Science is International
Mar14

Science is International

With regard to the recent travel ban to the United States, the German Association for American Studies (GAAS) supports the Resolution “Science is International” of the Science Organizations in Germany (February 7, 2017).

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Conference Reminder: “Citizenship and Literature: Past Concerns, Present Issues, Future Trajectories”
Jan31

Conference Reminder: “Citizenship and Literature: Past Concerns, Present Issues, Future Trajectories”

English Department, University of Münster, February 20-21, 2017 Registration is now open. To register, please send a short e-mail with the header ‘registration literature and citizenship’ stating your name and affiliation to citizenshipandliterature@wwu.de. There are no conference fees but in order to facilitate our planning, please register at your earliest convenience For the conference program and further information please visit...

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Jubiläums-Symposium „Futures of the Study of Culture“
Jun22

Jubiläums-Symposium „Futures of the Study of Culture“

7.-8. Juli 2016, Alte Gießerei (Heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Gießen) Laden Jubiläen meist zur Reflexion über Vergangenes ein, richtet das Gießener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaften im Jubiläumsjahr 2016 den Blick nach vorn. Mit dem internationalen Symposium „Futures of the Study of Culture“ feiern das GGK und das GCSC (International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture) ihr fünfzehn- bzw. zehnjähriges Bestehen. Das...

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International Conference: Public Feeling in Global Contexts
Mar29

International Conference: Public Feeling in Global Contexts

April 9-10, 2016; Alte Universitätsbibliothek (Universitätsstraße 4/Eingang: Schuhstraße), 91054 Erlangen Organized by Katharina Gerund and Heike Paul Following a broader ‘turn to affect’ (Patricia Clough) in the humanities and the social sciences, this conference seeks to investigate public feeling – as articulation, representation, and cultural and institutional practice – and the various functions it has in every-day life, in...

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Nachruf auf Professor Dr. Peter Schäfer
Mar14

Nachruf auf Professor Dr. Peter Schäfer

In Memoriam Professor Dr. Peter Schäfer, 1931-2016 Am 29. Februar 2016 ist Professor Dr. Peter Schäfer im Alter von 84 Jahren verstorben. Er war bis zu seiner Emeritierung im Jahr 1996 ordentlicher Professor für Neue Geschichte mit dem Schwerpunkt Geschichte Nordamerikas an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität. Nachruf Amerikanische Geschichte jahrzehntelang als nicht-ideologisierte Wissenschaft in der ehemaligen DDR betrieben zu haben,...

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Symposium Transnational American Studies
Feb01

Symposium Transnational American Studies

Symposium zu Ehren von Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung, ehemaliger Präsident der DGfA, ehemaliger General Editor der Amerikastudien/American Studies, Ehrensprecher des Zentrums für Interkulturelle Studien / ZIS, anlässlich seines 70. Geburtstages Atrium Maximum der Alten Mensa Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz 5./6. Februar...

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International Conference: Surveillance, Society, Culture
Jan12

International Conference: Surveillance, Society, Culture

University of Goettingen, February 26-28, 2016 This conference aims to study the cultures and society of surveillance. The goal is to bring together literary, cultural and surveillance studies to provide a transdisciplinary framework and generate new approaches to fundamental questions: How has surveillance changed historically and how have these changes been discussed both in the American and in the transnational context? How have...

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Annual Meeting of the Historians in the German Association of American Studies 2016
Dec16

Annual Meeting of the Historians in the German Association of American Studies 2016

Auto/Biographies in American History February 5 – 7, 2016 Biography and autobiography are central to the study of American history, and this not only because U.S. history was structured and shaped by a specific and yet diverse set of historical actors. Rather, a culture based on individualism, ‘doability,’ and achievement seems to systematically create an interest in the lives of men and women acting in the contexts of their...

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Rundschreiben der DGfA zur DFG-Kollegienwahl
Oct21

Rundschreiben der DGfA zur DFG-Kollegienwahl

Liebe Mitglieder der DGfA: In der Zeit vom 26.10. bis 23.11.2015 finden die Wahlen für die Fachkollegien der DFG für die Amtsperiode 2016-2019 statt. Alle promovierten Mitglieder sind wahlberechtigt, und ich möchte Sie bitten, dieses Wahlrecht im Sinne unserer Gesellschaft zu nutzen. Wenn Sie nach Abschluss der Promotion vor dem ersten Wahltag keine Aufforderung bzw. offizielle Mitteilung zur Wahl erhalten, sollten Sie sich an den...

