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Dr. Anke Bartels

Language Instructor for Academic English


Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 1.15
14469 Potsdam


consulting hours
Office Hours Summer Term 2024

My office hours will take place on Wednesdays, 14:00-16:00.

Please send me an e-mail to make an appointment.


I read English, German, Psychology and Educational Theory at the Technical University of Braunschweig where I also wrote my PhD on British playwright Caryl Churchill. From 1994-1996, I was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow on behalf of the German Academic Exchange Service. After returning to Germany, I briefly taught English Literature, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies at the TU Braunschweig before moving on to the University of Magdeburg in 2000. During my appointment there, I was invited by the University of Mumbai to teach a summer school on British theatre and accompanied a group of students to the Universidade Pedagógica in Maputo. Since 2009 I have taught at the University of Potsdam where I am now mainly involved with Academic English.


  • Academic essay writing
  • Creative writing
  • Presentation
  • Translation


Postcolonial Studies with a focus on Africa; British Theatre; Gender Studies; Academic English



Postcolonial Literatures in English: An Introduction. Anke Bartels, Lars Eckstein, Nicole Waller & Dirk Wiemann. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler, 2019.

Judiths erfolgreiche Schwester: Die Dramen Caryl Churchills im theater- und sozialge­schichtlichen Kontext. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1996. [Diss.]

Edited Books and Journals

Health. Anke Bartels & Luke Martell (eds.). Hard Times 107 (2023). <>

Gender in Britain: The Long Road to Equality. Anke Bartels & Ingrid von Rosenberg (eds.). Hard Times 102 (2018). <>

The Return of Politics. Anke Bartels & Dirk Wiemann (eds.). Hard Times 101 (2018). <>

Postcolonial Justice. Anke Bartels, Lars Eckstein, Nicole Waller & Dirk Wiemann (eds.). Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Garden Cultures. Anke Bartels & Bernd-Peter Lange (eds.). Hard Times 95 (2014).

Theatre in Britain. Anke Bartels, Rita Gerlach-March, Irmgard Maasen (eds.). Hard Times 91 (2012).

Re-imaging Gender: African Women Novelists. Anke Bartels, Mala Pandurang (eds.). New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2010.

Only Connect: Texts – Places – Politics. Anke Bartels, Reinhold Wandel, Dirk Wiemann (eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2008.

Revolutions: Reframed – Revisited – Revised. Agata Stopinska, Anke Bartels & Raj Kollmorgen (eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2007.

Global Fragments: (Dis)Orientation in the New World Order. Anke Bartels & Dirk Wie­mann (eds.). Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007.

Re/defining the Matrix: Reflections on Time Space Agency. Anke Bartels, Agata Stopinska & Michael Schultze (eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2006.

Discourses of Violence – Violence of Discourses: Critical Interventions, Transgressive Readings and Postnational Negotiations. Dirk Wiemann, Agata Stopinska, Anke Bartels & Johannes Angermüller (eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2005.

At Longitude and Latitude: Essays in Honour of Bernd-Peter Lange. Anke Bartels, Hans-Werner Breunig & Dirk Wiemann (eds.). Magdeburg 2003.

Book Chapters

“’The East is Red’: The Politics of Mobilising Passion in the Chinese Cultural Revolution”. In: The Politics of Passion: Reframing Affect and Emotion in Global Modernity. Dirk Wiemann & Lars Eckstein (eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013, 35-51.

“Failing to Contain the World: The Politics of Space in Rebeka Njau's Ripples in the Pool”. In: James Tar Tsaaior (ed.): Politics of the Postcolonial Text: Africa and the Diaspora. München: Lincom, 2010, 77-89.

“The Chinese Garden as Spectacle: Readings of the Tourist Gaze”. In: Anke Bartels, Reinhold Wandel, Dirk Wiemann (eds.): Only Connect: Texts – Places – Politics. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2008, 228-238.

“Rebel with a Cause: Gender, Class and Nation in Ngugi wa Thiongo's Plays”. In: Mala Pandurang (ed.): Ngugi wa Thiong’o: An Anthology of Recent Criticism. New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2007, 164-183.

"Women and Postcolonial Literature in the EFL Classroom" (with Reinhold Wandel & Melanie Sutter). In: Helene Decke-Cornhill & Laurenz Volkmann (eds.). Gender Studies and Foreign Language Teaching. Tübingen: Narr, 2007, 209-227.

“Trapped in the Organ Bazaar: Manjula Padmanabhan’s Harvest”. In: Susanne Peters, Klaus Stierstorfer & Laurenz Volkmann (eds.). Teaching Contemporary Literature and Culture. Trier: WVT, 2006, 405-422.

“Contested Identities, Cultural Hybridity, Class Conflicts and Civil War: Chinua Achebe’s Short Stories”. In: Mala Pandurang (ed.): Chinua Achebe: An Anthology of Recent Criti­cism. New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2006, 164-182.

“Indienbilder im britischen Gegenwartstheater: Tom Stoppards Indian Ink”. In: Anke Bartels, Hans-Werner Breunig & Dirk Wiemann (eds.): At Longitude and Latitude: Essays in Honour of Bernd-Peter Lange. Magdeburg 2003, 75-87.

Journal Articles

"'They Laughed at Danger': Reclaiming Space in Sally Heathcote, Suffragette". In: Hard Times 102 (2018), 1-11. <>

"'Britain First' or White Privilege Reloaded?" In: Hard Times 101 (2018), 37-48. <>

"Death, Catastrophe and Other Mundane Occurences: Caryl Churchill's Latest Plays". In: Hard Times 100 (2016), 46-51.

“Take a Walk on the Wild Side: The Attractions of Guerrilla Gardening”. In: Hard Times 95 (2014), 17-21.

“(Un-)Veiling New Female British Muslim Identities: The Question of the Hijab in Contemporary British Theatre”. In: Critical Practice 20 (2013), 109-124.

“Remembering the Past, Changing the Present: Anglophone Women Playwrights from West and South Africa”. In: anglistik & englischunterricht 80 (2012), 239-263.

“Staging Political Interventions: A Feminist Theatre for the 21st Century?” In: Hard Times 91 (2012), 26-33.

 “From Public Bath to Wellness Spa or The Disarticulation of Feminism”. In: Hard Times 89 (2011), 17-22.

“Where the Streets Have Two Names: London’s Chinatown as a Contested Space”. In: Hard Times 87 (2010), 22-27.

“A ‘Native’ Is not a ‘Native’ Is not a ‘Native’: Constructing and Deconstructing Kenyan National Identities”. Kultura – Historia – Globalizacja 7 (2010), 75-84. <>

“Post-colonialism versus Feminism? Elean Thomas: Black Woman’s Lovesong (with Reinhold Wandel)”. Englisch betrifft uns 1 (2009), 8-14.

“Abschied vom Feminismus? Die britische Dramatikerin Caryl Churchill”. In: Hard Times 47 (1992), 41-44.


“Silke Stroh, Uneasy Subjects: Postcolonialism and Scottish Gaelic Poetry. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi., 2011”. In: Representations and Contexts 3 (2014), 1-3.

“Marga Munkelt, Markus Schmitz, Mark Stein, and Silke Stroh (eds.). Postcolonial Translocations: Cultural Representation and Critical Spatial Thinking. ASNEL Papers 17. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2013”. Rezension. In: Anglistik 25.2 (2014), 189-191.

“Marion Pape. Gender Palava: Nigerian Women Writing War. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011”. Rezension. In: Representations and Contexts 1 (2012), 51-53.

“Doris Teske. Cultural Studies: GB”. Rezension. In: Anglistik 15 (2004), 196-199.