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Dr. Thorsten Merse

Dr. Thorsten Merse

Postdoc Researcher

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Institut für Englische Philologie
Schellingstr. 3 RG
80799 München

Room: 425 VG
Phone: +49 (0)89 2180-5753

For office hours, please visit the Anglistik department staff profiles.

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Curriculum vitae

Thorsten Merse studied English and Biology at the University of Münster (WWU) for becoming a teacher in secondary education (Gymnasium and Gesamtschule). During his studies he spent a year in Harrogate, UK, to work as a teaching assistant for German at Ashville College, and also to study at the University of Leeds. After obtaining his first state examination in May 2011, Thorsten Merse began working as a research assistant at the Chair of TEFL, University of Münster, where he was involved in conceptualizing the practical teacher training unit (Praxissemester). In February 2016, he changed to the Chair of TEFL (Prof. Dr. Christiane Lütge) at the University of Munich (LMU).

In his  PhD project titled “Other Others, Different Differences: Queer Perspectives on Teaching English as a Foreign language”, he is researching current renegotiations of cultural and literary learning from the perspective of Queer Theory and the resulting implications for the teaching practice in EFL classrooms. The PhD project was successfully completed at LMU Munich in February 2017 and the dissertation will be published in 2017 with the LIT Verlag.

Thorsten Merse is an active member of the IATEFL and the DGFF. On a regular basis, he gives talks and workshops at various national and international universities and conferences, including, for example, the seminar series “Queering ESOL: Towards a Cultural Politics of LGBT Issues in the ESOL Classroom”.


Areas of interest

Cultural and literary learning
Queer Theory and heteronormativity in TEFL
Gender-informed approaches to TEFL
Online media, Web 2.0 and digital literature
Global Education
Multiliteracies and multimodality


