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About the degree

The master's programme Anglophone Modernities and Culture prepares graduates for an academic profession in research and teaching with a focus on postcolonial, British or American literatures and cultures. Moreover, it opens career opportunities wherever an in-depth understanding of the diversity of literary and cultural developments in the English-speaking world is called for. This knowledge enables students to pursue careers in specialist journalism, publishing, the non-profit sector, translation, cultural education, advertising and public relations. The cooperation with international partner universities and institutions also qualifies students for positions in international organizations, higher education management as well as in archives and libraries.

The MA programme offers:

  • a specialisation in Anglophone literatures and cultures from around the globe, including the British Isles, the USA and Canada, Australia and the Pacific, South Asia, the Caribbean and parts of Africa;
  • thorough understanding of modernity with a particular emphasis on the constitutive role of non-Western cultures in the formation of the modern world;
  • an in-depth engagement with cultural and literary theories of multiple modernities both past and present;
  • an international outlook reflected in the degree's study abroad component that includes partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and America;
  • mentored as well as independent research and translation projects.


For further information on current events and news surrounding the Anglophone Modernities, check the programme's Facebook page , Instagram account and blog project.

Diversity in the Anglophone Modernities

The strength of the MA ‘Anglophone Modernities in Literature and Culture’ lies in its diverse student body, which enables thoughtful intellectual and experiential exchange. The focus on postcolonial and global studies in this department and the affiliated Potsdam Postcolonial Chair for Global Modernities is thus not merely in name; with a series of visiting guest faculty from postcolonial regions and a student body from all around the world (from places as diverse as India, the United States, Colombia, New Zealand, Armenia, Germany, Turkey, Bangladesh, Brazil, or Japan), students learn with and from each other— inside and outside of class.

Click here or on the video above to listen to some of our students’ and guest professors’ thoughts and reflections on diversity in the ‘Anglophone Modernities’ in this student-produced short film.