• Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Stellungnahme zur Erhöhung des Deputats auf 18 LVS auf Dauerstellen in der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Potsdam

Die Philosophische Fakultät wendet sich gegen eine Lehrdeputatserhöhung bei akademischen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern auf Dauerstellen in den Fachwissenschaften.


Talking American Studies (Podcast)

Talking American Studies is a podcast spotlighting contemporary contributions to American Studies, featuring scholars sharing their work. Available via spotify, itunes, twitter & facebook.

Current Projects:

Potsdam Postcolonial Chair for Global Modernities

The Department of English and American Studies hosts the Potsdam Postcolonial Chair for Global Modernities funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2020-2022.

Tupaia’s Map

Lars Eckstein and Anja Schwarz have extensively researched a legendary map of the Pacific, drawn in 1769/1770 by the Polynesian master navigator Tupaia for James Cook and his crew.

Didaktikwerkstatt Englisch

The »Didaktikwerkstatt Englisch« is a reference library that offers a collection of materials for the teaching and learning of English as an additional language.

cover hard times

»Hard Times«

A biannual magazine now hosted by the English Department offering short articles, discussions, and interviews providing critical input on current cultural phenomena and political debates.


RTG »Minor Cosmopolitanisms«

The Research Training Group (RTG) minor cosmopolitanisms establishes new ways of studying and understanding the cosmopolitan project beyond its Eurocentric legacies.


Writing the Cosmopolitan Imagination

Writing the Cosmopolitan Imagination: is a bilateral research and exchange network involving the Departments of English and German at the University of Potsdam and the University of Delhi.

Network Digital Humanities

As part of its strategic research funding, Potsdam University is supporting a »Network for Digital Humanities«. The initiative aims to connect local and international actors in this emerging field.

Degrees in Focus:

Master of Anglophone Modernities

The master 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.

Young woman at a window with book

Master in Linguistics (KoVaMe)

Der Master 'Kommunikation - Variation - Mehrsprachigkeit' (KoVaMe) bietet die Möglichkeit, bisher erworbene Kenntnisse zu Sprache, Kommunikation, Variation und Mehrsprachigkeit zu erweitern.


Teacher Training - English as a foreign language (EFL)

Are you thinking about studying education at our department? Here is information that may help you.

Two-subject bachelor English/American Studies

Are you thinking about earning a B.A. in English and American Studies? You will find more information here.

Hands on:

English Drama

English Drama Group

The English Drama Group has been part of campus life at the University of Potsdam for 34 years now. Over time, it evolved from a curriculum course to a versatile company managed by students.

Call for Participation

Student Representatives (Fachschaft)

Questions about your program, courses, etc? Visit us during our office hours (or set up an appointment with us), send us an email or take a look at our website.


Academic English

Academic English is situated at the crossroads of deepening an already well-advanced language proficiency and the knowledge acquired in linguistics as well as cultural and literary studies.

Information concerning COVID-19 measures [March 31]

Dear students,

due to the measures that have been put in place with regard to coronavirus COVID-19, all courses will be taught as online courses until further notice. Most of these courses will resort to asynchronous teaching methods, where teaching materials are posted online, and learners work through them in their own time to ensure accessibility for everyone.

Registration for classes begins on PULS on April 20 (seewww.uni-potsdam.de/de/studium/termine/semestertermine). Once you have signed on in PULS and have been admitted in PULS, your instructor will email you via PULS to let you know when and how to access the online material (moodle, etc.). Students who cannot (yet) access PULS: Please email your instructor directly.

It is possible that classes can be switched to classroom teaching (Präsenzlehre) at some point during the semester. If this happens, your instructor will let you know and classes will take place at the times originally scheduled.

Please note that it is best to contact teaching staff via email. Many of us have also begun to move our office hours online, so please check individual webpages for more details and updates.

In the current situation, the department’s secretaries can only be contacted either via email  or - between 9:00 and 12:00 - via telephone
[see below] on the following days:

Tuesdays: Shilpa Sehgal
Wednesdays: Peggy Audörsch &
Stefanie Schröder
Thursdays: Simone Heinze

Please refer to the central website posted below as a starting point for up-to-date information on the solutions that our university is developing regarding deadlines and the organization of examinations:


Most importantly: stay healthy and stay safe!

