Die Fachbereichsbibliotheken des Departements Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften bleiben aufgrund der am 16. März 2020 vom Bundesrat erklärten "ausserordentlichen Lage" und den damit verordneten Massnahmen bis auf weiteres geschlossen....

In memoriam Prof. em. David John Allerton (1936-2019)

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of D. J. Allerton in December 2019. He held the chair of Modern English Linguistics at the University of Basel, Switzerland, from 1980 until his retirement in 2003. David Allerton began...
words on trial

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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.

/ 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.

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.

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.