Graduate School Practices of Literature


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The Graduate School Practices of Literature offers a structured doctoral programme in Literary Studies. The joint research is centred on the relationship between literature/literary studies and society. Additional focal points of our programme include theory of science as well as theory of literature and literary studies. Also, the programme addresses various issues for the professional application of literary expertise while enabling students to gain hands-on experience in career relevant non-academic environments. Thus, our programme’s mission is to link theory and practice through an interdisciplinary approach, treating them not as opposites but rather interdependent counterparts of a lively exchange.

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Workshop: The American Academic Job Market with Eugenie Brinkema (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

9 May 2023 | 10 AM -16 PM | English Department, Room 203

The international job market offers great opportunities for early-career researchers, but it often works according to different rules than the German system. In this workshop, participants will gain an insight into academic application processes in the US, with a focus on early-career positions in the humanities (assistant professorships).

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Workshop: The Novel in a Postfictional Age with Timothy Bewes

16 June 2023 | 10AM - 3PM | English Department, Room 203

This workshop engages with Prof. Bewes’s latest book, Free Indirect: The Novel in a Postfictional Age (Columbia University Press, 2022), which shakes the grounds on which the theory of the novel has long been standing and offers new ways of seeing and engaging with literature.

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Guest lecture: Multiplicities of Silence with Prof. William Watkin (Brunel University)

11 January 2023 | 6-8PM | Lecture Hall JO1 (Johannisstr. 4)

Sigetics is the name for the philosophy of silence. It is concerned with what philosophers cannot say or name. As such it constitutes the outside of philosophy that thinkers need to make their various systems consistent. In his brief history of sigetics, Prof. Watkin visits the quiet cells and still offices of many thinkers and asks if their multiplicities of silences might be less a limit to philosophy, than a mute indication of its future.

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Public Lecture: Introduction to Public Writing with Irina Dumitrescu

17 November 2022 | 4-6PM | S1 (Schloss)

Scholars who write for a general audience need to familiarize themselves with new genres, writing styles, and outlets that are very different from academic publishing. Our guest lecturer Prof. Dr. Irina Dumitrescu (University of Bonn) will give us a first-hand inside into public writing, scrutinize its pros and cons, and share practical tips for newcomers in the field.