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The GAPS Graduate Award recognizes outstanding graduation theses on new anglophone literatures and cultures as well as varieties of English.

Winner of the GAPS Graduate Award 2019

The GAPS Graduate Award 2019 has been awarded to:

Marie BERNDT (Bonn University)
for her graduate (MA) thesis
"'Jamaicans wid ah different flag': Representations of Precarious LGBTQ Lives in Jamaican Fiction of the New Millennium"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp

The thesis has been published on the GAPS website and can be downloaded here (PDF).

Winners of the GAPS Graduate Award 2018

The GAPS Graduate Award 2018 has been awarded to:

Rufaro BAKARE (Frankfurt University)
for her graduate (MA) thesis
"The Madman, the Woman and the Child (De)liberate the Nation of Zimbabwe: Counter-discursive Readings of Dambudzo Marechera’s The House of Hunger, Yvonne Vera’s The Stone Virgins and NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Frank Schulze-Engler

A complimentary prize has been awarded to:

Anika GERFER (Münster University)
for her graduate (MA) thesis
"White Appropriation of Jamaican Creole in Reggae Music"
Thesis supervisor: Dr. Michael Westphal

Winners of the GAPS Graduate Award 2017

The GAPS Graduate Awards 2017 have been awarded to:

Manuela Jasmin ZEHNTER (Bonn University)

for her graduate (MA) thesis:

"Narrative Constructions of Post-Colonial Digitalized Worlds and Identities in Selected Short Story Cycles"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp

and

Philipp MEER (Münster University)

for his graduate (M. Ed.) thesis:

"Attitudes toward Accents of English in Trinidadian Secondary Schools"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Deuber

Winners of the GAPS Graduate Award 2016

The GAPS Graduate Award 2016 has been awarded to:

Yann LE GALL (University of Potsdam)

for his graduate (MA) thesis:

"'If these skulls could talk…' Subjectification and Memory Practice in Repatriation and Reburial of Colonial Human Remains"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Lars Eckstein

A complimentary prize has been awarded to:

Hannah PARDEY (Leibniz University Hannover)

for her graduate (MA) thesis:

"Historiographic Metafiction from the Nigerian Diaspora"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jana Gohrisch

Winner of the GAPS Graduate Award 2015

The recipient of the GAPS Graduate Award 2015 is:

Eva C. HÄNSEL (University of Münster)

for her graduate thesis

"Standard English in St Vincent and the Grenadines: A Study of Newscasters' Accents."

Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Deuber

Winners of the GAPS Graduate Award 2013

The recipient of the GAPS Graduate Award 2013 is:

Maike LENGEMANN (University of Freiburg)

for her graduate thesis

"De powa of de word in the riddum of de word': Local cultural resources for a global market in Trinidadian rapso music"

Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Mair

Complimentary prizes have been awarded to:

Smaran DAYAL (University of Freiburg)

for his graduate thesis

"'Back-to-Bom!' Urban cosmopolitanism and naming in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children."
Thesis supervisor: Dr. Miriam Nandi

and

Jeyapriya SRIEASWARANATHAN (University of Münster)

for her graduate thesis "M(O)ther and Militant, Munition and Make-Up: Discursive Constructions of the Female LTTE Militant Figure"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mark Stein.

Winners of the GAPS Graduate Award 2012

The GAPS Graduate Award 2012 has been awarded to:

Regina Anna Petra Schulz (University of Cologne)

for her graduate thesis on

"Performances in US-Mexican-American Borderlands"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hanjo Berressem
[Thesis nominated by co-supervisor Prof. Dr. Heinz Antor, Cologne]

Complimentary prizes have been awarded to:

Christina Neumann (University of Augsburg)

for her graduate thesis on

"Geografictione: Aritha van Herk’s Places Far From Ellesmere"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky

and

Friederike Hahn (WWU Münster)

for her graduate thesis on

"Language Discourse and Language Use in three texts by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: The River Between, Devil on the Cross and Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Deuber

Winners of the GAPS Graduate Award 2011

The GAPS Graduate Award 2011 has been awarded to:

Michael Westphal (WWU Muenster)

for his graduate thesis at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg on "A History of Jamaican Creole in the Jamican Broadcasting Media"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Mair

The thesis has been published on the GAPS website and can be downloaded here (PDF).

Complimentary prizes have been awarded to:

Andrea Juliette Mair (University Munich)

for her graduate thesis on

"Writing Slums: Eine Lektüre zeitgenössischer indischer Literatur in Englisch"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tobias Döring

and

Marijke Kähler (University Berne)

for her graduate thesis on

"Encountering the Liminal Body, Engaging with the Self"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Virginia Richter

Winners of the GAPS Graduate Award 2010

The GAPS Graduate Award 2010 has been awarded to:

Johannes Barthel, M.A. (University Erlangen-Nürnberg)

for his graduate thesis (Magisterarbeit) on

"Moving in between Locations and Cultures: Dancehall, Hip Hop, and Cultural Exchange in the In-Between Space of the Black Atlantic"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Antje Kley

Complimentary prizes have been awarded to:

David Reuter (Kiel University)

for his graduate thesis (Staatsexamensarbeit) on

"How uniform is Canadian English?"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Meyer

and

Karsten Levihn (University Frankfurt/Main)

for his graduate thesis (Magisterarbeit) on

"Borders: Fictions of Globalization and the Margin of the Nation State"
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Frank Schulze-Engler

Winners of the GAPS Graduate Award 2008

The GAPS Graduate Award 2008 was awarded to:

Andrea Moll (Freiburg University)

for her graduate thesis on

"Linguistic Surface and Deep Level Structures in Aboriginal English: A Case Study of New South Wales Aboriginal English"

The thesis has been published on the GAPS website and can be downloaded here (PDF).

Complimentary prizes were awarded to:

Carla Müller-Schulzke (University Frankfurt/Main)

for her MA Thesis on

"Transkulturelle Klangwelten: 'Asian British Music' zwischen akustischer Erfahrung und kultureller Repräsentation" ["Transcultural Sound Worlds: 'Asian British Music' between Acoustic Experience and Cultural Representation"]

and

Christine Krenzke (Kiel University)

for her graduate thesis on

"Raumdarstellung in Margaret Atwoods Cat’s Eye" ["Representation of Space in Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye"]

Statutes of the GAPS Graduate Award (available in German only, pdf)