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Cultural Exchange


Prof Gesa Stedman and Prof Christiane Eisenberg


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Gesa Stedman has published her monograph on Anglo-French relations in the 17th century. It was published by Ashgate in 2013.


Gesa Stedman co-hosted a conference on cultural exchange which she organised together with Professor Margarete Zimmermann, then from the Technical University in Berlin: "Reale und symbolische Räume des Kulturtransfers" (September 2003). The conference was funded by the Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung (Website of Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung) and was attended by scholars from Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany. The proceedings were published by Olms Verlag (Hildesheim) in 2007 (Publication at Olms).

Gesa Stedman also edited a volume of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures (JSBC website) on cultural exchange. Contributors include Maxine Berg (Warwick), Stefano Evangelista (Oxford) and Panikos Panayi (Leicester). The volume was published in 2006. A special issues of the European Journal for English Studies (EJES), also edited by Gesa Stedman, which focuses on cultural exchange in English Studies includes contributions by, inter alia, Jana Gohrisch, Ali Smith, and Gesa Stedman (EJES, Volume 10, Issue 3, 2006 at Taylor & Francis Online).

Two of Gesa Stedman's doctoral students have also worked within a cultural exchange framework. Anett Löscher (Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen) wrote a thesis entitled "Crossing Borders. English Universities and their Establishment of Campuses Abroad, reviewed from a Cultural-Exchange Studies Perspective".

In 2014, Sandra van Lente (née Müller) finalised her thesis on cultural exchange in contemporary British novels, comparing texts written by second-generation immigrants to those with a cultural exchange topic written by white British writers.

Gesa Stedman continues her own work on cultural exchange in new contexts, i.a. as part of the research network "Writing 1900", which she directs with Dr Stefano Evangelista (Trinity College, Oxford), and is currently doing research on English and British travellers to Berlin in the late 19th- and early 20th century.