Publications

  • (2019, forthcoming) Other Others, Different Differences: Queer Perspectives on Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Münster: LIT Verlag.
  • (2019, forthcoming) with Christiane Lütge, Claudia Owczarek and Michelle Stannard: "Crossovers: Digitalization and Literature in Foreign Language Education", in: Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, special issue 'Boarder Crossing in Language Education' [peer-reviewed article]
  • (2019, forthcoming) with Christiane Lütge: "Approaching Diversity in Education: Pedagogic and Queer Perspectives", in: Lütge, Christoph, Christiane Lütge and Markus Faltermeier (Eds.). The Praxis of Diversity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (2019, forthcoming) with Christiane Lütge: "Digitale Literatur - Überlegungen zu Typologie und Modellierung", in: Tagungsband DGFF-Kongress 2017. Falkenhagen, Charlotte and Laurenz Volkmann (Eds.).
  • (2019, forthcoming) with Lotta König: "'Compairing a girl to a summers day is gay' - Qu(e)rying EFL Learners' Engagement with Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 and contemporary YA Fiction", in: Paran, Amos (Ed.). Shakespeare in ELT. Multilingual Matters.
  • (2019, forthcoming) with Max von Blanckenburg: "A Day in 2050. Globale Zukunftsvisionen entwickeln und kreatives Schreiben fördern", in: Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch, Themenheft 160 'Short Narrative Fiction'.
  • (2018) "Creating Queer Text Ensembles for the EFL Literature Classroom: Conceptual Considerations and Practice-oriented Perspectives", in: Eisenmann, Maria and Christian Ludwig (Eds.). Queer Beats - Gender and Literature in the EFL Classroom. Berlin: Peter Lang, 307-338.
  • (2018) with Johanna Marks: "Diversity in Love-themed Fiction: John Green's 'The Fault in Our Stars' and David Levithan's 'Princes'", in: Bland, Janice (Ed.). Using Literature in English Language Education. Challenging Reading for 8-18 Year Olds. London: Bloomsbury, 159-174.
  • (2018) with Christiane Lütge and Claudia Owczarek: "Digitales Lernen im Fremdsprachenunterricht: Praxistauglich und potenzialorientiert", in: Praxis Fremdsprachenunterricht Basisheft 04/2018, Themenheft 'Digitales Lernen, 5-8.
  • (2018) with Christiane Lütge and Michelle Stannard: "Digital Narratives: Exploring New Practices of 'Reading' and 'Play'", in: Praxis Fremdsprachenunterricht Englischheft 04/2018, Themenheft 'Digitales Lernen, 4-7.
  • (2018) "And Tango Makes Three: Mit einem Bilderbuch die Geschichte zu einer wahren Begebenheit kennenlernen", in: Grundschule Englisch 63, Themenheft 'Picture Books', 30-33.
  • (2018) "LGBT* Issues Are Global Issues: Queering Global Education", in: IATEFL 2017: Glasgow Conference Selections. Kent: IATEFL Publications, 134-135.
  • (2017) Other Others, Different Differences: Queer Perspectives on Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Dissertation, LMU München: Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften, digital publication.
  • (2017) "My Media, Myself and I: In einer digital story die eigene Mediennutzung reflektieren", in: Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch 150, Themenheft 'Creative Writing', 19-23.
  • (2017) with Fiona Heather Poorman: "Voices from the University Classroom: Using Social Media for Collaborative Learning in Language Teacher Education", in: Collaborative Language Learning and New Media. Insights into an Evolving Field. Ludwig, Christian and Kris Van de Poel (Eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 129-149.
  • (2017) "Differenz", in: Surkamp, Carola (Ed.). Metzler Lexikon Fremdsprachendidaktik. Ansätze – Methoden - Grundbegriffe. Second edition. Stuttgart: Metzler, 44-45.
  • (2017) "Praktische Perspektiven auf Fernsehserien: Potenziale und Herausforderungen für den Fremdsprachenunterricht", in: Praxis Fremdsprachenunterricht Basisheft 04/2017, 9-11.
  • (2017) "Upstairs, Downstairs: Mit der Fernsehserie Downton Abbey im Englischunterricht arbeiten", in: Praxis Fremdsprachenunterricht Englisch 04/2017, 11-15.
  • (2016) "Online-Medien und Web 2.0: Was müssen angehende Fremdsprachenlehrer können und was kann die universitäre Praxis der Lehrerbildung dazu beitragen?", in: Becker, Carmen, Gabriele Blell and Andrea Rössler (Eds.). Web 2.0 und Komplexe Kompetenzaufgaben im Fremdsprachenunterricht. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 257-271.
  • (2016) "Out and proud? Einen Zeitschriftenartikel über schwule und lesbische Stars schreiben", in: Englisch 5-10 34, 24-26.
  • (2015) "Queer-informed Approaches and Sexual Literacy in ELT: Theoretical Foundations and Teaching Principles", in: Language Issues 26.1, 13-20 [peer reviewed article].
  • (2015) "'I Identify as Queer' – Mit Queer Autobiographical Narratives Identitätsentwürfe erkunden", in: Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch 135, Themenheft 'Negotiating Gender', 32-37.
  • (2015) "Globalizing the Visual and Visualizing the Global. The Potential of Global Images for the EFL Classroom", in: Lütge, Christiane (Ed.). Global Education. Perspectives for English Language Teaching. Münster: LIT, 197-224.
  • (2014) with Johanna Marks: "Posten à la Twitter und Facebook: Im Online-Forum die Lektüre Pale diskutieren und in Twitterature umwandeln", in: Englisch 5-10 28, 22-25.
  • (2014) with Grit Alter: "Das Potenzial tabuisierter und kontroverser Texte für das literarisch-ästhetische Lernen innerhalb der pluralen Bildung", in: Fäcke, Christiane, Martina Rost-Rot and Engelbert Thaler (Eds.). Sprachenausbildung, Sprachen bilden aus, Bildung aus Sprachen. Dokumentation zum 24. Kongress für Fremdsprachendidaktik der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung (DGFF) Augsburg, 25.-28. September 2013. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider-Verlag Hohengehren, 161-171.
  • (2014) with Jochen Schmidt: "Internet-Medien und Web 2.0", in: Lütge, Christiane (Ed.). Englisch Methodik. Handbuch für die Sekundarstufe I und II. Berlin: Cornelsen Scriptor.
  • (2014) "Gay-themed Literature in the EFL Classroom", in: IATEFL 2013: Liverpool Conference Selections. Ed. Tania Pattison, 98-99.
  • (2013) "Sexual Diversity, Literature, and English Language Teaching", in: Literature, Media and Cultural Studies: The Newsletter of the Literature, Media and Cultural Studies Special Interest Group. Ed. Alan Pulverness. December 2013, Issue 44: 15-20.
  • (2012) "A Global Logorama: Visuelle Kompetenz in einer global-vernetzten Bilderwelt schulen", in: Praxis Fremdsprachenunterricht Basisheft 5, 12-15.
  • (2012) with Christina Dasenbrock: "Local Holidays on Global Couches: Exploring Online Travelling Platforms", in: Praxis Fremdsprachenunterricht Englisch 5, 4-7.
  • (2012) with Merle Lammers: "Pictures Full of Senses: Ein Bild mit allen Sinnen erleben", in: Englisch 5-10 19, 10-13.

