• News

    Meet the Curator of "Zeitgemäß?"
    Dr. Eckhard Kluth
    Tuesday, 31 Jan. 2023, 08.30-10.00, ES 131

    We are looking forward to “Meet the Curator” on Tuesday, 31 Jan. 2023, 08.30-10.00 in room ES 131. Everyone is very welcome to attend this talk & Q&A. Below there are some links with further information on the University’s infamous name patron, the last German emperor Wilhelm II. Last Wednesday the Senate was presented with the final report “Zur Sache WWU" on Wilhelm. The Senate decided unanimously but provisionally to change the University’s name. A binding decision should be taken in early April. 

    Tomorrow’s guest is the curator of the exhibition Zeitgemäß?/ "Up to Date? Wilhelm II. in Discourse", Dr. Eckhard Kluth (who also chaired the committee “Zur Sache WWU”).

    Here's more on this topic:


    © WWU Münster

    Hybrid Symposium: Comics, Popular Visual Culture & Colonialism
    January 27, 2023 | 11.30 - 18.30

    This day-long symposium aims to bring together academics, comic artists, students, and local community members to discuss how comics and other forms of popular visual culture are used to remember colonial histories, particularly in the German and Dutch contexts. Divided into two parts, the symposium will first address the colonial past in visual cultures more generally, with confirmed talks by Dr. Philipp Erdmann + Dominic Eickhoff (Münster) and Dr. Felicity Jensz (Münster). The focus will then move to the topic of postcolonial storytelling in contemporary comics with talks by PhD candidate Alicia Lambert (Louvain) and Dr. Britta Schilling (Utrecht) + Eeva Langeveld (Münster), as well as two roundtables with comic artists, including Christian Diaz Orejarena, Dido Drachman, Els Deckers, Hannah Bremer, and Peter van Dongen. The first roundtable will highlight comics in the German context and will focus on the topics of knowledge and didactics. The second will make space for reflecting on form and collaboration, particularly regarding comics in the Dutch context.

    Program available here!

    The symposium will be held from 11:30-18:30 on Friday, January 27, 2023 at the English Seminar (Johannisstraße 12-20) in Münster. All interested participants are welcome to join. Registration is required. To join in person, please send an email to comicssymposium@uni-muenster.de. To join via Zoom, please register here.

    © Eva Tanita Kraaz

    Lecture series: "Black German Studies: Transatlantic Perspectives" Dec. 2022 - Feb. 2023

    The lecture series “Black German Studies: Transatlantic Perspectives” responds to the question posed by Tiffany Florvil and Vanessa Plumly in their 2018 volume Rethinking Black German Studies: “Who and what do we engage with when we use the category of Black German Studies?” Co-organized by the Chair for German Literature, Comparative Literary Studies and Transatlantic Literary History and the Chair for English, Postcolonial and Media Studies in partnership with the Transatlantic Studies Network, the series seeks 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. With a particular focus on transatlantic exchange, the lecture series consciously includes multiple, differently-located voices, drawing attention to scholarship from across the Atlantic that invigorates the study of Black German texts, as well as recognizing and centering the work that is being done in this area particularly by Black scholars, artists, and activists, located in Germany. In doing so, continuities between the transatlantic transfer that has been recognized, for example, in Audre Lorde’s impact in the Afro-German movement of the 1980s and the impact of Black US-American scholars in German Studies today are made apparent, as are the problematic implications of the tendency to look to the U.S. when it comes to discourses of Blackness in Germany. Such topics will be explored by several academic lectures, a film screening, a reading, and an evening dedicated to the poetry and transnational activism of May Ayim. In recognition of the continued potential for scholarship, discussions, and ethical practices emerging from Black German Studies to offer lessons and impulses for research and teaching beyond the emergent discipline, the lecture series makes space for these discussions at the University of Münster, inviting students, colleagues, and community members to take part.

    Lecture Series Program:

    04.12.22, 19:00 (Studiobühne) Film screening »Ivie wie Ivie« (2022) and Discussion with the director Sarah Blaßkiewitz
    16.12.22, 19:00 (Studiobühne) »Riverside Drive – Hannah Arendt, Ralph Ellison und W. E. B. Du Bois« Marie Luise Knott (Tractatus Prize Winner 2022)
    12.01.23, 19:00 (JO1) »Zur Institutionalisierung von Schwarzem Wissen in Deutschland« Natasha A. Kelly 
    19.01.23, 19:00 (JO1) »Afrodiasporisch, widerständig, subversiv – Schwarze deutsche Literatur als Literaturtradition lesen« Jeannette Oholi
    26.01.23, 19:00 (Studiobühne) Reading »Adas Raum« (2021) and Discussion with Sharon Dodua Otoo (Bachmann Prize Winner 2016)
    16.02.23, 19:00 (JO1) »The Kids Aren’t Alright – Futurity and Black German Childhood in Biskaya« Priscilla Layne
    18.02.23, 17:00 (JO1) »Tracing May Ayim's Radicalism« Tiffany Florvil, Film screening Hoffnung im Herz, Reading of May Ayim's Poetry


    Guest Lecture: Xander Manshel (McGill): "Literary Prizes and the Contemporary Canon"
    January 19, 2023

    GUEST TALK via Zoom as part of the seminar “American Institutions of Literature” (Dr. Starre). The Zoom meeting is open to the public. Please register here.


