Guest lectures, readings, CfPs & conferences, summer schools

The 2015 Afroeuropeans Network Conference in Münster
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You will find upcoming guest lectures, readings, summer schools as well as the latest call for papers and conferences here . Watch out for regular updates.


  • Guest lectures

    Sudan: Kampf um politische und soziale Erneuerung

    6 APR 2022 | 19:00 h (Audi Max, English Department, Johannisstraße 12)
    With Dr. Ishraga Mustafa Hamid and Omer Othman

    With the fall of long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, the path to a free, democratic future seemed to open up for the people of Sudan. In this spirit of optimism, Sudanese author Dr. Ishraga Mustafa Hamid initiated the "Bread and Roses" literary scholarship. This gave young women in particular the opportunity to write down their experiences, reflect on them and pass them on. The motto was "Writing for Social Change".

    In October 2021, the military staged a coup and is currently in control of the government. However, many Sudanese people continue to fight for the goal of political and social renewal. They protest in the streets, risking their lives. In this difficult situation, the writing project was completed as planned. Texts by more than 60 young authors are now available in print in Arabic. Themes include the 2019 revolution in Sudan, resistance to the military regime, experiences of violence and abuse, equality and the environment.

    The association Afrikanische Perspektiven has accompanied the project from the beginning. Donations have supported female authors, writing workshops, as well as the publications. Now, texts from the literary scholarship will be presented and information about the situation in Sudan will be provided in two events: The first event will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at 7 p.m. in the Audi Max of the English Seminar, Johannisstr. 12, Münster.

    There, Dr. Ishraga Mustafa Hamid will report on the writing project. A selection of the texts translated into German will be read by the actress Sarah Giese. The literary scholar Omer Othman will moderate and provide information about recent events in Sudan. The event will also be broadcast online. The Zoom link is The event will take place in German, there will also be a summary translation into Arabic online.

    The second event will be online only, the date and Zoom access details to be announced.

    The events of Afrikanische Perspektiven e.V. take place in cooperation with the English Seminar of the WWU - Postcolonial Studies, the Volkshochschule and the Eine-Welt-Forum Münster e.V.. They are sponsored by the Cultural Office of the City of Münster and the Advisory Council for Municipal Development Cooperation.

    Further information is available here.


    „Dekolonisierung des Denkens“
    lecture series (AUG 2021 - MAR 2022)

    The lecture series is organized by Afrikanische Perspektiven e.V. and takes place in cooperation with Postcolonial, Transnational and Transcultural Studies (PTTS), Volkshochschule Münster, and Eine-Welt-Forum Münster e.V. , among others. It is supported by the Kulturamt (Stadt Münster) and the Peter Hammer Verein für Literatur und Dialog e.V. .

    8 AUG 2021 | 12:00 h (Studiobühne der Universität)
    Der gute Deutsche: Rudolf Manga Bell

    Lecture by Christian Bommarius (publicist) in German

    7 SEPT 2021 | 19:00 h (Zoom)
    Dekolonisierung des Rechts
    Lecture and discussion with Karina Theurer (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)) in German

    27 OCT 2021 | 19:00 h (Franz-Hitze-Haus) | 8€/ 4€
    Die Macht der Bilder - Die Folgen der negativen Afrika-Darstellung

    Lecture by Dr. M. Moustapha Diallo in German

    4 NOV 2021 | 19:00 h (Zoom)
    Gedichte auf Luganda

    Lecture by Dr. Susan Nalugwa Kiguli (lyricist) in German

    21 JAN 2022 | 19:00 h (Plenarsaal des LWL-Landeshauses)
    Afrika-Berichterstattung in der "Tagesschau" von 1952–2018

    Lecture by Dr. Fabian Sickenberger in German

    8 FEB 2022 | 19:00 h (Studiobühne der Universität)

    Lecture by Penda Diouf and Gifty Wiafe in German and French
    Followed by a talk with Dr. M. Moustapha Diallo

    21 Mar 2022 | 19:00 h (WWU Weiterbildung, Königsstr. 47, 48143 Münster)
    Decolonize Yourself

    Lecture with Ania Faas, Zandile Darko, and Dr. M. Moustapha Diallo

    You can find further information on the lecture series and the individual talks listed below here.

    Further events t.b.a.


    "Sprache und Kolonialismus" (Language and Colonialism) lecture series (2 JUN - 23 JUN 2021)

    The lecture series is organized by the Germanistisches Institut der Universität Münster & Kommission für Mundart- und Namenforschung Westfalens.
    You can find more information on the lecture series and the individual talks listed below here.

