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GSPoL Alumnus Publishes His Debut Novel

Congratulations to Dr. Boris Hoge-Benteler on publishing his first novel Sonnenstadt (2022) with kul-ja! publishing! Sonnenstadt deals with trauma and fear, the loss of relationships and disorientation as well as the search for beauty and plays with elements of the coming-of-age novel, the road novel and the thriller genre.

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Exhibit 'Eden? Plants between Science and Fiction'

The preparation of the exhibit 'Eden? Plants between Science and Fiction,' which will be on display from May 15 to 29, 2022, is in full swing. Information on the current status and progress of the project is available on the homepage of the exhibit as well as on Instagram and Twitter.

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Information Event

29 October 2021 | 10am (sharp) | Zoom

Students of literature who are interested in doing a PhD are cordially invited to take part in our digital information event. External guests are also welcome.

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CfP - Vögel aus Federn: Verschriftlichungen des Vogels seit 1800 (Deadline: January 29, 2021)

May 7-8, 2021 | WWU Münster | Organized by members of the GSPoL and FB 09 Philology (German only)

Paper proposals for the conference Vögel aus Federn: Verschriftlichungen des Vogels seit 1800 can be submitted until January 29, 2021 (German only).  The event is organized by GSPoL members Manuel Förderer and Cristine Huck as well as Laura Reiling (German Department/FB 09 Philology, WWU Münster).

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Lecture Performance: Artistic Research (KV Leipzig)

Martina Kigle & Agnes Meyer-Brandis, 14. August 2020

We are happy to announce that the Kunstverein Leipzig invited our member and doctoral candidate Martina Kigle to present her dissertation project and to discuss "artistic research" with the Berlin artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis.

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Writing Retreat

In May 2019 and January 2020, doctoral students of the GSPoL organized a writing retreat. As a joint retreat into nature, the event was intended to promote concentrated writing and intensify the research and personal exchange among participants in different semesters and stages of their PhD research and from different disciplinary and national backgrounds.

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Workshop in Frankfurt

20th of November 2019

On November 20th 2019 the members of the GSPoL went on a field trip to Frankfurt to exchange views on career prospects for graduates of the literary studies with experts for (mediating) literature. The two-day event was initiated and planned with the help of our advisory committee member Dr. Sonja Vandenrath.

Reading Group Theory of Literature

To Resume in the Upcoming Winter Term

For the upcoming winter semester, some of our GSPoL graduate students again offer project groups, one of which is "Lesegruppe Literaturtheorie" (Reading Group Theory of Literature). All those interested (especially bachelor students) are cordially invited to attend!

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Considering a PhD in Literary Studies?

Monday, June 24, 2019 | 16h | BB 301

The GS PoL is pleased to announce a short workshop, offering a briefing for students considering a PhD in literary studies at the WWU. The event will provide information on where and how to begin your application and planning for a dissertation and gives an introduction on the work of the Graduate School 'Practices of Literature'.

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Textpraxis #16 published!

Textpraxis. Digitales Journal for Philology. The Open Access publication of the GSPoL & the WWU's philologies

The sixteenth issue of Textpraxis. Digital Journal for Philology was released on May 1st. In this issue, Christina Glinik and Elmar Lenhart (Klagenfurt) analyze different writing scenes in Josef Winkler's Domra. Sandra Folie (Vienna) investigates the role of intersectionality in new world literature and Stefan Tomasek (Würzburg) discusses the representation of Nibelungenlied in museums.

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Undocumented Migrants in the United States: Life Narratives and Self-representations

Publication | Dr Ina Batzke

Die GSPoL congratulates alumna Dr. Ina Batzke on her publication of her dissertation with Routledge.
By reading the self-representations of undocumented migrants in a range of life narratives published from 2001 to 2016 as both a product of America's changing views on citizenship and membership, and an arena where such views can potentially be challenged, the book interrogates the role such self-representations have played not only in constructing undocumented migrant identities, but also in shaping social borders.

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Critical Branding: Postcolonial Studies and the Market

Publication | Dr Caroline Kögler

The GSPoL congratulates alumna Dr. Caroline Kögler on the publication of her dissertation with Routledge.
Critical Branding: Postcolonial Studies and the Market provides an original answer to what Sarah Brouillette has called postcolonial studies’ ‘longstanding materialist challenge’, illuminating the relationship between what is often broadly called ‘the market’ and the practice and positionality of postcolonial critics and their field, postcolonial studies. Find more information here:

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Open-Access Workshop with GSPoL Alumna Christina Riesenweber

Publishing in open access || Publishing Options at the WWU Münster

GSPoL Alumna Christina Riesenweber (Open Access consultant FU Berlin, Open-Access-Office Berlin) and ULB representative Elisabeth Sawatzky (Publication Service / Service Point Digitale Dienste) gave an overview of open access options for academics in a GSPoL workshop in June 2018. Find the workshop's summary and further information on publishing services at the University of Münster here:

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Textpraxis #15 published!

Textpraxis. Digitales Journal for Philology. The Open Access publication of the GSPoL & the WWU's philologies

The fifteenth issue of Textpraxis. Digital Journal for Philology was released on May 1st. In this issue, Jana Wittenzellner presents different conceptions of authorship with regards to the writings of Hildegart Rodriguez. Julian Ingelmann poses the question why the genre short stories dominates German writing forums, while Verena Meis examines parasitic tendencies in Kathrin Rögglas' works.

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Textpraxis #13 published!

Textpraxis. Digitales Journal for Philology. The Open Access publication media of the GSPoL

The thirtheenth issue of Textpraxis. Digital Journal for Philology was released on May 1st!

Jennifer Clare tests a synthesis of Stephen Greenblatt and Rüdiger Campe’s text-context approaches to literature in her analysis of Bernward Vesper’s Die Reise, Vanessa Hannesschläger investigates the concrete poetry movement as a ‘European project’, and Hannes Höfer deals with intermediality in literary representations of jazz music.

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Members Meet & Greet: Winter Term Kick-Off

Get-Together at Münster's Skulpturprojekte

At a Skulpturprojekte-Tour, new and old members of the GSPoL were invited to come together and get to know each other. The GSPoL would like to give a big thanks to the PhD student's representatives for organizing the event. We are very excited for the start of the winter term with new and old faces and looking forward to productive exchanges! Find here some impressions of the event:

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Strategic Planning Session: "Women* | Circus | Work | Gender"

Report from Zirkus|Wissenschaft 's conference "UpSideDown - Circus and Space"

A strategic planning session on women* working in circus and circus studies took place at the conference UpSideDown - Circus and Space at June 30, 2017, organised from Zirkus|Wissenschaft, a project of PhD student Franziska Trapp. Initiater Franziska Trapp and workshop organizer Elisabeth Zimmermann are very happy about the productive exchange and interesting results and would like to address a special thanks to the equal opportunity's office of the WWU.

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Productive Colloquium in the Summer Term of 2017

The colloquium of the GSPoL took place on June 1st and 2nd as a compact workshop. The GSPoL was very pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Lut Missinne (Dutch Literature) und Prof. Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf (German Literature), and, in addition, various international guests who participated in the discussion of PhD theses and thus enriched the very productive GSPoL colloquium! A big thank you to all participants!

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Textpraxis #14 published!

Textpraxis. Digitales Journal for Philology. The Open Access publication media of the GSPoL

The fourteenth issue of Textpraxis. Digital Journal for Philology was released on November 1st! Nicole M. Mueller discusses the posibilities of a digital literature research based on japanese Thomas-Mann-Translations. Silja Wendt shows, how intermediality causes the performative character of the Sherlock series. Ted Underwood interviews Cosima Mettner and talks about the relevance of digital methods in literary analyzes.

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PhD Scholarship: Call for Applications for International Students

Application deadline: May 31, 2019

In cooperation with the DAAD, the Department of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster is offering a scholarship for interested and qualified international doctoral candidates in the area of literary studies starting October 1, 2019.

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Call for Abstracts - TEXTPRAXIS. Digitales Journal für Philologie - Issue 14

Articles must be submitted by April 1st, 2017

TEXTPRAXIS is seeking articles for its thirteenth issue. If you wish to contribute, please submit your abstracts (max. 500 words) by April 1st, 2017.

TEXTPRAXIS publishes articles in literary and cultural studies within the following areas: “Literature and Society,” “Theories of Literary Study,” and “Literary Studies and Praxis.” Articles from any philological discipline are welcome.

