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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.


Dr. des. Lara Portmann awarded the 2023 Faculty Prize for the best PhD thesis

The Directors are delighted to announce that Dr. des. Lara Portmann has been awarded the 2023 Faculty Prize for the best PhD thesis. Supervised by Prof. Dr. Crispin Thurlow, Lara's thesis was titled "The cultural politics of the interface: Status, power, and normativity in the language work of UX writers" and was also examined by Prof. Dr. Rodney Jones, University of Reading, England. In Spring 2019, Lara was recipient of the Faculty Prize for best MA thesis.