Michelle Witen has published "From Passion to Mania: Frankenstein as a Tale of Hysteria" in Nightfall: The Gothic Imagination since Frankenstein (Exhibition at Musée Rath, Geneva). Eds. Justine B. Moeckli and Merel Van Tillburg. Paris: DoPe Press, 2017. pp 372-383

Michelle Witen organized a marathon viewing of the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries.

Miriam A. Locher has published a handbook on the Pragmatics of Fiction published with de Gruyter Mouton. This collection was co-edited with Prof. Andreas H. Jucker from the University of Zurich and features many chapters by international and local experts.

Miriam A. Locher has published a monograph entitled Reflective Writing in Medical Practice: A Linguistic Perspective with Multilingual Matters. This work was written in connection with the SNF project “’Life beyond writing’: Illness Narratives”.

Franziska Gygax published “Zu Ende erzählen: Leben und Sterben im Text.“ in Sterben/Erzählen. Hermeneutische Blätter. 2 (2016). Zürich: Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie, Universität Zürich. 25-32.

A. Elisabeth Reichel was awarded a mobility fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation to spend 08/2017-07/2018 as a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., on invitation of Donald E. Pease.



Ridvan Askin published Narrative and Becoming (Edinburgh UP, 2016).

Philipp Schweighauser published Beautiful Deceptions: European Aesthetics, the Early American Novel, and Illusionist Art (U of Virginia P, 2016).

Michelle Witen has published "'A Musical Pattern of Sound': Absolute Music and Four Quartets" in The Edinburgh Companion to T. S. Eliot and the Arts (Eds Frances Dickey and John Morgenstern, Edinburgh University Press, 2016) pp 179-88

Ina Habermann and Michelle Witen have published their co-edited volume, Shakespeare and Space: Theatrical Explorations of the Spatial Paradigm (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016)

Michelle Witen organised an academic excursion to the Lake District as part of her MA-Seminar on Literary Tourism, Literary Geography, and Literary Landscapes (August 2016)

Michelle Witen has recently returned from a Visiting Fellow position at Exeter College, Oxford

Regula Hohl Trillini's monograph Casual Shakespeare is scheduled for publication by Routledge in 2017.

Sixta Quassdorf successfully defended her PhD thesis and published her book "A little more than kin" - Quoations as a linguistic phenomenon. A study based on quotations from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. The e-book version is accessible at

Ina Habermann was shortlisted for the Teaching Excellence Awards in the category Top Aktuell.

Philipp Schweighauser was shortlisted for the Teaching Excellence Awards in the category Lehrdogmenbrecher ("Treading New Paths").

Philipp Schweighauser completed teaching one of the University of Basel's first six Massive Open Online Courses: Reading Literature in the Digital Age. It attracted over 5,800 learners from all over the world.

Thomas Messerli has published “Extradiegetic and character laughter as markers of humorous intentions in the sitcom ‘2 Broke Girls’” in a part special issue of the Journal of Pragmatics on “Humorous intent in interaction.”

Philipp Schweighauser began work as a Reader for Amerikastudien/American Studies.



Philipp Schweighauser received funding for the SNSF project Beckett's Media System: A Comparative Study in Multimediality. The project funds Balázs Rapcsák's PhD project on Beckett.

Ridvan Askin and Philipp Schweighauser published the co-edited volume Literature, Ethics, Morality: American Studies Perspectives (Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2015).

Andreas Hägler successfully defended his PhD thesis History, Critique, Utopia: Experimental Writing in the Context of Contemporary Anglophone Literature.

Ridvan Askin: EARS Prize 2015, Honorable Mention for his PhD thesis Narrative and Becoming: Differential Narratology, 4 December 2015.

Ridvan Askin: Amerbach Prize for his PhD thesis Narrative and Becoming: Differential Narratology, University of Basel, 27 November 2015.

Franziska Gygax has published “Edith Sitwell: Stein and Sitwell in Echo” in Gertrude Stein in Europe: Reconfigurations Across Media, Disciplines, and Traditions. Ed. Sarah Posman, Laura Luise Schultz. London: Bloomsbury, 2015, pp. 71-84.  

Balz Engler and Regula Hohl have been commissioned to write the final chapter of Shakespeare and Quotation (eds. Julie Maxwell and Kate Rumbold; Cambridge University Press, expected 2017). It will carry the title "Digital Technology and the Future of Reception History".

