Since 2014, Professor Simon Edwards from the University of Roehampton, London, has been our guest every summer. In the last three years, he has taught block seminars on all kinds of topics.
Summer semester 2014: Darwin, Decadence and Dystopia: Aspects of the British Novel in the Age of the Empire. (28.6.-6.7.2014)
Summer semester 2015: The Balkanisation of British Poetry. (26.6.-28.6.2015)
Students' voices on the class: "Professor Simon Edward's seminar was very instructive and enjoyable for a multitude of reasons, of which I will only relate a few in the following.
On a content level, the blockseminar provided a great inside into the matter at hand, both in terms of depth and range. With Prof. Edwards' judicious guidance, we were able to navigate a plethora of themes, concepts, ideas, and texts, without ever feeling adrift or at a loss. Most importantly, perhaps, itsparked a further interest in me, and I delved into related works with great pleasure thereafter. This was most likely only possible in an appropriate learning environment.
The sessions were cheerful, though always intellectually demanding at the same time. This created a lively, keen, and productive atmosphere which served as the basis for my continued interest in me, and I daresay of many others as well, in the topics we would often discuss well into the night amongst each other, long after the day's class had officially ended.
In future, I hop that other students will be able to benefit from Prof. Edwards' seminars."
By Alexander Debney, MA student (July 2015)
Summer semester 2016: The Enlightenment and its Discontents. (1.7.-3.7.2016)