    2 JUN 2021 | 18:30h
    Koloniale Mikrotoponyme: (Historische) Benennungspraktiken, (aktuelle) Umbenennungen

    Lecture by Dr. Verena Ebert (Würzburg) in German

    9 JUN 2021 | 18:30h
    Die deutsche Sprache im postkolonialen Namibia

    Lecture by Dr. Christian Zimmer (Freie Universität Berlin) in German

    16 JUN 2021 | 18:30h
    Unserdeutsch (Rabaul Creole German): Das linguistische Erbe der Hiltruper Missionare im Südwestpazifik

    Lecture by Prof. Dr. Péter Maitz (Universität Bern) in German

    23 JUN 2021 | 18:30h
    Kolonialismus im Wörterbuch. Einblicke in die Arbeit der Dudenredaktion

    Lecture by Dr. Laura Neuhaus (Dudenredaktion, Berlin) in German




    "Contingent Belonging Un/bedingte Zugehörigkeit" lecture series (18 JAN–29 JAN 2021)

    You can find more information on the lecture series and the individual talks listed below here.

    18 JAN 2021 | 18:00 Uhr (s.t.)
    "From the Other Side": Grenzregime im Blickfeld der Kunst

    Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne ​(Uni Münster) in German

    20 JAN 2021 | 18:15h
    Hintergründe und Bedingungen räumlicher Mobilität: Positionen und Perspektiven der Migrationsforschung

    Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jochen Oltmer (Uni Osnabrück) in German

    21 JAN 2021 | 18:00h
    “Illegal Alien” or “Refugee”: Border Crossings Into El Paso, Texas

    ​Lecture by Dr. Ina Batzke (Augsburg University)

    26 JAN 2021 | 18:00h
    Leben und Sterben mit der Grenze: Grenzregime, Migration und Identitäten in Mexiko und den USA im 20. Jahrhundert

    Lecture by Prof. Dr. Silke Hensel (Uni Münster) in German

    27 JAN 2021 | 18:00h
    Refugees and the Right to Have Rights: From the Borders of Europe through Contingent Belonging in Münster

    ​Lecture by Dr. Jesper Reddig (Münster University)

    29 JAN 2021 | 18:00h
    The Cemetery of the Companionless: Towards a World Literature of Undocumented Lives in Elif Shafak’s 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World

    ​Lecture by Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee (Mainz University)


  • Readings


  • CfPs & conferences

    Comparing Colonialism: Beyond Modern Exceptionalism
    September 26-28, 2019
    Deadline: September 30, 2018


  • Summer schools

    Various universities and other academic organisations offer summer schools where students can explore a particular subject in a kind of block seminar format over one or several weeks during the semester break. This gives students the chance to study new topics not offered at their home universities, or to explore a familiar topic from a new angle, with different teachers and classmates in a different setting. Sometimes students can get credit points which are also accepted at their home university (preferably check beforehand).

    Upcoming summer schools

    Summer School: Tacet ad Libitum!

    Towards a Poetics and Politics of Silence
    24-29 JULY 2022

    Silence (tacere or Schweigen) has been considered by Franz Rosenzweig among others as a subversive act or defiant stance of the tragic hero against overwhelming power mechanisms of necessity, i.e., totalization and universality. It has also, however, been regarded as an epiphenomenon (or a result) of marginalization and oppression by postcolonial theorists. The latters’ understanding marks silence as an end, a potential violent effect of the logics of exclusion and marginalization by “signifying machines”. The former understanding marks silence as a means of rendering mechanisms of powers inoperative. Therefore, the significance of silence appears to oscillate within an aporia of means and ends, singularity and universality, a-thesiology and thesiology, performance and logos. For the Münster Lectures and Summer School to be mutually complementary, we want to re-explore these known aporias from the perspective of silence as a concept which may occasion an ethics, poetics, and politics of “pure means” or violent ends. Can a logic of silence call for something more than resignation or defiance, complicity or conformity, and if so, how can the notion of silence be expanded into the realm of political action, or into new realms with new voices? The Summer School will be divided into three sections: Theory, Poetics and Politics. We do, however, foresee a continuous interaction between the three fields.

    More information:

    GAPS summer academy

    A summer academy on anglophone postcolonial literatures and cultures is organized biannually by interested students under the auspices of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS). The GAPS summer school offers students from all universities the opportunity to explore various different aspects of the New Literatures in English in a one-week 'package' of lectures, seminars and authors' readings. Creative writing workshops are also possible. Lecturers and authors come from various German and international locations. Each Summer School takes place in a different city.

    Students can have their ASNEL summer school 'credits' accepted for thematically relevant components of any degree programme offered at Münster’s English department (e.g. Magister, Lehramt, B.A., M.A.of Education, M.A. National & Transnational Studies), and at any level (e.g. Proseminar, BA seminar, Hauptseminar - but not Kolloquium).
    Details can be checked on the summer school website and should be discussed with one of your Münster lecturers (e.g. Prof. Mark Stein or Dr. Silke Stroh) in advance.

    The most recent GAPS Summer Schools took place in Frankfurt in September 2017 ("Performing Postcolonialisms").