Miriam Locher has joined the Journal of Pragmatics as Associate Editor.

Franziska Gygax and Miriam Locher have published and edited collection entitled 'Narrative Matters in Medical Contexts across Disciplines' [PDF (856 KB)] (SIN 20). It was was compiled in connection with the SNF project Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives.

Miriam A. Locher, Brook Bolander and Nicole Höhn have published a special issue in the journal Pragmatics on 'Relational work in Facebook and discussion boards/fora' [PDF (157 KB)].



Michelle Witen organised an academic excursion to Dublin and Kilkenny in August, where students experienced Irish literature in context.

Michelle Witen organised a second celebration of Bloomsday on June 16 at the English Seminar. This involved a staging of "Wandering Rocks" from Joyce's Ulysses, a culinary odyssey through Dubliners (in honour of its centenary), live Irish music and a performance of songs from Joyce's works.

Ina Habermann organised a seminar on "Shakespeare and Space" at the International Shakespeare Conference at Stratford-Upon-Avon, August 3-8.

Ina Habermann organised the performance evening "Happy Birthday, Mr Shakespeare!" together with a seminar group at the Literaturhaus Basel on May 27 to celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

Ina Habermann has joined the Editorial Board of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures.

Markus Marti’s book William Shakespeare's Sonnets – Sonette; englisch, deutsch und wallissertitsch was published in its 3rd, revised, edition by Edition Signathur, Dozwil.

Philipp Schweighauser has published "Early American Studies Now: A Polemic from Literary Studies," an essay that is followed by responses from Ed White, Duncan Faherty, and Stephen Shapiro as well as Schweighauser's 'response to the respondents' in Amerikastudien/American Studies 58.3 (2014), 465-505.

Ridvan Askin, Paul J. Ennis, Andreas Hägler, and Philipp Schweighauser have published a special issue of the journal Speculations entitled Aesthetics in the 21st Century. The special issue contains a substantial introduction by Askin, Hägler, and Schweighauser. The full text of the whole issue is freely available here.

Balz Engler has published "Shakespeare: The Unmaking of a National Poet" in Renaissance Shakespeare/Shakespeare Renaissances. Proceedings of the 9th World Shakespeare Congress. Ed. Martin Procházka, Andreas Hoefele, Hanna Scolnicov, and Michael Dobson. Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 2014. 204-210.



Philipp Schweighauser has published "Sympathy Control: Sentimental Politics and Early European Aesthetics." in Anglia 131.1 (2013): 35-51.

Ina Habermann (ed.), "Political Topographies", Journal for the Study of British Cultures 20:2 (2013).

Ina Habermann published "Wann denkt Shakespeare an Ovid?", in: Harich, Henriette; Honold, Alexander (Hg.): Carmen Perpetuum. Ovids Metamorphosen in der Weltliteratur, Basel 2013, S. 149-63.

Franziska Gygax has published “Theoretically Ill: Autobiographer, Patient, Theorist” In: Lembert-Heidenreich, Alexandra and Jarmila Mildorf. Ed. The Writing Cure: Literature and Medicine in Context, Kultur- und Naturwissenschaften im Dialog/Natural Sciences and Humanities in Dialogue. Volume 2. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2013. Pp. 173-190.

Balz Engler has published "Shakespearean Passages" (on Shakespeare in the Caribbean) in Peregrinations of the Text: Reading, Translation, Rewriting. Essays in Honour of Alexander Shurbanov. Ed. Evgenia Pancheva, Christo Stamenov, Maria Pipeva and Georgi Niagolov. Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2013. 21-25.

Prof. Ina Habermann received the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching for her seminar "Paper Landscapes: eine Kartographieausstellung in der UB". For more information about the award and an interview klick here.

Two papers have been contributed to a special issue on Interpersonal Pragmatics in the Journal of Pragmatics: “The role of emotions in relational work” (PD Dr. Andreas Langlotz  and Prof. Locher) and “Relational work and interpersonal pragmatics” (Prof. Locher).

Dr. Brook Bolander and Prof. Locher have published a paper on “Doing sociolinguistic research on computer-mediated data: A review of four methodological issues” in the journal Discourse, Context & Media.

Prof. Dr. Philipp Schweighauser has secured funding for his research project Of Cultural, Poetic, and Medial Alterity: The Scholarship, Poetry, Photographs, and Films of Edward Sapir, Ruth Fulton Benedict, and Margaret Mead. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with CHF 458'141, this 3-year project is co-directed by the cultural anthropologist Prof. Dr. Walter Leimgruber (University of Basel). Project Duration: Nov 2013- Oct 2016.