    Guest Lecture/Workshop: Kinohi Nishikawa (Princeton): "Black Paratext"
    January 12, 2023 | 12.00-16.00, ES 203

    On January 12, Kinohi Nishikawa (Princeton University) will come to Münster for a guest lecture and workshop based on his current research project “Black Paratext.” At noon, he will give a lecture titled “Blues for Black Childhood”. Following the lecture, Prof. Nishikawa will offer a workshop to discuss his research on paratextuality and African American Literature from the rise of the modern paperback in the 1940s to the contemporary book arts scene. He will be joined by respondents Ellen Barth, Cedric Essi, and Silvia Schultermandl. As a case study, participants of the workshop will explore various editions of Ishmael Reed’s novel Mumbo Jumbo, first published in 1972.

    The lecture and workshop are open to the public. If you wish to attend the workshop, please register in advance to get access to the suggested readings.

    Registration Link: Black Paratext

    Sudan: Struggle for social and political renewal
    Reading and Conversation with Dr. Ishraga Mustafa Hamid and Omer Othman

    Audi Max, English Department
    6 April 2022 | 19.00

    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 https://wwu.zoom.us/j/62561526105. 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.

    © PTTS Münster

    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.

    Social Media Internship

    Are you an NTS student interested in gaining work experience at the Chair of English, Postcolonial & Media Studies?

    The PTTS team is looking for a social media intern to start late March/early April. Application deadline: March 18, 2022. Please find the detailed job description here [pdf].

    Any questions? Just get in touch: sekstein@wwu.de

    Applications 2021: Early-bird offers for 23 students +++ applications still possible until 31 July (extended deadline)

    All MA NTS applications received in May 2021 were processed in early June and the 'early bird' round of this year’s selection process has been completed. We are delighted with the results: 23 offers have been sent out to students from 14 different countries on 4 continents!

    We'll be offering more MA NTS places in August. So you can still apply before July 31 (extended deadline). We are looking forward to reading all applications and your essays on trans/nationalism, COVID, and literary or cultural texts – and to working with a highly international and diverse group of students once again!

    Prospective students are able to submit their application for the MA NTS via the university's electronic application platform (Bewerberportal) [de].

    Indigenous Texts & Contexts – Reading group

    If you are interested in indigenous literatures, the Indigenous Texts & Contexts reading group at the English Deparment might be the perfect fit for you. The group offers an informal setting to discuss indigenous texts in relation to their political and cultural contexts. Everyone who has a keen interest in indigenous literatures, incl. students, lecturers, library staff, ..., is welcome to join their meetings. The group meets via Zoom for the time being. 

    Dates: 20 May – 17 June – 8 July – 29 July 2021 from 6.30 to 7.30pm

    For more info, please see their flyer or contact the hosts, Mareike Reinfandt and Alissa Preusser , via email.


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

    MA National and Transnational Studies #MANTS

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

    On Wednesday, 27 May 2020, faculty members hosted a digital info event for BA students interested in our international Master’s programme National and Transnational Studies: Literature—Culture—Language at WWU Münster.

    The event took place in Zoom and covered 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

    Start of teaching postponed at WWU Münster

    Due to the corona pandemic, the Land NRW has closed down its schools and postponed face-to-face teaching at University. For now, these measures are in place until 20 April 2020. As things currently stand, 17 July remains the final day of teaching this summer semester.

    Because of the rapidly changing situation, it’s essential to keep yourself and fellow students well-informed, especially in case you were planning return travel to the University of Münster. Please see: further information on the coronavirus by the Rectorate of the WWU

    If you cannot find the answers you need on the web, you can also turn to Die Brücke which fields questions through its information desk on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diebrueckemuenster

    March 2020: New Essay Task for Applications 2020 Now Online!
    Visit the
    admissions website for further information (section Essay task 2020)

    April 2019
    Students interested in applying for the MA NTS programme, please note that we will host an information event on 17 April 2019 in room ES226 starting from 18:00 c.t.

    February 2019: New Task for Application Essay 2019 Now Online!
     Visit the admissions website for further information.


    October 2018: Students Assistants Wanted
    Dr. habil. Markus Schmitz of the English Department is seeking to contract two students assistants. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French is required. Application deadline is 20 October 2018. Application details can be found in this pdf document in both English and German

    10 years on: NTS in Münster and Beyond
    © English Department

    7. July 2018 | JO 1 & JO 101 | Johannisstr. 4 | 48143 Münster

    The development of the Master of National and Transnational Studies: Literature – Culture – Language (MA NTS) since its accreditation in 2008 has been a success story. Steadily growing numbers of national and international applications indicate the unbroken appeal of a transdisciplinary programme which transcends the conceptual boundaries of traditional thought and combines literary and cultural studies as well as book studies and linguistics. With the high number of foreign students, averaging at 75%, the MA NTS contributes significantly to the international profile and cultural diversity of the University of Münster.

    By now, close to 100 MA theses on current research questions have been written and submitted. The topics come from the diverse area of international literatures and cultures, often with disciplinary connections to sociology, history, and media studies. Graduates from eight years are now spread across the globe – either as scholars and teachers at international universities or working in the media, for agencies, companies, or foundations.

    In the context of the tenth anniversary celebrations of this interdisciplinary Master programme, which will include two presentations by NTS graduates and a guest lecture by photographer PDF: Johny Pitts (London), the new NTS Alumni-Network will be launched. There will also be a workshop developing strategies for academic and non-academic cooperation between the Programme and its alumni.

