Student Assistant Position Available

Prof. Frank Schulze-Engler is looking for a Student Assistant to help with organizing editorial work for an international journal

Duration: 20 hours per month from February 2022 to March 2023
Qualifications: Excellent knowledge of English, advanced organisational skills, willingness to work with online editorial computer software.
Applications: Please send your application letter and CV directly to Prof. Dr. Frank Schulze-Engler (
Deadline: 24.01.2022

NELK welcomes two doctoral fellows

Michelle Stork’s project is funded by the  Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Research Foundation). See Michelle’s profile for more details on her work.

Nuha Askar’s doctorial project is funded by Villigst Studienwerk. See Nuha's profile for more details on her work

NELK announces the publication of Hanna Teichler's monograph


Contemporary Australian and Canadian Literature and Film beyond the Victim Paradigm

Hanna Teichler

Volume 8, Worlds of Memory, Berghahn Books
Hardback 978-1-80073-172-1, eBook 978-1-80073-173-8
October 2021 ◦ 274 pages

Transitional justice and national inquiries may be the most established means for coming to terms with traumatic legacies, but it is in the more subtle social and cultural processes of “memory work” that the pitfalls and promises of reconciliation are laid bare. This book analyzes, within the realms of literature and film, recent Australian and Canadian attempts to reconcile with Indigenous populations in the wake of forced child removal. As Hanna Teichler demonstrates, their systematic emphasis on the subjectivity of the victim is problematic, reproducing simplistic narratives and identities defined by victimization. Such fictions of reconciliation venture beyond simplistic narratives and identities defined by victimization, offering new opportunities for confronting painful histories.

“Carnivalizing Reconciliation is an ambitious, detailed book with a compelling underlying theoretical premise: namely that reconciliation, thought through the Bakhtinian notion of carnival, is laid bare in all its pitfalls and promise.” • Michael Griffiths, University of Wollongong

Hanna Teichler is a research associate in the department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe University, Frankfurt. With Rebekah Vince, she is co-editor of Brill’s Mobilizing Memories series and their Handbook Series in Memory Studies. She is also a member of the Memory Studies Association Executive Committee and Astrid Erll’s Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform.

NELK congratulates Magdalena Pfalzgraf on the publication of her monograph

Mobility in Contemporary Zimbabwean Literature in English

Crossing Borders, Transcending Boundaries

Magdalena Pfalzgraf

Routledge, July 2021
Hb: 978-0-367-63781-1
eBook: 978-1-003-14607-0

This monograph explores the concept of mobility in Zimbabwean works of fiction published in English between the introduction of the controversial Fast Track Land Reform Programme and the end of the Mugabe era. Situating Zimbabwe’s recent literary developments in a wider context of Southern African writing and history, this book focuses on texts which portray movement within Zimbabwe’s cities, between village and city, to South Africa, and overseas. The author examines important developments and trends in recent Zimbabwean literature, investigating the link between state authoritarianism and control of mobility, and literature’s potential to intervene into dominant political discourses. The book includes in-depth analyses of ten recent works of fiction published in the post-2000 era and develops mobility as a key category of literary analysis of Zimbabwe’s contemporary literatures. Setting out a rich dialogue between literary criticism and mobility studies, this book will be of interest to researchers of African Literature, Southern Africa, migration and mobility.

Magdalena Pfalzgraf is a research associate in the Department of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany, and an adjunct faculty member in the New English Literatures and Cultures (NELK) research division at Goethe University, Frankfurt.

NELK welcomes Kathrin Bartha, Walter Benjamin (DFG) Postdoctoral Fellow

Kathrin Bartha, who earned her Ph.D. jointly from Goethe and Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), will take up a position as a Walter Benjamin postdoctoral fellow, sponsored by the DFG (German Research Foundation). Her new research project is about intergenerational justice and ventures a comparison of generational conflicts across different times and places as they are imagined in Anglophone film and literature. She is looking forward to spending more time researching and teaching in the NELK department. For more details on Kathrin Bartha's work, please check her profile.

The Department of New Anglophone Literatures and Cultures (NELK) congratulates Abdulrazak Gurnah on winning the Nobel Prize for Literature 2021!

Abdulrazak Gurnah has visited Goethe University four times in recent years:

2004: Lecture and Reading at the international GNEL Conference on “Transcultural English Studies”

Click here for more information (in German).

2011: Keynote Lecture and Reading at International Symposium “Habari ya English – What about Kiswahili?”, February 23-25

Conference Website

Keynote Lecture “Learning to Read”

The keynote lecture was published in Lutz Diegner and Frank Schulze-Engler (ed.), Habari ya English – What about Kiswahili? East Africa as a Literary and Linguistic Contact Zone, Matatu, 46 (Leiden: Brill, 2015): 23-32;

2016: Annual ZIAF Lecture on “The Return Flight: Writing Migrancy”, 18thJanuary, 2016

Report (in German, on page 27)

2016: “Entanglements: Envisioning World Literature from the Global South” Symposium organized by the “Africa’s Asian Options” project (AFRASO), Goethe University Frankfurt, 20/21 January, 2016, Reading and Roundtable Discussion 

Conference Poster

Interview with Abdulrazak Gurnah by three NELK Master students