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Sommersemester 2014: The American Studies division is honored to welcome Prof. Zhang Longxi, Chair and Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation at the City University of Hong Kong. Thanks to the guest professorship program of the Center for Intercultural Studies of the Johannes Gutenberg University Prof. Zhang will be a visiting professor in the Department of English and Linguistics in May and June 2014. Professor Zhang earned his MA degree from Peking University and his PhD degree from Harvard University. He is an eminent scholar and international acclaimed critic in East-West cross-cultural studies and has taught at several universities including the City University of Hong Kong, Harvard, and the University of California at Riverside. He will present lectures on diverse topics in Mainz and Germersheim. The list of lectures including date, time, and place can be downloaded here.

Sommersemester 2014: Herrn Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung wurde von der Ministerin für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Weiterbildung und Kultur eine Forschungsprofessur für drei Jahre verliehen. Diese Professur wird sehr selten und nur an ausgewählte Forscherpersönlichkeiten vergeben, die damit für ihre herausragenden wissenschaftlichen Leistungen ausgezeichnet werden. Im Rahmen dieser Forschungsprofessur wird Herr Hornung am DFG-Graduiertenkolleg “Life Sciences, Life Writing: Grenzerfahrungen menschlichen Lebens zwischen biomedizinischer Erklärung und lebensweltlicher Erfahrung“ (GRK 2015/1) und am Aufbau des Obama-Institute for Transnational American Studies mitarbeiten sowie drei Buchprojekte (American Literary Culture, ChinAmerica, Biographie zu Jack London) zum Abschluss bringen.

Sommersemester 2014:
Weiteres Seminarangebot (interdisziplinär im Journalistischen Seminar) für B.A. Amerikanistik bzw. B.Ed. Studierende im Fach Englisch im Mai 2014.
Media in the 1960s: A journalism history
Das Journalistische Seminar, Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Karl N. Renner, bietet ca. 5 Studierenden des Studiengangs B.A. Amerikanistik bzw. B.Ed. Fach Englisch an, an einem Blockseminar teilzunehmen, das der Gastprofessor, Thomas J. Hrach, University of Memphis, halten wird. Den Leistungsnachweis, den Sie im Journalistischen Seminar erwerben, können Sie sich von Dr. Frank Obenland anerkennen lassen. Bei Interesse melden Sie sich bitte zunächst im Sekretariat von Frau Vollrath an (anette.vollrath@uni-mainz.de).

 02.2014: Außenruf abgelehnt.

Professor Scheiding hat einen Außenruf an die Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
auf eine W3-Professur für Nordamerikanische Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte
abgelehnt.

31.01.2014: Lecture Prof. Paul Arthur, University of Western Sydney

Digital Humanities
Friday, January 31, 2014, 10.15 – 11.45 a.m., P15 Paul Arthur is Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Western Sydney, where he leads the UWS Digital Humanities Research Group. From 2010-13 he was Deputy Director of the National Centre of Biography, ANU, and Deputy General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.Prof. Arthur has over fifty publications in the fields of history, literature, communication and cultural studies, and is founding series editor of Anthem Scholarship in the Digital Age (Anthem Press, London & New York). His recent books include Virtual Voyages (2010) and the edited collections International Life Writing: Memory and Identity in Global Context (2013), Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 18 (2012, Deputy General Editor), Recovering Lives (2011) and, with Geoffrey Bolton, the award-winning Voices from the West End (2012).

21.01.2014: Lecture Prof. Shirley Geok-lin Lim, University of California, Santa Barbara

Life Writing and Troubling U.S. Ethnic Identity: Some Intersections of Genre, Gender, GeneticsTuesday, January 21, 2014, 4.15 – 5.45 p.m. in P 207
The seminar will map out a few questions rising from readings of U.S. ethnic autobiographies and memoirs, chiefly Asian American and Native American, that bring into intersection issues of genre, gender and genetics (“€˜blood,”€™ natal bonds, race biologism-essentialism) for discussion. These questions will be read through selected passages, beginning with Frank Chin”€™s theory of autobiography as a Eurocentric genre, interpretations of Maxine Hong Kingston”€™s memoirs as feminist, and N. Scott Momaday”€™s The Way to Rainy Mountain as genetically indigenous, to how other ethnic memoirs continue to reproduce these constructions (David Mura, Turning Japanese) or turn away from them (Sui Sin Far, “€œLeaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian,”€ Li-Young Lee”€™s The Winged Seed). Somewhere during this seminar we will address how the logic of transnational discourse has reframed U.S. ethnic life writing.