Presentations and workshops

  • "Embracing queer/cross-cultural awareness in foreign language education through social media and digital literature". Talk at the international 5th WorldCALL conference, Universidad de Concepción, Chile.
  • (with Christian Ludwig) "E-learning at university level: Exploring the potential of blogs for collaborative online projects in foreign language teacher education". Talk at the international 5th WorldCALL conference, Universidad de Concepción, Chile. 
  • (invited plenary talk and plenary workshop, forthcoming) "Challenging ELT's Lip-Service to Diversity: The Queer Case of LGBTIQ* Issues" and "Teaching with a Queer Lens: From Text to Task" at the 7th Malta ELT Conference: Multiple Perspectives in ELT, 11 October 2018, Malta. 
  • (forthcoming) "Queere Perspektiven auf Inklusion: Sexuelle und geschlechtliche Vielfalt im Englischunterricht". Talk at the conference Inklusiver Englischunterricht - Gemeinsam Lehren und Lernen (IEGLL), 21 September 2018, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg.
  • "Towards New Literacies: Digitalization and Literature in Foreign Language Education." Presentation at the Twenty-fifth International Conference on Learning: Education in a Time of Austerity and Social Turbulence, 21 June 2018, University of Athens, Greece.
  • (invited talk) "Queere Perspektiven auf Media Literacy: Sexuelle und geschlechtliche Vielfalt im Fremdsprachenunterricht." Talk at the series Didaktik am Montagabend (DiMa), 15 January 2018, Universität Innsbruck, Institut für Fachdidaktik, Austria.
  • (with Christiane Lütge, Claudia Owczarek, Michelle Stannard) "Crossovers: Digitalization and literature in foreign language education." Symposium at the international conference Language Education Across Borders, 9 December 2017, Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz, Austria.
  • (with Christiane Lütge) "DigitaLiterature: Potenziale mediengestützten Lernens im fremdsprachlichen Literaturunterricht." Presentation at the 27th DGFF Kongress in "Sektion 8: Mediengestütztes Fremdsprachenlernen", 28 September 2017, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena.
  • "Queer Literacy Practices in Foreign Language Education: From Conceptual Considerations to Practical Classroom Implications." Presentation at the AILA World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 28 July 2017.
  • (with Max von Blanckenburg) "Exploring Multimodal Texts in Learner-oriented Language Teaching." Workshop at the AILA World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24 July 2017.
  • (with Christiane Lütge) "Digitale Räume – empty spaces? Potentiale performativer Praxen im Literaturunterricht". Presentation at the Scenario Forum International Conference 2017: Performative Spaces in Language, Literature and Culture Education, 28 May, University College Cork, Ireland.
  • "LGBT Issues Are Global Issues: Queering Global Education in ELT", talk at IATEFL 51th Annual Conference and Exhibition, 04 - 07 April 2017, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  • (invited workshop) "Teaching Queer / Teaching with Technology: Online-Medien und Bildung für sexuelle Vielfalt im Fremdsprachenunterricht", workshop at the conference Language.Learning.Technology, 28 October 2016, Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • (invited workshop) "Sexual Diversity in the Classroom: Queer Approaches to English Language Teaching", workshop at a teacher education course for ELT (Prof. Dr. Eva Wilden), 7 June 2016, Universität Vechta, Didaktik der englischen Sprache und Literatur, Germany.
  • "'That's So Gay!' - Towards a Queer-sensitive Teacher Education", talk at IATEFL 50th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Teacher Development SIG Day, 12 - 16 April 2016, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • "From Multiliteracies to Sexual Literacy: Queer Approaches to English Language Teaching", talk at the lecture series Hotspots in Literary/Cultural Studies and Linguistics, 9 December 2015, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar, Germany.
  • (togther with Lotta König) "Queer- und genderorientierte Zugänge für einen Fremdsprachenunterricht der Vielfalt", working session at 26th Kongress für Fremdsprachendidaktik der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung, 30 September - 03 October 2015, Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg, Germany.
  • (together with Lotta König) "How to Queer the Classroom: Queer-informed Methods and Teaching Practice in ELT", talk at the sixth seminar of the seminar series Queering ESOL: Towards a Cultural Politics of LGBT Issues in the ESOL Classroom, 19-20 June 2015, University College London, Institute of Education, United Kingdom.
  • (together with Amos Paran) "Teaching Postcolonialism: From Theory to Practice", teachers' workshop at the 26th annual GAPS conference Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts, 15 May 2015, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar, Germany.
  • "Other Others, Different Differences: The Queer Dimension of English Language Teaching", talk at 11. DGFF-Nachwuchstagung, 24-25 February 2015, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar, Germany.