    June 2018
    Renowned Professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o will read from and discuss his recent memoirs. The event will take place on June 14 from 6pm at Freiherr-von-Vincke-Haus, Domplatz 36, 48143 Münster. All are welcome to attend.  PDF: Further Information

    May 2018
    This year’s information event for applicants and interested students will take place on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 at 6:00 pm in the English Department, Room ES 131.

    November 2017
    On Thursday, 23 November 2017 at 6:15 p.m., we will host a joint an informal get-together for the MA programmes National and Transnational Studies, and British, American, and Postcolonial Studies. The event will take place in room ES 131.

    Winter Semester 2017/18
    We are pleased to announce that the MA Programme: National and Transnational Studies has welcomed 33 new students from over 10 countries. We wish the new students a pleasant stay here at the University of Münster, as well as academic and personal growth.

    September 2017

    Please note that you can apply for a DAAD fully-funded scholarship to study for a post-graduate degree in Germany. More information on DAAD scholarships and application procedure can be found on the DAAD website.

    August 2017

    Applications to the MA NTS programme for the Winter term 2017/18 closed in mid-July. We are pleased to announce that we received over 80 applicants from Africa, America, Asia and Europe and have been able to offer a place to about half the number of applicants. Applications for the following academic year (2018/19) will coomence in May 2018.

    April 2017

    This year’s information event for applicants and interested students will take place Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at 6:00 pm (s.t.) in the English Department, Room ES 131.


    Information event for future NTS students
    © WWU


    March 2017

    We are happy to announce that in the summer semester 2017, Prof. Isidore Diala will join the English Department as Georg Forster-Senior Research Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
    Isidore Diala holds a B.A. (Hons.) in English and Literary Studies from Imo State University Etiti (now: Abia State University, Uturu) Nigeria, and an M.A. in the same field from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His Ph.D. thesis on the fiction of the South African novelist André Brink was also written at the University of Ibadan. Beginning his university teaching career at Abia State University Uturu, Diala is currently Professor of African Literature in the Department of English, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria. A Humboldt Research Fellow in the Department of English, University of Münster (hosted by the Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies) from November 2010 – April 2012, Diala was also a Visiting Research Fellow, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom from October 2005 to March 2006.

    December 2016

    On 1st December, we hosted a reception for the Master programme National & Transnational Studies. It was a pleasure to meet the new NTS master students, as well as the second year students and faculty members at this informal get-together.

    October 2016

    We are happy to welcome 18 new students from 12 different countries and four different continents starting the NTS Master this year. We look forward to working with a highly international group of students once again.

    November 2015

    On Tuesday, 10 November 2015 at 6.15 p.m., we will host a Reception for the MA-programme National & Transnational Studies. We’re happy to invite you to this informal get-together; this meeting marks the eighth time that the two-year MA-programme in National & Transnational Studies commences here at WWU Münster. We would like to welcome our 24 new students to the NTS programme and provide them with an opportunity to meet with faculty and the ‘seasoned’ NTS students who started last year. The reception will take place in room ES 131.

    October 2015

    We have now completed the selection process for this year's MA NTS group. - We are  delighted that 24 new students from 12 different countries and 4 different continents will be starting in Münster this month! We are looking forward to be working with a highly international group once again.

    25. August 2015

    This week, Viola Pannhorst was the first of her year to complete her MA. In her viva exam she successfully defended her thesis "Advocating Indigenous Self-Determination: Reading Larissa Behrendt’s Home" with top marks.
    Congratulations on behalf of the entire MA NTS team!

    May 2015

    Cristina Calvopiña Heredia, one of our current MA NTS students, will speak at the international conference "Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts" (May 14-16 2015), hosted by GAPS and the English Department in Münster. The title of Cristina's paper is: “Countering Colonial Ideology in Latin America: The Importance of Historical Consciousness and Performativity in One Hundred Years of Solitude.” She is from Quito, Ecuador, finished her BA in Bremen, Germany, and is currently completing her first year of the MA National and Transnational Studies (NTS).

    Deborah Nyangulu, an MA NTS graduate and PhD student at the Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies in Münster, will give a paper on "The Postcolonial as False Totality." Deborah is from Malawi where she also completed her BA with a major in English Literature. She graduated from the MA National and Transnational Studies (NTS) in 2013. Her current PhD research explores literary representations of the big-man in contemporary African literature.

    For more information on the GAPS conference, including the programme, go to: GAPS 2015.

    December 2014

    We are pleased to announce that the MA National and Transnational Studies (NTS), which was first accredited in May 2008, was  re-accredited in 2014 for another six years. For details see ZEvA [de]

    November 2014

    On Wednesday, 5 November 2014 at 4.15 p.m. we will host a Reception for the MA-programme National & Transnational Studies. We’re happy to invite you to this informal get-together; this meeting marks the seventh time that the two-year MA-programme in National & Transnational Studies commences here at WWU Münster. We would like to welcome our fifteen new students to the NTS programme and provide them with an opportunity to meet with faculty and the ‘seasoned’ NTS students who started last year. The reception will take place in ES 226. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. (Please can you r.s.v.p. to Sandra Bregulla sekstein@wwu.de.)

    October 2014

    The selection process for students starting the MA in October 2014 has now been completed. A warm welcome to our 15 new students from 14 different countries! We are very pleased to be working with a highly international group once again.

    September 2014

    On the 26th of September, the English Seminar hosted its annual NTS graduation party, in celebration of this year's graduates and their achievements during their Masters. Congratulations to all!

