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This virtual lecture series brings together scholars from around the globe in a series of talks. Project fellow Mark Kelley (Florida International University) will kick off the series on November 12th, 2020 with a talk titled „Alone, Together: Feeling Through 19th-Century Sailors in Eras of Global Isolation.“

The department board has decided that the resits for Grund- and Aufbauseminare usually held at the end of the semester will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next resits for these classes will be held at the end of the winter term.

The funding for the program "Qualität in Studium und Lehre" (QuiS) will run out at the end of this year. This jeopardizes a variety of projects—among them the Orientation Program, the Diversity Scouts program, and the FAU's Writing Centre.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all winter term classes will be taught online. This applies also to the introductory events for first-semester students, which will be held at the beginning of the winter term.

In her new German-language podcast "Corona in den USA: Eine Betrachtung der Krise aus transatlantischer Perspektive" for the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Heike Paul talks about the corona crisis in the U.S., the roles of state governors and the president, as well as societal and political fault lines made visible by the crisis.

In March 2020, Heike Paul has contributed to the Thomas Mann House series “55 Voices for Democracy.” The video is available on YouTube; more information on the series can be found here.

In the last couple of days, several measures have been adopted at FAU in response to the coronavirus threat. This post consolidates the most important aspects and specifies them further for the English and American Studies Department:

The changing media environment of the English Restoration brought forth a sizeable increase in various forms of literary culture, including the birth of large-scale periodical publishing and the ready availability of the letter. Contrary to the widely held consensus that the letter promoted reliability, recent scholarship has stressed the form’s deconstructive potential, allowing both readers and writers to reflect on the mediated nature of writing and the tenuous relationship between sign and reality.