Ph.D. candidate


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Albrecht, Maxi

The Cultural Politics of Intelligences in 21st-Century Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Survival Narrative

Bieri, Aline

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in the Swiss Context: The Linguistic Challenges and Implications of Teaching a Subject such as Biology in English

Blagojevic, Blanka

Europe East and West – Negotiations of a Blurry Borderline

(SNF-Project British Literary and Cultural Discourses of Europe)

contemporary British travel writing, discourses of Europe, Eastern Europe in British literature and culture, Balkanism, cultural topographies

Burleigh, Peter


Photographic Practices and Visuality in early nineteenth-century Britain

early photographs, technologies and practioners; visuality; discourses of the visual

Keller, Daniela

Literary Depictions of Germany in Contemporary British Fiction

contemporary British fiction, cultural topographies

Küng, Melanie

Bordering Europe: The Cultural and Literary Production of the English Channel in the 20th and 21st Centuries

(SNF-Project British Literary and Cultural Discourses of Europe)

contemporary British fiction and travel writing, cultural topographies, memory studies, discourses of Europe, national identity

Mauruschat, Ania

Radiophonics, Noise and Understanding. Towards an Epistemology of Radio Art

Meier, Stefanie

Beyond borders - Language and migration of Philippine nurses to Germany and Switzerland

Messerli, Thomas

Repetition in Telecinematic Humour

telecinematic discourse, (linguistic) humour theories, sitcom humour, repetition and incongruity, (multimodal) discourse analysis

Moreillon, Olivier

Cities in Flux: Capetonian and Durbanite Literary Topographies


Osei-Bonsu, Victoria

A Comparative Study of Representations of the Other in Selected Works of Joseph Conrad

Rapcsák, Balázs

Writing the Resounding Body: Technologies of the Aural in Samuel Beckett


Reichel, A. Elisabeth

Sonic and Visual Others in the Poetry of Edward Sapir, Ruth Fulton Benedict, and Margaret Mead

(SNF-Project Of Cultural, Poetic, and Medial Alterity)

alterity, media, intermediality, sound and visual studies, notions of immediacy

Sargsyan, Susanna

South – Between the Pillars of Hercules and the Hellespont

(SNF-Project British Literary and Cultural Discourses of Europe)

identity (re)construction, cultural memory, geopolitics, power struggle, opinion formation, cultural topographies, globalization, historical and social shifts, travel writing, time, territory, and space, otherness and inclusiveness, thought and perception, conceptuality and contextuality

Thurnherr, Franziska


Relational Work in Email Counseling

relational work, identity construction, (mental) health discourse, therapeutic alliance, computer-mediated communication, discourse analysis