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 Publications Ameron Hotel Königshof
9:30 am-4:00 pm12:30-1:30pm DGfA|GAAS Board MeetingLunch at Restaurant Ruland  Dekanatssaal
2:00-5:00 pm Conference Office

Room 1.070
3:00-4:30 pm PGF Meeting Lecture Hall III
3:00-4:30 pm Electronic Publishing Initiative  Lecture Hall XIII
5:00-7:30 pm 























 Conference OpeningCarmen Birkle, President GAAS 

Welcome Addresses

Rector and|or Dean

Jürgen Nimptsch, Lord Mayor, City of Bonn

Sabine Sielke, Director, North American Studies Program

Ambassador John B. Emerson



Award Ceremony

Fulbright American Studies Award

Christoph Daniel Ebeling Fellowship
Franz Steiner Preis

Best AmSt Article Award


Keynote Lecture

Christopher Newfield (Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara)

New Roles for Academia? The American University and the Knowledge Economy”

Chair: Sarah Wasserman (Freie Universität Berlin)


Music by the Jazz Choir of the Universität Bonn


Auditorium (Aula) 























7:30-9:00 pm  Reception Auditorium (Aula) and Foyer
 Friday, May 29
8:00 am-5:30 pm Conference Office Room 1.070
9:00-10:30 am Keynote LectureSiva Vaidhyanathan (Department of Media Studies & School of Law, University of Virginia)“The Production and Circulation of Knowledge in the Age of Google”

Chair: Frank Kelleter (Freie Universität Berlin)


Auditorium (Aula) 




10:30-11:00 am Coffee Break Foyer
11:00 am-12:30 pm Keynote LectureSusan Schuppli (Department of Visual Cultures,
Goldsmiths, University of London)“Forensic Imagination: What Images Know”

Chair: Hanjo Berressem (Universität zu Köln)


Auditorium (Aula)
12:30-2:00 pm Lunch BreakPGF Lunch Meeting


2:00-5:00 pm 



Parallel Workshops 1-8 

Coffee available between 3:00 and 4:00 pm

Lecture Halls II-VI, XI-XIIIRondell
5:30-6:30 pm Women’s Caucus Lecture Hall IX
7:00-9:30 pm Cruise on the Rhine
 Saturday, May 30 
8:00 am-5:30 pm Conference Office Room 1.070
9:00-10:30 am Keynote LectureSverker Sörlin (Division of Science, Technology and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)“Frost or Heat on Humanities and Social Sciences? Understanding the Climate Change in North American Knowledge Landscapes”

Chair: Ulfried Reichardt (Universität Mannheim)


Auditorium (Aula)
10:30-11:00 am Coffee Break Foyer
11:00 am-1:30 pm Members’ Meeting Auditorium (Aula)
1:30-2:30 pm Lunch BreakTeaching American Studies Lunch

Diversity Lunch


2:30-5:30 pm Parallel Workshops 9-16 

Coffee available between 3:00 and 4:00 pm


Lecture Halls II-VI, XI-XIIIRondell


5:30-7:00 pm Info Session on Funding by the DFG and DGfA|GAAS Room 2.057
8:00 pm The North American Studies Program at 25Reception and (Birthday) Party 


Säulenhalle, Brunnenhof, and Café Unique
 Sunday, May 31 
9:30-11:00 am Keynote LectureAntje Kley (American Studies, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)“Literary Knowledge Production and the Natural Sciences in the US”

Chair: Susanne Rohr (Universität Hamburg)


Lecture Hall IX
11:00-11:30 am Coffee Break Rondell
11:30 am-1:00 pm   Authors’ Reading: Rivka Galchen and Joseph O’Neill Chair: Andrew Gross (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)


Lecture Hall IX
2:00-6:00 pm Trip to Hans Arp Museum, Rolandseck



Upon prearrangement, child care is available in room 2.063.


We thank the following institutions and companies for their support: