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Marthe-Siobhán Hecke, M.A., M.Ed.

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Email: mshecke [@] uni-bonn.de (add your pronouns to your email)

Room 2.006, Regina-Pacis-Weg 5, IAAK, 53113 Bonn

Phone: +49 (0)228 73-7638

 

Lecturer of Trust:

You struggle with your mental health? With the workload? You are stressed out? You don't know if university is for you? You have other questions? Contact me if you would like to talk to somebody who has nothing to do with registration periods or the organisation of exams (I am your "Vertrauensdozentin"). Everything we talk about is confidential and this is a safe space for queer students!

www.iaak.uni-bonn.de/de/studying/health-issues

FYI trans/non-binary/gender nonconforming students: Your name in the university systems can be changed even if you have not yet legally changed your name. https://www.chancengerechtigkeit.uni-bonn.de/de/aktuelles/vorgezogene-namensaenderung You can also create an email alias if you do not have an "Ergänzungsausweis" yet.

 

Office Hours via Zoom (+ Absences / Vacation)

How to book a spot: Please log into eCampus in order to book a 15-minute slot (if you need more time, e.g. if you want to discuss a topic for your bachelor's or master's thesis, book the last spot). Office Hours in 2022: August 2, August 16, September 6, September 13, September 20, October 18, October 25, November 8, November 22, December 6. Book your spot HERE (https://ecampus.uni-bonn.de/goto_ecampus_prtf_3097158_7327.html)!

  • If no more spots are available (= visible via eCampus), I can add one or two people at each date at the end (you might need to wait a bit) or we can schedule another date. Contact me via email for that.
  • If you cannot make it, please cancel via eCampus. It's really annoying if I'm waiting in vain and other students might want to book that spot last minute (bookings can be done 2 hours prior to the office hour).
  • I also cannot see what you write in the "comment" section during the booking, so do not write anything there.
     
  • I will be out of office a) July 25-29 (Gothic conference in Dublin), b) August 28-31 (ESSE, Mainz), c) September 22-October 11 (Scotland, PhD research / vacation) -->  Replying to emails might take longer than the usual 24 hours. Please have a bit of patience. If I do not reply within a few days, write the email again, it might have gotten lost!
 
Term Papers & Bachelor's / Master's Theses:
  • Yes, you can still hand in term papers from previous semesters. Please contact me with a thesis / research question and a preliminary table of contents or rough idea. Please hand in your term papers as a PDF via email if you are not handing in your term paper in the term that you have taken the class. This should include: term paper + the signed Declaration of Authenticity + "Prüfungsformular für Hausarbeiten". I do not need a printed version by post and I will not sign the Prüfungsformular in advance.
  • Yes, I can also be first or second supervisor for your bachelor's or master's thesis. Write me an email or book an office hour spot. I can also help you narrow down your topic.
  • Stats of finished theses (= theses supervised and/or graded):
    2019: 6
    2020: 23
    2021: 44
    2022: 36 (so far)


Writing Competition Summer Term 2022 - read the winning pieces:
www.iaak.uni-bonn.de/de/research/resources/writing-competition

  

PhD Project:

(Re-)Writing and (Re-)Constructing Scottish Identities: the Literary Heritage of Nan Shepherd (working title)

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Uwe Baumann

Key words: Scottish Literary Renaissance, Modernism, Nature/Landscape Writing, Scots, Feminism / Rewriting the Canon, National Identity, Memory Studies, Walking/Hiking/Mountaineering, Proto-Ecocriticism

 

Reading Group - BSFG:

Bonn Speculative Fiction Group (BSFG) meets once a month and reads selected fantasy, sci-fi, or dys/utopian novels - literature that does things differently. There might be queer, feminist, poco or indigenous books.

