Guest Lectures and Seminars

Over the past years, the Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft has been able to present a variety of international and national guest speakers. The spectrum of talks included lectures, weekend seminars and creative writing workshops among other forms. The events in this section are divided into guest lectures and guest seminars according to their length.


Guest Lectures


Dr. Dorothea Flothow: "Against Nostalgia - The Restoration Past in the Crime Novels of Susanna Gregory and L.C. Tyler" (28 November, 2023)

Dr. habil. Clarisse Godard Desmarest: “Edinburgh: A City of Encounters” (11 Mai, 2023)


Dr. Elisabeth Punzi: "Problematizing Mental Health and Disability with Respect to Gender, Ethnic and Religious Background: Empirical and Narrative Perspectives" (15 December, 2022)

Dr. Sercan Öztekin: “Crime, Class, and Gender in Victorian Crime Fiction" (27 June, 2022)

Dr. Laura Kromják: "Fantasies of Witnessing: Rhetorics of Trauma and Re-Inventing Identities in Aleksandar Hemon’s Love and Obstacles" (18 January, 2022)

Ffion Davies: "#MeToo, Mr. Marlowe: (Re)examining Chandler in the Twenty-First Century" (17 January, 2022)


Matthew Cassel: "Framing Refugee Journeys: An evening with Matthew Cassel" (15 June, 2021)

Yolanda Weima: "Refuge after return: Multiple displacements and diverse trajectories of Burundian refugees in Tanzania" (8 June, 2021)

Prof. Dr. Roberta Maierhofer: “Growing Up and Growing Old: Gender, Age, and Identity” (29 April, 2021)


Eva Thüne: "Gerettet. Berichte von Kindertransport und Auswanderung nach Großbritannien" (17 December, 2019)

Dr. William Adamson: "Gerard Manley Hopkins Priest and Poet" (3 December, 2019)

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Wagner: "The Representation of France/the French in the Works of William Hogarth" (16 May, 2019)

Professor Neloufer de Mel: "Narrating Aftermaths: Postwar Sri Lankan Literature in English" (27 April, 2019)


Dr. Wieland Schwanebeck: "The Importance of Twins in the Formation of Detective Fiction" (13 December, 2018)

Dr. Stevan Bradic: "The Formation of Sensory Experience in the Poetry of T. S. Eliot" (12 June, 2018)

Dr. Anna Czarnowus: "Medievalist and Non-Medievalist Emotional Economy in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire" (3 May, 2018)

Prof. Dr. Roberta Maierhofer: "Living the Good Life: Gender, Age, and Identity in American Literature" (11 January, 2018)


Prof. Dr. Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier: "'So, Bassianus, you have play'd your prize': the Bassano Family and Shakespeare's Jewish Representations" (11 July, 2017)


Prof. Dr. Christoph Heyl: "Terrorist Attack or Divine Intervention? Making Sense of the Great Fire of London" (24 November, 2016)


Professor Joshua Wilner: "Wordsworth and Mandelbrot on the Coast of Britain" (16 June, 2015)


Prof. Dr. Stefan Horlacher: "John Webster's 'Duchess of Malfi' Unbound: Feminine Spaces, Purity and the Return of the Abject." (25 November, 2014)

Professor George Ellenbogen: Reading from Intersection: One Household/Two Stories. Remembering an Arab and a Jewish Past. (5 May, 2014)


Natasha Solomons: Reading from Mr Rosenblum's List: Or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman (2010) and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands (2013). (13 June, 2013)


Dr. Gerd Bayer: "Spectres of Mob in David Cronenberg's 'Eastern Promises' (2007)." (4 July, 2012)


Werner Loval: "We were Europeans" (5 July, 2011)


Hugo Hamilton: Reading from Disguise (2009) and Hand in the Fire (2010). (10 November, 2010)


Guest Seminars


Prof. Dr. Jan Alber. "The Development of Narrative Theory: From Structuralist Narratology to Postclassical Narratologies(654.6 KB)" (17-18 December, 2021)

Professor Judith Thompson. "Masterclass: Adopting Revolution" (19-21 November, 2021)


Dr. Emilija Lipovsek: "Postcolonial London: Urban Narrative and Diasporic Identity" (17-19 July, 2020)


Dr. Emilija Lipovsek and Dr. Stevan Bradic: "South Africa and Nigeria in Postcolonial Discourse" (28-30 June, 2019)


