Guest Lecturers & Fellows

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Marzolph

Der Forschungsschwerpunkt von Professor Dr. Ulrich Marzolph ist die narrative Kultur der Länder des islamischen Orients. Er lehrt am Seminar Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft der Univesität Göttingen. Er studierte Islamwissenschaft, Sinologie und Romanistik in Köln. Er lehrte Islamwissenschaft in Köln, Göttingen und Osaka, Japan. Er ist einer der renommiertesten Wissenschaftler auf dem Gebiet der Narrativen Kultur der Länder des islamischen Orients, worüber er bereits zahlreiche Bücher veröffentlicht hat, u.a. The Arabian Nights Encyclopedia (zusammen mit R. van Leeuwen), The Arabian Nights Reader und The Arabian Nights in Transnational Perspective. Gastvortrag am 4. November 2009 14-16. c.t. (B 3.1 HS II): Tausendundeine Nacht – Geschichte und Nachwirkung

Shaun Tan

Am 03. Juni 2011 stellt der australische Zeichner und Kinderbuchautor Shaun Tan an der HBKsaar seine Arbeiten vor. Im Anschluss bietet eine Zeichenwerkstatt Nachwuchszeichner/innen Gelegenheit, mit Tan zu arbeiten. Bitte beachten Sie: Die Zeichenwerkstatt richtet sich nicht an Kinder, sondern an Nachwuchszeichner/innen, die bereits zeichnerisch/illustrativ arbeiten. Bitte Beispiele eigener Arbeiten mitbringen (ggf auf Rechner) sowie aktuelle Projekte inkl. der dabei verwendeten Materialien. Der Workshop selbst stellt keine Materialien zur Verfügung und vermittelt auch keine zeichnerischen Grundlagen. Als "Masterclass" bietet er eine Gelegenheit, zusammen mit einem professionellen Zeichner eigene Ideen (weiter) zu entwickeln. Shaun Tan wurde 1974 geboren und wuchs in den nördlichen Vororten von Perth, Australien auf. Abschluss in Bildender Kunst und Literatur 1995 (University of Western Australia), arbeitet derzeit als freischaffender Künstler und Autor in Melbourne. Tan begann als Teenager, Science Fiction und Horror-Geschichten in kleinen Magazinen zu illustrieren, und ist seitdem vor allem für seine Bilderbücher bekannt, die sich in surrealen, traumhaften Bildern mit sozialen, politischen und historischen Themen auseinandersetzen. Bücher wie The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing (Die Fundsache) und der preisgekrönte wortlose Roman The Arrival (Ein neues Land) - an dem Tan vier Jahre arbeitete - sind vielfach übersetzt worden und haben in Asien, Europa und Südamerika Leser aller Altersgruppen gefunden. Tan war bereits als Theaterdesigner tätig, an den Filmen Horton Hears a Who und Pixars WALL-E hat er als Concept Artist mitgearbeitet. Zusammen mit Andrew Ruhmann hat er sein Buch The Lost Thing (Die Fundsache) als animierten Kurzfilm umgesetzt. Tales from Outer Suburbia (Geschichten aus der Vorstadt des Universums) ist sein neuestes Buch. Sein Kurzfilm The Lost Thing wurde 2011 mit dem Oscar (Bester animierter Kurzfilm) ausgezeichnet. Tan ist Preisträger des Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2011. In Kooperation mit der Europäischen Kinder- und Jugendbuchmesse, den Transkulturellen Anglophonen Studien(TAS) der Universität des Saarlandes, dem Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award und dem Carlsen Verlag. Siehe auch: Interview Shaun Tan (Saarbrücker Zeitung) Interview Shaun Tan (KulturSpiegel) Homepage Shaun Tan Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Oscar Bester Animierter Kurzfilm Vortrag / Vorführung The Lost Thing > 03. Juni 2011, 10-11 Uhr Aula der HBKsaar Zeichenwerkstatt > 03. Juni, 11-16 Uhr Dachatelier der HBKsaar Anmeldung: Soenke Zehle Bitte beachten Sie: Die Zeichenwerkstatt richtet sich nicht an Kinder, sondern an Nachwuchszeichner/innen, die bereits zeichnerisch/illustrativ arbeiten. Bitte Beispiele eigener Arbeiten mitbringen (ggf auf Rechner) sowie aktuelle Projekte inkl. der dabei verwendeten Materialien. Der Workshop selbst stellt keine Materialien zur Verfügung und vermittelt auch keine zeichnerischen Grundlagen. Als "Masterclass" bietet er eine Gelegenheit, zusammen mit einem professionellen Zeichner eigene Ideen (weiter) zu entwickeln. Video-Installation > Video-Installation auf Grundlage von Tans Buch The Arrival im Rahmen der SphärenAusstellung/Konzert/Performance im KuBa-Kulturzentrum am EuroBahnhof 10. Juni – 10. Juli 2011. Vorpremiere am 02. Juni 2011, 22 Uhr, zusammen mit Shaun Tan Redaktion & Animation: Colin Kaesekamp, Janosch Obenauer, Florian Penner, Ralph Schneider, Soenke Zehle sowie Studierende des HBK-Seminars "Vom Comic zum Film. You can watch some interviews and videos with Shaun Tan on the experimental TAS channel on Vimeo.

