• Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Einführungsveranstaltung WS 2021/22

Here you find the handout for the introductory Zoom session that our Department offered on Oct. 5.
For further information, please, contact our respective study supervisors - e.g. during the further 2 Zoom office hours  (Oct 6 + 13)und the Erstsemester-Forum Zoom session (Oct. 7).



International Week 2021

Auch in diesem Jahr wird die International Week wieder zu Beginn des Wintersemesters stattfinden - digital über Zoom. Dieses Mal wird der Fokus besonders auf Erasmus-Mobilitäten liegen.

Talking American Studies (Podcast)

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

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.

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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.


The department’s secretaries can be contacted either via email or via telephone [see contact details].
Please note: Consulting hours only by individual appointment via email.

Information concerning COVID-19 measures [January 27]

Dear students,

due to the rules for social distancing and the scarcity of rooms on campus that would enable us to  adhere to these distancing rules to keep health risks to a minimum, the department will offer its courses in an online format in the summer semester 2021. We will stick to the days and time slots that are announced on PULS for each of the classes. In addition, each instructor will announce on PULS which online format they have chosen for the course: We will offer a mix of (a) asynchronous classes, where you have a relatively flexible time frame (usually a week or two weeks) to access material (such as texts or video lectures) for each lesson on moodle and complete weekly/biweekly assignments; (b) synchronous online classes, where meetings will be held via zoom (and these will always take place during the time slot allotted to the course on PULS); and (c) a mixed format with mostly asynchronous assignments, but occasional Zoom meetings (which will, again, take place during the time slots announced for the course on PULS).

When planning your courses, we thus suggest that you plan them according to the time slots given for each course on PULS and according to the online format that suits your needs and technical equipment. This also ensures that you have no collision in scheduling the synchronous zoom-meetings, as well as the occasional zoom-meetings of the mixed-format classes.

We hope that this helps you and all of us to plan the winter term with less stress and uncertainty, and we look forward to a new semester of teaching and learning together. Please also see our Code of Conduct and our Digital Code of Conduct .

If any questions or troubles concerning your studies or study life arise, do not hesitate to contact your student representatives via email at fsranglamuni-potsdamde or via our public Discord. Office hours only by appointment via Zoom or Discord (Mo- Fr). They are very happy to assist you however they can.

In addition, 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

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