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Special Conference: “Perilous Passages – The Birth of Risk in 19th Century American Culture”
Sep09

Special Conference: “Perilous Passages – The Birth of Risk in 19th Century American Culture”

23rd–24th October 2015, Schloss Thurnau University of Bayreuth / University of Erlangen-Nuremberg This conference draws attention to the crucial role the nineteenth century played—particularly in the transatlantic North American context—in transforming the meaning of risk and moving it from the margins of particular trade enterprises to the center of social cohesion and individual identity. For more information see the conference...

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Call for Workshop Proposals: 63rd Annual Conference  of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA),  Osnabrück (Germany), May 19-22, 2016
Jul21

Call for Workshop Proposals: 63rd Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA), Osnabrück (Germany), May 19-22, 2016

“The United States and the Question of Rights” Deadline: October 01, 2015 In U.S.-American politics, society and culture, questions concerning the justification, attainment and protection of human and civil rights have always been essential. Despite its obvious legal connotations, however, the intense concern with the question of rights cannot be understood exclusively from a legal perspective. The conviction that humans...

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Impressions from the 62nd GAAS Conference at the University of Bonn
Jul16

Impressions from the 62nd GAAS Conference at the University of Bonn

We kindly invite you to revisit the 62nd GAAS Conference on “Knowledge Landscapes North America” at the University of Bonn: On our conference website you find a selection of the photographs taken by Katharina Lurz, a student in our MA program, during the events at the end of May. Just follow this link: http://gaas2015.com/2015/06/10/impressions-from-the-conference/ In case you do not agree to have your photograph...

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Call for Papers – Annual Conference of the Historians in the DGfA: „Auto/Biographies in American History“
Jun22

Call for Papers – Annual Conference of the Historians in the DGfA: „Auto/Biographies in American History“

5.2.-7.2.2016, Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing Deadline for abstracts (500 words max): July 31, 2015. Biography and autobiography are central to the study of American history, and this not only because U.S. history was structured and shaped by a specific and yet diverse set of historical actors. Rather, a culture based on individualism, “doability,” and individual achievement seems to systematically create a special interests...

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International Conference in Honor of Christa Buschendorf: The Implicit Sociology of Literature
Jun22

International Conference in Honor of Christa Buschendorf: The Implicit Sociology of Literature

Goethe-University Frankfurt, Institute for English and American Studies June 25-27, 2015 American Studies has recently witnessed a surging interest in inquiries that bring together the disciplines of literary studies and sociology. Scholars within this vibrant field of research have so far mostly aimed at embedding literature in society and conceptualizing it as a social institution. This international conference on the occasion of...

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Tagungsbericht: Histories of American Foodways – Annual Meeting of the Historians in the DGfA
Apr30

Tagungsbericht: Histories of American Foodways – Annual Meeting of the Historians in the DGfA

Von Hanno Scheerer, Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz “Are microwaves really that bad?” Diese Frage aus dem Plenum auf der Konferenz “Histories of American Foodways” dürfte wohl gut zusammenfassen, was man gemeinhin mit Nordamerika und Ernährung verbindet: Billiges und industriell hergestelltes Essen und Fettleibigkeit. Dass die Geschichte des Essens in...

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International Conference 2015
Apr30

International Conference 2015

Alliances: Un/Common Causes and the Politics of Participation Keynote lectures will be held by José David Saldívar (Literature, Stanford University), Wil Verhoeven (Culture, University of Groningen), and Andrei Markovits (Sociology, University of Michigan Ann Arbor). The conference will be concluded with closing remarks delivered by Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (Brandeis University / FU Berlin). Registration We encourage you to register as...

