Current PhD Projects

Ph.D. candidate

Working title

Research areas/keywords

Aerni, Anouk“And the rain won’t make any difference?”: A Farewell to Anthropocentrism in American Postbellum Prose from 1850-1970 
Albrecht, MaxiThe Cultural Politics of Intelligences in 21st-Century Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Survival Narrative 

Bieri, Aline

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in the Swiss Context: The Linguistic Challenges and Implications of Teaching a Subject such as Biology in English

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), second and foreign language learning and teaching, second language acquisition (SLA), conversation analysis (CA), sociolinguistics

Blagojevic, Blanka

Europe East and West – Negotiations of a Blurry Borderline

SNF-Project British Literary and Cultural Discourses of Europe

contemporary British travel writing, discourses of Europe, Eastern Europe in British literature and culture, Balkanism, cultural topographies

Ehrsam, KristinaThe Role of English as a Lingua Franca in the Foreign Language Classroom 
Frey, MichaelaBodily Encounters: Nature and Embodiment in British Poetry (2000-2017)contemporary nature poetry, new nature writing, new materialism, ecofeminism, phenomenology, corporeality
Gauthier, Guillaume

Social Action and the Relevance of Multisensoriality in the Context of Food-based Evaluative Practices

SNSF project From Multimodality to Multisensoriality: Language, Body, and Sensoriality in Social Interaction (intSenses)

conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, multimodality, sensoriality & multisensoriality, assessments

Kraft, Corin

Time and Place in Contemporary Literature of the U.S. South


Küng, Melanie

Bordering Europe: The Cultural and Literary Production of the English Channel in the 20th and 21stCenturies

SNSF project British Literary and Cultural Discourses of Europe

contemporary British fiction and travel writing, cultural topographies, memory studies, discourses of Europe, national identity


Loew, Joelle

On identities and gender at work: a linguistic case study of agile IT

identity construction, workplace discourse, gender, agile, interactional sociolinguistics
Manson, Thomast.b.a. 

Mauruschat, Ania

Radiophonie, Störung und Erkenntnis. Zur Epistemologie der Radiokunst am Beispiel der Katastrophenhörspiele von Andreas Ammer und FM Einheit

sound & radio studies, transnational & entangled media histories, literature & science, media archeology & digitization, avant-garde, modernism & post-modernism

Nisticò, SimonaPoliteness in fictional translation 

Rapcsák, Balázs

Samuel Beckett's Media Art

SNSF project Beckett’s Media System: A Comparative Study in Multimediality

Beckett studies, media theory, media technologies, agency, multimediality

Sabbioni, Sofie

Tübben, Ilenia

Dialogue in Spontaneously Produced Fiction

SNSF project The Pragmatics of Improvised Drama Comedy

conversation analysis, pragmatics, pragmatics of fiction, fictional dialogues, planners, informal language, stance, emotional language

Completed PhD Projects

Ph.D. candidate


Research areas/keywords

Askin, Ridvan

Narrative and Becoming: Differential Narratology

Research Database: Project 103858

Differential narratology, the transcendental and empirical

Bolander, Brook

On Power in Blogs

Research Database: Project 103880

computer-mediated communication, disagreement, power

Caci, UrsulaLocating Gender in Space: Emily Dickinson's Conception of Gender

Diederich, Catherine

Framing Sensory Adjectives: A Seminatic Analysis of Sensory Language

Research Database: Project 1167187

sensory language, frame semantics, corpus linguistics

Gottlieb, DerekCommon Nonsense: Community and Skepticism in Shakespearean Comedy

Hägler, Andreas

History, Critique, Utopia: Experimental Writing in the Context of Contemporary Anglophone Literature

Research Database: Project 103857

contemporary anglophone literature, experimental literature, aesthetic theory, Adorno

Hänggi, Christian

Thomas Pynchon’s Sonic Fictions

Research Database: Project 1454158

Thomas Pynchon, sound studies, noise, silence, music

Keller, Daniela

Germany and Physics in English Fiction after 1960: A Diffractive Reading of Anglo-German Entanglements

Research Database: Project 2280353

contemporary British fiction, cultural topographies

Lüthi, Daniel

Space and Narrative in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Novels

Research Database: Project 2280340

Space, narratology, Terry Pratchett

Meier, Stefanie

Language education and the global care work economy. Mapping structural inequalities in Philippine nurse migration to Germany

Research Database: Project 3572983

political economy of language, language education and labor migration, border management, language and the international division of reproductive labor

critical sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication

Messerli, Thomas

Repetition in Telecinematic Humour – How US American Sitcoms Employ Repetitive Patterns in the Construction of Multimodal Humour

Research Database: Project 1653180

telecinematic discourse, (linguistic) humour theories, sitcom humour, repetition and incongruity, (multimodal) discourse analysis

Moreillon, Olivier

Cities in Flux: Capetonian and Durbanite Literary Topographies

South Africa, post-apartheid literature, space and place, South African cities, (South) African urban studies, Mariam Akabor, Rozena Maart, Johan van Wyk, K. Sello Duiker, Bridget McNulty, Lauren Beukes

Osei-Bonsu, VictoriaRepresentations of the Other in Selected Works of Joseph ConradRepresentation and othering, postcolonial discourse and analysis
Quassdorf, Sixta"A little more than kin" – Quotations as a linguistic phenomenon. A study based on quotations from Shakespeare's HamletPhraseology, Quotation Studies, Shakespeare, Digital Humanities, Historical Linguistics, Pragmatics
Reichel, A. Elisabeth

Writing Anthropologists, Sounding Primitives: The Poetry and Scholarship of Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, and Ruth Benedict

SNF-Project: Of Cultural, Poetic, and Medial Alterity

alterity, media, intermediality, sound and visual studies, notions of immediacy

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse

Persuation in Smoking Cessation Online

Research Database: Project 963000
SNF-Project: Language and Health Online

persuasion, relational work, identity construction, discourse analysis, computer-mediated communication

Thurnherr, Franziska

Interpersonal Pragmatics and the Therapeutic Alliance: The Collaborative Work in Email Counseling

Research Database: Project 1087057
SNF-Project: Language and Health Online

relational work, identity construction, (mental) health discourse, therapeutic alliance, computer-mediated communication, discourse analysis, interpersonal pragmatics