Susanne Schmid

Susanne Schmid, Privatdozentin (Berlin), has taught at the universities Salford, FU Berlin, Frankfurt, Princeton, Paderborn, Regensburg, Mainz, and Erfurt. She has written three books and co-edited two, among them Jungfrau und Monster (ESV, 1996) and Shelley’s German Afterlives 1814 – 2000 (Palgrave, 2007). Among her interests are contemporary literature and film, 18th and 19th-century culture, especially transcultural questions, coffee, book history, and travelling women.

Campbell Jefferys

Campbell Jefferys is an award winning Australian author and journalist currently based in Hamburg where he lectures at the university. His novels include 'The Bicycle Teacher' (2006), 'Hunter' (2008) and the forthcoming 'True Blue Tucker'. His writing has appeared in leading magazines and newspapers such as Decanter, the Sunday Telegraph, Spotlight, Adventure, European Journal, Living Now and the Globe and Mail. Most recently, 'Hunter' won the general fiction award of the 2009 Indie Book Awards.

Prof. Dr. Elmar Schenkel

Prof. Dr. Elmar Schenkel 'Ein Lächeln und zwei Fragezeichen - Reiseerfahrungen in Indien' 19. Juni 2008, 14 Uhr c.t. Campus C 5 3, Raum 120 Ich möchte über meine Erlebnisse auf drei Indienreisen zwischen 1998 und 2004 berichten, über die ich das gleichnamige Buch geschrieben habe. Begegnungen mit Brahmanen und Betrügern, indischer Philosophie und Lebensart, Aufenthalte in Ashramen und auf einem Heiligen Berg. Es geht um die Verunsicherung europäischer Identität, allerdings auf eine etwas lockere Art. Der Schriftsteller Elmar Schenkel, u. a. Blaenau Ffestiniog: Erzählungen (1987), In Japan: Reisetagebuch (1995), Leipziger Passagen: Prosastücke (1996), Der westfälische Bogenschütze: Roman (1999), ist seit 1993 Professor für englische Literatur an der Uni Leipzig. Unter seinen zahlreichen Veröffent lichungen zu Natur wissen schaft/Literatur, Reiseliteratur und Lyrik befinden sich auch literarische Arbeiten. Zuletzt erschienen: Fahrt ins Geheimnis: Joseph Conrad. Eine Biographie (S. Fischer 2007).

Prof. Rajendra Singh

Prof. Rajendra Singh 'Center and Periphery in the Study of Language - Some Reflections on Language Contact, Socio-Cultural Linguistics and Linguistic Theory' 21. Mai 2008, 14 Uhr, Geb. B 3.2, HS 003 In this talk, I shall attempt to make the case that those of us who take multilingualism to be the unmarked case must work towards an alternative theory of linguistic form - a theory of patterns on the wings of butterflies, as Koster puts it. The only option left seems to be to work towards a new theory of linguistic form, building on the insights of linguists who have always refused to abridge the linguistic competence of the monolingual in order to accommodate her inevitably limited and skewed experience or to seek refuge in statistical measures. Born and educated in India and trained in the U.S., Rajendra Singh is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Montreal. A theoretical linguist, he is particularly interested in phonology, morphology, language contact, and sociolinguistics. The author of several books, he is also the editor-in-chief of The Annual Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics (Mouton de Gruyter).