Prof. Dr. Ina Habermann has secured funding for her research project British Literary and Cultural Discourses of Europe. The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with CHF 491'700 and will run for 3 years from January 2014 to December 2016.

Philipp Schweighauser has been promoted to Associate Professor.

Franziska Gygax's article "On Being Ill (in Britain and the US): Illness Narratives of the Self" has been published in The European Journal of Life Writing. Vol. 2 (2013): 1-17.



Ina Habermann and Sabina Horber hosted the conference "Topographies of Britain" (22-24 November 2012).

Peter Burleigh’s essay “Touristic Signatures” co-authored with Sophie Jung has appeared in Tourists and Nomads: Amateur Images of Migration. Eds. Sonja Kmec and Viviane Thill. Marburg: Jonas Verlag, 2012.

Philipp Schweighauser was elected President of the Swiss Association for North American Studies.

Philipp Schweighauser published "Book and Wax: Two Early American Media of Deception." Spec. issue of Philologie im Netz. Eds. Peter Schneck and Antje Kley. 5 (2012): 4-44.

Ridvan Askin, Andreas Hägler, Philipp Schweighauser, and Paul J. Ennis hosted the international conference "Aesthetics in the 21st Century" (13.-15.9.2012).

The Swiss National Science Foundation has funded a new project under the supervision of Prof. Miriam Locher, entitled “Health and Language Online”. Marie-Thérèse Rudolf von Rohr and Franziska Thurnherr have been employed as PhD researchers.

Our (Franziska Gygax, Alexander Kiss, Regula König, Miriam Locher) interdisciplinary research project "Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives," funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, was granted an extension, and the project has been evaluated with the second highest quality attribute (out of six).

Franziska Gygax‘s, Regula König‘s, and Miriam Locher’s chapter ”Moving across disciplines and genres: Reading identity in illness narratives and reflective writing texts” has appeared in Medical Communication in Clinical Contexts. Ed. Benjamin Bates and Rukhsana Ahmed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2012.

Jo Angouri and Miriam Locher have edited a special issue on 'Theorising disagreement', available online as pre-print in the Journal of Pragmatics. Brook Bolander contributed a paper on 'Disagreements and agreements in personal/diary blogs: A closer look at responsiveness' and Andreas Langlotz and Miriam Locher one 'Ways of communicating emotional stance in online disagreements '

Regula Hohl Trillini's article "Hamlet's Soliloquy: An Eighteenth Century Genre" has been published in Borrowers and Lenders - The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 7.1, edited by Christy Desmet and Sujata Iyengar. The article can be downloaded as pdf >here< [PDF (66 KB)].

Sieben neue Privatdozierende: Die Regenz sieben Personen die Venia docendi erteilt. Damit sind sie befugt, den Titel eines Privatdozenten oder einer Privatdozentin zu führen. Darunter PD Dr. Ladina Bezzola Lambert für Englische Literaturwissenschaft und PD Dr. Andreas Langlotz für Englische und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft. For more information please see the University of Basel news section

Miriam Locher and Holger Limberg co-edited the book Advice in Discourse published by John Benjamins. Catherine Diederich and Nicole Höhn co-authored an article in this edited work. For more information please see the electronic leaflet [PDF (194 KB)].

Balz Engler has edited the volume Wir und die Andern: Stereotypen in der Schweiz--Nous et les autres--stéréotypes en Suisse. (Fribourg: Academic Press)

Balz Engler’s  article "'Ich will nicht gehn, je suis bien avec toi': Romeo und Julia in Fribourg/Freiburg" has been published in Wir und die Andern: Stereotypen in der Schweiz/Nous et les autres--stéréotypes en Suisse, 223-29.

Ina Habermann's article "'I shall have share in the most happy wreck' - Shakespeare's Topology of Shipwrecking" has appeared in Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 148, 2012, 1-18.

Therese Steffen, Bettina Dennerlein and Elke Frietsch co-edited the book Verschleierter Orient - Entschleierter Okzident ? (Un)sichtbarkeit in Politik, Recht, Kunst und Kultur seit dem 19. Jahrhundert. (München: Willhelm Fink Verlag)



Balz Engler‘s chapter "Shakespeare and Sculpture" has appeared in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts, ed. Mark Thornton Burnett, Adrian Streete and Ramona Wray. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011, 435-44.