  • (together with Fiona Poorman) "Voices from the University Classroom: Using Social Media for Collaborative Learning in Language Teacher Education", talk at the symposium Posting, poking and tweeting in and outside the classroom? The potential of social media for language learning (GAL Kongress 2014), 17 September 2014, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.
  • "Promoting Sexual Literacy through Queer Pedagogy in EFL and ESOL
 Classrooms: Materials and Methods", talk at the third seminar of the seminar series Queering ESOL: Towards a Cultural Politics of LGBT Issues in the ESOL Classroom, 21 June 2014, King’s College London, United Kingdom.
  • "Researching Heteronormativity and LGBT Invisibility in ELT", talk at the International PhD Colloquium in St. Wolfgang, Austria, 1 - 4 May 2014.
  • "Global Education Meets Visual Literacy: Reading Global Images Critically", talk at IATEFL 48th Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2 - 5 April 2014, Harrogate, United Kingdom.
  • "Online-Medien und Web 2.0: Was müssen angehende Lehrkräfte können und was kann die universitäre Praxis der Lehrerbildung leisten?", talk at XI. Mediendidaktisches Kolloquium: Web 2.0 und komplexe Kompetenzaufgaben im Fremdsprachenunterricht, 6-7 March 2014, Leibniz-Universität Hannover, Germany.
  • (together with Jochen Schmidt) "Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts und Co.: Web 2.0 und Online-Medien im Englischunterricht", workshop at the third TEFL Day (Fachdidaktiktag Englisch: Medien im Englischunterricht), 19 February 2014, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar, Germany.
  • "Queer Pedgagogy and Sexual Literacy in English Language Teaching", talk at the lecture series Hotspots in Literary/Cultural Studies and Linguistics, 8 January 2014, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar, Germany.
  • "Sexual Diversity, Queer Pedagogy and English LanguageTeaching: New Concerns, New Impulses”, talk at the postgraduate conference Exploring the Periphery: Perspectives from Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching, Literary and Cultural Studies, 9 November 2013, Universität Bielefeld, Germany.
  • (together with Grit Alter) "'We haven't met yet': Die Bedeutung des literarisch-ästhetischen Lernens innerhalb der pluralen Bildung", talk at 25th Kongress für Fremdsprachendidaktik der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung, Sektion 5: Bildungsorientierte Zugänge und literarisch-ästhetische Kompetenzen (Prof. Dr. Christiane Lütge and Prof. Dr. Lutz Küster), 27 September 2013, Universität Augsburg, Germany.
  • "Beyond Heteronormativity in English Language Teaching: From Voicing Sexual Otherness to Re-Negotiating the Didactic Discourses on Culture, Identity and Literacy", talk at the International PhD Colloquium in St. Wolfgang, Austria, 9 - 12 May 2013.
  • "Gay-themed Literature in the EFL Classroom", talk at IATEFL 47th Annual Conference and Exhibition, 8 - 12 April 2013, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
  • (together with Grit Alter) "Breaking the Silence: Taboo(ed) Topics in the EFL Classroom", workshop at the second TEFL Day (Fachdidaktiktag Englisch: Mündlichkeit und Sprechen), 7 February 2013, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar, Germany.
  • "Exploring the Potential of Games for Creative Vocabulary Enrichment", workshop at the TEFL Lounge, 11 December 2012, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar (Chair of TEFL).
  • "'Coming Out from the Silence': Queer Literature in English Language Teaching", talk at the lecture series Hotspots in Literary/Cultural Studies and Linguistics, 28 November 2012, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar, Germany.
  • "Filme in der Unterrichtspraxis: Lernerorientierte Methoden", workshop at the TEFL Lounge, 13 November 2012, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar (Chair of TEFL).
  • "A Queer Perspective on Teaching Literature in the EFL Classroom“, talk at 10. DGFF-Nachwuchstagung, 4 - 5 October 2012, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany.
  • "Towards Web Literacy in EFL Classrooms: What Future Teachers Should Know for Their Practice", workshop at a teacher training course for ELT, 26 July 2012, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar (Chair of TEFL).
  • "Webbing the EFL Classroom: Webquests", workshop at the TEFL Lounge, 13 June 2012, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar (Chair of TEFL).
  • "Notizen aus der Englischdidaktik: Teaching Gender? - Teaching Queer!", talk at the conference Teaching Gender? Geschlecht in der Schule und im Fachunterricht, 9-10 February 2012, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Zentrum für Gender Studies, Germany.
  • "Teaching Queer: A New Ga(y)ze on TEFL", talk at the lecture series Hotspots in Literary/Cultural Studies and Linguistics, 11 January 2012, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar, Germany.
  • "What is There to Teach with Films? Content, Aesthetics, Methodology", workshop at the TEFL Lounge, 22 November 2011, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Englisches Seminar (Chair of TEFL).