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Registration Annual Meeting in Bonn, May 28-31, 2015
Mar10

Registration Annual Meeting in Bonn, May 28-31, 2015

If you are a member of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA|GAAS) please transfer the conference fee to the account specified below. Once you have done so, you are automatically registered. You will find your receipt in your conference folder. If you register for the conference only, the reference (‘Verwendungszweck’) should read as follows: DGFA JT2015 “Last name, First name” If you plan to take part in the...

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Annual Meeting Conference Program
Mar02

Annual Meeting Conference Program

62nd Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS) Knowledge Landscapes North America Date:                             May 28-31, 2015 Conference venue:     Universität Bonn, Main Building, Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, 53111 Bonn Local organizer:          North American Studies Program, Universität Bonn   Conference Program  Thursday, May 28 7:30-9:00 am(during breakfast) Business Meeting of the Editors of DGfA|GAAS...

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International Conference: “Everyday Heroism in the United States, Germany, and Britain from the 19th to the 21st Century,” Goethe-University of Frankfurt, March 6-7, 2015
Jan16

International Conference: “Everyday Heroism in the United States, Germany, and Britain from the 19th to the 21st Century,” Goethe-University of Frankfurt, March 6-7, 2015

This conference aims to explore the history of everyday heroism (Alltagsheldentum) in the United States, Germany, and Britain between 1800 and the present. For the purposes of this conference, everyday heroes and heroines are defined as ordinary men, women, and children who are honored for actual or imagined feats that are considered heroic by their contemporaries or by succeeding generations. Scholars have devoted countless pages to...

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International Conference: “Race, Gender, and Military Heroism in U.S. History: From World War I to 9/11,” Goethe-University of Frankfurt, March 20-21, 2015.
Jan16

International Conference: “Race, Gender, and Military Heroism in U.S. History: From World War I to 9/11,” Goethe-University of Frankfurt, March 20-21, 2015.

In 20th-century America, military heroism became a key symbol of what was regarded as a heterosexual, masculine white nation. Military heroism thus became a major discursive battleground on which dominant notions of race, gender, and national identity were negotiated, challenged, and revised. The conference seeks to probe this complex interrelationship and how it changed between 1914 and 2014, asking how military heroism helped to...

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Historians’ Chapter of the DGFA:  The History of American Foodways
Jan13

Historians’ Chapter of the DGFA: The History of American Foodways

Date and Venue: 13 Feb. 2015 – 15 Feb. 2015, Augustinerkloster, Erfurt Conveners: Nina Mackert, Jürgen Martschukat (Erfurt University) we are happy to invite you to the next annual meeting of the historians in the GAAS on “Histories of American Foodways.” Attached you’ll find our conference program which reflects the many angles and exciting variety of research fields addressed by the study of food in American history, culture, and...

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Call for Papers: DGfA Annual Meeting “Knowledge Landscapes North America”, Bonn, May 28-31, 2015
Nov25

Call for Papers: DGfA Annual Meeting “Knowledge Landscapes North America”, Bonn, May 28-31, 2015

Deadline January 15, 2015. All members of the association and those interested are invited to submit paper proposals for the 2015 Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies “Knowledge Landscapes North America.“ The 2015 Annual Conference endeavors to map North American knowledge landscapes from the perspectives of literary, cultural, and media studies, history, political science, sociology, and economics as well...

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Conference Announcement: “The Place of Photography,” Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, December 5-6, 2014
Nov25

Conference Announcement: “The Place of Photography,” Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, December 5-6, 2014

International Conference and Photography Exhibition American Studies, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, December 5-6, 2014  “To be in the world, to be situated at all, is to be in place,” writes philosopher Edward Casey. In a culture dominated by images, photography is the prime medium for situating us in such specific places, as photography relates to place in multiple ways. Place, for one, is captured on the photographic...

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Historians’ Chapter of the DGFA:  The History of American Foodways
Oct20

Historians’ Chapter of the DGFA: The History of American Foodways

Date and Venue: 13 Feb. 2015 – 15 Feb. 2015, Augustinerkloster, Erfurt Conveners: Nina Mackert, Jürgen Martschukat (Erfurt University) we are happy to invite you to the next annual meeting of the historians in the GAAS on “Histories of American Foodways.” Attached you’ll find our conference program which reflects the many angles and exciting variety of research fields addressed by the study of food in American history, culture, and...

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