Balz Engler‘s article "Shakespeare's Languages" has appeared in Shakespeare in Europe: Nation(s) and Boundaries, ed. Odette Blumenfeld and Veronica Popescu, Iasi: Iasi University Press 2011, 130-36.

Ina Habermann’s article “Reaching Beyond Silence: Metaphors of Ineffability” has appeared in Literary Metaphor After the Cognitive Revolution, ed. Monika Fludernik (London: Routledge).

Ina Habermann’s article “Shakespeare’s Comedies: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night” is due to appear in: Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann and Ansgar Nünning (eds.), A History of British Drama: Genres, Developments, Interpretations (Trier: WVT).

Ina Habermann’s article (written with Nikolaus Kuhn) “Sustainable Fictions – Geographical, Literary and Cultural Intersections in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings” is due to appear in: The Cartographic Journal 4 (2011), special issue edited by Barbara Piatti and Lorenz Hurni.

Ina Habermann, in the context of the Centre of Competence Cultural Topographies, has successfully applied to the Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft for the funding of an Assistant Professorship “Kulturelle Topographien Osteuropas”. A hiring committee for this 5-year job is currently selecting the suitable candidate.

Ina Habermann gave a keynote lecture on “Theoretical Approaches to Space in Literature” on September 7 at the Summer School “Spaces of Projection”, organized by graduate students and held at the Universities of Bern and Basel.

Ina Habermann helped to organize the opening day of the Doktoratsprogramm Literaturwissenschaft on September 30 and taught a workshop on Joseph Conrad, Roger Casement and the Congo.

Andrew Shields published his translation of Gottfreid Schatz's science
essays "A Matter of Wonder" with Karger in the spring of 2011.

Ridvan Askin was awarded a fellowship for prospective researchers by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The grant enables him to spend the fall term 2011 as a research associate at Penn State.

Peter Burleigh has had the article “The Beach as a Space of Defamiliarisation” written in collaboration with Sophie Jung published in the 2011 Journal of Visual Art Practice 9:3. doi: 10.1386/jvap.9.3.245_1.



Philipp Schweighauser contributed the entry on "Information Theory" to the Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. Ed. Bruce Clarke with Manuela Rossini. New York: Routledge, 2010. 145-56.

Philipp Schweighauser gave the keynote speech at the 2010 English Students’ Conference University of Berne on April 30, 2010. The topic was "The French Revolution, American Terror, and the Beginning of Aesthetics."

Balz Engler edited Volume 26 of the ‘Kolloquien der Schweizerischen Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften‘ entitled Erzählen in den Wissenschaften: Positionen, Probleme, Perspektiven, published by Academic Press Fribourg.

Ina Habermann’s book Myth, Memory and the Middlebrow: Priestly, Du Maurier and the Symbolic Form of Englishness was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

After four years of research funded by the SNF, Sixta Quassdorf, Regula Hohl Trillini and Tobias Roth (Deutsches Seminar) completed the HyperHamlet database, initiated by Balz Engler, with nearly 10'000 quotations and allusions to Shakespeare's most famous play.

Regula Hohl Trillini was invited to be part of the panel “Anglistik und Mediengesellschaft” which opened the Deutscher Anglistentag in September 2010. Her opening contribution has just been published in the conference volume as “’Don't Worry, Be Trendy’: Shakespeares Rezeption als ermutigender Modellfall.”

Regula Hohl Trillini had an article published in Literary and Linguistic Computing. “A ‘Key to all Quotations’? A corpus-based parameter model of intertextuality” is an account of the analytic parameters realized in the HyperHamlet database (co-written with Sixta Quassdorf).

Miriam Locher and Sage L. Graham co-edited the book Interpersonal Pragmatics published by Mouton de Gruyter.

Markus Marti’s book Sonnets – Sonette, Englisch, Deutsch und Wallisertitsch was published by Edition Signathur, Dozwil.

Philip Schweighauser and Peter Scheck co-edited the book Terrorism, Media and the Ethics of Fiction: Transatlantic Perspectives on Don DeLillo was published by Continuum.

Andrew Shields co-translated Durs Grünbein’s The Bars of Atlantis: Selected Essays (ed. Michael Eskin) with John Crutchfield and Michael Hofmann, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.