16.01.2014: Lecture Ian Afflerbach

A Rose through Concrete: Reading Compton as a Field of Cultural Production in Kendrick Lamar”€™s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 6-8pm, P 2

The appointments of rappers 9th Wonder (a fellow at Harvard) or ?uestlove (at NYU) have opened the way for producers and rappers to teach their firsthand experience with rap music to a new generation of listeners and students.We need to get past crude moral judgments and treat it as seriously as we would any other form of cultural production. In other words, we need to learn to read hip-hop albums the way we read novels. This talk provides a model for what this kind of reading can look like. Our goal will be to read the album not just as a “€œsymptom”€ of social problems, but as both its own poetic accomplishment as well as an historically-conscious text.

Announcement Poster (PDF)

14.01.2014: 12 Doctoral Fellowships in Medicine and the Humanities

As part of the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded research training group “€œLife Sciences, Life Writing: Experiences at the Boundaries of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lived Experience”€œ (GRK 2015/1), the University of Mainz and the Mainz University Clinic are jointly inviting applications for 12 doctoral fellowships. At the intersection of biomedicine, individual and society, experiences at the boundaries of human life arise which pertain to the entire human life span, from technologically assisted reproduction to end-of-life decisions accompanied by intensive care. These experiences at the boundaries of human life confront both biomedicine and the humanities with the necessity of reassessing their established approaches to problem solving and definitions of agency, and require an interdisciplinary dialogue.
Our interdisciplinary research training group provides you with the opportunity to bring your skills and competences to a structured doctoral program based on interdisciplinary dialogue. Detailed Information (German | English)

13.01.2014: Guest Lecture Bernd Herzogenrath

Pluribus | Multitudes: Whitman’s Body | Politic

Monday, January 13, 2014, 6-8 pm, Fakultätssaal (above P4)

The vicissitudes of American democracy in the second half of the 19th century are closely linked with the figure of Walt Whitman, the Bard of Democracy. Rather than tracing Whitman”€™s involvement in “€˜actual politics”€™, I will connect Whitman”€™s literary style to a “€˜political style,”€™ see how Whitman envisions a “€˜new democracy,”€™ deriving this concept from his experiments with language.

Announcement Poster (PDF)

19.12.2013: Guest Lecture Reiner Smolinski

The Many Faces of an “€šAmerican Gargoyle”€˜: Cotton Mather at 350
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 12a.m. to 2 p.m., P 1Mythmaking is a subject perennially fascinating to those who understand that once widely circulated, stereotypes are difficult to change, let alone erase. This is the case of Cotton Mather (1663-1728) as America”€™s “€œnational gargoyle.”€ His icon as Salem”€™s witchfinder general stands uncomfortably next to the white stainless bust in the pantheon of America”€™s Founding Fathers. The lecture explores facets of Mather”€™s reputation in American culture from Puritan scapegrace, Newtonian empiricist, biblical exegete, to cartoon character fighting Spiderman.

12.12.2013: Dietz Lecture, Vortrag Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Ernst

Der Forschungs- und Lehrbereich American Studies am Department of English and Linguistics und der IANAS laden ein zum Gedenken an Herrn Dr. Karl Dietz zur Dietz Memorial Lecture.Im Anschluss findet traditionell die diesjährige Hans Galinsky-Preisverleihung für eine herausragende studentische Hausarbeit im Bereich der frühen Amerikanistik statt.Die Vorlesung hält Prof. Dr. Jutta Ernst, JGU, Germersheim, FB 06.Vortragsthema:
“‘The Art of Losing’: Elegiac Quest in Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude”
Veranstaltungstermin:
Donnerstag, 12.12.2013, 12.15-13.45 Uhr in P 1.Interessierte sind herzlich eingeladen.

