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Melina Munz

English Department

Rheinstraße 10
79104 Freiburg
Phone: +49 761 203-67698

PhD student in sub-project G4
"Leisure in Contemporary Indian Literature"

Academic CV

  • Since February 2017 research fellow and PhD student at the Collaborative Research Centre 1015 “Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices” in the project G4 “Leisure in Contemporary Indian Literature” supervised by Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik
  • 2016-2017 research assistant in the editorial team of the Handbook of the English Novel of the 20th and 21st Centuries (de Gruyter series)
  • 2015-2017 research assistant at the editorial project on August Wilhelm Schlegel’s works at the University of Tübingen
  • 2014-2016 M.A. English Literatures and Cultures at the University of Tübingen
  • 2012-2014 student assistant at the Collaborative Research Centre “Bedrohte Ordnungen” 923 in the project on late mediaeval carnival plays
  • 2012-2013 Erasmus year at the University of Reading, UK
    Internship with “The Tudor Tailor”: research and reconstruction of early modern clothing as well as English-German translation work
  • 2009-2016 teaching degree in English and German and History at the University of Tübingen    

Dissertation project

The sub-project analyses the tendency of Indian contemporary fiction to present leisure in a nostalgic and anti-colonial way. The dissertation project specifically deals with Indian novels in English since roughly 1990. One important question is whether the practices of leisure in the novels are genuinely Indian forms of otiose leisure which are meant to oppose Western dichotomies of work and idleness, or whether they are actually orientalist stereotypes of Indian leisure (in religion, philosophy, art, lifestyle…). From a sociological perspective, aspects of acceleration in the life of the poor through colonialism as well as the social dimension of leisure as a privilege are an important aspect in some of the novels. 


  • Munz, Melina „Muße zwischen Wildkräutergenuss und Gesellschaftsutopie. Gespräch mit Dr. Markus Strauß“ In: Muße. Ein Magazin, 5. Jhg 2020, Heft 2, p. 53-60, URL: Date of access: 23.06.2020
  • --- "Village Idyll? The Blending of Work and Otium in Contemporary Indian Fiction on Rural Life". Muße und Arbeit. Eds. Gregor Dobler, Markus Tauschek, Michael Vollstädt and Inga Wilke. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck [planned as part of the Otium series].
  • --- "The Semantics of Spiritual Experience - a Case Study of Selected Novels by Amit Chaudhuri, Sunetra Gupta and Pankaj Mishra". Semantiken der Muße aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive. Eds. Monika Fludernik and Thomas Jürgasch. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck [planned as part of the Otium series].
  • --- "Leisurely Being in the City as a Critique of the Functionalist Modern City Space in Amit Chaudhuri's A Strange and Sublime Address and Navtej Sarna's We Weren't Lovers Like That". Urbane Muße. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck [planned as part of the Otium series].


    • Presentation on "A 'leisurely' writing-style? Narratological strategies favouring the experience of otium in contemporary Indian fiction in English" at the Workshop "Otium and Narration" in Freiburg, December 13th-14th, 2018.
    • Presentation on "Otium in Contemporary Indian Fiction. Conceptual Thoughts" at the Conference ESSE (European Society fot he Study of English) in Brno, August 29th-September 2nd, 2018.
    • Presentation on "Village Idyll? The Representation of the Rural Space as Authentic in Contemporary Indian Fiction" at the Conference ECSAS (European Conference on South Asian Studies) in Paris, July 23rd-27th, 2018.
    • Presentation on "Village Idyll? The Blending of Work and Otium in Contemporary Indian Fiction on Rural Life" at the Conference "Otiose Leisure and Work" in Freiburg, May 12th-14th, 2018.
    • Input on "Speed and Utility - Immersive Reading Experiences as an Outdated Cliché? Changes in Reading Habits through Digitalisation" at the Workshop "Otium/Leisure 2.0" in Freiburg, January 18th-19th, 2018.

Conference and Administrative Experience

  • Part of the Organistaion Team for the Conference "Urban Otium: Materialities, Practices, Representations", May 2nd - 4th, 2019.
  • Organisation of the workshop “Otiose leisure and sensual experience“ at the CRC’s graduate school in Freiburg, July 21st and 22nd, 2017.