    NTS Graduation 2014
    © WWU
    NTS Graduation 2014
    © WWU

    August 2014

    In August 2014, MA NTS graduate Courtney Batteau participated in a talk show on Deutsche Welle, commenting on the conflict in the Ukraine, the US increased militarization of its police force, and the fight to destigmatize depression.

    Find the show on Deutsche Welle: http://www.dw.de/program/agenda/s-30415-9798

    Courtney Ulrich
    © WWU

    The selection process for students starting in October 2014 was completed in July. The University will offer a place on the MA NTS to over thirty students from over twenty countries. We look forward to working with a highly international group of new students once again.

    *A note to applicants*: The selection committee has informed successful applicants. You can verify the status of your application on this website:


    Official letters to be sent out on August 11, 2014 by the University registrar.

    NTS reception_20th Nov 2013

    You are cordially invited to an informal get-together. This meeting marks the sixth time that the two-year MA-programme in National & Transnational Studies commences here at WWU Münster. We would like to welcome all our new students to the MA programme and provide an opportunity for faculty and students, new and old, to meet each other.

    The reception will take place on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at 3 p.m. in ES 333 (fourth floor, behind the AudiMax) Coffee and cake will be provided.

    October 2013
    We are welcoming 9 new students to the NTS Master this October.

    September 2013
    On the 26th of September, 12 NTS students attended the graduation party at the English Seminar that was held to celebrate their achievements during their Masters. Congratulations to all!

    Ma NTS Graduation 2013
    © WWU
  • Events



    CfP: Plague as Metaphor (Special Issue of Open Cultural Studies)
    Deadline: 30 April, 2023

    CfP: Disruptive Imaginaries (Joint Annual Conference of the Science Fiction Research Association and the German Research Association for the Fantastic)
    Deadline: 1 March, 2023
    Conference: 15-19 August, 2023, TU Dresden

    CfP: Cultures of Skin: Skin in Literature and Culture, Past, Present, Future (International Conference)
    Deadline: 1 February, 2023
    Conference: 7-8 July 2023, University of Surrey, UK

    CfP: Postcolonial Infrastructure (Annual GAPS Conference)
    Extended Deadline: 31 January 2023
    Conference: 18-20 May 2023, University of Konstanz
    Further information here.

    CfP: Uncovering British Chinese Cultures (International Conference)
    Deadline: 25 January 2023
    Conference: 8-9 August 2023, TU Dresden

    CfP: Envisioning Queer Black and Indigenous Self-Representations within the Digital Literary Sphere (Special Issue of AmLit)
    Deadline (for full essays): 16 January, 2023

    CfP: Decolonizing the Study of Memory (Special Issue)
    Deadline: 10 January, 2023

    Comics, Popular Visual Culture & Colonialism
    WWU Münster, Symposium
    January 27, 2023
    Further information here.

    Black German Studies: Transatlantic Perspectives
    WWU Münster, Lecture series
    December 2022-February 2023
    Further information can be found here.

    G.L.A.M. Guest Lectures in American Studies Münster | Winter Term 22-23
    WWU Münster, Guest lectures
    3 November 2022-19 January 2023
    Further information can be found here.

    Kinohi Nishikawa (Princeton): "Black Paratext"
    WWU Münster, Guest lecture/workshop
    12 January 2023
    Further information here.


    Postcolonial Narrations Forum 2022
    University of Bonn, Germany
    20-22 October, 2022
    CfP deadline: 31 May, 2022
    Further information here.

    Eden? Plants between Science and Fiction
    Literature Exhibition
    Botanical Garden, Münster, Germany
    15-29 May, 2022
    Further information here.

    Activism & Academia
    WWU Münster, Lecture Series
    Organized by the Graduate School Practices of Literature
    JO 1, Johannistraße 4, Münster, Germany
    2 May - 11 July, 2022, Mondays, 18.00-20.00
    Download the program here.

    G.L.A.M. Guest Lectures in American Studies Münster, Summer Term 2022
    WWU Münster, Online and hybrid guest lectures
    7 April - 19 May, 2022

    MA NTS Open Day
    Online Event, Zoom Meeting
    19 April, 2022 | 12.00

    Sudan: Kampf um politische und soziale Erneuerung
    Lesung und Gespräch mit Dr. Ishraga Mustafa Hamid und Omer Othman
    Hybrid Event @ Audi Max, English Department, Münster
    6 April, 2022 | 19.00

    MA NTS Information Event
    Online Event, Zoom Meeting
    April 15, 2021 | 14.00

    MA NTS Information Event
    Online Event, Zoom Meeting
    May 27, 2020 | 14.00 (CET)

    MA NTS Information Event
    English Department, Münster
    April 17, 2019 | ES226 | 18.00 c.t.