Here are the books we've covered so far! Roshani Chokshi "The Gilded Wolves"; Terry Pratchett "The Wee Free Men"; Meg Elison "Book of the Unnamed Midwife"; Rebecca Roanhorse "Trail of Lightning"; Kirsty Logan "The Gloaming"; Ursula K. Le Guin "The Lathe of Heaven"; Hank Green "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing"; V.E. Schwab "A Darker Shade of Magic"; Naomi Novik "Uprooted"; Philip K. Dick "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"; Seanan McGuire "Every Heart a Doorway"; Natasha Pulley "The Watchmaker of Filigree Street"; Diana Wynne Jones "Howl's Moving Castle"; Becky Chambers "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet"; Genevieve Cogman "The Invisible Library"; NJ Jemisin "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms"; Mary Robinette Kowal "The Calculating Stars"; Frank Herbert "Dune"; Neil Gaiman "Stardust"; C.L. Polk "The Midnight Bargain"; TJ Klune "The House in the Cerulean Sea"; Octavia Butler "Kindred"; Ann Leckie "Ancillary Justice"; Madeline Miller "Song of Achilles"; Neil Gaiman + Terry Pratchett "Good Omens"; Leigh Bardugo "Six of Crows"; Yevgeny Zamyatin "We"; Robert Holdstock "Mythago Wood"; Silvia Moreno-Garcia "Mexican Gothic"; Neil Gaiman "Sandman" (Audible audiobook!); T. Kingfisher "The Raven and the Reindeer"; Brandon Sanderson "The Emperor's Soul"; Michelle Paver "Dark Matter"; Darcy Little Badger "Elatsoe"; H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" + "The Time Machine"; Yoon Ha Lee "Phoenix Extravagant" (in case you need some reading recommendations :D); Douglas Adams "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"; Susanna Clarke "Piranesi"; J.R.R. Tolkien "The Hobbit"

You can join the reading group any time, please write an email if you are interested. There are also weekly movie nights, a secret santa exchange, cocktail nights etc.! More info here: https://bsfg.home.blog/

You can also find us on Instagram & Facebook! Come over to the dark side, we have good books!

 

Teaching:

  • Summer Term 2017: Issues in Literary and Cultural Studies - Tutorial
  • Winter Term 2017/2018: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies - Tutorial
  • Winter Term 2018/2019: World-Building in Fantasy & Sci-Fi (authors read in class: Nnedi Okorafor, Ursula Le Guin, Rebecca Roanhorse, Terry Pratchett, Tomi Adeyemi, NK Jemisin)
  • Summer Term 2019: "If We Shadows Have Offended" - Fairies, Fairytales and Fantasy (authors read in class: William Shakespeare, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett)
  • Winter Term 2019/2020: “It is quite a risk to spank a wizard for getting hysterical about his hair.” - Speculative Fiction: inspiration, adaptations, representation (authors read in class: Nnedi Okorafor, Ursula Le Guin, Diana Wynne Jones, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman) + "I feel more myself in boy's clothes. Actually, Dad, I don't think I'm a girl at all." - Queer representation in fantastical TV shows (shows covered in class: San Junipero (Black Mirror), The OA, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Sense8 + more suggestions from the class)
  • Winter Term 2019/2020 (Block): Writing in and about Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Cornwall (authors read in class: Nan Shepherd, Kate Roberts, Elizabeth Bowen, Daphne Du Maurier)
  • Summer Term 2020: Power and Pitfalls of YA Literature (authors read in class: Jane Gardam, Jacqueline Woodson, Stephen Chbosky, Jandy Nelson, Angie Thomas) + Young Adults in Movies
  • Winter Term 2020/2021: 2x Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies (authors read in class: William Shakespeare, Margaret Atwood)
  • Winter Term 2020/2021: Black and Queer Lives Matter - (Good?) Representation in Young Adult Literature (authors read in class: Alice Oseman, Kacen Callender, Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, Stephen Chbosky, Jandy Nelson) + "I lost my temper at myself" - Young Adults in Movies
  • Summer Term 2021: “It's dope to be black until it's hard to be black.” - Good (?) Representation in YA Literature (Issues in Literary and Cultural Studies) (authors read in class: Alice Oseman, Kacen Callender, Angie Thomas)
  • Winter Term 2021/2022: 2x Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies (authors read in class: William Shakespeare, Louisa May Alcott, various poets)
  • Summer Term 2022: "It doesn't stop being magic just because you know how it works" - Witches, wizards, and World Building (BA1) (authors read in class: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Hope Mirrlees, Maggie Stiefvater, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, Aiden Thomas, Nnedi Okorafor) + Crossing Thresholds: World Building in Fantasy and Beyond (MA1) with Sarah Fißmer (authors read in class: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Hope Mirrlees, Maggie Stiefvater, Seanan McGuire, Neil Gaiman, Octavia Butler, Nnedi Okorafor, Alix E. Harrow, Darcy Little Badger)

 

Publications:

2017. “Queerbaiting in the Harry Potter Series and in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” In: Marion Gymnich, Hanne Birk & Denise Burkhard, Eds. “Harry – yer a wizard”: Exploring J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Universe. Baden-Baden: Tectum. 193-204.

