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Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Master English-Speaking Cultures

The JMU Master of Arts in English-Speaking Cultures is devoted to the systematic study of Anglophone literatures, language phenomena, and cultural formations across the globe. While participants can specialize in American Studies, English Studies, or Linguistics, courses and collaborations within English-Speaking Cultures aim to cross the boundaries between the three subdisciplines. How, for example, might a Shakespearean sonnet have sounded when pronounced by an Early Modern speaker? What is at stake when British pop stars affect American accents?  Can one speak of a single globalized English-speaking culture or has globalization rather fostered a range of distinct cultural formations, literatures, and Englishes? How do literature and culture respond to ecological and environmental challenges in past and present times? Our approach thus combines interest in the notably different cultures of the British Isles as well as the rich variety of US and North American cultures with the decentralizing pull of English as a 'world language' that unfolds in tremendously significant linguistic, cultural, and medial variations in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and indeed almost every world locality.

Masters students are integrated into ongoing research and teaching, regularly working closely with faculty as teaching and project assistants in advanced seminar settings such as the Cultural Studies Colloquium, the Environmental Humanities Workshop Series and other event formats as well as teaching and research cooperations with global partners. Students specializing in linguistics can apply for an internship at the new research unit Geolingual Studies if they are interested in how global issues are talked about in megacities like London and New York. The multilingual (English-German) Denksport:Art blog together with the Challenges of Modernity and JMU Cultural Studies series with Würzburg University Press (WUP) provide graduate students with opportunities to publish creative and scholarly work in early-career stages.

By embracing interdisciplinarity and transnationality, combining theoretical acumen and practical academic work, and creating a productive environment for study, debate and research with our graduate students, English-Speaking Cultures prepares participants for productive engagement with the challenges of our globalizing world. Graduates have gone on to careers in higher education, cultural management, publishing, journalism, and international communication among other fields.

English-Speaking Cultures is designed for a study period of two years (four semesters). It can be studied either as a single subject Master (120 credit points) or a double subject Master (45 credit points each + 30 credit points for master thesis).

Applications are accepted twice yearly. The deadlines are January 15 (to begin studies in the summer term) and July 15 (to begin studies in the winter term).

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Teaching and studying in the MA program English-Speaking Cultures is pursued in close alignment with the research activities at JMU's Department of English and American Studies. Areas of particular focus within the department include:

  • cultural, aesthetic and linguistic theory
  • Englishes around the world
  • globalization studies
  • regional studies
  • environmental humanities
  • urban studies & research on megacities
  • spatial humanities
  • sound studies & popular music studies.