09.12.2013: Guest Lecture Sabrina Hüttner

Sabrina Hüttner (Universität Würzburg)“The Great Work Continues: Angels in America, Twenty Years Later”Monday, December 9, 2013, 2-4 p.m. (c.t.), in P2 (Philosophicum)Taking the extremely successful Broadway Revival of Tony Kushner”€™s Angels in America in 2011 as a starting point, this lecture will engage with the question of the play”€™s enduring popularity, especially when critics have considered the play unwieldy or termed it a “€œperiod piece”€ (Harold Bloom). The lecture will locate Angels in America within Kushner”€™s larger oeuvre and political agenda, and provide a brief survey of his other plays.
Sabrina Hüttner is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Würzburg.Contact: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes ((Maillink: daewes (AT) uni-mainz (PUNKT) de))

19.11.2013: Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize Honoree, Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung, 2013

The American Studies Association of the United States awarded the 2013 Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize for Outstanding Contributions to American Studies to Professor Alfred Hornung. He is only the second non-American to win the prize since its inception. The Bode-Pearson Prize, established in 1975, is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in American Studies. The prize is awarded periodically at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association and includes lifetime membership in the ASA for the recipient. The prize is awarded to an individual for a lifetime of achievement and service within the field of American Studies. Former recipients of the Prize include Donald Pease (Dartmouth College), Janice Radway (Northwestern University), Sacvan Bercovitch (Harvard University), Henry Nash Smith (University of California in Berkeley) and the Mexican American author and critic Gloria Anzaldúa. Professor Hornung will receive the Prize on November 22, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

11.11.2013: DFG-Graduiertenkolleg “Life Sciences, Life Writing” bewilligt

Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft richtet 10 neue Graduiertenkollegs ein. Unter der Federführung der Mainzer Amerikanisten Mita Banerjee, Alfred Hornung und Oliver Scheiding in Kooperation mit dem Mainzer Institut für Geschichte, Theorie und Ethik der Medizin wurde eines der Graduiertenkollegs für die Johannes Gutenberg-Universität bewilligt. Das Graduiertenkolleg nimmt seine Arbeit im ersten Förderzeitraum von viereinhalb Jahren im April 2014 auf.Die Lebenswissenschaften sind in einer als posthumanistisch beschriebenen Welt zentral für unser Verständnis dafür, was es bedeutet, Mensch zu sein. Weil durch neue Möglichkeiten der Biomedizin gleichzeitig neue Grenzerfahrungen menschlichen Lebens hervorgebracht wurden – etwa technologisch assistierte Reproduktion oder intensivmedizinisch begleitetes Sterben -, sind die Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften herausgefordert, komplementäre Zugangsweisen zu diesen Grenzerfahrungen zu erschließen. Daraus haben sich konkurrierende Perspektiven auf den Menschen ergeben: den naturwissenschaftlich-medizinischen Forschungsblick (Life Science) und die kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Lebensbeschreibung (Life Writing). Das Graduiertenkolleg “€žLife Sciences, Life Writing: Grenzerfahrungen menschlichen Lebens zwischen biomedizinischer Erklärung und lebensweltlicher Erfahrung”€œ zielt nun auf die Entwicklung gemeinsamer methodischer Zugänge ab.(Sprecherhochschule: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Sprecher: Prof. Dr. Norbert W. Paul und Mita Banerjee)

14.11.2013: Department Direct Exchange Information Session

On Thursday, November 14, from 6-8pm, in the Fakultätssaal (above P4), the Department of American Studies will inform about its Direct Exchange Program with American universities. Students interested in spending a year abroad are cordially invited to join the exchange coordinators and returning students for detailed information about how to arrange a stay in the U.S. as part of the direct exchange program.

New Faculty Position: W2 Professor for American Studies

The Faculty of Philosophy and Philology, Department of English and Linguistics of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, invites applications for the tenured position of anAmerican Studies Professor (W2)Appointment as soon as possible.
Further Information (PDF, German; PDF, English)

30./31.10.2013: Guest Lecture and Workshop Jennifer Ashton

I [Heart] Apocalypse: The Posthuman and Postracial Imagination in 21st-Century American Poetics.”
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 4-6 pm in the Senatssaal (Nat. Fak.)

