Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein
Chair of English Studies
Postcolonial, Transnational and Transcultural Studies (PTTS)
Department of English
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Administrator: Ms. Annika Feldhof, BA
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Professor Mark Stein is the Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies at the University of Münster (WWU), a position he took up in 2006. He also runs the National and Transnational Studies programme (MA NTS). For information in German, click here.
Background and expertise
As a German critic, writer, and academic, he has specialised in Black British and British Asian Writing, Caribbean Literature, Zimbabwean Literature, Critical Theory, Diaspora Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. Book length work is listed below.
Since publishing Black British Literature: Novels of Transformation in 2004, he has focussed primarily on postcolonial and diaspora studies, with a particular interest in porosity, translocation, and processes of cultural transformation in anglophone cultural production. Aiming to historicise and contextualise this first field of inquiry, while also stretching its boundaries, he returns to this area with his latest publication, The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing (CUP 2020, co-ed. with Susheila Nasta: bit.do/CaHiBABW).
He holds and has held various positions in different contexts, some of which include:
- Course director MA National and Transnational Studies: go.wwu.de/NTS
- Director of the Graduate School Practices of Literature
- Member of the Graduate School Literary Theory as a Theory of Society, the DFG-research training group Literary Form and the Graduate School of European Classics
- President of the Association of New Literatures in English (GNEL/ASNEL)
- Head of Department of the English Seminar at WWU Münster
- Deputy member of the University Senate
- Member of the Commission for the University's Internationalisation
- Member of the “Fachbereichsrat 09 Philologie” – since 2006
- Editor of ASNEL Papers
Before joining WWU Münster, from 2002 to 2006, he was Junior Professor for Theories of non-European Literatures and Cultures at the University of Potsdam. Mark Stein grew up in Cologne and Los Angeles, and has read English Studies, American Studies, and Political Sciences in Frankfurt/M, Oxford, and Warwick. While researching his PhD dissertation in the 1990s, he was attached to the University of Kent at Canterbury, working with Professor Lyn Innes, and the Goethe University, Frankfurt/M., working with Professor Dieter Riemenschneider.