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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Network Conference 2022

23 May 2022

At this year's network conference, the GSPoL offers exciting insights into current dissertation projects and career paths for academics with a PhD in literature. Alumni, students, university lecturers and the interested (university) public are cordially invited to attend this event. Further information on the program and registration can be found here.

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Lecture Series "Activism & Academia"

Monday 6-8PM, starting on May 9, 2022

This summer term, the GSPoL hosts a lecture series which focuses on "Activism & Academia." We invite all students, staff and guests to join us and participate in discussions on this important and timely topic. The program and further information are available on the website of the event. Please note that the lecture on May 2 has been rescheduled to June 13.


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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Summer School 2022 Tacet Ad Libitum! The Poetics and Politics of Silence

The Summer School will open with the Münster Lectures which seek to combine the merits of theoretical and literary insight of renowned scholars, prominent writers, and cultural activists to discuss current debates, both scholastic and social.
The Münster Lectures are open to doctoral candidates, post-doc researchers, humanities students, and the general public. The Münster Lectures aim to strengthen not only the interdisciplinary exchange among members of the university, but also bridges the gap between the university and the city of Münster.

On July 27, the participants of the summer school will be asked to present their work-in progress on the topic. The conferences will be divided in three panels: theory, poetics and politics, which will be moderated by two speakers each.
The call for abstracts is now closed. We are not accepting any paper presentations.
We welcome you to register as a regular participant. (Spaces are limited)