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The Department of English is one of the seven departments of languages and literatures at the University of Bern. We are a lively, medium-sized department with currently around 600 students, six professors and more than a dozen teaching staff members. The fields covered in the department include a wide range of research areas in both literature, and language and linguistics. This website provides you with information regarding our study programs, courses, staff members, ongoing research projects and current events.

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SNF Eccellenza Professorship

We are excited to announce that the Medieval Studies section of the Department of English will be host to one of the few SNF Eccellenza Professorships. Mary Flannery will join our department in the spring term 2020, along with a post-doc and a doctoral student. Prof. Flannery's research entitled ‘Canonicity, Obscenity, and the Making of Modern Chaucer (COMMode)’ will trace the evolution of the texts and reputation of Geoffrey Chaucer — the ‘father of English poetry’ and an author of occasionally obscene texts — over the past three hundred years. The project will concentrate on Chaucer’s most famous work: The Canterbury Tales.