    AfroEuropeans: Black In/Visibilities Contested VII
    July 4-6, 2019
    Call for Panels: May 2, 2018 - August 15, 2018
    Call for Papers: November 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019
    Further information

    The Radical Sixties: Aesthetics, Politics and Histories of Solidarities
    Brighton, UK
    June 28-29, 2019
    CfP deadline: 28 Sep, 2018
    Further information

    Decolonizing “Prehistory”: Deep Time and Topological Knowledge in the Americas
    Schwerin - Symposium
    July 21-23, 2018
    Further information

    10 years on National & Transnational Studies at WWU Münster and beyond
    WWU Münster - English Department - Workshops and alumni meeting
    July 7, 2018
    PDF: Further information

    Colonial Repercussions Symposium III
    June 23-24, 2018
    Further information

    Long Night of Postcolonial Perspectives
    WWU Muenster - Scharnhorststraße 100
    June 21, 2018 | 6 p.m.
    Event flyer & speakers

    Empire and Tourism
    April 3–4,  2019
    CfP deadline: August 1, 2018
    Further information

    International Organizations and Decolonization in Historical Perspective
    Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Universities of Basel, Munich and Heidelberg
    25.01.2019 - 26.01.2019
    CfP deadline: 15.06.2018
    Further information

    Transnational History of Socialism. Second Half of 19th Century to 1914
    Rouen, Paris, Strasbourg, Leipzig
    May 30, 2018 (Rouen)
    September 28, 2018 (Paris)
    November 6, 2018 (Strasbourg)
    December 7-8, 2018 (Leipzig)
    CfP Deadline: May 10, 2018
    Further information

    Contact - Conqest - Colonization. Practices of Comparing between Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, from Antiquity to Present.
    October 11-13, 2018
    CfP Deadline: April 30, 2018
    Further Information

    Studying Migration Policy at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis
    September 10-12, 2018
    CfP Deadline: March 23, 2018
    Further information

    Nations and Nationalisms: Theories, Practices and Methods (International Postgraduate Conference)

    September 10-11, 2018
    Abstract Deadline: April 13, 2018
    Registration Deadline: May 20, 2018
    Further information

    Ecotones: Encounters, Crossings, and Communities
    University Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France in partnership with Coastal Carolina University (SC, USA) and MIGRINTER (UMR CNRS-Poitiers, France)
    Further information

    Nationalism and the Postcolonial
    Annual Gaps Conference 2018 at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
    10 – 12 May 2018
    CfP Deadline: 31 December 2017
    CfP and PDF: Further information

    Contested Borders? Practising Empire, Nation and Region in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    Conference at the German Historical Institute, London
    26 – 28 April 2018
    CfP deadline: 16 October 2017
    Further information

    Representing Migration: The Legacy of Post-Imperial Migrations from World War I to the Cold War
    International Conference at the Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich
    29 - 30 January 2018
    CfP deadline: 1 September 2017
    Further information



    New Perspectives on Gender in Postcolonial Studies
    University of Liège, Salle de l’Horloge, Belgium
    19 February 2016
    Further information and registration

    Postcolonial Passages into the 21st Century. Redrawing Lines of Engagement Across Literatures and Cultures in English
    University of Bologna, Italy   
    14-15 January 2016
    Further information

    Fifth Biennial Conference 2015
    The conference is organized by the Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies, WWU Münster
    16-19 September 2015 I English Seminar, Münster

    Find detailed information on our website:  www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015
    and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/afroeuropeans2015

    Roundtable discussion “Why is my professor not black?”
    Thursday, 17 September, 16:00 - 18:00
    Exzellenzcluster „Religion und Politik“ JO 1, Johannisstraße 4, 48143 Münster
    With: Susheila Nasta I Karim Fereidooni I Shanell Johnson I Natasha A. Kelly I Emily Ngubia Kuria I Linda Supik I Vanessa Thompson

    For the roundtable, registration is not necessary and admission is free. You can register for the entire conference here: www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015/registration.html

    Fishbowl discussion “African European Studies: Aims, scope, and disciplinarily”
    Saturday, 19 September, 14:00 - 15:30
    Exzellenzcluster „Religion und Politik“ JO 1, Johannisstraße 4, 48143 Münster
    With: Natasha A. Kelly I Elisa Joy White I Matti Traußneck

    For the discussion, registration is not necessary, admission is free. You can register for the entire conference here: www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015/registration.html

    CfP:`Minority´ Cultures and Travel
    Aberystwyth, Wales
    14-16 September 2015
    PDF: CfP

    CfP: Empires and Revolutions. R.B. Cunninghame Graham and Other Scottish writers on Globalisation and Democracy
    Stirling, Scotland
    3–5 July 2015
    PDF: CfP

    Information session and Q&A: Applying for the M.A. National & Transnational Studies
    Thursday, 11 June 2015
    2 pm (c.t.) in room ES 130, English Department
    For more information on the study programme, visit the NTS webpage: http://www.wwu.de/MA_transnational/ or find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MANTSMuenster.

    CfP: Voices of Their Own: South Asian Women’s Writing
    Technische Universität Chemnitz
    4-6 June 2015
    PDF: Further information

    Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts
    hosted by the association GAPS, formerly known as GNEL/ASNEL
    May 14 – 16, 2015
    University of Münster
    Link: Conference website
    Download: PDF: CFP

    Reading: Perspektiven Afrikas - Ngugi wa Thiong‘o (Kenia/USA)
    May 12, 2015 | 19 uhr
    Hörsaal Jo 1, Johannisstraße 4, 48143 Münster

    Conference on Social and Educational Perspective on Bilingualism/ Trilingualism and Varieities of English
    University of Malta
    23 - 25 March 2015
    See website for further information

    CfP: Cultures of Resistance? Theories and Practices of Transgression in the Caribbean and its Diasporas
    University Bielefeld
    22-24 January 2015
    PDF: CfP

    CfP: Lyrik transkulturell
    University of Innsbruck, Austria
    21-23 January 2015
    PDF: CfP

    CfP: 3rd International Conference on Cultures and Languages in Contact
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences, El Jadida, Morocco
    December 4-5, 2014

