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Guest Lectures and Events

December 2019

Gambrinus Fellowship Lecture 2019

12 December 2019

TU Dortmund | IBZ

Free admission

Gambrinus Lecture 2019

12 December, 16:00 | IBZ (Emil-Figge-Str. 59)

Matthew W. Hughey (University of Connecticut):

"White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists and the Shared Meanings of Race"

Matthew W. Hughey is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. In December 2019, the Chair of British Cultural Studies is delighted to welcome him as the 2019 Gambrinus Fellow at TU Dortmund.
Hughey’s research focuses on the relationship between the heterogeneous interpretations of race and the long-term staying power of racism and racial inequality. In his award-winning book White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists and the Shared Meanings of Race (2012), Hughey developed his theory of white racial identity formation called “Hegemonic Whiteness.”

October 2018


30 - 31 October 2018
TU Dortmund & Protestant Paulus Church
Free admission

(Source: frankenreads.org, original design by Avital Dayanim - edited)


30 October 2018
English Theater Group | "Mary Shelley"
Studiobühne, TU Dortmund

"How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love
we have of life even in the excess of misery!”

Within our Frankenstein-week we invite you to an evening about Mary Shelley's life as the British playwright Helen Edmundson interpreted it in her play of the same name in 2012. The English Theater Group of the Department of British and American Studies at TU Dortmund University will show us in excerpts her view on the captivating family history behind the author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley. The performance invites the audience to have a look at the often tragic backgrounds that led to the creation of one of the most famous horror stories of world literature.

Mary Shelley (Helen Edmundson, UK 2012 [in parts & in English])
English Theater Group | Studiobühne U215
TU Dortmund | Emil-Figge-Straße 50 | 44227 Dortmund 
6 pm (ca. 90 minutes) | free admission



31 October 2018 | Halloween 
Reading and Discussion 
Protestant Paulus Church, Dortmund  

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s global bestseller Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus (1818), the English Department of TU Dortmund University organises a special Halloween-Reading. Initiated by the Keats-Shelley Association of America, there will be so-called Frankenreads-Events on Halloween 2018 in more than 90 countries all over the world (frankenreads.org). In cooperation with Dortmund’s Paulus Church we dive into the uncanny atmosphere of this piece of world literature. Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein has proven its incredible topicality – now and then – no matter if dealing with controversies concerning religion, politics, or the state of natural sciences.  On Halloween 2018, the event church of the Protestant Lydia-parish will transform into a place where entertainment meets cultural knowledge. Scholars from different departments of TU Dortmund University will read parts of the original text (in English) and complement these passages with critical perspectives (in German), multimedia installations and musical interludes. We invite everybody to come and hear, discuss and celebrate with us one of the most famous works of Gothic fiction in this unique setting.  

Reading and Discussion (in English and German) 
Ev. Pauluskirche & TU Dortmund 
Schützenstraße 35 | 44147 Dortmund 
6 pm (doors open 5.30 pm) | free admission


July 2017

Niall Griffiths in Translation Deutsch-englische Lesung

26.7.2017, 19:00 Uhr im Rekorder (Gneisenaustr. 55)

*additional reading: 24 July, 20:00 at the record store Black Plastic, Rheinische Str. 31*


(Photo: Copyright Deb Jones, used with permission)


On 26 July, British writer Niall Griffiths will be reading from his work, alongside students of TU Dortmund. Niall Griffiths is the author of eight novels, a collection of poems, several short stories and various non-fiction writing. Born in Liverpool and living in Wales, his writings reflect the despair, anger, madness and ecstasy of lives lived on the fringes of contemporary British society. His debut novel Grits (2000) established Griffiths as a chronicler of the counter-cultural lives in his chosen place of residence, the Welsh coastal town Aberystwyth, with a keen ear for the various dialects and languages of the United Kingdom. In his work, among them the novels Sheepshagger (2001), Stump (2003) and A Great Big Shining Star (2013), beauty and decay, the sacred and the profane are in constant conflict.

While Griffiths’s work has been translated into various major European languages, German readers have so far been waiting in vain. This summer, the students of the seminar “Translating Niall Griffiths” at TU Dortmund set out to change this. They worked on the first translations of Griffiths’s work in the German language. On 26 July, they will share their results with the public. Together with Niall Griffiths, they will read their favourite bits from the novel Stump and the collection of poems Red Roar in English and German.

