Summer School Program

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19.00-22.00 Conference Warming (Unikum) (self-pay)

09.30-10.30 Arrival & Registration (2129 )
10.30-10.45 Coffee Break
10.45-11.15 Welcome (Organizers and GAPS Vice-President) (2122)
11.15-12:45 Keynote Timo Müller: “National Borderlines and the American Road” (2122)
12.45-13.45 Lunch Break
13.45-15.15 Parallel Seminars, Session I
15.15-15.30 Coffee Break
15.30-17.00 Parallel Seminars, Session II
19:00-20:30 Reading by Henry Beissel & Guests: “When Africa Calls Uhuru” (Lecture Hall 2107 Building D University of Augsburg)
Guests: Sarah Nowotny & Alanna Ebigbo
Music by Esther Ebigbo

09.30-11.00 Keynote Henry Beissel: Across the Rift Valley and Beyond: Crossing borders “When Africa Calls Uhuru“ (2122)
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.45 Parallel Seminars, Session III
12.45-13.45 Lunch Break
13.45-15.15 Parallel Seminars, Session IV
15.15-15.45 Coffee Break
15.45-16.30 Poster Session

11.00-12.00 Matinee Reading: Henry Beissel Coming to Terms with a Child (Ein Kind kommt zur Sprache) (Annahof)
12.00-12.15 Coffee Break
12.15-12.45 Discussion Coming to Terms with a Child (Annahof)
12.45-14.45 Lunch Break / Transfer to University
15.00-18.00 Interactive Multimedia Session: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Afrofuturism (Annika McPherson and Johanna Pundt) (University, 2122 )
18.00-19.00 Break / Transfer to Stadtbücherei
19.00-20.00 Reading by Dorothea Smartt
Excerpts from Reader, I Married Him & Other Queer Goings-On and other works (Stadtbücherei)

09:30-11:00 Keynote Mita Banerjee: “Blue Hawai’i? Environmental Justice and Documentary Film in Adam Horowitz’s ‘Nuclear Savage ” (2122 )
11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:45 Parallel Workshops, Session I
12.45-13.45 Lunch Break
13.45-15.15 Parallel Seminars, Session V
15.15-15.45 Coffee Break
15.45-17.15 Parallel Seminars, Session VI
17.30-19.00 Keynote Hubert Zapf: “Cultural Ecology: The Inviolability and Porosity of Borders” (2122)

09.30-11.00 Keynote Katja Sarkowsky: “Negotiating the Boundaries of Self and Community in Indigenous Life Writing” (2122)
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.45 Parallel Workshops, Session II
12.45-13.45 Lunch Break
14.00-15.30 Plenary & Closing Session (2122)
18.00-21.00 Biergarten (self-pay)


Are you currently pursuing your B.A., M.A. or PhD? Would you like to earn credit points and acquire new inspiration for your next paper, research project or thesis? Are you interested in meeting and exchanging ideas with young and established scholars from all over the world? Do poetry readings and a spoken word performance sound intriguing to you? If so, you should attend the summer school Border Stories! The summer school ‘Border Stories: Narratives of Peace, Conflict & Communication in the 20th &21st Centuries will take manifold metaphorical borders and the narratives of postcolonial literatures and theory as a starting point to re-examine issues related to the postcolonial concepts of place, space and sense of self, in addition to exploring factual as well as fictional accounts concerning conflict, communication and coming to terms with displacement.

  • WHERE: University of Augsburg, Germany
  • WHEN: September 7-11, 2015
  • WHO: All interested B.A., M.A. and PhD students
  • CREDITS: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 ETCS points (depending on the workload; see under „Applications“)
  • SEMINARS: Six sessions (ninety minutes each)
  • WORKSHOPS: Two sessions (ninety minutes each)
  • POERTY READINGS: Henry Beissel (Ottawa)
  • SPOKEN WORD POET: Dorothea Smartt (London, Barbados)
  • FEES: 150 € with & 50 € without accommodation

Register in three easy steps: 1) Pick a seminar:

  • Postcolonial Pathologies: Double-Consciousness and Fiction
  •  Crossing Real and Imagined Borders between Minds: Empire, Conflict and Peace in Anglophone Science Fiction
  • Energy Security and the War on Terror: Ecology and Insurgency in the Postcolonial World

2) Pick a workshop:

  • Race and Space – Challenging the Legacy of Colonialism in Fiction of the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • “Why is it he feels some line has been crossed, some boundary transgressed?” – Border Crossings in Margaret Atwood’s ‘Speculative Fiction
  •  Creative Writing Workshop with Dorothea Smartt

3) Send us an email ( including the following information by August 15th:

  • Seminar & workshop choice—please give us your 1st and 2nd choice of each and indicate how many ECTS credits you would like to earn
  • A paragraph indicating what your specific interest in the topic is and how far you have proceeded in your studies
  •  Are you booking with (150 €) or without (50 €) accommodation?

More information under FAQ and Applications