S. American women as well as Native American writers, but also by foregrounding space and place rather than nationality. A particular focus is on the work of Caribbean writers such as Édouard Glissant, Olive Senior, and Derek Walcott, and on the relationship between history and nature in their works. Following recent scholarship, this lecture course explores how Caribbean writers ‘depict the natural world in terms that [do not] erase the relationship between landscape and power’ (Deloughrey et al 4). As a result, they provide new insights into the formation of environmental ethics, which are valuable for new developments in environmental justice and sustainability. This lecture course therefore also takes a look at the contribution that literary studies can make to current debates on sustainability.

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From the Middle Ages to Renaissance British Literature (098594) [Tuesdays: 14-16]

First session: 15 October

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer
Location: Audimax, English Department
Short information: t.b.a.

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