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Marthe-Siobhán Hecke, M.A., M.Ed.


Email: mshecke [@]

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

Phone: +49 (0)228 73-7638


Contact me if you are stressed / have mental health issues  and would like to contact somebody who has nothing to do with registration periods or the organisation of exams
(I am your "Vertrauensdozentin")


Office Hours via Zoom:

Please log into eCampus and 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 2020: October 27, November 10, November 24, December 8. Office Hours in 2021: January 19, February 2, February 16, March 2, March 16, March 30. Always from 10-12 (six slots are available at each date) - book a slot now: -->

Extra office hours on Jan 12, if you need them. Contact me with a short email & I can give you a spot between 10:15am and 12! :-) (eCampus doesn't let me add these, no idea why. :D)


Term Papers:

Please hand in your term papers as a PDF via email, including the signed Declaration of Authenticity and your "Prüfungsformular für Hausarbeiten". I do not need a printed version by post etc.

Please always use your official university email for all official university business, such as handing in term papers.

Dec 11, 2020: I have graded *all* term papers I have received so far and have also replied to all of your emails concerning term papers. If I haven't replied to you, please contact me again. If your grade does now show up in Basis, contact me again. I'd be happy to talk about your term paper with you, please book an office hour spot!

Writing Competition Vol 2: Winners will read out their pieces on Jan 15, 2021 -- JOIN US!


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:
Read the letters:
Mental Health Resources (it's okay not to be okay):
What Hochschulkommunikation wrote about it:


PhD Project:

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

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Uwe Baumann


Reading Group - BSFG:

Bonn Speculative Fiction Group (BSFG) meets once a month and reads selcted fantasy, sci-fi, or dys/utopian novels - literature that does things differently. There might be queer, feminist, poco or indigenous issues. You can join the reading group any time, please write an email if you are interested. More info here:



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, Daphne Du Maurier, Elizabeth Bowen)

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: Issues in Literary and Cultural Studies



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.



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 2021 due to Covid-19.
2020: Talk about Nan Shepherd at World Congress of Scottish Literatures, Prague. Postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19.



Lehrpreis der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Bonn (2020) for "außerordentliche Verdienste und vorbildliches Engagement"


Research Interests:

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literature, especially in connection to Northamerican, Postcolonial Studies, Indigenous literatures

Irish, Welsh and Scottish-Gaelic (= Celtic) Literatures, Scottish Modernism / Scots

Renaissance Drama / Contemporary British Theatre / Poetry

Queer and Gender Studies, Feminism

Memory Studies, Creation of Identity

Fairies, Folklore, Myths, Legends



Inklings Society

The Folklore Society (FLS)

Deutscher Anglistenverband

GAPS - Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies


Short CV:

since 10/2018: Research Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) and Junior Lecturer, since 11/2018: Mittelbauvertreterin / member of Vorstand; since 04/2020 full time position, 2020 Lehrpreis der Universität Bonn, since August 2020 Vertrauensdozentin

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: Student of English Studies, Celtic Studies, German, Philosophy, Bildungswissenschaften (M.A., M.Ed., 2x B.A.) at the University of Bonn