Prof. Hans Henrich Hock

Prof. Hans Henrich Hock 'Appropriating the Past - Language, Archaeology, and Ideology in South Asia and the Diaspora' 07. Mai 2008, 14 Uhr, Geb. B 3.2, HS 003 The well-known misuse of linguistic and general prehistory history in 19th and early 20th century Europe, especially in support of the racist “Aryan” ideology of the Nazis, requires us to confront seriously the impact of misrepresentations based on linguistic, textual, and archaeological evidence. My talk addresses this issue in reference to modern South Asian identity movements, both within South Asia and in the diaspora. Hans Henrich Hock is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Sanskrit, Classics, and Germanic Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published extensively in historical and South Asian linguistics, as well as on the issue of the use and misuse of linguistic and general prehistory. Prof. Hans Henrich Hock's talk on The "Aryan Invasion" Controversy

Devleena Ghosh

An academic at the University of Technology Sydney and the Director of its Indian Ocean and South Asia Research Network (IOSARN), Devleena Ghosh is the author of Colonialism and Modernity (2007, UNSW Press, with Paul Gillen), editor of The Cultures of Trade: Indian Ocean Exchanges (2007, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, with Stephen Muecke); Water, Sovereignty and Border in Asia and Oceania (2008, Routledge, with Goodall & Donald), and Women in Asia: Shadowlines (2010, Cambridge Scholars). She is currently working on a manuscript on informal travel between the British colonies of India and Australia in the 19th and early 20th century. "My Name is Michelle, How May I Help You" Call Centres and the Transformation of Gender and Work Relationships in India Friday, 21 May 2010 I examine the phenomenon of call centres in India to explore the ways in which trade and culture involve translation and negotiation of meanings, and the forging of new modes of living and being across in-between spaces. I ask, is this new work culturally empowering or exploitative? Is this an example of the ‘Empire fighting back’ that is a positive side of globalization? Or are the workers ‘cyber-coolies’, victims of corporate colonialism and homogenisation of identity; both connected and disconnected from the local and the global by the fibre-optic cables that traverse the sea? Jumping Ship – Skirting Empire: Indians, Aborigines and Australians across the Indian Ocean Nov 15, 2007 Using a case study of movement from South Asia to Australia, I argue that 19th and 20th C diasporic movement can be reconsidered by changing our focus from land-based analysis to oceanic presences, that is, to recognize the sea as being an integral and, in fact, de-stablising element of ‘landscapes of meaning’. In the Indian Ocean as well as in much of the Atlantic trade, South Asians supplied a significant proportion of the labour force for shipping crews. I will be outlining the early findings of a new strategy to research the histories of uncontrolled movements of people, in this case Indians into Australia, which are by definition undocumented. The expanded imperial networks in fact opened up very new ways for people, ideas and technologies to circulate, in effect, behind Empire’s back.

Prof. Betty Joseph

Prof. Betty Joseph Rice University Professor Joseph is Associate Professor of English at Rice University and author of Reading the East India Company, 1720-1840: Colonial Currencies of Gender. She has published articles on the global 18th century and postcolonial literature. Professor Joseph's teaching focuses on the Anglophone novel, globalization, the 18th century, and postcolonial theory. She is currently working on two projects: one on mercantile culture in the 18th century and another on Anglophone literature in the age of globalization. July 4th, 2007: Early Modern Global Perspectives: Women in the Transnational World of Mercantilism In this lecture, Joseph takes a fresh look at some documents of the East India Company dealing with trade in South Asia in the 17th and 18th centuries. She pairs these documents with "rogue literature"- the literature of vagabonds, criminals and social marginals - to investigate the contradictory ways in which colonialism's literary and political uses of female subjects represent an archaic global perspective that resonates with certain phenomena associated with contemporary globalization.

Prof. Dr. Erhard Reckwitz

Prof. Dr. Erhard Reckwitz Universität Duisburg-Essen Erhard Reckwitz, one of the coordinators of the Centre for Southern African Studies at Duisburg-Essen University, has held several Visiting Professorships in South Africa and is a reputed expert on this literary area. June 14th, 2006: Between Satire and Suture: Aspects of White Writing in Post-Apartheid South Africa Current writing by white South Africans shows signs of a deepseated uncertainty as to the writer's position in a rapidly changing society. Reaction to the current political situation takes two forms that are diametrically opposed: writers can be seen to adopt either a satirical stance that is critical of the ‘New South Africa’, or to take on a more humble attitude that is intent on social integration. The focus of this talk will be on some of the problems arising from this dichotomy.

Dr. Angelo Fick

Dr. Angelo Fick Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa Dr. Angelo Fick is editor-in-chief of Bracket and teaches in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. His research interests include: Representation of Black South African women’s subjectivities, identity and ethics, media and modernity. Feb 2nd, 2005: Cleaning out the Literary Closet: Anglophone South African Fiction's New Interregnum Recent South African fiction continues to be obsessed with ‘race’ as a social and biological construct. Early examinations of this problematic by the Nobel Prize winners Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee do not seem tov have fallen on fruitful ground. Contemporary writing (e.g. Rayda Jacobs, Zakes Mda) appears to be regressively entangled with the ‘race’ question. Feb 3rd, 2005: On the Possessive (Dis)Investment in Whiteness: J.M. Coetzee's Post-Apartheid Narratives In his Jerusalem Prize Acceptance Speech Coetzee outlines that the price of fraternity (normal social relations) between Black and white South Africans may involve equality and liberty. In his post-apartheid oeuvre he reiterates his critique of white South African subjectivity so eloquently articulated in his earlier work.

