summer academy


The GAPS Summer Academy, a one-day or multi-day extra-curricular event focusing on Anglophone literatures and cultures, languages, and the media, offers students from universities in Germany and beyond a greater insight into the cultural and literary variety of their field of study and further strengthens their awareness of GAPS-related topics. The GAPS Summer Academy format is compatible with a variety of disciplinary fields and course syllabi. It provides an opportunity to look at a general theme from postcolonial perspectives, invite scholars to introduce new viewpoints, enhance collaborations among disciplines and scholars, allow students to immerse in the study of a topic, and let them organize an event of manageable size. A GAPS Summer Academy can be organized locally or regionally by interested GAPS members and students as part of, or in addition to, the local curriculum, or it can be organized as a summer school focusing on a specific topic picked by the organizing member or organizing team. The format allows organizers great flexibility through one-day or multi-day events, also in the context of current events and in combination with block seminars.

Students can earn credit points (ECTS) towards their degrees by prior agreement their home institution. Organizers can apply for financial support (e.g. for an author’s reading or a keynote speaker) through GAPS. If you are interested in organizing a GAPS Summer Academy, please send an e-mail to the GAPS president.


Previous Summer Schools

‘Performing Postcolonialisms’, Goethe University Frankfurt, 2017

  • Lectures: Cricket, Magic in Caribbean writing, Black Choreographers in British Dance, Re-configuration of the “Hottentot Venus,” Humanitarian Aid Workers in British Drama, Macbeth and “Turner,” Fashion and its Discontents, Experimental Histories: Sydney 1938 and Hokule’a 1975
  • Seminars: African Diaspora on YouTube, Indian Dance in Literature and Film, Transcultural Humor, South African Images in Graphic Design and Literature, Vernacular Pakistani Literature as Tool for Social Change, Suffering and Illness, Postcolonial Performance Theory, Academic Skills: Presentation and Writing.
  • There was also an evening programme which included an interactive cooking event, a Capoeira course, a poetry reading by Anthony Joseph, and the final party.

‘Border Stories: Narratives of Peace, Conflict and Communication in the 20th and 21st Centuries’, University of Augsburg, 2015

‘Just Politics? Postcolonial Ecocriticism between Imagination and Occupation’, University of Potsdam, 2013

‘Minor Cosmopolitanisms’, University of Potsdam, 2012

‘Spaces of Projection’, Universities of Berne and Basel, 2011

‘Connecting Cultures’, Leibniz Universität Hannover, 2009

‘Arrivals & Departures’, Goethe University Frankfurt, 2007

‘I is for Identity’, Free University Berlin, 2005

‘Breaking Down Walls’, Humboldt University Berlin, 2002

‘From Sailor’s Mutiny to Cultural Mutiny’, Kiel, 2000

‘Give Peace a Chance’, Osnabrück, 1998

Osnabrück, 1996

Aachen, 1994

Göttingen, 1992