2016 – 2019

January 2016 – December 2017

  • Women Students’ Database for Gender Research


    The project “Women Students’ Database for Gender Research” (WSGR), inititated by Greta Olson and Leonie Schmidt and funded by the the women’s representative of Gießen University, aims to encourage students who wish to pursue an academic career to publish their work on gender while they are still students. The project facilitates this process by posting students’ research on a Justus Liebig University of Giessen website and encouraging them to do so externally. The database also serves students as a resource for gender-related work. The project is intended to establish greater gender parity in academia. Additionally, it offers students an opportunity to improve their writing skills in peer-review editing processes.

    For more information, please contact WSGR@anglistik.uni-giessen.de.

October 2015 – September 2016

  • Learning Media Literacy through Creative Means

    This project teaches students to perform media analysis, in this case of television, by making short films. The project departs from the argument that one has to work backwards, that is to understand how a film or television text was shot and edited, before one can analyze how its form affects its content. Co-taught by student filmmaker Lisa Charlotte Friederich, the project offers tutorials in which students will learn aspects of cinematography. For more information on Lisa Friedrich and her work please click here.

    Learning Media Literacy through Creative Means also addresses many students’ frustrations with having too many term papers and exams, particularly at the beginning of their course of studies. The project argues that learning can be documented in non-traditional forms. The project has been generously funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Learning (BMBF) in a JLU project for innovation in teaching (Lehrinnovationsfond, Zentrum für fremdsprachliche und berufsfeldorientierte Kompetenzen).

September 2012 – December 2015

  • Women of FB 05 Networking Project

    “Women of FB 05” aims to build bridges between current and former women students and faculty of FB 05 at the University of Giessen. Initiated by women professors in Anglistik, Germanistik, Romanistik, and Slavistik, the project aims to help our students to start networking early on so as to build up work and social contacts that may help them in their post-university careers. Through workshops on networking skills, informal get togethers, and social media, the project aims to create a friendly and lively space for the women of FB 05 to make connections.

    The project “Studying Philology is a Feminist Issue: Networking for Women Students and Graduates of the Humanities” was initiated by Professors Greta Olson, Monika Wingender, Katrin Lehnen, and Veronika Dolle, pictured here with their project colleagues, Diana Materi and Dr. Mirjam Horn.

    Our first networking event was based on a workshop led by Anita Siegmund and took place on 17 January 2013. Ms. Siegmund explained the importance of successfully establishing and fostering personal networks. After the event, the project initiators thanked Marion Oberschelp for the University of Giessen’s and the Frauenbeauftagte’s support of the project.
    On 4 July 2013, Diana Materi initiated the second event with a XING workshop, which was followed by a roundtable discussion led by Dr. Mirjam Horn. Recent women graduates of Fachbereich 05, including Mirjami Körtvelyessi, Sandra Sallach, and Kristina Schneider, described how they had begun satisfying careers after having studied the humanities.

    At the third event held on 30 January 2014, Prof. Anita Engels and recent graduate Pardis Mohadessi held talks about the possibilities and limitations of networking for women. This was followed by a roundtable discussion in which Professors Katrin Lehnen and Verena Dolle and the referees spoke about their own networking experiences.

    Nadja Lins started off the event on 3 July 2014 with an interactive talk, in which she addressed participants’ potential strengths and offered exercises on how to improve one’s work-life-balance. The lecture was followed by a roundtable discussion led by Leonie Schmidt and Maren Walinski. Recent women graduates of Fachbereich 05, including Lisa Holzhäuser, Dr. Mirjam Horn, and Jana Voß, offered advice based on their own experiences of how to entering work fields related to the humanities.
    Every event was followed by a reception, in which women graduates and current students of FB 05 could begin to practice their networking skills while socializing in an informal atmosphere.
    For more information about the FrauenNetzwerk and future events, please contact: NetworkingFB05@anglistik.uni-giessen.de or join us on Facebook, where you can find additional information about the projects and the individual events.

April 2010 – September 2012

  • Integrating Women’s and Gender Studies (with Nadyne Stritzke)

    This research project seeks to integrate women’s and gender studies into the existing curriculum for BA students. Lead by Greta Olson and Nadyne Stritzke, the project is supported by many members of the department including Wiebke Beushausen, Nadia Butt, Birte Christ, Mirjam Horn, Magnus Nissel, Svetla Rogatcheva, and Katharina Zilles. While the project is now geared to the cultural studies module in Anglistik, it is intended to be a potential model for integrating women’s and gender studies into other disciplines as well.

    The first phase of the project consists of an exploratory period in which students and faculty are questioned about their interests in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies respectively. Information is being gathered about their interests in these topics outside of the university, their sense of how much these areas of study are being covered in the existing curricula, and their wishes for the future. For instance, should a degree be offered in women’s and/or gender studies? What specific topics in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies should be covered in university courses?

    The second stage of the project concerns an evaluation period followed by the implementation of student and faculty wishes within the scope of the cultural studies module. This will be followed, in the third stage of the project, by a lecture series in which external experts will speak about implementing women’s/gender/sexuality studies in their own institutions and about the political implications of pursuing a more women’s or gender studies trajectory of scholarship.

    Courses in the project which will be taught in the WS 2010-2011 include:

    • Nadia Butt: “Oral and Written Communication II (Lektürekurs): ‘Travelling Women’: Construction of Gender in Indian Women’s Writing.”
    • Birte Christ: “Applying Feminist Theory to Literature”
    • Nadyne Stritzke: “Transgender History: Activism and social change in the USA (1850s to 2010)”
    • Mirjam Horn: “Writing the Body”
    • Greta Olson: “The Seduction of Romance: From Pamela to Twilight”
    • Svetla Rogatcheva: “Language and Gender: Sociolinguistic and Quantitative Perspectives”


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