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Münster Lectures - A Dialogue Between Literature and Theory


The Münster Lectures seek to combine the merits of theoretical and literary insight, inviting both well-known scholars and writers to discuss current political and cultural issues. Aiming to shed a new light on controversial debates, the lectures and discussions are open for participation to scholars, students, and the interested public. The Münster Lectures strengthen not only the interdisciplinary exchange in academia, but also connect academic discourse with local aspects and knowledge.


Münster Lectures 2022: Breaking the Silence - Female Empowerment

This year's Münster Lectures are closely related to and part of the Summer School Tacet ad Libitum! Towards a Poetics and Politics of Silence (24-29 July 2022). The organizers of the summer school invited two speakers: Jennifer Kamau and Urvasha Butalia.

Jennifer Kamau from International Women* Space Berlin will share her story of being a refugee woman in Germany and give a talk on her work as a political activist. Her contribution will be complimented by Urvashi Butalia’s perspective on women’s rights and activism. Urvashi Butalia co-founded Kali for Women in 1984 and in 2003, Zubaan, and she has over 35 years of experience in feminist and independent publishing. She has been long involved in the women’s movement in India and is a well-known writer, both in academia and in the literary world. These two talks will be followed by a conversation between the two speakers. The Münster Lectures are free and open to the public.

Further information on the event will soon be made available on this website.

Münster Lectures 2018

Theory and Practice in Feminism* Today?

Jan. 12, 2018 I 7pm I Lecture Hall JO1 (Johannisstr. 4)

The international Women's March in January and the #MeToo debate show clearly: Feminism is booming. But how do these grassroots movements relate to academic practice? What's up with Alice Schwarzer's recent allegations that gender studies a la Judith Butler is too abstract and unworldly?

2018's Münster Lectures deal with the relationship between feminist theory and activism. To this end, the organizers invited cultural theorist Laina Dawes from the Department of Music at Columbia University (USA) and Sonia Eismann, co-founder, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of Missy Magazine: Magazin für Pop, Politik und Feminismus (Berlin, Germany).

The discussion is part of the student conference Pop Hero and Action Princess: Negotiating Gender in Popular Culture, which is organized by doctoral students of GS PoL, among others.


Poster for the 2018 Münster Lecture
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Conference poster
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Münster Lectures 2016

"The Selfishness of Others"

3.11.2016 I 19:00 Uhr I SpecOps Münster

The GS PoL is pleased to welcome Dr. Kristin Dombek to a reading for Münster Lectures 2016 on the topic of "The Selfishness of Others" from her recently published book The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism.

The reading and the following discussion will be moderated by Marie Schmidt, literary editor of the German newspaper DIE ZEIT.

A workshop on November 4th and the reading is organized by the Graduate School Practices of Literature of the School of Philology of the WWU Münster in cooperation with the Research Training Group Literary Form and the smartNETWORK. If you would like to participate in the workshop "Writing Narcissism - Rhetoric of Self and Selfishness in Literary and Academic Writing" please apply at (Coordinator of the GS, Dr. Maren Conrad).

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Poster for 2016's Münster Lecture
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Picture of Kristin Dombek and Marie Schmidt discussing
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Münster Lectures 2015

Digital Society

- The #FailedIntellectual Goodwill Tour -
Poster for the event
Conference poster for 'digital. sozial. marginal'
Münster Lectures 2014

The Perfected Human Being

The Münster Lectures 2014 will deal with the issue of developments in genetic research and its ethic consequences. We are glad to welcome Charlotte Kerner (writer) and Prof. Dr. Bettina Schöne-Seifert (expert on medical ethics) to this years Münster Lectures.


Everyone interested in the issue of developments in genetic research and its ethic consequences is cordially invited to attend the Münster Lectures 2014. The program is scheduled as followes:

16.06. 2014, 20 p.m.
Lecture: Prof. Dr. Bettina Schöne-Seifert, Zeitungslesesaal, Stadtbibliothek, Alter Steinweg 11, Münster

17. 06.2014, 18.30 p.m.
Lecture: Charlotte Kerner, Hörsaal S9, Schlossplatz 2




Poster for Münster Lectures 2014
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Münster Lectures 2012

Der Sinn der Arbeit

Münster Lectures Poster 2012
© Thomas Struth & Frank Röth