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  • Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

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

the University administration are planning to increase the teaching workload for lecturers and readers on permanent posts by more than 100% from (now) 8 to (then) 18 teaching hours per week (THW).

die Universitätsleitung plant, in Zukunft das Stundendeputat für Lehrende mit Dauerstellen (ausgenommen Professor*innen) von bisher 8 auf 18 Semesterwochenstunden (SWS) zu erhöhen.

Our Department:

The department's chief areas of research and teaching reflect recent changes in the understanding of culture, language, literature, teacher training and didactics employing:

  • a notion of culture centred on difference and alterity, understanding culture not simply as a given national tradition, but as a juncture and crossing point of languages, systems, and histories;
  • a notion of literature which transcends the constraints of the intrinsic approach, including new practices in the production of knowledge, strategies of verbalisation, medialisation, and the relation between text and image;
  • a notion of language based on usage, approaching language as a means of communication and cultural transfer, both in everyday interactions and in language contact.


Lecture Series: Children Crossing Borders: Figurations, Politics, History

This lecture series investigates children as migrants, political subjects, transnational actors in contemporary and historical contexts of migration, acros

Podcast: Talking American Studies

This new podcast is dedicated to North American Studies in Germany. It's hosted and created by Verena Adamik. The first episode features Dr. Alexander Dunst (Paderborn) and Dr. Dennis Mischke (UP).

Current Projects:

»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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Department News:


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...