Prof. Jennifer Ashton, Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where her research centers on 20th- and 21st century poetry and poetics. She is the author of From Modernism to Postmodernism: American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century (2005), and edited The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry Since 1945 (2012).

Prof. Ashton will also host a workshop “€žGender Politics and Gender Poetics in American Poetry since 1970″€œ on Thursday, 31. Oct. 2013 (10-13). If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please contact Jun.-Prof. Dr. (Maillink: cspahr (AT) uni-mainz (PUNKT) de).

Announcement Poster (PDF)

Wanted: Pathfinders for Incoming Exchange Students

The American Studies Department is looking for students interested in becoming “pathfinders” for incoming exchange students from the U.S. Your job: to help the American students become acquainted with living in Germany, and in particular in Mainz. Can you pick them up at the airport, help them with the various chores they need to go through (registration at Bürgeramt, for example) and, more importantly, get them to know the city and the region better? If so, and if you’re interested in being part of a small team to greet our incomings this fall, please let us know.Contact: (Maillink: lanzendo (AT) uni-mainz (PUNKT) de) (Exchange Coordinator)

11.-14.09.2013: International Symposium: Hip Hop as Social and Political Empowerment

International Symposium (funded by the VW-Foundation), Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover
Organized by Heike Raphael-Hernandez (U Mainz) and Eva Kimminich (U Potsdam)The symposium explores, from a critically engaged perspective, the ways in which hip-hop has been taken up and adapted to social justice issues, community organizing, youth advocacy initiatives, and the enhancement of political consciousness and activism. Whereas hip-hop has long been associated (albeit narrowly) with arts and entertainment, there is a corresponding history of hip-hop as a connective set of practices that are responsive to social ills and inequities and to struggles against oppressive regimes. In this symposium we seek to address and analyze various global approaches to hip-hop”€™s progressive pro-social aspects, sharing best practices while generating new knowledge about the ways that hip-hop comprises a sophisticated apparatus for the articulation of identities, communality and citizenship in contemporary environments. Among our presentations will be papers given on the engaging influence of hip hop during the Arab Spring in Egypt, on young people”€™s non-violent conflict solution searches in Palestine, on the Occupy Movement in Oakland, California, on identity search of young Muslim women in Morocco as well as in Malaysia, on post-apartheid social initiatives in South Africa, and on identity formations of young people with migration backgrounds in Germany, to name a few. Participants will come from the United States, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, Mali, Malaysia, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, and Germany.For more information, contact Heike Raphael-Hernandez
(Maillink: hraphael (AT) uni-mainz (PUNKT) de) or (Maillink: heike.raphael-hernandez (AT) faculty (PUNKT) umuc.edu)

11./12.07.2013: Interdisciplinary Workshop “Powwow Highway”

The CCNIS cordially invites you to an interdisciplinary workshop on the film
Powwow Highway (1989, dir. Jonathan Wacks, with Gary Farmer and A Martinez).All events are open to students and staff from all faculties!Film Screening
Thursday, July 11, 8pm

(Alte Mensa – Linke Aula)Keynote Lecture and Workshop Session (detailed schedule/Flyer)
Friday, July 12, 9:30am – 1pm
(Alte Mensa – Atrium Maximum)
Keynote Lecture: “The Cheyenne Autumn” – Prof. Dieter Dörr (Law)
Workshop: Discussion with Prof. Mita Banerjee (American Studies), Prof. Anton Escher (Geography), and Jun.-Prof. Michael Bachmann (Theatre Studies)The event is co-organized and hosted by:
CCNIS (Center for Comparative Native and Indigenous Studies),
ZIS (Zentrum für Interkulturelle Studien),
IPP (International PhD Programme Performance & Media Studies), and Mainz  School of Law.
 

04.07.2013: Guest Lecture Prof. Susan Kossew

Prof. Susan Kossew (Monash University, School of English Communications & Performance Studies, Faculty of Arts, Clayton) will give a guest lecture on“Recovering (from) the Past: Entangled Histories in Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance”

Thursday, July 4, 2013, 4.15-5.45 p.m., P 110Sue is Professor of English in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies and is currently the Head of School. Research and Supervision Interests: Writing Woman, Writing Place: Contemporary Australian and South African Fiction (Routledge, 2004, paperback, 2006) Literature of apology and reconciliation, trauma and violence.You are welcome to join the session!