Professor George Ellenbogen: Creative Writing Workshop (7-9 December, 2018)

Prof. Dr. Christoph Heyl: "Put the kettle on! Tea and other hot drinks in British culture and literature from the seventeenth century to the present" (16-18 November, 2018)

Prof. Dr. Simon Edwards: "Charles Dickens: David Copperfield, Great Expectations and the Way of the World" (22-24 June, 2018)


Dr. Emilija Lipovsek: "Dystopia and Diaspora in Postcolonial Novels" (17-19 November, 2017)

Prof. Dr. Simon Edwards: "Romance and Reality: The Making of the English Novel 1800-1850" (23-25 June, 2017)

Prof. Dr. Richard Utz: "Medievalism in Film" (9-23 June, 2017)


Laura Passin: Creative Writing Workshop (16-17 December, 2016)

Prof. Dr. Simon Edwards: "The Enlightenment and Its Discontents" (1-3 July, 2016)

Professor George Ellenbogen: Creative Writing Workshop (22-24 April, 2016)

Dr. Daniel Schümann: "Island Fictions" (16 April - 10 July, 2016)

Lisa Kalkowski: "Heroes, Wizards and Nobody: Identity in Children's Literature" (13 April - 15 June, 2016)


Dr. Emilija Lipovsek: "Dystopia in Diaspora" (29-31 May, 2015)

Professor George Ellenbogen: Creative Writing Workshop (24-26 April, 2015)


Don Siebert: "The Sonnet in English" (18-26 October, 2013)

Natasha Solomons: Creative Writing Workshop (13-16 June, 2013)

Professor Joshua Wilner: "William Wordsworth's Prelude." (18 June - 2 July, 2013)

Professor Harold Kaylor: "Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Cressida and the Boece: A Study in Inter-textual Relationships." (25-28 April, 2013)

Julia Pascal: Seminar and Creative Writing Workshop (10-12 January, 2013)


Archive: Seminars and Lectures before 2010


Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Thiel: "Towards a New Paradigm of Girlhood: Louisa M. Alcott's Little Women" (26 November, 2008)

Dr. Wladyslaw Witalisz: "Depicting God: Medieval Visions of the Crucifixion from THE DREAM OF THE ROOD to Mystery Plays" (26 June, 2008)

Prof. Dr. Ludmila Kostova: "Revenge, Melancholy and Language in THE SPANISH TRAGEDY and HAMLET" (12 June, 2008)


Mark Schreiber, M.A.: "Samuel Beckett and/in the Media" (22 November 2007)

Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka (im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe "Im Zentrum - Das Buch"): "Daniel Defoe: Bestsellerautor und Entdecker des bürgerlichen Inselmythos" (29 September, 2007)

Dr. Katarzyna Szmigiero: " Masculinity and Madness"; "Representing shell shock in women's writing"; "The changing face of war neurosis: Shell shock and the Vietnam syndrome"; "How to fool the censor - Irish satirical fabulism" (4-6 Juni, 2007)

Anthony Joseph: "The African Origins of U.F.O.s"


Vortrag der schottischen Autorin und Stipendiatin des Internationalen Künstlerhauses Villa Concordia Louise Welsh im Rahmen des PS II: A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen von Dr. Müller: "What is Gothic?"
Dr. Alexandra Lembert (im Rahmen des PS II: A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen von Dr. Müller): "Rewriting a Victorian Master Narrative: Emma Tennant's Two Women of London: Ms Jekyll and Mrs Hyde" (29 May, 2006)

Prof. Dr. Pietro Boitani (auf Einladung der Lehrstühle für Englische Literaturwissenschaft und Neuere Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft): "The genesis of the Artist and the artist of the Genesis" (10 May, 2006)

Prof. Lukasz Bugocki: "Film adaptations and their translations: The Fellowship of the Ring as a case in point" (4 May, 2006).