    Graduate Workshop for Master students and PhD students:"Negotiating Narratives in/for the Third Millennium"
    University of Cologne
    14 November 2014
    See website for further information

    CfP: Oceans, Seas, Rivers: Crossings in Indian Societies and Cultures
    University of Salamanca, Spain
    29-31 October 2014
    PDF: CfP

    CfP: Celebrating Chinua Achebe's Legacy
    University of London Senate House
    24-25 October 2014
    PDF: CfP

    CfP: Scotland in Europe, Conference II
    University of Warsaw
    15-17 October 2014
    PDF: CfP

    CfP: Wealth and the Commons
    Sugar Land, Texas, USA
    October 12-13 2014
    PDF: CfP

    CfP: Encounting Austrailia: Transcultural Conversations
    Monash Prato Centre, Italy
    24-26 September 2014
    PDF: CfP

    Conference: Reading Across Cultures. New Comparative Approaches in a Globalized World
    Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
    21-23 September 2014
    Further information

    CfP: Space in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts: Language, Literature, and the Construction of Place and Diaspora
    University of Bremen, Germany
    3-7 September 2014
    PDF: CfP

    CfP: Transformation of Australian Studies in a Globalising Age
    Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
    26-27 July 2014
    PDF: CfP

    Shifting Grounds: Cultural Tectonics along the Pacific Rim
    Mainz, Germany
    17-19 July 2014
    PDF: CfP

    CfP: Black British Women’s Writing: Tracing the Tradition and New Directions
    University of Brighton, UK
    9 July 2014
    Conference webpage

    CfP: New Zealand in the First World War
    Birkbeck, University of London
    3-4 July 2014
    PDF: CfP

    CfP: Collegial Communities in Exile Conference: New histories of the Irish, English, Scots, Dutch and other colleges founded on the continent in the early modern period
    Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland
    19-20 June 2014
    Conference Website
    Irish in Europe Project Website

    Guest lecture:
    Prof. Dr. Susanne Reichl (Universität Wien) - Judging a book by its cover: Black British literature in the marketplace
    18 June 2014 | 10.15-11.45 lecture room JO 101 | Johannisstraße 4
    PDF: Further information

    14. Afrika Festival Münster - "Business as usual? Unternehmergeist und Ideen aus Afrika"
    17 June 2014 | 20.00h | Stadtbücherei am Alten Steinweg 11, 48143 Münster
    Further information on readings [de]

    CfP:Revisiting Black History, Identities, Sexualities, and Popular Culture
    11-12 April 2014
    Further information

    Writing the 'Rainbow Nation'? Examining 20 Years of Post-Apartheid Literature
    International Conference - University of Regensburg (Germany)
    4-5 April 2014
    PDF: CfP PDF: Provisional programme

    CfP: Partition, Democracy, (and Europe)
    University of St. Andrews, Scotland
    1-2 March 2014
    PDF: CfP

    Symposium: Enlightened Powers: American, French and British Interactions in Botany Bay, 1789-1800
    Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg
    8 February 2014
    PDF: CfP

    Planned Violence. Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructures and Literature. Workshop: Empire and Post-Empire in the Global City.
    30-31 January 2014 King´s College, London, UK
    Further information and registration

    Hotspots in Literary / Cultural Studies and Linguistics
    Wednesdays, 6.15-7.45 p.m., ES131
    PDF: Programme

    Conference: The Transnational Imaginaries of M. G. Vassanji
    University of London, UK
    8-10 November 2013
    Further information and registration

    Conference: „Black Presence and Practices of Enslavement in 18th Century Central and Northern Europe“
    7-9 November 2013
    PDF: Further information

    Symposium: “World-Ecology, World-Economy, World Literature”
    University College Dublin
    25-27 October 2013
    PDF: Flyer

    International Conference: Scotland 2014: Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence?
    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
    17–20 October 2013
    Further information and PDF: flyer

    Challenging Boundaries: Postcolonial Narratives and Notions of the Global
    Georg-August-University Göttingen
    10-12 October 2013
    PDF: CFP

    Guest lecture: “A Window on the World “
    Dr. Rachel King, National Museum of Scotland
    9 October 2013 | 20:00 Uhr

    Conference: Afroeurope@NS IV: Black Cultures and Indentities in Europe
    London, UK
    1-4 October 2013
    PDF: CFP
    Programme and further information

    Summer school
    Just Politics? Postcolonial Ecocriticism between Imagination and Occupation
    ASNEL/GNEL summer school hosted by the University of Potsdam
    2-6 September 2013
    PDF: Flyer

    “‘The current unbroken/ the circuits kept open’: Connecting Cultures and the Commonwealth”
    The 16th Triennial ACLALS Conference - St. Lucia, West Indies
    August 5 –9 2013
    PDF: CFP

    23rd Freundenstadt Symposium on European Regionalism. Europe at the Crossroads: Integration or Disintegration
    5-7 July 2013 Freudenstadt, Germany
    PDF: CFP and further information

    Grace Nichols and John Agard - Literatures and cultures of the Caribbean diaspora
    17 June 2013 | 12.15h | Johannisstraße 4, lecture room JO1
    PDF: Flyer

    Partitions and Cultural Memory. An International symposium as part of the AHRC Research Network Partitions: What Are They Good For?
    Cardiff University, UK
    3-4 June 2013
    PDF: CFP

    Come Together? Concepts of Community in Contemporary British and Irish Literature and Culture
    University of Mannheim, Germany
    31 May – 1 June 2013
    PDF: CFP

