Veranstaltungskalender des Fachbereich 10

Vorträge und andere Einzelveranstaltungen

Kommende Veranstaltungen

Donnerstag, 20. Dezember 2018, 09:30–11:00 | GW2, A3.340 (CIP lab)

Vortrag: Prof. Mikko Laitinen (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu) | Englische Sprachwissenschaft

Big social media data and the weak-tie model of linguistic change

This presentation revisits the weak social tie model in sociolinguistics. This model predicts that loose-knit social networks promote diffusion of innovations, whereas dense multiplex networks lead to norm-enforcing communities in which change is prevented or impeded. The model is mostly based on evidence from small networks, and it has been acknowledged that the quantitative variable of a network cannot be easily operationalized in situations where the population is socially and/or geographically mobile. Moreover, the model has been criticized for its lack of statistical precision.We explore the extent to which large real-time social media data (i.e. big data) could be utilized to operationalize network ties. We make use of a large database of 199,832 Twitter accounts (c. 7.8 million messages) from a real-time corpus of tweets and their metadata from five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). We operationalize network ties as a continuous variable, using the metadata information of the number of friends and followers available for each account. While we recognize that online friends and followers can contain a range of social network types, the availability of big social media data also forces us to ask if the model could be tested and applied to large datasets and whether it holds in such data. Social networks are operationalized as follows: The number of followers indexes truly weak ties (i.e. requires no action from a user), and the number of friends is an indication of slightly stronger links (i.e. requires user effort). We do not consider friends and followers to be fully equivalent to weak and strong ties a priori. The dependent variable is the proportional share of tweets in English per account in the region where English is used as a non-native resource.

The results show that for small networks (<100 individuals) the independent factors behave like weak and strong ties: the truly weak ties show strong positive correlations of network size and the dependent variable, and the stronger links show no correlation. This changes when the network size becomes larger (>100–130 individuals), and the distinction between the independent factors disappears. This finding corresponds not only to the argument that the distinction between weak and strong ties is unclear in mobile societies, but it could also shed light on the role of strong ties in transmitting innovations. Our results suggest that network size is a crucial component, and previous studies have ignored large social networks (c. 100–300 nodes). The upper limit comes from social anthropology where it has been suggested that an individual can monitor simultaneously slightly less than 300 nodes. These findings call for new variationist sociolinguistic studies that focus on networks of varying sizes.

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Dienstag, 18. Dezember 2018, 10:00–12:00 | GW2, A3.390 (CIP lab)

Vortrag: Prof. Mikko Laitinen (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu) | Englische Sprachwissenschaft

Yet another variety? English as a lingua franca seen through language typology

This study investigates how (dis)similar English as a lingua franca (ELF) is structurally from the core native varieties of English, indigenized L2 varieties, and learner English. ELF is understood as second language use of English in settings where the interactants do not necessarily share a first language. The empirical part makes use of the method of typological profiling based on aggregate structural features. This method measures three indices (i.e. grammaticity, analyticity, and syntheticity), and it has been used previously to analyze a range of variety types but has not been applied to the assessment of ELF. The results provide quantitative evidence that places ELF on the map and shows that, on purely structural grounds, ELF is a distinct variety type among English varieties. Moreover, the observations show that ELF is structurally different from second language acquisition, and there is a quantitative basis for drawing a distinction between ELF and traditional learner data.

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Montag, 17. Dezember 2018, 14:00–16:00 | GW2, A3.390 (CIP lab)

Vortrag: Prof. Mikko Laitinen (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu) | Englische Sprachwissenschaft

English use in social media: A view from the Nordic region

This presentation discusses research that combines World Englishes and digital humanities (DH). I will first give a short overview of DH as a field and then present the Nordic Tweet Stream, a cross-disciplinary digital humanities project that downloads Twitter messages from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. I will (only briefly) introduce some of the technical aspects in creating a real-time monitor corpus that grows every day, and then present two case studies that illustrate how the corpus could be used as empirical evidence in studies focusing on the global spread of English.

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Dienstag, 11. Dezember 2018, 16:15 | GW2, B2.890

Vortrag: Dr. Alexander Press (Universität Bremen) | M.Ed. E-SC / „Schnittstellen gestalten“

„Comics und ihre Wissenschaft/en“

Was steckt im Detail dahinter, wenn wir behaupten, dass es eine ernst zu nehmende künstlerische Strategie sein kann, einen Comic zu zeichnen?

In diesem Medienhybrid kulminieren diverse Techniken der Bedeutungsschöpfung. Narrative/dokumentarische Techniken wirken zusammen mit der Subjektivität der meist gezeichneten Bilder. Die Bilder wiederum gehen unterschiedlichste Synthesen mit Schrift ein. Dem grafischen/zeichnerischen Stil werden im Comic neue bedeutungsschaffende Potenziale eröffnet. Aus künstlerischer Sicht eröffnen Bilder, die unter narrativen Gesichtspunkten miteinander in Beziehung gesetzt werden, die Option, gesellschaftlich etablierte Bildformen als Material für eigene Intentionen heranzuziehen. Der Vortrag stellt diese Eigenschaften des Comics vor und beleuchtet, wie die verschiedenen akademischen Disziplinen, hier besonders die Kunst- und Bildwissenschaft, auf diesen vielseitigen Untersuchungsgegenstand reagieren.“

Der Gastvortrag findet im Rahmen unseres gemeinsamen Projekts „Literary Texts in English Language Education: Teaching Graphic Narratives“ statt, in welchem wir fachwissenschaftliche und fachdidaktische Lehre im Master of Education Englisch aufeinander beziehen. Wir bedanken uns hierbei für die freundliche Unterstützung durch den Fachbereich 10 und das Projekt „Schnittstellen gestalten“ der Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung.

