Language Proficiency Test, WiSe 16/17: Wednesday 15th Februar 2017, 9-12, Hörsaal 4
Thursday 6th April 2017, 9-12, Hörsaal 4
The PT is offered twice each semester,usually shortly before the start and shortly before the end of the semester break. All students of English receive an email a week or two before each PT telling those who would like to take part how and where to sign up. There is an overview of the dates, as well as further information, at the BOTTOM of the Proficiency Test page. Potential new students do not have to take the Proficiency Test.

HOW TO ENGLISH WEEK, 17th-21st October 2016

Once again, "How to English Week" (here's the programme) was packed with workshops, lectures, fun and games and opportunities to get to know fellow students and staff in the English Section. There was something for students at ALL stages of their studies, from first semester to Master's level: sessions on planning your BA and your Master's studies, workshops on academic reading, writing,presenting and speaking, on how to approach some of the key exams, how to write your BA thesis, and on how to plan your career after Uni. There's advice on going abroad or applying for scholarships,introductions to the academic content and approaches of the subdisciplines of "Anglistik: British and American Studies", and much more!


The 2016 Summer School for MA students (22-25 and 25-28 July) will feature courses taught by Claudia Sadowski-Smith, Associate Professor at Arizona State University on 'Comparative Approaches to Immigration', focusing on Literary and Cultural Studies, and by Bettina Migge, Associate Professor at University College Dublin, who will focus on linguistic aspects of borders and identity construction. See the poster for more more details.


BritCult Conference Bielefeld, 17th to 19th November, 2016. The British Literary and Cultural Studies section is hosting the BritCult Conference 2016. The theme of the conference is The Times of Culture and the Cultures of Time: British Temporalities. Check the conference website for the Call for Papers (deadline: 1st April 2016) and additional information.


Although the (true) origins of the English Stammtisch are lost in the mists of time, it was founded soon after the Faculty was, by the first English Lektors to work here in Bielefeld, as a place where students and staff could meet informally to speak English in a relaxed and unconstrained atmosphere. In the forty or so years since the Stammtisch started up, it has been attended by people from all over the world. Students and visiting scholars from India, China, Japan, USA, Pakistan, Australia and, yes, Germany, and even England (and Scotland!) as well, so people of all shapes, sizes, ages and professions meet there. Why not collar a friend and join in too? More information can be found at English Stammtisch.


Members of staff and postgraduate students in our section have been publishing prolifically! There is now a publications section on this website with details of recent publications.


For those students planning careers as English teachers, a stint as a foreign language assistant for learners of German is an ideal opportunity to fulfil your "Internationalisation" requirements whilst gaining teaching experience and immersing yourself in an English-speaking social and cultural environment. Further information and application forms can be found on the PAD website


Dr. Franz Andres Morrissey of Bern University was in Bielefeld in July 2015 as a guest of the Anglistik: British and American Studies section, giving talks, performances, seminars and workshops. Dr. Andres Morrissey teaches in the areas of Linguistics, language skills and Creative Writing in the English d epartment of Bern University, and is currently working on a book on the sociolinguistics of folk song. He is also a musician and writer, a great performer and an invigorating teacher. His talks/performances/workshops were:

1) Hard Times Come Again no More: American Songs of Protest. Talk and performance exploring the literary ties and socio-historical roots of American protest songs. Wednesday, 1st July 2015, 4p.m. - 6p.m., C02-228

2) Taking the Shilling: Songs of and about the First World War. Lecture and performance of WW1 songs in English. Thursday, 2nd July 2015, 4p.m. - 6 p.m., XE0-002

3) Using Songs in the EFL Classroom. An interactive seminar aimed more specifically at students who are planning to become English teachers, but open to any students who are interested. Friday, 3rd July 2015, 10a.m. - 12 a.m., X-E1-202.

4) Creative Writing Workshop: Writing Poetry and Song Lyrics Friday, 3rd July 2015, 12 a.m. - 2p.m., X-E1-200.

Dr. Marcus Hartner appointed to "Young ZiF"

Dr. Marcus Hartner has been appointed a Fellow of the "Young ZiF/Junges ZiF/", a programme hosted and funded by Bielefeld's Centre for Interdisciplinary Research/Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung. The progamme offers outstanding young academics the opportunity to interact and learn from each other, thus advancing and fostering interdisciplinary scholarly discourse. The Young ZiF is composed of 15 young scholars from all disciplines, coming from a total of nine German and foreign universities, and Dr. Hartner is the only representative of an Anglistik department to have been selected in a competitive procedure.
We congratulate Dr. Hartner on his appointment!


The editorial team of fiar (forum for inter-american research)'proudly' announces our new issue, fiar 7.3 (December/Diciembre 2014) Theorizing Hemispheric American Studies including articles by Djelal Kadir, Walter Mignolo, Claudia Sadowski-Smith among others. The full volume can be downloaded here: FIAR Volume 7.3