    "Straddling Boundaries: Hemispherism, Cultural Identity, and Indigeneity"
    Conference - Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
    24-26 May 2013
    CFP and further information

    Nation, nationality, nationhood: What's in a name?
    Conference - Tiranë, Albania
    2-4 May 2013
    conference website

    Conference: On the Contrary: André Brink and his Oeuvre
    University of Pretoria, South Africa
    22-23 March 2013
    Further information

    What is Africa to me now? The continent and its literary diasporas
    Conference - University of Liège, Belgium
    21-23 March 2013

    AISCLI Conference: Cultures and Imperialisms
    17-18 January 2013, University of Rome
    PDF: CFP

    Race and the South Asian Diaspora
    Conference - Boston, USA
    2-3 January 2013
    PDF : CFP

    Lawrence Norfolk reads from his new novel John Saturnall's Feast
    23 November 2012, 8 p.m. | Haus der Niederlande (Krameramtshaus), Alter Steinweg 6-7

    Further Information: Johns Saturnall's Feast on YouTube | Author's homepage | PDF Announcement

    Conference on Cultures and Languages in Contact
    22-23 November 2012
    PDF: CFP

    Reception for the MA-programme National & Transnational Studies
    Thursday, 8 November 2012 at 5 p.m. in ES 130

    Staff and students of the MA NTS-programme are cordially invited to an informal get-together. This meeting marks the fifth time that the two-year MA-programme commences here at WWU Münster.

    Scotland in Europe - Conference
    University of Warsaw, Poland
    17-19 October 2012
    PDF: CFP and further information

    "'Turks of Tartary'? Images of Islam in Scottish Writing"
    Seminar at the 11th Conference of the European Society for the Study of English,
    4–8 September 2012
    PDF: CFP and further information

    AISCLI Summer School World Cultures & Literature in English
    17-22 September 2012
    Information and programme http://www.uep.corep.it/ss_world_cultures
    PDF: Flyer

    Conference: “Transculturation and Aesthetics”
    Bergen, Norway
    31 August - 2 September 2012

    Globalising the Local, Localising the Global: Globalisation, the Media and Popular Culture in Africa
    Conference - SMC, Pan-African University
    23-25 August, 2012
    PDF: CFP and further information

    Scottish Universities' International Summer School (SUISS)
    on Scottish literature, modernism, and contemporary British and Irish literature.
    Edinburgh, July & August 2012
    PDF: Information SUISS

    Digital crossroads: Media, Migration and Diaspora in a Transnational Perspective
    Conference, Utrecht University, Netherlands
    28-30 June 2012
    PDF: CFP

    International Conference on the Literature of Region & Nation
    University of Pécs, Hungary
    20-24 June in 2012
    PDF: CFP

    Interrogating Cosmopolitan Conviviality: New Dimensions of the European in Literature
    Conference, University of Bamberg
    24-25 May 2012
    PDF: CFP

    Multiculturalisms: Theories and Practice
    Conference - Cardiff, Wales
    14-17 May 2012
    PDF: CFP and further information

    Narrating the Caribbean Nation
    Leeds - Metropolitan University
    14-15 April 2012
    PDF: CFP and further information

    Nationalism and the City
    Conference - Cambridge
    10-11 February 2012
    CFP and further information

    International Conference on Diaspora and Development: Prospects and Implications for Nation States
    School of Extension and Development Studies & School of Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India
    14-15th October 2011
    Download:   PDF: CFP

    Europe: Out of Many, One People
    3rd International Conference - AFROEUROPE@NS III: CULTURES AND IDENTITIES, Cádiz, Spain
    28-30 September 2011
    Download: PDF: CFP and further information

    Crossing the Borders: Reality, desire and Imagination in Australian, New Zealand and the Pacific lives, literatures and cultures
    11th Biennial European Association for Studies on Australia (EASA), University of Prešov, Slovakia
    12-15 September 2011
    Download: PDF: CFP and further information

    Between the National and the Transnational, 1980 TO THE PRESENT: Masculinities in Britain and the U.S.
    The Second of Three International Workshops: Kent State University
    4-7 August 2011
    Download: PDF: CFP

    Postkoloniale Gesellschaftswissenschaften. Eine Zwischenbilanz.
    Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin
    17-18 June 2011
    Download: PDF: Further information
    http://www.bgss.hu‐berlin.de/lehrbereiche/divpol/mitteilungen/aktuveran [de]

    African Engagements: On whose terms?
    AEGIS 4th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 4), Uppsala, Sweden
    15-18 June 2011
    Download: PDF: CFP and further information and PDF: Flyer

    Future Postcolonialisms: Comparing, Converting, Queering, Greening/Le postcolonial-en-devenir
    Conference in the wake of the twentieth Anniversary of the publication of The Empire Writes Back
    27-28 May 2011
    Download: PDF: Tentative programme

    Under Construction: Gateways and Walls
    EACLALS Triennial conference 2011, Bogazici (Bosphorus) University, Istanbul, Turkey
    26-30 April 2011
    Download: PDF: CFP and further information

    Postcolonialism and Labour
    EACLALS Postgraduate Conference, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
    26-27 March 2011
    PDF: Flyer

    New Geographies: Studies in Postcoloniality and Globalization
    The University of the West Indies, Trinidad
    24-27 March 2011
    PDF: CFP

    Border Crossing
    International conference, Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Beni Mellal, Morocco
    22-23 March 2011
    PDF: CFP and further information

    Guest lecture:
    Dieter Riemenschneider
    "Wildes Licht. Gedichte aus Aotearoa/Neuseeland"
    3 February 2011, 19.30 | ROSTA Buchladen, Aegidiistr. 12, Münster

    Transcending Diaspora: Whiteness, Performativity and the Politics of the Body
    Inaugural Workshop of the DFG Young Scholars Network “Black Diaspora and Germany”, WWU Münster, Germany
    3-4 December 2010
    Download: PDF: Information and programme

    Guest lecture:
    PD Dr. Susanne Reichl, Universität Wien
    "Postcolonial children's literature"
    09 December 2009, 16:15-17:45 | English Department, WWU Münster (AudiMax)

    Guest lecture:
    Dr. Markus Schmitz, WWU Münster
    "Arab American literature"
    02 December 2009, 18:00-19:30 | English Department, WWU Münster (AudiMax)

    Guest lecture:
    Dr. Marga Munkelt, WWU Münster
    "Crossing borders: Chicano/Chicana writing"
    02 December 2009, 16:15-17:45 | English Department, WWU Münster (AudiMax)

    Guest lecture:
    Prof. Lyn Innes, University of Kent, Canterbury
    "Australia: The colonial/postcolonial state and its cultural complexities"
    25 November 2009, 16:15-17:45 | English Department, WWU Münster (AudiMax)

    Guest lecture:
    Prof. Dr. Frank Schulze-Engler, Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main
    "Transcultural dimensions of African literature"
    18 November 2009, 18:00-19:30 | English Department, WWU Münster (AudiMax)

    Guest lecture:
    Kenneth Crichton (britischer Verbindungsoffizier)
    "9th of November 1989, A Personal View 20 Years After"
    16 November 2009, 20:00 | English Department, WWU Münster (Hörsaal 19)


    Kenneth Crichton was stationed as a soldier in Berin when the Wall fell. He will tell us firsthand about his experiences and impressions of this historical event.


    Guest lecture:
    Dr. Florian Stadtler, Open University, London
    "Narrating the nation: The South Asian novel in English"
    11 November 2009, 16:15-17:45 | English Department, WWU Münster (AudiMax)

    Guest lecture:
    Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky, Univ. Augsburg
    "Canadian literature: A survey"
    04 November 2009, 16:15-17:45 | English Department, WWU Münster (AudiMax)

    In May 2009, Muenster University hosted the large international conference
    "Postcolonial Translocations".
    It was the 20th annual conference of the Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English (ASNEL/GNEL), with c.300 participants from 35 countries.
    Some of our M.A. students were also involved in the conference, in terms of both organisational support and paper presentation.


  • 10 YEARS ON

    National & Transnational Studies in Münster and Beyond

    07 July 2018
    WWU Münster

    workshop 10 years on
    © English Department

    10 YEARS ON started off with the workshop “Strategies for the Sustainable Internationalization
    of an Interdisciplinary Field”, organized and chaired by AOR Dr. habil. Markus Schmitz. The workshop focussed on continuing exchanges, institutionalized partnerships, and stable collaborations between NTS alumnae/i scattered across diverse geographical and disciplinary locations and Münster-based individuals who study or teach in our programme. Alumni, current students, and faculty staff discussed how the NTS programme’s already established informal network structure can be translated into both informal cooperations on the individual level and formally codified cooperations with partner institutions.


    Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels
    © English Department


    Opening the anniversary celebrations, the Rector of the University of Münster, Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels, talked about the NTS programme’s prominence and its importance as an integral part of the university’s overall internationalisation strategy.


    Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein
    © English Department

    In his anniversary address, NTS course director Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein talked about the roots of the MA programme and that it attracts students from around the globe who want to make a difference within the University and beyond. He cautions that NRW is considering to charge international students tuition fees — at a time when Europe is seen to keep non-Europeans out. He then announced the official launch of the NTS AlumNetwork.


    Julian Wacker
    © English Department

    Julian Wacker introduced the NTS AlumNetwork’s new online platform, which allows all alumnae/i to share news with each other, post job opportunities, and find a professional and fun way to keep in touch after they graduate from the program.


    Theresa Krampe
    © English Department

    Chaired by Theresa Krampe, two NTS alumnae shared their experiences after the NTS and outlined their impressive career paths in the academic as well as non-academic sectors.


    Dr. Isabel J Raabe
    © English Department

    Dr. Isabel J Raabe has been hugely successful in her academic career after graduating from the NTS program a few years ago, obtaining both an MSc as well as a PhD degree in Sociology from the University of Oxford. She is currently pursuing her post doctorate at the University of Zurich. In her talk, she outlined her journey from the NTS to her doctorate.

    Demonstrating that career perspectives after the NTS are by no means limited to an academic path, NTS alumna Selver Bener talked about how her time in Munster has helped her to pursue a career in marketing. Having worked for renowned companies such as Nike, she is now a Partner Executive at Booking.com, all the while also pursuing her passion for photography.


    Johny Pitts
    © English Department

    Johny Pitts (London), renowned photographer, writer, and broadcast journalist, introduced the concept of Afropean. Using his photographic work and personal experience to shed light on issues of transnational photography, his talk offered new ways of seeing and left the audience with plenty to think about and discuss.


    anniversary programme
    © English Department

    Following the anniversary programme, a reception offered plenty of time for students, staff, alumnae/i, and guests to catch up over food and drink.

    We wish to thank the English Seminar, The International Office of the WWU Münster and the International Centre "Die Brücke" for their generous support.