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Marthe-Siobhán Hecke, M.A., M.Ed.



Email: mshecke [@] (add your pronouns to your email)

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

Phone: +49 (0)228 73-7638


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!


Office Hours via Zoom:

Please be aware that I am taking some time from July 26-July 30, August 16-20, September 13-17, September 27-October 15. I will be available via email, but it might take me longer than the usual 24 hours to reply. Please keep that in mind and book office hours spots etc. in advance.

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 2021: August 3, August 10, August 24, September 7, September 21, September 28, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14 (six slots are available at each date) - book a slot HERE! (

If no more spots are available, 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. Just contact me. :-)

Term Papers:

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 (summer term 2021: via the Übung in your eCampus course!!!), including the signed Declaration of Authenticity and your "Prüfungsformular für Hausarbeiten". I do not need a printed version by post and I will not sign the Prüfungsformular in advance.

Writing Competition Vol 2: read the winning pieces now, we are currently selecting the winners of Vol. 3!


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

Key words: Scottish Literary Renaissance, Modernism, Nature/Landscape Writing, Scots, National Identity, Memory Studies


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 issues. You can join the reading group any time, please write an email if you are interested. There are also weekly movie nights! More info here:

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



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



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.
2020: Talk about Nan Shepherd at World Congress of Scottish Literatures, Prague. Postponed to 2022 due to Covid-19.
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”.



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

Nominated again in 2021.

(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

Queer and Gender Studies, Feminism

Fairies, Folklore, Myths, Legends

Landscape / Nature Writing

Ecocriticism, Ethics



German, English, French, Latin, Scottish Gaelic

Knowledge of: Irish Gaelic, Welsh, Breton, Cornish, Dutch



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) 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, 2021 second nomination for Lehrpreis by the students of the department

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.