Prof. Mohan Ramanan

Prof. Mohan Ramanan Hyderabad University Mohan Ramanan, a Professor of English at Hyderabad University, has been a British Council Scholar at Oxford and a Fulbright Scholar at Amherst MA. His publications include The Movement: A Study of Contemporary Poetic Tradition (1989), Nineteenth Century Indian English Prose (forthcoming), and he has edited Ah! Columbus: The Indian Discovery of America (1993), and English and the Indian Short Story. May 28th, 2003: Gandhi and the Making of a Tradition The lecture will explore key concepts in Mahatma Gandhi's work: Brahmacharya (celibacy), Ahimsa (non-violence), and Satya (truth), in the context of Indian nationalist discourse, focussing on Gandhi's autobiography as a key text in which the interrelation of celibacy with non-violence and of these two with Gandhi's quest for Truth are dramatised. This is symptomatic of a dominant strain in Indian nationalist thought where a fusion takes place of the inner and the outer, the personal and the political, the subjective quest for Truth and Self and the objective concern with freedom. Gandhi's views on these issues will in conclusion be contrasted with the Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, whose devotion to Beauty constitutes an important chapter in nationalist discourse.

Prof. Dr. Christian Mair

Prof. Dr. Christian Mair Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg July 11th, 2002: English as a World Language: Some Cost-Benefit Analyses Comparing and contrasting the language situation in India, Singapore and Nigeria, the lecture will argue that the continuing use of English, the ex-colonial language, carries specific advantages and disadvantages in each country, and that, consequently, a cost-benefit analysis of the use of English in post-colonial societies is possible only on the local scale. The lecture concludes with a critique of the currently dominant models which account for the spread of English as a world language, such as the "exploitation" model and the "grassroots" model. It is argued that both models are too simplistic and need to be replaced.

Prof. Sudhir Kakar

Prof. Sudhir Kakar Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University July 4th, 2002: Psychoanalysis and Eastern Spiritual Healing Traditions This lecture examines the practice of healing in the Eastern spiritual traditions through an exploration of the important role empathy can play in psychoanalytic discourse and methods. Emphasizing the spiritual teacher or guru's empathy, Sudhir Kakar, while coming close to Heinz Kohut's ideas, claims that meditative practices activate a dormant unconscious faculty – tentatively identified by recent 'neurotheological' research through its traces in the brain – capable of enhancing the teacher-healer's empathic capacity. This, Kakar argues, allows for communication with the patient/seeker on more levels than the merely verbal and denotes a major contribution to psychoanalytic practice.

Prof. Graham Huggan

Prof. Graham Huggan Munich University December 13th, 2001: The Postcolonial Exotic: Marketing The Margins Graham Huggan will examine some of the processes by which value is attributed to postcolonial works within their cultural field. Using varied methods of analysis, he will discuss both the exoticist discourses that run through postcolonial studies and the means by which postcolonial products are marketed and domesticated for Western consumption, from the latest 'Indo-chic' to the politics behind the Booker Prize.

Silvia Mergenthal
Farrukh Dhondy

Farrukh Dhondy (born 1944 in Poona, India) is a British writer and activist of Indian Parsi descent. He obtained a BSc degree from Poona University in India before winning a scholarship to Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1964 where he read English. After graduating he studied for a Masters degree at Leicester University and he was later a lecturer at the Leicester College of Further Education and a teacher at a secondary school in London. A renowned writer of books, whether for children, young adults or adults, Dhondy is also a playwright, a biographer (of C.L.R. James (2001)) and a former media executive (Channel Four Commissioning Editor for Multicultural Programmes 1984-97). At this time he wrote the comedy series Tandoori Nights (1985-87) for the channel, which concerned the rivalry of two curry house owners. Farrukh Dhondy has written among his children's' stories KBW (Keep Britain White), a study of a young white boy's response to anti-Bengali racism, sometimes mistaken for an unironic title. Farrukh Dhondy has been a TAS Visiting Lecturer for the summer term 2009, the winter term 2009/2010 and the summer term 2010. Publications: "Farrukh Dhondy in Interview with Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn (Saarbrücken)." Anglistik 14.1 (2003): 52-55. ISSN: 0947 0034. See: Courses and News Archive

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