2020. "Of World Turtles and World Elephants: Terry Pratchett's Take on World Building" In: Marion Gymnich, Dieter Petzold & Denise Burtkhard, Eds. "Flora und Fauna in Fantastischen Welten / Flora and Fauna in Fantastic Worlds. Symposium 2019 in Bonn." Inklings. Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik 37. Berlin: Peter Lang. 181-198.

2021. "Fan Fiction Clad in Music - How Tolkien and Pratchett Inspire(d) Music" In: Maria Fleischhack, Patrick Schmitz & Christine Vogt-William, Eds. "Die Phantastik und die Musik / Music and the Fantastic." Inklings. Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik 38. Berlin: Peter Lang. 111-129.

2021. "But you will be a girl that heroes fear": Mia Corvere's Gender Portrayal and Queerness in Jay Kristoff's "Nevernight Trilogy". In: Neumeier, Beate; Rausch, Judith, et al., Eds. Gender and Sexuality in Australian Speculative Fiction. gender forum. Issue 81. 48-63. Available online: http://genderforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/07_Issue81_Hecke_GenderPortrayalandQueerness.pdf 

2022. "With Fire and blood, I will take it." - The Hero's Journey of Daenerys Targaryen? In: Uwe Baumann, Marc Laureys & Konrad Vössing, Eds. "Heroinnen und Heldinnen in Geschichte, Kunst und Literatur". Bonn University Press. Göttingen: Brill. 331-356.

Articles awaiting publications: "The Book of the Unnamed Midwife" as a Gendered Dystopia (with Sarah Fißmer), Literature and the Pandemic in Ali Smith's Seasonal Quartett (with Sarah Fißmer), Theology of Vampires in connection to Hellsing Ultimate, Subverting and Queering Shakespeare's Gothic "Midsummer Night's Dream" (with Sarah Fißmer)

 

Editing:

Editor of the Inklings Newsletter (together with Carsten Kullmann). Read the newest newsletter here: http://www.inklings-gesellschaft.de/userfiles/downloads/Inklings%20Newsletter%20-%20Ausgabe%208.pdf

 

Conferences:

2017: "Happy Birthday, Harry. Harry Potter Students' Conference", University of Bonn; talk: "Queerbaiting in the Harry Potter Series and in The Cursed Child?"
2019: "Flora and Fauna in Fantastic Worlds", Inklings Society, Bonn; talk: "Of World Turtles and World Elephants – Terry Pratchett’s Ironic World Building"
2019: "Understanding Imaginary Worlds. A Students' Conference on World-Building in Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Beyond" (Co-Organisor); talk: "A very Scottish World-Building - the Nac Mac Feegles in Terry Pratchett's Tiffany novels"
2019: "10. BGECS-Jahrestagung", Bonn Group for Eighteenth-Century Studies; talk: "Outlander: Make Scots and Scottish Gaelic great (again)?"
2019: "Ossian - Der Große Betrug", talk at Deutsch-Irische-Gesellschaft Bonn
2020: “The secret changes of my soul / From joy to bitter woe” – Anne Brontë’s juvenilia as Speculative Fiction and an adult space for self-expression, talk at Anne Bronte at 200, University of Bonn
2020: Inklings Symposium "Music and the Phantastic", talk: "There's a feeling I get when I look to the West and my spirit is crying for leaving" - Rock Music lnfluenced by the Tolkienverse; postponed due to Covid-19.
2020: Co-Organiser of the Thurneysen Symposium. Postponed to 2023.
2021: “‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind’: Queering the Gothic Space in Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night‘s Dream on Stage”. Joint paper presentation (with Sarah Fißmer) at the OGOM Online Conference 2021 “‘Ill met by moonlight’: Gothic encounters with enchantment and the Faerie realm in literature and culture” at the University of Hertfordshire.
2021: “’The Summer’s Tale’ – Merging Past, Present, and Future in Ali Smith’s Summer in Times of a Pandemic”. Joint paper presentation (with Sarah Fißmer) at the New York City New School for Social Research 2021 virtual conference “Suspended Present: Downloading the Past and Gaming the Future in a Time of Pandemic”.
2021: ""There once was a young man who wished to gain his Heart's Desire" - Neil Gaiman's Feminist, Adult Fairy Tale Stardust on Screen". Inkling Society's Online Symposium on "Lost or Gained in Translation?".
2021: "Gender Relations, Womanhood,  and Landscape Writing in Lives of Girls and Women" at the "Alice Munro at 90:  Central  European  Interpretations"  Online  Conference  organised  by  Károli  Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary (KRE) and Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest.
2022: "Female Power, National Identity and Fairies: King of Morning, Queen of Day by Ian McDonald" at the Books Beyond Boundaries Northern Ireland Conference, organised by Ulster University, online.
2022: "The Literary Heritage of Nan Shepherd" at the World Congress of Scottish Literatures, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, in person.

