Thursday, December 06, 2007
Moved on... long time ago.

I just figured that for completion's sake, I should probably leave our new address on here. The FG Englisch of Basel University can now be found here:

About 4 years ago, this blog here was the first attempt at bringing our FG online onto a more interactive platform. Before, all we had were our analog notice boards and a static website that was updated like every other year.

Once we then realized that blogdrive sucked something fierce, we moved to a bigger name: blogger aka blogspot. At the time it was the thing to do. And then, finally, we moved up another notch and found our home on, and more recently even on our own servers running wordpress software. Now you can't beat that, can you?...

That's our short history of FG onlineism.

FG Englisch

Posted at 12/6/2007 11:11:15 pm by fg-englisch
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Saturday, December 04, 2004
Protest gegen neue Fernleihgebühren an der UB

Per 1. Januar 05 soll an der UB die Fernleihe von Büchern (d.h. von allen Bibliotheken ausserhalb Basels) kostenpflichtig werden. Pro Buch werdet ihr zwischen Fr. 7 und 10.- bezahlen müssen, was für uns alle mit zum Teil erheblichen Mehrkosten verbunden ist - besonders wenn man bedenkt, dass die UBs Basel und Bern ihre Anschaffungen koordinieren und somit bewusst manche Bücher nur an einem Ort in den Katalog aufnehmen.

Diese Massnahme wollen wir nicht unterstützen.

Diesen Mittwoch, 8. Dezember 04 demonstrieren alle, die dagegen ein Zeichen setzen wollen, in der Ausleihe der UB. Zwischen 11.45 und 12.30 finden verschiedene Aktionen statt. Wenn ihr Zeit habt, kommt dann auch vorbei, wenn möglich mit einem eigenen Buch, und macht mit.

FG Englisch Vorstand

Für mehr Details, BaZ-Artikel zum Thema und den offiziellen Flyer:

Posted at 12/4/2004 5:40:28 pm by fg-englisch
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Tuesday, November 02, 2004
New books by Basel's finest!

Just when you thought you had no idea what to get your loved ones for Christmas... :)

We have reason to celebrate. Members of the English department have just
published the following books:

a.. Ladina Bezzola Lambert and Balz Engler, eds. Shifting the Scene: Shakespeare in European Culture. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2004. b.. Therese Frey Steffen, Caroline Rosenthal, Anke Väth, eds. Gender Studies: Wissenschaftstheorien und Gesellschaftskritik. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2004. c.. Danièle M. Klapproth. Narrative as Social Practice: Anglo-Western and Australian Aboriginal Oral Traditions. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2004. d.. Andrew Shields, trans. Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger, Letters: 1925-1975. New York: Harcourt, 2004. e.. Andrew Shields, trans. Michael Krüger, The Cello Player. New York: Harcourt, 2004. The books will be presented on Tuesday, 9 November, 2004, 13:30 – 14:30 in the 2nd floor foyer at the English department, Nadelberg 6.

You are cordially invited to attend.

Posted at 11/2/2004 7:07:31 pm by fg-englisch
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Monday, October 25, 2004
On the subject of university finances and cut-backs

NZZ Article by Konrad Schmid
Professor of Theology, University of Zurich
25 October 2004

Links to info / activism at Basel University:

Demokratische Uni

Stellungsnahme der Studis der Phil 1
zu "Die Universität Basel 2005-2008" (.doc)

Uni Basel Forum

Uni Basel Media


Posted at 10/25/2004 11:21:21 am by fg-englisch
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Saturday, October 23, 2004
Cognitive Linguistics Professorship: Trial Lectures

Dear fellow English Students
We'd like to draw your attention to the linguistics trial lectures to be
held next Tuesday, October 26, 2004. Please come and make use of this
opportunity to help decide which of the three candidates shall be our next
linguistics professor for the chair "Kognitive Linguistik und
Spracherwerbsforschung (Germanistik und Anglistik.)"

The lectures will be held as follows

9:15 - 10:00 Hörsaal 208, Kollegienhaus
Prof. Dr. Heike Behrens, Groningen, Niederlande
"A Cognitive Linguistics perspective on language acquisition"

11: 00 - 11: 45, Hörsaal 208, Kollegienhaus
PD Dr. Stephan Schlickau, München
"Cognitive Linguistics, Theories of Language Acquisition and Use - and 'The

15: 00 - 15: 45, Hörsaal 118, Kollegienhaus
PD Dr. Ulla Kleinberger Günther, Zürich
"Metaphors on the internet: boon or bane?"

Also, the candidates will be available for questions, the provisional
schedule for these student interviews being:

12:00 -12: 30 Heike Behrens
14:15 - 14:45 Stephan Schlickau
16: 45 - 17:15 Ulla Kleinberger
17:15 Final discussion

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible!

The FG English (students' committee)

Posted at 10/23/2004 11:37:30 am by fg-englisch
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Thursday, August 05, 2004
Trial Lectures - Who, what, when and where?

Alle Gastvorträge finden im Institut für Soziologie, Hörsaal 2. Stock, Petersgraben 27, Basel, statt.

Nach den Vorlesungen finden jeweils die Gespräche der BewerberInnen mit den Studis statt. Be there! Details an den Vorlesungen.

