Guest Professorship

Each summer since 1982, the CAU has been inviting Visiting Professors from Canada.

The guest lecturer teaches in one of the institutions affiliated with the Center for North American Studies and delivers the Canadian Summer Lecture (open to the public). Up until today, the English Department has been proud to host the following lecturers:

2017 - Prof. Dr. Domenico A. Beneventi

Prof. Dr. Domenico A. Beneventi is professor at the Département des lettres et communications at Sherbrooke University, Québec and will be our visiting professor during the summer term 2017.

He will teach two Master seminars on Anglophone Québec-Literature and on Urban writing in Canada. You can find the course descriptions in the NEWS section.

2013 - Prof. Dr. Dagmar Soennecken (York University, Toronto)

Prof. Soennecken teaches Political Sciences at York University, Toronto. She holds a B.A. in Legal Studies from Carleton University and an M.A. in Political Sciences and Women Studies from the University of Toronto where she also obtained her Ph.D. in Political Sciences.

Since 2009, she has been teaching at the School of Public Policy & Administration and at the Department of Social Science. 

At Kiel University, she will be teaching classes in the M.A. Program 'Migration and Diversity' as well as at the Department of Political Sciences. For a list of the classes taught by Prof. Soennecken in the summer term of 2013, click here.


In addition to her regular classes, Prof. Soennecken will also deliver a guest lecture organised by the Gender Research Group and the Center for North American Studies (ZNAS). Her lecture will be entitled "The Europeanization of Canadian immigration policy" and will be open to the general public (details tba). 


Prof. Dr. Dagmar Soennecken

Gender Research Group, Office 106

Westring 383


For more information and a list of publications, click here for Prof. Soennecken's page at Vork University.

2012 - Prof. Dr. Stefan Dollinger (UBC, Vancouver)

In the summer of 2012, Prof. Dr. Stefan Dollinger held the Canadian Guest Professorship at Kiel University. Assistant Professor of English Language at Vancouver's University of British Columbia (UBC), Prof. Dollinger taught two classes on Canadian English and gave a guest lecture discussing the assumption that Canadian English is a conservative variant of English.

Prof. Dollinger obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna and has been Assistant Professor of English Language at UBC since 2009.  He is currently co-editor of the second edition of the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles (DCHP). 

For more information, click here for Prof. Dollinger's page at UBC.


2011 - Prof. Dr. Richard Cavell (UBC, Vancouver)

In the summer term of 2011, Prof. Dr. Richard Cavell held the Canadian Guest Professorship at the University of Kiel. Professor of English at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Prof. Cavell taught a class on the work of Douglas Coupland as well as a class on Cultural Memory in Canada. He also gave a guest lecture entitled 'McLuhan in the Global Village'.

Click here for Prof. Cavell's page at UBC (includes CV and list of publications).


2010/2008 - Prof. emer. Dr. Anthony Harding (University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon)

Prof. Harding held the Canadian Guest Professorship twice, in 2008 and 2010. Professor emeritus of the University of Saskatchewan, he taught classes on Canadian Identity and the North in Canadian Literature (2010) as well as indigenous literature in Canada.


2007 - Prof. Dr. Jack K. Chambers (University of Toronto)

Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto, Jack Chambers held the Canadian Guest Professorship at Kiel University in the summer of 2007. The author of numerous publications on Canadian English, Prof. Chambers is also an esteemed Jazz Critic and the author of an award-winning biography of Miles Davis.

Click here for Prof. Chambers' page at the University of Toronto (includes CV and list of publications).