(VAK: 10-E76-1-FD3-02 – Handlungskompetenzen: Teaching Graphic Novels: Dr. Tim Giesler)

Montag, 26. November 2018, 14:15–15:45 | Cartesium: Rotunde

Vortrag: Prof. Dr. Edgar W. Schneider (Regensburg) | English Linguistics/Fremdsprachendidaktik Englisch

World Englishes on YouTube: Using and analyzing video clips as teaching samples

The video uploading platform YouTube offers an impressive range of options for using and analyzing video clips representing different World Englishes as teaching tools. In this lecture I first provide a very brief introduction to the topic of World Englishes and some facts on YouTube; then I suggest a typology of YouTube clips with respect to their representation of language varieties, including illustrative samples; and finally I employ two clips to show how relatively simple qualitative and quantitative analyses can be conducted on the basis of such material.

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Kontakt: Prof. Marcus Callies, oder Stefanie Hehner,

Dienstag, 20. November 2018, 16:00 | GW2 B2.890

Vortrag: Dr. Amos Paran (University College London) | English Linguistics/Fremdsprachendidaktik Englisch

Engaging Learners with Foreign Language Literature: Six Principles

"An important challenge for all teachers is to create conditions in which our learners are engaged with what they are doing and with what they are learning, thus resulting in a situation in which learning is improved. After a brief discussion of the importance of literary texts in language learning, I outline a number of principles which can lead to higher learner engagement, based on research into engagement, on research into classrooms in which literature is used, and on my own experience as a secondary school teacher. I highlight the importance of relevance, choice, task, teacher engagement, teacher training, and sustained engagement as important factors in this area."

Der Gastvortrag findet im Rahmen unseres gemeinsamen Projekts „Literary Texts in English Language Education: Teaching Graphic Narratives“ statt, in welchem wir fachwissenschaftliche und fachdidaktische Lehre im Master of Education Englisch aufeinander beziehen. Wir bedanken uns hierbei für die freundliche Unterstützung durch den Fachbereich 10 und das Projekt „Schnittstellen gestalten“ der Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung.

Donnerstag, 1. November 2018, 09:30–11:00 | GW2 B3.230

Vortrag: Eva-Maria Graf (Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt/Austria) | Fremdsprachendidaktik Englisch & Englische Sprachwissenschaft

Representations of Gendered Identities and Ideologies in Austrian L2 Secondary-School Textbooks

This talk reports on a project that investigates how two of the most frequently used EFL textbook series (Make Your Way and Prime Time) in Austrian upper- secondary schools represent and multimodally construct gender and sexuality, and whether or not they contribute to a gender differentiating discourse and the naturalisation of  heteronormativity.The methodological framework combines Critical Discursive  Psychology,  Multimodal  Social Semiotics,  and Queer Theory into an integrative, multi-perspectival approach. Items selected for a qualitative analysis in Atlas.ti have been chosen according to two thematic categories (“personal identification” and “relations with other people”) provided in the CEFR i.e. Threshold 1990. They include both gender emergent as well as gender critical subthemes. The analysis will be two-fold, focusing first on gender discourses, followed by ideologically informed gendered discourses. This research is particularly relevant to raise teachers’ awareness, to challenge dominant discourses and to make room for alternative identities and lifestyles in EFL classrooms and beyond.

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Kontakt: Prof. Dr. Sabine Doff ( und Prof. Dr. Marcus Callies (

Mittwoch, 16. Mai 2018, 10:45–12:00 | Universität Bremen, Rotunde im Cartesium, Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5

Lesung: Dr. Adam Sneyd (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph, Canada) | Third Bremen-Guelph Lecture

Commodity Politics: Contesting Responsibity in Cameron

Abstract: In his talk, Dr. Adam Sneyd will discuss initial findings from a research project that he is leading in Cameroon on the politics of palm oil, cocoa, sugar, gold and the oil pipeline. His recently completed PhD student, Dr Steffi Hamann, a Bremen graduate, conducted field research for this project. The talk focuses on the new politics associated with 'responsibility'. Stakeholders in commodity projects make increasing use of this term. In what ways, if any, is the new politics of more 'responsible' commodities changing business-as-usual in Cameroon

Contact: Dr. Jana Nittel (

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Donnerstag, 8. März 2018, 20:00 | Haus der Wissenschaft | Olbers-Saal | 1. OG

Lesung: Iris Radisch (DIE ZEIT, Hamburg) | Projekt Literaturvermittlung hoch3

Warum die Franzosen so gute Bücher schreiben – Lesung & Diskussion

Im Rahmen der Tagung „KONTROVERS: Literaturdidaktik meets Literaturwissenschaft"  

Moderation: Karen Struve & Meike Hethey (Universität Bremen)

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