Other American Studies Conferences

Interdisciplinary Symposium: “Wie wir lesen / How We Read”, Munich’s Literaturhaus, June 22-23, 2018

The interdisciplinary symposium “Wie wir lesen / How We Read” brings into conversation leading Americanists and scholars from the fields of literary studies, cognitive neuroscience, and publishing to discuss reading as both a cultural practice and a valuable cognitive and emotional experience. Exploring different modes and moods of scholarly and lay reading, contributors will reflect on the future of Homo legens and the “reading brain” in an increasingly complex and technological media ecology.

Confirmed Speakers:
Maryanne Wolf (Tufts University)
Werner Sollors (Harvard University)
Winfried Menninghaus (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt)
Hanjo Berressem (Cologne University)
Julika Griem (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen)
Barbara Vinken (LMU Munich)
Florian Rötzer (Telepolis magazine)
Massimo Bacigalupo (University of Genoa)

Klaus Benesch & Manlio Della Marca (Amerika-Institut, LMU Munich)

The main language of the symposium is German. The event will feature a keynote lecture in English by the cognitive neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf (author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, HarperCollins, 2008). More information and the full program can be found on the symposium website: www.wiewirlesen.com


The State of Human Rights: Historical Genealogies, Political Controversies, and Cultural Imaginaries, July 5-7 2018, 2018, Amerikahaus Munich

18th international annual conference of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA)

Since their proclamation in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights have become a dominant language in controversies over ethics around the globe and a normative basis for concepts of a just society and ideas of the public good. This concerns a variety of issues, from slavery and warfare through fights over indigenous rights and disputes over preserving the heritage of minorities, to same sex marriage debates or current conflicts over asylum law and the status of refugees.

What is the state of human rights both within and beyond the boundaries of the nation state and how can it be considered from a multidisciplinary angle?

This conference offers perspectives from literary and cultural studies, history, political science, philosophy, sociology, and law, looking at historical controversies on human rights as well as at its current political and imagined state(s). Contributions reflect theoretical implications of interdisciplinary work on human rights agency and also take into account the significance of cultural texts in envisioning and critically reflecting the ‘state of human rights’.

The BAA’s 2018 international conference investigates the role of human rights, both in diachronic and synchronic perspectives and with an interdisciplinary research design.

Find all information on the conference website of the Amerikahaus:




Region and the Short Form in American Literature – Symposium in Honor of Jochen Achilles, July 26-27, 2018, University of Würzburg



This symposium is held in honor of Prof. Dr. Jochen Achilles, the former chair of American Studies at the University of Würzburg. It brings together some of his research interests with research trajectories followed by the current chair of American Studies, Prof. Dr. Catrin Gersdorf. The symposium thereby stresses lines of continuity in American Studies at the University of Würzburg.


PD Dr. Ina Bergmann





Understanding America in the 21st Century: Culture and Politics, September 21-25, 2018 at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria

The symposium website can be accessed at http://www.SalzburgGlobal.org/go/ssasa16



Fantastic Beasts, Monstrous Cyborgs, Aliens and Other Spectres: Exploring Alterity in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Student Conference, 19-20 October 2018, English Department, University of Freiburg

Call for Papers: https://exploringalterity.wordpress.com/cfp/

This student conference is organised by two Masters students of British and North American Cultural Studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany, Julia Ditter and Anne Korfmacher. If you are a student (B.A., M.A. or PhD level) and interested in presenting a 20-minute paper at our conference, please submit a short proposal (around 200-250 words) and a short biography (including your current study program) to exploringalterity@anglistik.uni-freiburg.de by 15 July 2018. There is no conference fee to be paid and technical equipment for the presentation will be provided. Conference participants will be responsible for organising and paying for their own accommodation and food.