Waiting for Friday
After the success of last year's Frankenreads, this year's Halloween event revolved around Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Many interested students, lecturers and some external guests – all dressed up in horrifying costumes – came to the beautiful "Stucksaal" in U2. They did not have to wait for Friday very long because they were warmly welcomed by Robinson's savage friend (Prof. Dr. Pascal Fischer, Professur für Anglistische und Amerikanische Kulturwissenschaft).
Then, everyone was surprised when suddenly Robison Crusoe (Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka, Lehrstuhl für englische Literaturwissenschaft) himself appeared on stage and told the audience about his adventures among cannibals on an island and the events leading up to his voyage. In addition to his personal accounts Lina Strempel, Dr. Kerstin-Anja Münderlein and Dr. Susan Brähler read out their favourite parts of Robinson's book.
Afterwards Robinson Crusoe was interviewed thoroughly by the audience among other things about his diet, hygiene and how he got along with the savages on the island in general. Miraculously, he still found the energy to engage in deeper discussions about his life despite being dead for nearly three-hundred years. Although he had lived among cannibals for twenty-eight years, Robinson still despised human meat (almost as much as Papists) and invited everyone to have some proper snacks for "civilised Protestants". The evening ended with culinary delights, vigorous discussions, light-hearted conversations and lots of laughter.
Text by Alexander Feitenhansl, Janina Lupprian and Marcellina Scheller Photos by Alexander Feitenhansl