02.07.2013: Guest Lecture Prof. Dr. Zhao Baisheng

On July 2, 2013, 4.15 – 5.45 p.m., P 7 Prof. Dr. Zhao Baisheng (Peking University) will give a guest lecture on Factionality: Defining a New Genre in South African Auto/Biography?

Zhao Baisheng is Professor of Comparative World Literature and Head of the Institute of World Literature, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University. Currently, he also serves as Director of the World Auto/Biography Center at Peking University and President of World Ecoculture Organization.You are welcome to join the session!

26.06.2013: Guest Lecture Billy Stratton

Dr. Billy StrattonAssistant Professor
Native American Studies (University of Denver)“Deterritorialization, Pure War, and the Consequences of Indian Captivity in Transnational Colonial Discourse”Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 2-4 p.m. (c.t.) in P 101Billy Stratton received his PhD from the University of Arizona. Specialized in contemporary Native American literature and poetics, he also has research interests in ecocriticism, Indigenous Studies, and critical theory. He has published articles on writers such as Cormac McCarthy, Edward Abbey, and James Welch, and is editing a special issue of the journal Weber: The Contemporary West, on Native American writing and art. A book entitled Buried in Shades of Night is forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press in the fall of 2013. He is currently Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Würzburg.Contact: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes ((Maillink: daewes (AT) uni-mainz (PUNKT) de))

25.06.2013: Guest Lecture Prof. Dr. Carla L. Peterson

Carla L. Peterson is Professor of English at the University of Maryland and is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Tübingen.On Tuesday, June 25, 2013 4 pm – 6 pm, P 7 (Philosophicum) she will give a guest lecture aboutBlack Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York CityPeterson”€™s talk is based on her recent book publication and will focus on a discussion of memory, trauma, archiving and mining of individual life stories in New York City and its neighborhoods as the locus of African American memory and history.www.blackgothamarchive.org

25.06.2013: Guest Lecture Frank Baron

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 10am, Prof. Frank Baron, Director of the Max Kade Center for German American Studies, will give a guest lecture on”The Consequences of the 1848 Revolution for thePolitical Career of Abraham Lincoln”The Refugees of the failed revolution of 1848 arrived in the United States in significant numbers. Although during the decades of the 1840s and 1850s they were only a relatively small part of the millions who arrived in the United States in the great wave of immigrations (primarily German and Irish), they represented a vocal and influential group. Numerous former revolutionaries became publishers of German newspapers, while others organized communication networks by means of the Turnvereine throughout the country. They were immediately confronted by powerful, hostile movement of the American Party (also called the Know Nothings) against immigrants and immigration. The revolutionary refugees challenged the anti-immigration initiatives and joined forces with the newly formed Republican Party in the struggle against the extension of slavery. Abraham Lincoln became acutely aware of the German-American potential to decide elections with their swing vote in Illinois and even in neighboring states. Lincoln actively courted the German vote. The talk will analyze the silent alliance between Lincoln and the German-Americans, who played a noteworthy role in helping Lincoln in his campaign of 1860 to win the nomination and the election for the presidency.
11.06.2013 – 13.06.2013
Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jan Nordby Gretlund

The American Studies Division invites you to several Guest Lectures by Prof. Dr. Jan Nordby Gretlund (Syddansk Universitet, Denmark)WALKER PERCY
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 4 pm – 6 pm, P 7SOUTHERN LITERATURE
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12 pm – 2 pm, P 1MARK TWAIN ABROAD
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 4 pm – 6 pm, P 110Jan Nordby Gretlund is Professor at the Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark. With his expertise on the literature, culture, and history of the American South, he will enrich our program from June 10 – June 13, 2013, as our ERASMUS guest lecturer.You are welcome to join the sessions!