Prof. Lukasz Bugocki: "Relevance Theory and its application to audiovisual translation" (3 May, 2006)
Prof. Lukasz Bugocki: "Audiovisual translation: past, present and future" (2 May, 2006)
Prof. Lukasz Bugocki: "Teaching general, literary and specialised translation to language students in Poland" (2 May, 2006)

Dr. Anja Müller (im Rahmen der Wagner-Ringvorlesung; Veranstalter Prof. Dr. Albert Gier): "Die Herren der Ringe: Wagners Ring und Tolkiens Faerie"
(10 January, 2006)
Prof. Dr. Peter Funke (im Rahmen der Vorlesung "The History of the English Novel II" von Prof. Dr. Houswitschka): "From the English Dance of Death to The Dance of Life - Thomas Rowlandson's mirror of English society" (9 January, 2006)


Dr. Wladek Witalisz: "'Peace is Good After War.' Attitudes to War in English Medieval Literature" (7 July, 2005)

PD Dr. Dirk Vanderbeke (im Rahmen des Hauptseminars "Fantasy and Reason" von Prof. Dr. Houswitschka und Dr. Müller): "The Magic of Reality" (1 June, 2005)

Robert Calder: "Scoto-British and German Education: Balliol/ Bismarck/ A.D. Lindsay -- 1870/ 1914/ 1945/ 1960s" (30 May, 2005)

Anselm Houswitschka und Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka ( im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung des ZEMAS zum Thema "Mittelalter in Film und neuen Medien"): "Das Mittelalter im Computerspiel und auf CD" (30 May, 2005)

Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka (im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung "Dichter als Ärzte - Ärzte als Dichter"): "Schreibende Ärzte in England: der seltene Fall des Tobias George Smollett (1721-1771)" (19 May, 2005)

PD Dr. Franz Meier (im Rahmen des Hauptseminars "Fantasy and Reason" von Prof. Dr. Houswitschka und Dr. Anja Müller): "Photographic Wonderland: Intermediality and Identity in Lewis Carroll's Alice Books" (4 May, 2005)

PD Dr. Stefan Welz: "Values Encaged: Der Zoologische Garten aus Viktorianischer Perspektive" (13 January, 2005)
Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka (im Rahmen des Bamberger Hochschulkreises und der Katholischen Akademie Bayern): "Literarisch-politische Erziehung und Demokratisierung im London der 1790er Jahre" (12 January, 2005)

Dr. Beatrix Hesse (im Rahmen der Bamberger Vorträge zum (Musik-)Theater Nr. 9): "Das englische Kriminalstück im 20. Jahrhundert" (11 January, 2005)


Kodac Harrison (Atlanta, USA; Singer/Songwriter, Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist, Event Host, Radio Host, Poetry Slammer, Chairman of the Board of POETRY ATLANTA):  "Portraits & Passages: An American in Bamberg in the Year 2004" (3 November, 2004)
Professor Peter Sabor: "From Pamela to Ophelia: Richardson, Henry Fielding, and Sarah Fielding" (15 July, 2004)

Dr. Greta Olson: "Women's Envisioning Sexual Desire in Eighteenth-Century Writing" (8 July, 2004)

Professor Ronald C. Griffin and Prof. Heiner Bus: "Taking Equality Seriously: The Empire's Desicion to Retrench Rights Won During the Civil Rights Movement" (15 June, 2004)

Durotoye A. Adeleke, PhD: "The Yoruba Fool Insignia: Beyond the Shakespearean Tradition" (14 June, 2004)

Michelene Wandor: "'False Relations'. Writing in Different Genres" (8 June, 2004)


PD Dr. Annette Pankratz: "Hyperrealities in Contemporary British Drama:
Patrick Marber, Closer; Martin Crimp, Attempts on her Life; Mark Ravenhill, Faust is Dead; Abi Morgan, Splendour; Sarah Kane, Crave" (18 December, 2003)

Professor Harold Kaylor and John Morris Jackson: "Queen Elizabeth I and Boethius: The Monarch's Engagement with the Text" (4 July, 2003)

Professor George Ellenbogen and Prof. Dr. Heiner Bus: Workshop (3 June, 2003)

Professor George Ellenbogen and Prof. Dr. Heiner Bus: Poetry Reading (2 June, 2003)

Michelene Wandor: Poetry Reading (16 May, 2003)

Prof. Dr. Gertrud Maria Roesch (im Rahmen des Hauptseminars "Arthur Koestler and his Contemporaries"): "A family against dictatorship? Thomas, Erika und Klaus Mann als Vertreter der deutschen Exilanten in den USA" (8 May, 2003)

PD Dr. Dirk Vanderbeke: "Of Fathers, Sins, and Holocaust: Milton's Satan and the Relevance of a Reader-Response Approach for the Debate of the Shoah" (8 January, 2003)


Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka: "'The man who is tired of London, is tired of life': Kapitel in der literarischen Geschichte einer Metropole" (10 December, 2002)