Postgraduate Forum

The Postgraduate Forum (PGF) offers young scholars in the field of American Studies a forum to present their current research projects as work in progress. We welcome contributions from various disciplines focusing on the study of American cultures and literatures. The forum is designed to exchange information on current research and to network with other junior scholars.

The PGF is an annual event which is hosted by a different German university each fall. Accordingly, the local organizers function as representatives of the forum for one year.

Additionally, the PGF hosts several events at the annual conference of the German Association for American Studies. These are designed to enable a first exchange prior to the forum.


The current PGF-Team can be contacted via

The next PGF conference will take place on November 9-11, 2017 in Berlin and is jointly organized by postgraduates from the universities of HU and FU Berlin. Find more information on their website.


COPAS—Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies is an open access, peer-reviewed e-journal dedicated to publishing research by early career Americanists. It was launched as an easy-to-access platform for scholarly exchange following the 1999 PGF conference in Regensburg, helped by funds from the Bayerische Amerika-Akademie. True to its original mission, COPAS showcases the work of early career scholars in the field with an annual issue featuring articles based on contributions from the latest PGF conference. In 2013, the journal’s scope expanded to include guest-edited thematic issues—proposals are welcome at any time! Currently, Nathalie Aghoro, Katharina Fackler, Johanna Heil, Stephen Koetzing, and Klara Stephanie Szlezák edit and publish COPAS. The journal is hosted and supported by the University of Regensburg. Visit the COPAS website.