24.05.2013: Guest Lecture Miles Orvell

Miles OrvellProfessor of English and American Studies
(Temple University, Philadelphia)“Sustaining Ruins: Space, Time, and the American City”Friday, May 24th, 2-4pm, Fakultätssaal (Philosophicum) FlyerMiles Orvell is Professor of English and American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is the author of such influential works as The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940 (1989), Flannery O’Connor: An Introduction (1991), American Photography (2003), and The Death and Life of Main Street: Small Towns in American Memory, Space, and Community (2012). Orvell”€™s essays and reviews on literature, photography, documentary film, technology and the arts have appeared in Afterimage, American Art, History of Photography, Film Quarterly, American Literary History, Prospects, Tikkun, Winterthur Portfolio and many other journals. He was Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of American Studies Online, pub
lished by Johns Hopkins University Press, from 2004 to 2011. Among his many awards, he received the Bode-Pearson Prize for lifetime achievement, awarded to him by the American Studies Association in 2009.

13.05.2013: Guest Lecture Jean Pfaelzer

Jean Pfaelzer
Professor of English, Women and Gender Studies, and Asian Studies
(University of Delaware)“Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans”Monday, May 13th, 10-12am, P110 (Philosophicum) FlyerDriven Out was named one of the 100 notable books of the year by the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Top Ten Books of the Year by Choice, and Prof. Pfaelzer was named Asian American Hero by Asian Librarians Assoc. She writes for Huffington Post, History News Network, and The Globalist and speaks frequently on NPR and Pacifica on issues of labor and immigration.
Prof. Pfaelzer is currently on the team curating the exhibit I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story for the Smithsonian Museum of American History which will open in May 2013. She is also working on two forthcoming books: Of Human Bondage: Slavery in California and Muted Mutinies: Slave Revolts on Chinese Coolie Ships (both University of California Press).

10.05.2013: “Growing Up Amish” – Vortragsabend mit Ira Wagler

Die Gutenberg-Buchhandlung Dr. Kohl und die Abteilung Amerikanistik der JGU Mainz laden herzlich ein zu einem Vortragsabend mit Ira Wagler am Freitag, 10.05.2013 um 20:00 Uhr in der Gutenberg-Buchhandlung Dr. Kohl, Große Bleiche 29-31. Der Eintritt ist frei!
(Flyer)Die Lesung ist in englischer Sprache. Alle Interessierten sind herzlich willkommen!Ira Wagler wurde 1961 als neuntes von elf Kindern in eine Amish-Familie hineingeboren und wuchs in einer strengen religiösen Gemeinschaft auf. Im Alter von 17 Jahren entschloss er sich, heimlich und mitten in der Nacht, die Gemeinde zu verlassen, um ein neues Leben zu beginnen.
Growing Up Amish ist ein beeindruckendes Dokument einer Identitätssuche: Mit seinen Memoiren gibt Ira Wagler exklusive Eindrücke in das Leben der Old World Amish.Weitere Infos und Kontakt: (Maillink: daewes (AT) uni-mainz (PUNKT) de)

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07.05.2013: Study Abroad Information Lecture

On Tuesday, May 7, from 4-6pm in P 10, students will be introduced to the possibilities for studying abroad as part of their course of studies. Petra-Angela Wacker of the International Office will give insights into the possibilities of spending one or two semesters in the United States and Canada, including such programs as the DAAD, Fulbright, and the Direct Exchange of the American Studies Department.The event is aimed at students in all courses of study (B.A./B.Ed., M.A.). For further information or preliminary information on studying abroad for those who cannot come, please contact (Maillink: lanzendo (AT) uni-mainz (PUNKT) de).

21.05.2013: Guest Lecture Richard Hoffman

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Richard Hoffman (Emerson College) will be giving two guest lectures:READING CONTEMPORARY POETRY
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10 am – 12 pm, P 105 (Philosophicum)WRITING LIVES: MEMOIR AND POETRY
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 4 pm – 6 pm, P 7 (Philosophicum)Richard Hoffman is the author of the celebrated memoir, Half the House, of the poetry collections, Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, and Emblem, as well as of the short story collection Interference & Other Stories. After earning a BA in English from Fordham University, he attained an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Hoffman teaches at Harvard and Emerson College and was awarded numerous prizes for his works.

