Current and past events at the English Department

For a summary of all 2024 events, please click here [pdf].


  • June 2024

    Tuesday 25 - Thursday 27 June


  • April 2024

    Wednesday 10 April

    • Guest lecture by Dr. Antoinina Bevan-Zlatar (University of Zurich), “Sensing Paradise in ‘Paradise Lost’”, 08.15-09.45, MIS 03 3023. Contact: Prof. Kilian Schindler

    Thursday 18 April

    • Guest lecture by Prof. Alexa Weik von Mossner (University of Klagenfurt / Freiburg in.Br.). “The Dystopian Imagination in Times of Environmental Crisis”. 13-15, MIS 02 2118. Contact: Prof. Julia Straub

    Friday 19 april

    • Doctoral Workshop in Comparative Literature with Prof. Raffaele Donnarumma (University of Pisa). “La littérature après le postmodernisme”. For further information and registration, please contact Prof. Julia Straub
  • March 2024

    Wednesday 6 March

    • Online Doctoral Workshop on Statistical GLMM Analysis, organisers: Prof. S. Durrleman and Prof. D. Maillat, Invited scholar: Dr. Ehsan Solaimani Dahanesari (University of Essex)

    Friday 8 March

    • Swiss Work in English Language and Linguistics – SWELL 2024 – Annual conference, MIS03-3023, organisers: Prof. D. Maillat, Sihem Abbassi, Caterina Vittoni

    Thursday 14 March





  • April 2018

    American literature: CUSO workshop + public conference by Randy Fuller “Finding Zenobia: Using the digital archive to uncover a forgotten voice.”

    • Time and place: 9:30-10:30, Saal Güggi, Rue de Rome 6.
    • Abstract: What is an archive, what do I do with it, and how does archival study intersect with my discipline? Much of what we present in a dissertation as "new knowledge" is based on classification and interpretation of material that very few people have ever seen. Letters, notes, manuscripts, holographs—these can be accessible as physical objects or in digitized form. How have recent electronic advances changed our view of archives? Do archives permit us to ask certain questions---and only those questions? Does an archive, or the arrangement of material, foreclose certain avenues of inquiry?
      These questions are relevant to all humanities fields, but American literature has, specifically, seen an "archival turn" in the ways it has thought about its own discipline. On April 13, join us in Fribourg for a one-day workshop with Randy Fuller, Herman Melville Distinguished Professor of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and an expert in the field. Fuller's first book, Emerson's Ghosts (Oxford 2007), looked specifically at the ways in which Van Wyck Brooks, F.O. Matthiessen, Perry Miller, and Sacvan Bercovitch, each at their historical moment, re-conceptualized "American literature" as a field.  Fuller's second book, From Battlefields Rising (Oxford 2011), delineates how the Civil War changed the nation's thinking about its own literature.  And in his most recent book, The book that changed America (Viking 2017), Fuller looks at Darwin's Theory of Evolution and its far-reaching consequences for American consciousness.
  • February 2018

    English LinguisticsLanguage & Cognition doctoral workshop on experimental pragmatics with Ira Noveck (CNRS Lyon) on 14.02.2018, in room MIS3 3013. See the flyer [pdf] for more information.

    In this workshop, we will discuss some of the main insights gained through the application of experimental methodologies to the study of human cognitive processes responsible for the construction and comprehension of pragmatic meaning. We will try to evaluate what has/hasn’t worked in this scientific paradigm over the last 15 years and look into the directions that future research in experimental pragmatics will or could take.