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Bettina Burger


Dr. Bettina Burger
Building: 23.21
Floor/Room: 01.055
+49 211 81-12210

On Tuesdays, Bettina Burger can be found in

  • Anglophone Literatures and Cultures
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Fantasy Literature, Speculative Fiction and Science Fiction
  • Children’s and YA Literature
  • Gender Studies and Queer Studies
  • Scottish Literature
  • Autstralian Literature
  • Popular Literature and Culture
  • Graphic Novels and Comics
  • Completed PhD, publication planned as "Fantasy in the World and the World in Fantasy - Global Networks and Local Realities of Fantasy World Literature“
  • Research on Australian Speculative Fiction and academic communication via podcast and YouTube channel
  • Participation in Australian Studies online project: conception of an innovative degree programme established by 5 co-operating universities
  • Summer School 2023: Translating Comics, Graphic Novels and Video Games


  • With Lucas Mattila. "“Connections light up across time and space”—Detectives in the Magical Realist Web of Female Relationships in Catching Teller Crow." Journal of Science Fiction 5.2 (2022): 19-35.
  • “Introduction: Always Australian, Often Female, and Sometimes Queer." Gender Forum. No. 81. 2021.
  • "“All Life Matters, or None Does”: Connecting Human and Nonhuman Worlds in Ambelin Kwaymullina’s The Tribe Series." Nonhuman Agencies in the Twenty-First-Century Anglophone Novel. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2021. 297-316.
  • With Judith Rahn, and Yvonne Liebermann. "Introduction: Narrating the Nonhuman." Nonhuman Agencies in the Twenty-First-Century Anglophone Novel. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2021. 1-24.
  • “Xu Daozhi, Indigenous Cultural Capital: Postcolonial Narratives in Australian Children’s Literature (Review).” Gesellschaft für Australienstudien 33/34 (2019/2020): 164-166. DOI: 10.35515/zfa/asj.3334/201920.11
  • “Math and magic: Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti trilogy and its challenge to the dominance of Western science in science fiction.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 37.4 (2020): 364-377. DOI: 10.1080/15295036.2020.1820540
  • “Bettina Burger über Nicholas B. Miller: John Millar and the Scottish Enlightenment – Family Life and World History (2018).” Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für die Erforschung des achtzehnen Jahrhunderts 42.2 (2018): 332-335.
  • "Bantam." The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 July 2019. In: https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38874 [accessed 29 October 2019].
  • "Bronte poetry cycle." The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2019. In: https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38873 [accessed 29 October 2019].
  • "Is Elizabeth Bennet really a heroine for our time?“ Pride and Prejudice 2.0. Interpretations, Adaptations and Transformations of Jane Austen’s Classic. Eds. Hanne Birk and Marion Gymnich. Bonn University Press, 2015: 303-310.
  • “Participation in Possible Futures – Technology in Aboriginal Australian Speculative Fiction.” Participation in Postcolonial Wor(l)ds (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, 29 September-1 October 2022).
  • “Warrior Monks, Sentient Robots, and Plant People: Queerness in Australian Speculative Fiction, Keynote.” Early Career Research in Australian Studies Workshop (University of Cologne, 16-17 September 2022).
  • “Floating Cities and the NHS Waiting List – Escape, Recovery, and the End of Linear History in Mary Hoffman’s Stravaganza series.” Once and Future Fantasies Conference (University of Glasgow, 13-17 July 2022).
  • “Hope, Despair, and a Fairy’s Tales in Gillian Polack’s The Time of the Ghosts.” Finncon 2022 (Aalto University, Espoo, 8-10 July 2022).
  • “From Trickster to Villain to LGBT icon – Loki God(dess) of Mischief and Stories Across Media.” GIFCon 2022: Fantasy Across Media (University of Glasgow, 28-30 April 2022).
  • ““I will give you a story” – Oral Storytelling and Black Leopard Red Wolf’s Multivocal Fantasy Quest.” GIFCon 2021: Beyond the Anglocentric Fantastic (University of Glasgow, 28-30 April 2021).
  • “Catherine Johnson’s Curious Tales: Narrating Black British Lives in the 18th Century Through Children’s Literature.” Das 18. Jahrhundert in Film und Populärkultur. (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 3 October 2019).
  • “Maths and Magic – Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti and Its Challenge to the Dominance of Western Science in Science Fiction.” 7th Biennial Afroeuropeans Network Conference*: Black Invisibilities Contested. Special Panel Afrofuturism – Making Black Futures Visible. (ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, 4-6 July 2019).
  • “A Most Accurate Way of Describing Reality – Breaking Boundaries in Nnedi Okorafor’s Organic Fantasy Tales.” Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations: GIFCon 2019. (University of Glasgow, 23-24 May 2019).
  • “Putting Supernatural Children in Detention Centres – Ambelin Kwaymullina’s Portrayal of Australian Migrant and Refugee Policies Through a Fantasy Lens.” Australian Perspectives on Migration. 16th Biennial Conference of GASt. (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, 4-6 October 2018).
  • “Conversing with the Past - Jackie Kay’s Poetry at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.” On Whose Terms? Ten Years On: Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and the Arts. (Goldsmiths University London, 22 March 2018).
  • „The Neverending Cycle of Hate and Fear in Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy.“ Fear and Loathing in Fantasy & Folklore. (University of Edinburgh, 19-20 January 2017).
  • „Is Elizabeth Bennet really a heroine for our time?“ Pride & Prejudice 2.0 - Celebrating the Bicentenary of Jane Austen's most Popular Novel. (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 5-6 December 2013).
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