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Research Statement

I have a background in literary and cultural theories and Anglophone postcolonial fiction in the environmental humanities. My expertise and research interests include education for sustainability and resilience, inter- and transcultural learning with literature, human-animal studies, and inclusive education.

Currently, I am working on concepts of literacy and the role of literary fiction in education for climate action as well as the role of dissent and controversy in culture-sensitive and inclusive educational settings. I am also interested in questions of educational philosophy, especially in terms of modelling learning objectives in times of large-scale extinction and climate catastrophe. I have also worked on questions of literary value, the intersection of literary studies and literature pedagogy, and multimodal literature and media pedagogies.

I am Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Teaching in the Humanities (IFDG) and Co-Director of MESH, the University of Cologne's Research Hub for Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies in the Humanities. I also act as Speaker of the Project Group "Cultures of Climate" at the Wissenschaftsforum zu Köln und Essen as well as of the University of Cologne’s central Competence Area (CA IV), ‘Cultures and Societies in Transition’. I am also a Speaker and Mentor, together with Prof. Wiebke Dannecker, of the Postgraduate Class 10 at our Faculty’s Graduate School and the Graduate School for Teacher Education.


Past Projects (Selection)

Climate Change Literacy
funded by VolkswagenFoundation (Az.: 9A794)
October 2020-September 2021

Output (Selection):

Hoydis, Julia, Roman Bartosch and Jens Martin Gurr. Climate Change Literacy. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2023).

Bartosch, R. et al. „Zukunftsgestaltungskompetenz im Angesicht der Katastrophe.“ Ecological Literacy als mehrdimensionale Herausforderung.“ Futures Literacy. Eds. G. Brandhofer, E. Rauscher & C. Sippl. Pädagogik für Niederösterreich, 2023 (forthcoming).

Bartosch, R. „Scale, Latency, Entanglement: Wege zur Klimakompetenz durch kreative Kommunikationen.“ Metaphorik (forthcoming 2023).

Wissenschaftsforum zu Köln und Essen: 'Cultures of Climate'
April 2022-October 2022

Output (selection):

Visiting Professorship for Public Humanities 2022: Ursula K. Heise
Lecture Series 'Perspectives on Climate Change Communication'

More info: Wissenschaftsforum zu Köln und Essen and Cultures of Climate project group

Mediating Socioecological Emergencies: The Environmental Humanities for Well-being (EHWell)
funded by EUniWell
March 2022-February 2023

(together with the Universities of Nantes (PI), Birmingham, Florence, Leiden and Linnaeus)

Cultivating Sustainability
in cooperation with ZfL Köln und Zukunftsstrategie Lehrer*innenbildung
October 2018-October 2020

International Conference and edited research monograph: Cultivating Sustainability in Language and Literature Pedagogy. Steps to an Educational Ecology (Routledge 2021/2022).

Transversale Literaturdidaktik

Output (Selection):

Research monograph: Literary Theory for Educators (in preparation).

Research monograph (edited with Julia Hoydis): Teaching the Posthuman (Winter 2019). (LINK)

Open-Access Journal publication (edited with Julia Hoydis): Reading in Ruins – Exploring Posthumanist Narrative Studies (Open Library of Humanities, publication in 2020).

Research article: "Literature Pedagogy in the Anthropocene" (in: The Anthropocenic Turn: The Interplay between Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Responses to a New Age. Eds. Gabriele Dürbeck & Philip Hüpkes. Routledge, 2020).

Research article: "Posthumanism in Theory and (Reading) Practice" (in: New Approaches to the Twenty-First-Century Anglophone Novel. Eds. Sibylle Baumbach & Birgit Neumann. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

Keynote presentation: "Posthumanism and Literary Learning: Lessons in Relatability", (6. Tag der Englischdidaktik, Augsburg University, 2020).