For the first time ever, there'll be an inspirational, interactive intro week of information, workshops and social activities involving ALL students and staff in British and American Studies. Check the programme to see which events you'd like to attend!


The next Entrance Test will take place towards the end of the winter semester 2014-2015.


The next PT will take place around the end of the winter semester 2014-2015: please note that potential new students have to take the ENTRANCE TEST (see above), not the Proficiency Test.

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!

Queering Gender, 18 July to 25 July, 2014

Over the past decade or so Queer Studies has emerged as an increasingly important field of inquiry in the study of gender. The summer school, led by Professor William Leap, American University, Washington, DC, and currently the most eminent practitioner of queer linguistics, and Professor Karen Tongson, University of Southern California, integrating queer theory into cultural studies, will give students the unique opportunity of finding out at first hand about an approach not represented at Bielefeld University. Having familiarized themselves with the basics of the approach, students will be able to assess its potential by devising and carrying out small research projects of their own.

Staff Workshop Queering Studies

Monday, July 28th all day: Prof. William Leap, Queer Linguistics. This workshop reviews key themes in queer theory and examines their relevance for critical discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, ecolinguistics, language planning as well as for work in language, gender and sexuality studies. Monday, July 28th, morning only: Dr. Karen Tongson, Queer Cultural Studies. General discussion of issues in queer cultural studies and queer of color critique: definitions of terms, strands of thought, discussion of major scholars. Monday July 28th, afternoon: Public lecture Empty Orchestra: Karaoke and Queer Performance illustrating themes and demonstrating theoretical frameworks in the work of Professor Tongson and other scholars in the area of queer cultural studies. Tuesday, July 29th, morning: Joint session with William Leap and Karen Tongson for all faculty participants.

Broadcasting the Americas: Academic reflections and media practice on politics and culture, 20 July to 1 August 2014

The interdisciplinary Center for InterAmerican Studies at Bielefeld University is hosting this international two-week summer school, a joint Erasmus IP project involving nine European institutions of higher education. In a series of workshops, students will be introduced to some central issues in the area of Inter-American Studies; in parallel, students will be learning the basics of radio journalism, including technical skills, and will develop a radio feature on the Americas. Further information at CIAS, Summer School


The editors of fiar (forum for inter-american research) would like announce the publication of the new issue, Vol. 7 No. 2 (July 2014 / julio 2014): The Harlem Renaissance in an Inter-American Perspective FIAR Volume 7.2


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.


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


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