Potsdam Postcolonial Chair for Global Modernities

We are happy to announce the Potsdam Postcolonial Chair for Global Modernities
Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and supporte by the RTG minor cosmopolitanisms, the Chair advances innovative teaching in Potsdam’s superdiverse MA Programme Anglophone Modernities in Literature and Culture. Guest Professors contribute to a diversification and decanonisation of the curriculum and facilitate the reflection of teachers and students on the specific locality of knowledge production. Together with members of our deartment, the Guest Professors will also conduct a series of workshops that test out best practice models for teaching a global postcolonial classroom.
The Chair will be held by up to six scholars for periods between 3-6 months, among them our long-term partners Satish Poduval from the EFLU Hydereabad (winter 2020-21) and Ira Raja from the University of Delhi (summer 2022), as well as our invited keynote speaker Sarah Casteel (summer 2021).

10 Thesen zu guter Lehre

  1. Gute AbsolventInnen gibt es nur durch gute Lehre.
  2. Gute Lehre kostet Zeit.
  3. Lehre beinhaltet Kurskonzeption, Vorbereitung, fachlichen Austausch mit den KollegInnen und den Studierenden im und neben dem Kurs, Nachbereitung, Prüfung und Kursüberarbeitung.
  4. Gute Lehre bedeutet dies alles entsprechend der Bedarfe der aktuellen Lerngruppe sowie auf Basis des aktuellen fachwissenschaftlichen und hochschuldidaktischen Forschungsstandes zu tun.
  5. Lehre muss damit ständig in Bewegung in Richtung Ideal sein.
  6. Die Studierenden müssen an die akademische Lernkultur herangeführt werden.
  7. Unsere Lehrkultur muss sich daran anpassen.
  8. Lehre ist fachabhängig: Die Geisteswissenschaften leben primär vom Austausch solider Argumente in der aufwändigeren Schriftform.
  9. Gute Lehre führt zu Teilhabe und nimmt Populisten den Raum.
  10. Unsere Studierenden werden nur so viel in ihr Studium und damit die Zukunft dieser Gesellschaft investieren, wie wir bereit sind, in Lehre zu investieren.

Die Lehrenden des Instituts für Anglistik und Amerikanistik der Universität Potsdam im Februar 2019

Weitere Informationen zu forschungsbasierter Lehre an der Philosophischen Fakultäthier

Department News:

Learning from Africa. Copyright Thomas Roese, Pressestelle der UP

Learning from Africa – Konferenz zur Förderung von Wissenschaftlerinnen

Potsdam zeigte sich von seiner schönsten Herbstseite, während sich vom 28. bis 30. Oktober 2019
nationale und internationale Gäste zum Thema „Learning from Africa: Equal opportunities for
women in academia“ austauschten. [read more]

Landeslehrpreis for Prof. Dr. Barth-Weingarten and Prof. Dr. Freitag-Hild

Congratulations to our department chairs Prof. Dr. Dagmar Barth-Weingarten and Prof. Dr. Britta Freitag-Hild for winning the annual Brandenburg "Landeslehrpreis" for their innovative seminar on "Interaction in the Classroom: Assessing Speaking Skills." More information here. 


Additional Course Available: "African American Futures of the 1900s"

Due to technical issues Verena Adamik's course is not yet listed on PULS. Interested BA students are asked to attend the first session on Friday 12, 8-10, room: More information here.



Bis zum 1. April 2019 können sich deutsche NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen, die ab dem 1. November 2019  ein vier- bis sechsmonatiges Forschungsprojekt an einer U.S.-Hochschule planen, für ein Doktorandenstipendium bei der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Fulbright-Kommission bewerben.

 Die Stipendienleistungen beinhalten die Finanzierung der Lebenshaltungskosten in Höhe von 1.600 Euro/Monat und der internationalen Reisekosten sowie eine Unkostenpauschale (300 Euro), die Kranken- und Unfallversicherung, die kostenfreie Beantragung des Fulbright J-1 Visums und die Aufnahme in das internationale Fulbright-Netzwerk.


Graduation Counselling Staff Change

Students seeking graduation counselling please contact Patrick Kühmstedt (for names A-L and all Ko-Va-Me students) or Stephanie Jürries (for names M-Z). More information and contact details here


Studieneingangsberatung / Supervision for Our New Students

A warm welcome to all our new students who are to start with their studies this winter semester. Here you find the handout of the introductory lecture with all the basic information that should help your through the first weeks as beginners.

Die Schreibberatung des Zessko

Im Zessko bieten Studierende für Studierende aller Studiengänge eine individuelle Beratung bei Problemen mit wissenschaftlichem Arbeiten an (auch in der Semesterzwischenzeit). Nähere Informationen hier...