All articles published by TEXTPRAXIS are open access and reviewed.

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Considering a PhD in Literary Studies?

Wednesday 8th February 2017 | 12.00 s.t. | IDN 3.06

The GS PoL is pleased to announce a short workshop, offering a briefing for students considering a PhD in literary studies at the WWU. The event will provide information on where and how to begin your application and planning for a dissertation and gives an introduction on the work of the Graduate School 'Practices of Literature'.

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Successful PhD completions

New Alumni in 2016

We would like to cordially congratulate our alumni Seth Berk, Till Huber, Japhet Johnstone, Caroline Kögler, Torsten Leine, Katharina Müller, Markus Nehl, Janneke Schoene and Kerstin Wilhelms on the completion of their doctoral degrees in 2016!

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Day of Junior Scientists 2016

September 13 2016 I 14:00 - 21:00 I Schloss Münster

The WWU Graduate Centre cordially invites all doctoral candidates and postdocs to the Day of Junior Scientists in Münster. Its focus will be on the ways and means to support junior scientists in their academic careers.

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Successful PhD completions

New Alumni in 2014

We would like to cordially congratulate our alumni Maximilian Häusler and Jesper Reddig on completing their PhD in 2014!

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Successful PhD completions

New Alumni in 2015

We would like to cordially congratulate our alumni Zornitsa Dimitrova, Till Huber, Japhet Johnstone, Torsten Leine, Caroline Kögler and Kerstin Wilhelms on the completion of their doctoral degrees in 2015!

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PhD Scholarships: Call for Applications for International Students

Application deadline: 30th of November 2016

In cooperation with the DAAD, the Department of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster is offering two scholarships for interested and qualified international doctoral candidates in the area of literary studies starting October 1st 2017. The Graduate School 'Practices of Literature' offers the opportunity to complete your doctorate degree within three years and to prepare for an academic career in university or non-university professions.

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Call for Articles - TEXTPRAXIS. Digital Journal for Philology - 13th Issue

Articles must be submitted by September 15, 2016

TEXTPRAXIS is seeking articles for its thirteenth issue. If you wish to contribute, please submit your abstracts (max. 500 words) by September 15, 2016.

TEXTPRAXIS publishes articles in literary and cultural studies within the following areas: “Literature and Society,” “Theories of Literary Study,” and “Literary Studies and Praxis.” Articles from any philological discipline are welcome.

All articles published by TEXTPRAXIS are open access and reviewed.

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12th Issue of Textpraxis

Textpraxis Issue # 12 was released on May 1st.
In the »Literature and Society« section, Jean Marie Carey (Dunedin) analyzes the polysemic meaning of Franz Marc’s painting in her article »Eyes Be Closed: Franz Marc’s Liegender Hund im Schnee«. In the »Theories of Literary Study« section, Tilmann Köppe and Jan Stühring (Göttingen) expand Genette’s three categories zero focalization, internal and external focalization in their article »Is zero focalization reducible to variable internal and external focalization?«. Köppe and Stühring aim to clearly differentiate those terms. In the »Literary Studies and Praxis« section, Lena Lang (Göttingen) deals with Jelinek’s digital (self-)promotion of ,privacy’ and intimacy as well as publicity and disappearance in her article »Elfriede privat?! Elfriede Jelineks digitale Selbstinszenierung«.

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Perspective Promotion - German sponsorship foundation

Das Rektorat der WWU lädt Promotionsinteressierte und Promovierende, die am Anfang ihrer Dissertation stehen und sich für eine Förderung durch ein Begabtenförderungswerk interessieren, herzlich zu einer Infoveranstaltung im Schloss ein. Die fächerübergreifenden Fördererinstitutionen werden sowohl durch WWU-interne als auch externe Referentinnen und Referenten vorgestellt. Während eines Infocafés und im Anschluss an die Vorstellungen wird die Gelegenheit zum Austausch und zur Vernetzung geboten.

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Four visiting fellowships for postgraduates / doctoral candidates from the SFB 1150 “Cultures of Decision-making”

Submit applications no later than March 20th

The Integrated Graduate School of the Collaborative Research Centre/ SFB 1150 “Cultures of Decision-making”, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) at the University of Muenster since July 1st 2015, is offering four visiting fellowships for postgraduates / doctoral candidates in 2016 for a period of up to six months, starting in April 2016. Please find the announcement here.

