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Christmas PartyEnglish Department Christmas Party

December has started and Christmas eve is only three weeks away – the most wonderful time of the year has begun! After a three-year break, the English Department, the Fachschaft Anglistik, as well as the maniACTs are jointly bringing back our famous Christmas party to embellish your pre-Christmas season even more!

All English Department students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to join us in the Peterhofkeller on Saturday, December 17 from 5.30 pm!

Be prepared for an amazing evening: there will not only be hot drinks including mulled wine, a waffle bar, more tasty snacks, and Christmas music, but also a surprise skit performed by the maniACTs!

We’re looking forward to celebrating the holidays with you!



Maria Sulimma receives Fulbright American Studies Award 2022

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Maria Sulimma has received the Fulbright American Studies Award 2022 to conduct research for her project “Trivial Pursuits: Literature, Gentrification, and Postindustrial Urban Spaces.” The award is financed by Fulbright Germany and the German Association for American Studies (DGfA) and supports research projects in American Studies that are conducted by German scholars in the context of their doctoral dissertations or “habilitation”.

In the spring 2023, Maria will be visiting the University of Freiburg’s partner institution Penn State Abington to collaborate with Prof. Dr. Thomas Heise as well as Boston University to connect with Urban Inequalities workshop and Prof. Dr. Japonica Brown-Saracino.


Dr. Axel Bohmann | ZDF Show "Der Quiz-Champion"

See our own Dr. Axel Bohmann take part in, and get far!, in the ZDF show "Der Quiz-Champion". You can watch the full episode (in German), titled "Der Quiz-Champion - Das Zweite-Chance-Special", in the ZDF Mediathek.


"Wie eine Freiburger Professorin in ihren Vorlesungen Trigger Warnings nutzt"

Our own Prof. Dr. Eva von Contzen (English Literature) was featured in an article for on her use of trigger warnings during her in-class instruction. You can read the full article (in German) here.


50 Jahre Lehre in der Anglistik

100 (!) Lehrsemester hat die emeritierte Professorin Prof. Dr. Ursula Schaefer in der englischen Sprachwissenschaft und Mediävistik gelehrt. Aufgenommen hat sie ihre Lehrtätigkeit zum WS 1971/72 an der Universität Freiburg, wo sie auch bislang 56 Semester absolviert hat. Neben Freiburg zählt auch eine Reihe weiterer deutscher und amerikanischer Universitäten zu den Stationen ihres Wirkens.

Im Namen des Englischen Seminars gratulierten Prof. Schaefer zu ihrem außergewöhnlichen Jubiläum ihre langjährigen Wegbegleiter, ihr Kollege Prof. Christian Mair und der Geschäftsführer des Englischen Seminars, Dr. Gert Fehlner, und wünschten der beliebten Jubilarin noch viele weitere Semester an ihrer Alma Mater.

50 years of teaching English Studies

Prof. Dr. Ursula Schaefer, Professor Emerita, has taught 100 (!) semesters in English Linguistics and Medieval Studies. She began teaching in the winter semester of 1971/72 at the University of Freiburg, where she has taught 56 semesters to date. Alongside her instruction here, she has also taught at a number of other German and American universities.

Prof. Schaefer's long-time colleagues Prof. Christian Mair and Dr. Gert Fehlner, Head of Administration, congratulated her on behalf of the English Department, wishing the beloved jubilarian many more semesters at her alma mater.


Bernd Kortmann, Professor of English language and linguistics at the department, was voted President-elect by the members of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE). As of now he will be a member of the ISLE board for a total of six years, his two-year term as President of ISLE to begin in the summer of 2023.