Mittwoch, 25. August 2004

08.00 Uhr
HD Dr. Mita Banerjee, Mainz
„The Innocents at Sea: Whiteface Minstrelsy in Herman Melvilles’s ‚Benito Cereno‘“

09.30 Uhr
Dr. Catrin Gersdorf, Leipzig
„Culinary Panic: American Literature, a Wilderness of Taste, and Post/National Identity“

14.00 Uhr
Dr. Otto Heim, Hong Kong
„Reading as Other: Intercultural mediations in American literature (the example of Charles Chesnutt)“

15.30 Uhr
PD Dr. Sieglinde Lemke, Berlin
Wissenschaftliche Assistentin, Freie Universität Berlin
„A New American Literature: Writing from the Margins“
Donnerstag, 26. August 2004

08.00 Uhr
Dr. Marietta Messmer, Göttingen
Assistenzprofessorin in Nordamerikastudien, Uni Göttingen.
„What are we doing, when we do American studies?‘“

09.30 Uhr
PD Dr. Christoph Ribbat, Boston
„The Safety of the Sea: Henry James’s, The Patagonia’ and Its Atlantic Context“

11.00 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Winfried Siemerling, Québec
Titularprofessor, Vergleichende Kanadische Literatur, Université de Sherbrooke
„African Canadian Writing and the African American Connection: Lawrence Hill and Harpers Ferry“


Posted at 8/5/2004 1:04:09 pm by fg-englisch
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Thursday, July 15, 2004
Trial lecture dates!

Hi again,

As announced earlier on, we now have the dates on which the
trial lectures in modern literary studies are going to take place.

Here they are:

American Literature - Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 August

In that same week, there are also going to be trial lectures
for the new professorships in German as well as in Spanish:

German - Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 August
Spanish - Friday 27 August

We are all very much aware of the fact that in August a lot
of you probably have other things going on, but please, if
you can do come round to give us your impression of the
candidates and ask them any questions you may have.

The reason why the lectures have been set in summer recess
is our hope that the positions can be filled by next spring.

Exact times will be announced in our next newsletter.

FG Englisch Vorstand

Posted at 7/15/2004 12:22:22 pm by fg-englisch
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Thursday, July 01, 2004
End August: Trial Lectures in American Literature

Hi all,

As Prof. Isernhagen bids us farewell, we are looking out for somebody new to fill these (literally) big shoes. The commission (Berufungskommission) is going to invite a group of handpicked applicants who are going to give a trial lecture to all of us in the last week of August. (Exact dates, times and places will be announced as soon as we find out.)

What is important is that we, the students are present and take advantage of our votes on the commission. Do come to the lectures as well as to the talks between students and candidates and, whenever possible, let our student representatives know which of the applicants you would like to support. There will be sheets to fill in which you can hand to us in case you can't come to the final poll.
Do not miss this opportunity to pick your professor!

See you soon,

Your FG Englisch Vorstand

Posted at 7/1/2004 8:50:22 am by fg-englisch
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Wednesday, May 26, 2004
At last: The English Seminar welcomes the first of three new professors

It's taken a wee bit longer than expected, but here we can finally announce
the latest news from the professorship front (quoted from Prof. Engler's e-mail):

The State of Things

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Ingrid Piller, currently
teaching at the University of Sydney, Australia, has accepted the Ordinariat
in English as a world language and sociolinguistics. She will start teaching
at the beginning of the summer semester 2005.

Meanwhile, work on the other appointments, in North-American Literatures and
Cultures and in Cognitive Linguistics is going ahead.

Please note: The trial lectures for the North-American chair will take place
between 23 and 27 August—unusually during the summer recess, but no longer
in the holiday period. Putting them off to the winter semester in late
October would have meant a substantial delay in filling the position. Please
keep that week open; a more detailed program will be announced later.

Balz Engler

If you're interested in finding out what Prof. Piller has been working on,
here's her website at Sydney University.

Welcome to Basel, Ms Piller!

Posted at 5/26/2004 3:01:58 pm by fg-englisch
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Saturday, January 31, 2004
Universitätsrat gibt weitere Englisch-Professuren frei

Das Berufungsverfahren für den Lehrstuhl in Soziolinguistik und Englisch als Weltsprache ist noch im Gange und schon gibt der Unirat die beiden weiteren Stellen zur Neubesetzung frei.

Es handelt sich dabei um:

Englischsprachige Nordamerikanische Literaturen und Kulturen (Ordinariat zu 75% oder als Tenure-Track-Assistenzprofessur 100%).


Kognitive Linguistik und Spracherwerbsforschung (Ordinariat 100%, je zur Hälfte geteilt auf Anglistik und Germanistik)

Der einzig bittere Nachgeschmack bleibt der Gedanke, dass der Unirat diesen langersehnten Beschluss traf, nachdem er an anderer Stelle Fächer zur Abschaffung frei gegeben hatte...

Übrigens: Wer unserE neueR ProfessorIn für Soziolinguistik und E als Weltsprache wird, können wir erst am 12. Februar bekannt geben. Dann verabschiedet die Fakultätsversammlung den Beschluss der Berufungskommission. Wer bis dann nicht warten kann, soll sich persönlich an jemanden des FG Vorstands wenden, um wenigstens zu erfahren, wer in der engeren Auswahl ist...

Posted at 1/31/2004 1:14:36 pm by fg-englisch
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