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Call for applications 2016 - apply until 29th of April!

Reaserach Training Programme "Literary Form: History and Culture of Aesthetic Modelling"

Within the framework of the Reaserach Training Programme "Literary Form: History and Culture of Aesthetic Modelling"(RTG 1886/1), funded by the German Research Council, the University of Muenster advertises up to 12 doctoral scholarships.

Funding is to commence on 1 October 2016 and lasts at least 30 months. For further information on the application process please click here.

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New lectures and interviews online at LitFlix

New lectures are available in the online media library LitFlix!
Camilla Damkjaer's lecture in the context of the International Conference "Semiotics of the Circus" in cooperation with Cirque Bouffon and Marjorie Levinson's keynote speach "Lyric: the Idea of This Invention" of the international conference "Literary Form. History and Culture of Aesthetic Modeling" at the WWU are now online at LitFlix, the online media library of the GS PoL and the Research Training Group Literary Form.

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Publication "Crimes of Passion" now available!

Representation of sexual pathology in the early 20th century

Published by two GS PoL members, the publication Crimes of Passion to the corresponding international conference held in Muenster (24 to 26 July 2013) and organised by GS PoL members is now available!

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2015 - The Year in Review


The GS PoL is happy to look back on another year's interesting activities.
We would like to invite you to review 2015 with us!

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Call for Papers - TEXTPRAXIS #12

TEXTPRAXIS, the online publication of the Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’ is seeking articles for its twelfth issue. TEXTPRAXIS publishes articles in literary and cultural studies within the following areas: “Literature and Society,” “Theories of Literary Study,” and “Literary Studies and Praxis.” If you wish to contribute, please submit your article by January 15th, 2016.

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5-7 October 2015: Literary Form. History and Culture of Aesthetic Modeling

International Conference

Research Training Group Literary Form. History and Culture of Aesthetic Modeling is hosting an internantional conference from 5-7 October 2015. The international conference on ‘Literary Form. History and Culture of Aesthetic Modeling’ will build upon that recent interest in form from a comparative perspective: the perspective of classical and modern languanges, literatures, and media. It will investigate the function of aesthetic modeling for a transdisciplinary discourse on poetic form.

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Undergraduate assistant wanted

The Coordinating Office of the GS PoL is actually looking for an undergraduate assistant. The position is to be filled until October 1st 2015. Applications can be submitted until Sunday, 06.09.2015.

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Keynotelecture now online

After the proceedings of the conference „digital. sozial. marginal? Literatur und Computerspiel in der digitalen Gesell­schaft“ have been published online, the keynote lecture held by Dr. Rolf Nohr on "'When you hear the buzzer, stare at the art.' Spielen als Test " is now also available on Litflix, the Youtube-channel of the GS PoL.

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Interviews with NeinQuarterly now online

On 26th June NeinQuarterly (Eric Jarosinski) was in Münster for a public lecture. The German media channel WDR and Deutschlandfunk made a report including an interview that is available on their websides.

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Scholarships for international PhD-Students

The College of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster is looking for interested and qualified international doctoral candidates in the area of Literary Studies starting October 1st 2016. In the Graduate School 'Practices of Literature' you will have the opportunity to complete your doctorate degree within three years and to prepare yourself for an academic career in university or non-university professions. The deadline for application for the winter semester 2016/17 is the 30th of November 2015.

Current Positions Available at the Graduate School 'Practices of Literature'

The College of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster is looking for interested and qualified doctoral candidates in the area of Literary Studies starting October 1st 2015. In the Graduate School, 'Practices of Literature', you will have the opportunity to complete your doctorate degree within three years and to prepare yourself for an academic career in university or non-university professions.

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Publication "Ästhetik des Zufalls"

The Winter Verlag has recently published the conference anthology Case Studies of Coincidence. Epistemologies of the Unforseen in Literature and Theory. The conference was organized by members of the GS PoL in 2013.

Media center LitFlix now online

A media group consisting of postgraduates from Münster have started their own YouTube-channel to document lectures and events in the area of literary studies. The channel LitFlix is now online!

