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Prof Dr Gesa Stedman



Chair British Culture and Literature



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Gesa Stedman is professor of British culture and literature at the Centre. She is currently the Director of the Centre for British Studies. After studying English, French and Theatre/Film Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Warwick, she worked as a junior lecturer at the Centre for British Studies, which she helped set up in the late 1990s. She returned to the Centre in 2008, after having spent a few semesters as a professor at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen. She took her doctorate and “Habilitation” at Humboldt-Universität (2000 and 2005) and developed her main areas of research at the Centre for British Studies. These include the discourses of emotions, early modern cultural exchange, in particular between England and France, British film and film history, and the contemporary literary field in the UK. Cultural Studies theory and gender/feminist and cultural history as well as contextual approaches interest her most.
Gesa Stedman co-edited the Journal for the Study of British Cultures from 2007-2013, and the Anglo-German magazine Hard Times from 2005-2013. She sits on the advisory boards of both journals. Together with Dr Stefano Evangelista (Trinity College, Oxford) and Prof Philip Bullock (Wadham College, Oxford) she runs the interdisciplinary and international research network Writing 1900.

Together with Dr Hugh Mackay (The Open University) and Dr Marius Guderjan (Centre for British Studies) she runs the Berlin-Britain Research Network which currently focuses on critical austerity studies, and social, cultural, and political challenges in the light of Brexit. Gesa Stedman is deputy head of the Committee for a Family-Friendly University at HU Berlin, sat on the jury of the Humboldt Graduate School scholarship jury for the past two years, is on the jury for the Humboldt Travel Award, and advises the university on its internationalisation strategy. Currently, Gesa Stedman is Deputy Director and Dean of Studies at the Centre and Spokesperson of the Berlin Graduate School of British Studies.

Gesa Stedman teaches courses on contemporary and historical topics, ranging from an overview of literatures in English from Shakespeare to the present, British film, crime novels, the literary field in the UK, to interdisciplinary project seminars. During the winter semesters 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 the project seminar dealt with "Crime Narratives in Literature and Society". During the summer semester 2017, Gesa Stedman is on research leave. During the next winter semester, the interdisciplinary project seminar will focus on migration and cultural exchange.

The Literary Field Kaleidoscope” is run by Gesa Stedman and Sandra van Lente. Sandra van Lente works as a freelancer (texts, translations, graphic and web design) and is a member of the Women in Publishing (BücherFrauen e.V.). Sandra also blogs at www.experilente.de and can be found on Twitter: @svanlente. We both share an interest in the history and present shape of the literary fields in the UK, France, and Germany. We use this site to think and write about positive as well as questionable developments, agents, and events in the literary field. In conjunction with the Centre for British Studies, we also organise public readings and events with a literary-field focus.