Kai Qing Tan

M. A.

wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Englischsprachige Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Kognition



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PhD Project

"The Psychogeographical Reader: Enactive Encounters with Contemporary British Urban Narratives (2000-)” [working title]
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jan Alber, RWTH Aachen, and Dr. Nicole Falkenhayner, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

Research Interests

Contemporary British Fiction
Literary and Critical Theory
Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture
Urban Studies, Sociology and Psychogeography
British Comedies, Football, and Associated Political Issues
Modernist Writings and the Philosophy of Mind
Space and Postcolonial Writings

Academic C.V.

since 04/2017
Research and Teaching Assistant in the Chair of Cognitive Literary Studies, RWTH Aachen

09/2015 – 03/2017
Research Assistant at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies

01/2015 – 03/2015
Research Assistant for the DFG-funded project FA 2153/1‐1 “CCTV beyond Surveillance”, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg

10/2013 – 09/2016
Master in English Literatures and Literary Studies, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg

10/2005 – 09/2006
Exchange programme (Philosophy and English Literature), Albert Ludwig University Freiburg

08/2003 – 07/2007
Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and English Literature), National University of Singapore


Papers Presented

04/2020 “Enacting Encounters with Psychogeographical Literary Moments (PLMs).” Young Researchers Conference: Narratives of Body and Mind, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 8-9 April 2021. [online]

01/2021 “Producing Narratives and Changing Worldviews: What is it like for readers to experience psychogeographical literary moments (PLMs) in contemporary British urban narratives (2000-present)?” Groningen | Twente Winter School on Narrative: Narrative and Knowledge 2021, 18-22 January 2021. [online]

03/2019 “Immersion and Narrated Environments: Creating Heterotopia through Slow Reading.“ Nordic Summer University Circle 7 Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia Winter Symposium 2019 Departures, Deviations and Elsewheres, European Humanities University, Vilnius, 7-10 March 2019.

02/2019 “Unearthing Simultaneity in Urban Narratives: Iain Sinclair’s Dining on Stones or, the Middle Ground (2004) and China Miéville’s The City & The City (2009)” Association of Literary Urban Studies (ALUS) Symposium - Simultaneity in the City, University of Duisburg-Essen, 15 February 2019.


03/2021 “We are Wales: Disparate Voices, Landscapes and Stories.” British Council Literature Seminar, 4-6 March 2021. [online]

01/2021 Associaltion of Literary Urban Studies, Annual General Meeting and Presentations. [online]

12/2020 “A New Poetics of Space: Literary Walks in Times of Pandemics and Climate Change.” Online Conference, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden, 7 December 2020. [online]

11/2020 “Subversive Semantics in Political and Cultural Discourse.” International Symposium, Rostock University, Rostock, 12-14 November 2020. [online]

11/2020 “Covid-19 and the Transformation of Migration and Mobility Globally.” International Organization for Migration, Research Webinar Series, 11 November 2020. [online]

09/2019 Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography, "Psychogeography is...", Huddersfield University, Dewsbury, and Marsden, 6-8 September 2019.

02/2018 “Urban Walking – The Flâneur as an Icon of Metropolitan Culture in Literature and Other Media.” Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, 9-10 March 2018.

09/2017 “European Narratology Network 5 | Narrative & Narratology - Metamorphosing the Structures” and Preconference Seminar, Czech Technical University, Prague, 13-15 September 2017.

Workshops/Training Schools

03/2021 “Building Bridges: Activists and Cultural Researchers in Conversation.” Research Area 8: Cultures of Knowledge, Research, and Education, GCSC, JLU Giessen, 9-12 March 2021. [online]

10/2020 “The Study of Literature, Reading, and Cognition: Interfaces and Translations.” ACCELS (Online), RWTH Aachen University, 5-6 October 2020. [online]

09/2020 “‘Connecting the Dots’: Conceptualising ‘Trace’ in the Nexus of Novels and Readers’ Sensory Imaginings.” International Online Workshop, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, 24-25 September 2020.

08/2018 IGEL Training School in Empirical Methods in Literary Scholarship, RWTH University of Aachen, 27-30 August 2018.

06/2018 “Cognitive Literary Studies and the Test of Time: Narrative, Speed, Experience. A Second-Generation Workshop.” Het Pand, Ghent University, Ghent, 11 June 2018.


Seminar: Intermediality and Narratives (SoSe 21) [online]
Seminar: Contemporary British Writings (WS 20/21) [online]
Seminar: Psychogeography and Embodiment (SoSe 20) [online]
Seminar/Übung: Applications of Periods of English and American Literature (WS 19/20)
Seminar/Übung: Practical Introduction to Literary Studies (SoSe 2019)
​Seminar: British Drama (1945-Present) (WS 18/19)
Seminar/Übung: Applications of Periods of English and American Literature (WS 18/19)
Seminar: Space and Culture (SoSe 18)
Seminar/Übung: Practical Introduction to Literary Studies (SoSe 18)
Seminar: The Big House in Anglo-Irish Novels (WS 17/18)
Seminar: Representations of London in Contemporary British Literature (SoSe 17)


Nov 2020-[ongoing] “Psychogeography in Aachen: Localised Psychogeographical Practices to Unfold Possibilities in Aachen and its Surroundings.” URL:

WS 2020/2021-[ongoing] “What is it like for readers to experience psychogeographical literary moments (PLMs) in contemporary British urban narratives (2000-present)?”

SoSe 2018-[ongoing] Proposal of of “ELS Participant Recruitment Platform and Database” [planning phase]

WS 2019/2020 “A Study on Reader Emotion.” (With Prof. Dr. Ralf Schneider and ELiLi Team Members Deborah Comoth and Miriam-Eva Staudacher)

WS 2018/2019 “Reader Reception to Descriptions of Settings in Narratives.” (With ELiLi Team Members: Tugce Gülyaz, Jessica Hobbach, Camilla Krzyzek, and Francesca Wessing)

An exploratory empirical study to find out how readers respond to descriptions of settings in narratives. Attention is paid to affective enactivism, gestures, and the usage of metaphors as part of cognitive processes / sense-making of narrated worlds.

Team Members from Empirical Linguistics and Literary Studies - Advanced Empirical Methods: Tugce Gülyaz, Jessica Hobbach, Camilla Krzyzek, and Francesca Wessing


“Space.” Co-authoring with Judith Eckenhoff, M.A. Introduction to Cognitive Narratology, edited by Jan Alber and Peter Wenzel. [in preparation; forthcoming 2021/2022]


Alumni Award – Commission of the Philology Faculty, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg
For the MA thesis, "(T)Here is the City: Locating the Liminal London in Contemporary British Novels"

DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
For the exchange programme (Philosophy and English Literature) at the Albert Ludwig University Freiburg