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CFP: Semiotics of the Circus

On behalf of the Westfälische Wilhems-Universität Münster we would like to invite you to the first German conference dedicated to the topic "circus". The conference will take place from 15th to 17th April 2015 in cooperation with Cirque Bouffon. The conference will be held in English, please submit your contributions by February 15, 2015.

Publication: Dr. James Orao "Selbstverortungen"

We are pleased to announce the publication "Selbstverortungen. Migration und Identität in der zeitgenössischen deutsch- und englischsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur" of Dr. James Orao, who was the first PhD graduate of the Graduate School in 2012.

Now online: About:Games. Video-Channel on Game Studies

The GSPoL interview with game designer Kevin Menzt is now online - as well as the Youtube-channel "About:Games", hosted by the project group "Gamestudies", which offers tutorials and "Let's analyze" Videos as an introduction to the theory of computer game analysis.

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Scholarships for international PhD-Students

The College of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster is looking for interested and qualified international doctoral candidates in the area of Literary Studies starting October 1st 2015. In the Graduate School, 'Practices of Literature', you will have the opportunity to complete your doctorate degree within three years and to prepare yourself for an academic career in university or non-university professions.

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Current Positions Available at the Graduate School 'Practices of Literature'

The College of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster is looking for interested and qualified doctoral candidates in the area of Literary Studies starting April 1st 2015. In the Graduate School, 'Practices of Literature', you will have the opportunity to complete your doctorate degree within three years and to prepare yourself for an academic career in university or non-university professions.

Publication: Innokentij Kreknin - Poetiken des Selbst

We would like to congratulate Dr. Innokentij Kreknin on the publication of his PhD thesis entitled "Poetiken des Selbst. Identität, Autorschaft und Autofiktion am Beispiel von Rainald Goetz, Joachim Lottmann und Alban Nikolai Herbst".

Münster Lectures - A Dialogue Between Literature and Theory

The Münster Lectures seek to combine the merits of theoretical and literary insight, inviting both a well-known scholar and prominent a writer to discuss current debates, scholastic and social likewise. Shedding new light on controversial debates functions as a mode of cultural encounter, the lectures and discussions are open for participation to scholars, students, and the interested public. The Münster Lectures strengthen not only the interdisciplinary exchange among members of the university, but also bridges a gap between the university and the city of Münster

Publication: Dr. Maren Conrad

We would like to cordially congratulate Dr. Maren Conrad on the publication of her PhD thesis entitled "Aufbrüche der Ordnung, Anfänge der Phantastik. Ein Modell zur methodischen Balladenanalyse, entwickelt am Beispiel der phantastischen Kunstballade".

Successful PhD completions

We would like to cordially congratulate Kirstin Frieden, Caren Heuer, Christoph Plaumbaum und Anna Thiemann on the completion of their doctoral degrees in 2013.

Publication: Boris Hoge - Schreiben über Russland. Die Konstruktion von Raum, Geschichte und kultureller Identität in deutschen Erzähltexten seit 1989

We are pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Boris Hoge’s book Schreiben über Russland. Die Konstruktion von Raum, Geschichte und kultureller Identität in deutschen Erzähltexten seit 1989 (Writings on Russia: The construction of Space, History and Cultural Identity in German Literature after 1989). Dr. Hoge completed his PhD with Graduate School
Practices of Literature last year. 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer receives highest German research prize

Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer (Arab and Islam Studies) has been awarded the German Research Foundation’s prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz Prize 2013. We would like to congratulate Prof. Dr. Bauer.
The DFG commented: “Thomas Bauer is an Islamic studies scholar who has combined the philological interpretation and editing of texts with an approach that is as broad as it is innovative, taking in historical considerations relating to culture and mentality, making his work potentially unique in the world. Bauer is known for his research into Arabic poetry, including the Onager Episode and the Abbasid Period.”

Pull the books out of the fire!

80 years ago, book burnings took place all over Germany, also in Münster: National Socialists and right-wing students’ groups literally purged writings they considered to be oppositional to their ideology, even to be degenerate. A local initiative commemorates the book burnings.

Thesis defence

The members of the Graduate School Practices of Literature would like to cordially congratulate James Orao who successfully defended his doctoral thesis.