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"Words on trial" in the university research blog sci-five

University research blog sci-five has published a new blog post by Daria Dayter. In it, she talks about her research in forensic linguistics.
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/ Events

The Department of English celebrates 50 years at 'Schönes Haus'

Open Day with Exhibition
Influence conference

/ Research, Events

Call for papers: Influence, Manipulation, and Seduction

Conference "Influence, Manipulation, and Seduction: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Persuasive Language" organised by Daria Dayter and Sofia Rüdiger

/ News, Research, Doctorate/PhD, Studies

Start-up grant for doctorate in literary studies

The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies of the University of Basel calls for applications for a one-year start-up grant of CHF 30,000.

3 vacancies in English linguistics

We are happy to announce the following three vacancies: SNF doctoral position in English LinguisticStudent assistant position in English Linguistics 12h per week (28.6%)Assistant in English Linguistics 60% If you want to apply for both...

SNF-PRIMA grantee Dr. Daniela Landert joins Department of English

The English department warmly welcomes Dr. Daniela Landert, who successfully obtained an SNF-PRIMA grant for the period 2020-2024. The project is entitled "The Pragmatics of Improvised Drama Comedy" and investigates how the communicative...
The Prolonged Death of the Hippie, 1967-1969

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The Prolonged Death of the Hippie, 1967–1969: Conference program online!

The program of the three-day conference includes well over twenty national and international scholars, poets and musicians. Highlights are the keynote speeches and performances by Ed Sanders and Anne Waldman.
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/ People

Steve Duman and Michelle Witen short-listed for teaching award

We congratulate Steve Duman and Michelle Witen for having been short-listed for the Modern Scholarship Best Teaching Award 2019 – a well-deserved recognition of their commitment and competence in the classroom over the years. It is with a...

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.