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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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...

Ridvan Askin receives fellowship

Ridvan Askin has been granted a 4-month External Junior Fellowship (June-September 2019) at the FRIAS - Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies to work on his second book Transcendental Poetics and The Futures of American Romanticism:...

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«Young Talent Prize» awarded to Rahel Ackermann Hui

On the occasion of the University of Basel's Dies academicus 2018, our graduate and former student assistant Rahel C. Ackermann Hui received the Young Talent Prize from the student association “Schwizerhüsli” for her MA Thesis "Distance,...

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SNF grant awarded to Regula Hohl Trillini and Lukas Rosenthaler

Regula Hohl Trillini and Lukas Rosenthaler have won a grant under the Swiss National Science Foundations' "Digital Lives" initiative. Their project WordWeb / Intertextuality in Drama of the Early Modern Period  to develop their work on the...

Philipp Schweighauser in discussion with Russ Castronovo (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Philipp Schweighauser discusses Charles Brockden Brown's novel Wieland, the gothic, noise, and information theory with Russ Castronovo (University of Wisconsin, Madison):

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The Road to Brexit: A Students' Podcast from a Research Seminar

In a podcast, Prof. Ina Habermann and some students of her research seminar “The Road to Brexit” present their findings about the reasons why so many Britons voted to leave the EU.
The Pynchon Playlist

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The Pynchon Playlist: Orbit publishes catalog of 927 musical references

Orbit, an open-access journal of contemporary American fiction, publishes Christian Hänggi’s article “The Pynchon Playlist: A Catalog and Its Analysis,” another puzzle piece of his exploration of music in Thomas Pynchon’s work.

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.