Anne Waldman and Tyler Burba

The Prolonged Death of the Hippie: Keynote Lectures and Poetry Performances Online

In September 2019, the English Department hosted the conference "The Prolonged Death of the Hippie, 1967–1969" with keynote speakers Anne Waldman and Ed Sanders. Some of the most engaging lectures and performances are now on YouTube.

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Ania Mauruschat receives Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant

The grant will allow Ania to spend time researching in København as of September 2021.

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Annual Report 2020 has been published

The Annual Report 2020 of the Department of English is published and available for download.

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Literature in the Digital Age: from Close Reading to Distant Reading

Prof. Philipp Schweighauser's 'Massive Open Online Course' (MOOC) starts on 15 March 2021.

Start-up Grants of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies

The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies of the University of Basel calls for applications for two one-year start-up grants of CHF 30,000 (duration: 1 October 2021 – 30 September 2022), starting 1 October 2021. The aim of the start-up…

Ina Habermann talks to the 'Deep Dive Podcast'

Prof. Ina Habermann talks to the 'Deep Dive Podcast' about her passion for English literature, J.R.R. Tolkien and Brexit.

Philipp Schweighauser comments on the 2020 U.S. presidential election

Prof. Philipp Schweighauser has been invited to comment on the imminent presidential election in the U.S.A. by Swiss newspaper Sonntags-Blick and local television broadcaster Telebasel.

New national search portal for academic libraries

We are facing a new library system from December 7. Please find more information about the new user registration and returning borrowed items here: https://ub.unibas.ch/en/swisscovery/

Recent Achievements

The following list of recent achievements reflects some of the 2017 academic milestones of our staff. For achievements that date further back, please consult our annual reports

  • Daria Dayter has won a grant from Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel and will carry out her research at the Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, UK, in the spring term 2019.
  • Miriam Locher and Franziska Thurnherr have edited and published a special issue on “Language and health online: Typing yourself healthy!” which is now available in open access. This collection of papers marks the end of the SNF project Language and health online.
  • Michelle Witen has published "From Passion to Mania: Frankenstein as a Tale of Hysteria" in Nightfall: The Gothic Imagination since Frankenstein (Exhibition at Musée Rath, Geneva). Eds. Justine B. Moeckli and Merel Van Tillburg. Paris: DoPe Press, 2017. pp 372–383.
  • Michelle Witen organized a marathon viewing of the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries.
  • Michelle Witen organized the 2017 Bloomsday in honour of James Joyce's Ulysses.
  • Miriam A. Locher has published a monograph entitled Reflective Writing in Medical Practice: A Linguistic Perspective with Multilingual Matters. This work was written in connection with the SNF project “‘Life beyond writing’: Illness Narratives”.
  • Franziska Gygax published “Zu Ende erzählen: Leben und Sterben im Text.“ in Sterben/Erzählen. Hermeneutische Blätter. 2 (2016). Zürich: Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie, Universität Zürich. 25–32.
  • A. Elisabeth Reichel was awarded a mobility fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation to spend 08/2017–07/2018 as a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., on invitation of Donald E. Pease.