For more info, visit: Website Rekorder   Author website


Mark Schmitt // British Cultural Studies

Funded by: Budget für kulturelle Angelegenheiten, TU Dortmund

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July 2016

Brexit – A Panel Discussion

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As a reaction to the current political events, the section for British Cultural Studies organised a panel discussion which brought together experts in the fields of British culture and politics as well as economic journalism. The panel speakers debated the current political climate in the UK, the cultural and political preconditions and the economic effect of the Brexit as well as the repercussions for the EU in tackling right-wing populism in the UK and the EU today. The event was attended by approx. 200 students, staff members and external guests, testifying to a strong demand for discussing this topic.

For a detailed account, see the press coverage in Ruhr Nachrichten 14 July 2016 above.

Panel: PD Dr. Sebastian Berg (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) Peter Waller (Universität Regensburg) Prof. Dr. Henrik Müller (TU Dortmund) Dr. Laurence Kane (TU Dortmund) Prof. Dr. Gerold Sedlmayr (TU Dortmund) Cyprian Piskurek (TU Dortmund) chaired by Marie Hologa and Mark Schmitt.



Dr Igor Krstić (University of Reading): "Spectres of Dickens: The Return of the Victorian Slum in Contemporary Global Culture"

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Igor Krstić studied German and Comparative Literature at the University of Tübingen, after which he obtained an M.A in Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He completed his PhD at the University of Mannheim with a dissertation on the representation of slums in world cinema. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Reading, where he works on a DAAD-funded research project about autobiographical documentaries made by migrants.
His book on depictions of slums in world cinema, Slums on Screen, has been published by Edinburgh University Press earlier this year. You can find more information on his book here:



May / April 2016

Oscar Wilde – Ein Schriftsteller verfangen in den eigenen Worten

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Die Ausstellung “Oscar Wilde – Ein Schriftsteller verfangen in den eigenen Worten / A Writer Trapped by His Own Words” zeigt vom 15. April bis zum 30. Mai 2016 im Foyer der Zentralbibliothek das Leben und Werk Oscar Wildes.
Die zweisprachige Wanderausstellung (deutsch und englisch) präsentiert das Leben des spätviktorianischen Dandys und Autoren, dessen kreatives Schaffen durch einen prominenten Verleumdungsprozess beendet wurde. Neben einer generellen Chronologie von Wildes Leben werden auch Reproduktionen der Originaldokumente aus dem Prozess gezeigt und sein bekanntestes Werk Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray in den Kontext seiner Zeit und Wildes Niedergang eingebettet.



December 2015

Writer's Visit: Niall Griffiths


In December 2015, the chair for British Cultural Studies invited Wales-based writer Niall Griffiths for a one-week visit to the universities of Dortmund and Bochum. Niall Griffiths is the author of several novels, including Grits, Sheepshagger, Kelly + Victor, and A Great Big Shining Star, as well as of a collection of poems titled Red Roar. His novel Stump won the Wales Book of the Year Award, and Kelly + Victor was made into a BAFTA-winning feature film by director Kieran Evans. Niall Griffiths is currently a Professor for Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton.

During his stay in Dortmund, he sat in on seminars to give insight into his work as a writer and to listen to students’ interpretations and impressions of his novels. In addition, he gave a lecture on his poetics titled “Paradise Is on the End of Your Nose: Voices from the Outer Dark in Contemporary British Fiction.”



Prof. Dr. Sarah Heinz (HU Berlin): "Postcolonial Whitenesses in the Contemporary Anglophone Novel" (25 June 2015)

Lisa Peter (Stratford, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust): "The Literary Heritage Industry in England" (10 June 2015)

Dr Neill Fleming (University of Worcester): "Britain's Conservative Right and the Appeasement of Germany, 1933-1939" (14 May 2014)

Writer's Visit: Anna Basener (20 Nov. 2013)

Dr Joanna Rostek (Universität Passau): "'I knew that science could not be smuggled in anonymously': The Dissemination of Economic Knowledge in Early Nineteenth-Century Publications by Women Writers" (05 Nov. 2013)




Prof. Dr. Gerold Sedlmayr
Tel.: 0231 755-2909

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