 

Awards:

  • Lehrpreis der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Bonn (2020) for "außerordentliche Verdienste und vorbildliches Engagement".
  • Nominated again in 2021, together with David Moroney who won the Lehrpreis!
  • YOU LOVELY PEOPLE NOMINATED ME AGAIN IN 2022. THANK YOU!!!

 

Research Interests:

  • Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literature, especially in connection to NAS, Postcolonial Studies, Indigenous literatures
  • Irish, Welsh and Scottish-Gaelic (= Celtic) Literatures, Scottish Modernism / Scots
  • Renaissance Drama / Contemporary British Theatre / Poetry
  • Memory Studies, Creation of (National/Cultural) Identity
  • Landscape / Nature Writing, Ecocriticism, Ethics
  • Queer and Gender Studies, Feminism
  • Fairies, Folklore, Myths, Legends
  • Films / cinematography

 

Languages:

  • German, English, French, Latin, Scottish Gaelic
  • Knowledge of: Irish Gaelic, Welsh, Breton, Cornish

 

Memberships:

  • Inklings Society
  • The Folklore Society (FLS)
  • Deutscher Anglistenverband
  • GAPS - Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies
  • IASSL - International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures

 

Short CV:

since 10/2018: Research Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, 50%) and Junior Lecturer, since 11/2018: Mittelbauvertreterin / member of Vorstand; since 04/2020 full time position, 2020 Lehrpreis der Universität Bonn, since August 2020 lecturer of trust / Vertrauensdozentin, 2021 second nomination for Lehrpreis by the students of the department, 2022 Stellvertretendes Mitglied des Fakultätsrats der Universität Bonn; 2022 reelected as Mittelbauvertreterin / member of the board

2016-2018: Student and then Graduate Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft) at Coordination English (Studiengangsmanagement / Dr. Imke Lichterfeld, University of Bonn)

March 2017: Intern at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, GB

2016-2017: Student Assistant at Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), S14 Germanistik, deutsche Sprache und Lektorenprogramm

2016-2017: Tutor for BA First Year Literary Courses

2016: Founding member of the Fachausschuss Keltologie, 2016-2019: President of the FA Keltologie.

2011-2018: Read English Studies, Celtic Studies, German, Philosophy, Bildungswissenschaften (M.A., M.Ed., 2x B.A.) at Bonn University. First bachelor's thesis on Hannah Arendt's "On Violence"; second bachelor's thesis on Ossianic Poetry & Nationalism; master's thesis on Soundscape Ecology.

 

 

Take part in "Dear Friend", a collective pandemic art project inspired by Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". All members of the university (be it staff or student) are welcome to participate. Hand in your letter now: Link
More about the project: perksoflivingthroughapandemic.wordpress.com/about-dear-friend/
Read the letters: perksoflivingthroughapandemic.wordpress.com/
Mental Health Resources (it's okay not to be okay): perksoflivingthroughapandemic.wordpress.com/resources/
What Hochschulkommunikation wrote about it: www.uni-bonn.de/neues/201edear-friend201c

 

 

 

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