Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolloquium Frühjahr 2021

Das Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaftliche Kolloquium ist eine semesterbegleitende Vortrags- und Diskussionsreihe, in der Forschende der EUF sowie Gastwissenschaftler*innen ihre Projekte vorstellen. Alle Interessierten sind herzlich zur Teilnahme eingeladen. Im Frühjahr 2021 finden die Veranstaltungen digital statt.

15. April 2021, 12.15 Uhr

Dr. Massih Zekavat (EUF)

Pandemic Humor and its Coping Function

Abstract: Although humor was employed to cope with the calamitous consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, it also served other purposes in Iran. Besides functioning as an adaptive mechanism, pandemic humor also provided information and censured political incompetence. Medical and paramedical staff used humor to cope with difficult working conditions and increasing experiences of human tragedy, suffering and death. At the same time, people employed humor in order to criticize political authorities for mismanaging the crisis. As politics and power are closely tied to religion in a theocracy, religious fervor did not remain immune to such criticism. Besides coping and censure, provision of information was yet another function of pandemic humor in Iran. Citizens resorted to humor to diffuse information and foster responsible behavior in the society.

Massih Zekavat is an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany. His fields of interest include environmental humanities, critical theory, comparative literature and satire. His Satire, Humor and the Construction of Identities was published in 2017 by John Benjamins. With Professor Tabea Scheel, he is currently working on a monograph on the environmental impacts of cultural productions for Routledge.


Meeting number (access code): 121 758 5135
Meeting password: nJNusBi2P35

29. April 2021, 12.15 Uhr

Bethany Webster-Parmentier (EUF)

Terror and Horror in Twenty-First Century Native American and First Nations Literatures

Abstract: In 2014, Michelle Burnham posed the question "Is There an Indigenous Gothic?" in a contribution to the Blackwell Companion to American Gothic. Since the early twenty-first century, Indigenous (Literary) Studies has become increasingly interested in Indigenous genre fiction as a site of resistance, resurgence, and (re)invention. This presentation will provide a window into my on-going doctoral research project, which centers on twenty-first century Indigenous fiction of the fantastically frightening that probes the boundaries and possibilities of both Indigenous literature and gothic literature.

After completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Bethany Webster-Parmentier moved to Germany as a US-American Fulbright Teaching Assistant. She taught at EFL courses at the Kiel University of Applied Sciences for six years before she began working at the Europa-Universität Flensburg as a doctoral researcher and instructor in the Department of English and American Studies. The working title of her current research project is "Twenty-First Century Indigenous North American Gothic."


Meeting number (access code): 121 674 9728
Meeting password: 3xpJ8BtcNQ2

20. Mai 2021, 17.15 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Julie K. Allen (Brigham Young University, USA)

Cosmopolitan Identities in the German-Danish-Border Region

Präsentiert im Rahmen der ICES Lectures


Meeting number (access code): 121 145 8176
Meeting password: KUv8ydpdW92

10. Juni 2021, 16.15 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Karen Struve, Dr. Meike Hethey (Universität Bremen)

Literaturvermittlung hoch3: Literaturwissenschaft und Literaturdidaktik im Dialog


Meeting number (access code): 121 023 4055
Meeting password: huJmuyz3t37


Prof. Dr. Margot Brink (Leitung), Matteo Anastasio, Lisa Dauth, Andrew Erickson, Dr. Isabelle Leitloff, Jan Rhein, Bethany Webster-Parmentier