07.05.2013: Guest Lecture Allison Stagg

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Room SR 06, BKM Building, Kantstr. 2, Prof. Allison Stagg (UC London) will be giving a guest lecture entitled“Satirizing Politics in Early America: Caricatures in New York, Philadelphia, and New England, 1790-1830.”In the summer of 1790, political caricatures depicting humorous scenes of the removal of the first capital city of the United States in New York to Philadelphia filled the streets and tormented politicians. In the absence of a national art academy and fine artists, caricaturists – many unskilled – created lasting images, visual documents of a new nation discovering itself.The lecture will explore the artists that designed such vitriolic images, how they were distributed, and the audience for political caricatures between 1790 and 1830. We will look at caricatures of presidents, notably Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, in addition to considering newspaper advertisements, diaries, and letters from the period in order to provide context for these satirical images.

25.02.2013: DFG bewilligt Fortsetzung des Projektes “Early American Short Narratives”

Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheiding: Die deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) bewilligt die Fortsetzung des Projektes “Early American Short Narratives”: Erschließen eines Korpus kurzer Erzählformen in der amerikanischen Literatur vor 1800″. Laufzeit: 12 Monate. Genehmigt wurde eine wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterstelle (65 %) à 12 Monate und eine Vertretungsprofessur à 6 Monate (SCHE 1616/5-2).

07.01.2013: DFG Forschergruppen bewilligt für Mainzer Amerikanistik

Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG ) hat die neue Forschergruppe “€žUn/doing Differences: Praktiken der Humandifferenzierung”€œ ab Januar 2013 für einen zunächst auf sechs Jahre angelegten Forschungsverbund aus Amerikanistik, Ethnologie, Linguistik, Soziologie und Theaterwissenschaft bewilligt. Die Mainzer Amerikanistik ist mit zwei Projekten beteiligt:Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee. Unentscheidbar weiß. Italienische Figuren im Hollywoodfilm zwischen “€žRasse”€œ und “€žEthnizität”€œ.Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheiding. Pluralismus, Grenzziehung und Gemeinschaftsbildung in nordamerikanischen religiösen Zeitschriften (SCHE1616/6-1).Für weitere Informationen siehe Pressemitteilung der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität.

20.12.2012: Guest Lecture Stacy L. Leeds

Stacy L. Leeds
Dean and Professor of Law (University of Arkansas)

Tribal Courts and Native American Governance

Thursday, December 20, 4-6pm, Fakultätssaal (Philosophicum)

Stacy Leeds serves as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She teaches, writes and consults in the areas American Indian law, property, energy and natural resources, economic development, judicial administration and higher education.
In November 2011, Dean Leeds was appointed to serve a two-year term on the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The commission will undertake a forward-looking, comprehensive evaluation of Interior”€™s trust management of nearly $4 billion in Native American trust funds.
Leeds is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a former Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. She divides her time between downtown Fayetteville and the Illinois River near Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Lecture Announcement (pdf)

11.12.2012: Dietz Lecture Nassim Balestrini

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 10a.m. in P 3, PD Dr. Nassim Balestrini (University of Regensburg) will be giving the annual

Karl Dietz Memorial Lecture

Her talk is entitled:

Surgical Selves: Medicine and Womanhood in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s and Miranda July’s “Birthmark[s]“

The talk will discuss why the early twenty-first-century story “Birthmark” by the California-based indie filmmaker and performance artist Miranda July may be considered a noteworthy appropriation of Hawthorne’s mid-nineteenth-century tale “The Birth-mark.” Medical discourse, especially on linkages among empirical science, healing, and individual character, underscores the appropriative entanglement between Hawthorne’s and July’s stories because the narratives address medical and social notions of what it means to diagnose a problem and offer a solution. In both cases, beauty and integration into society rather than illness are in the foreground, as is the volatility of visual perception. For either story, the medical discourse of the respective time period helps illuminate the depiction of the patient, the physician, the medical procedure and its outcome, and the effect of the patient”€˜s state on her self-perception and on her perception by others.

At the conclusion of the lecture, the annual Hans-Galinsky-Prize for excellent papers and theses written in Early American Studies will be awarded.

Lecture Announcement (PDF)

22.11.2012
Informationsveranstaltung: Erasmus Programm der Europäischen Union

Im Rahmen des ERASMUS-Programms der Europäischen Union im akademischen Jahr 2013-2014 können StudentInnen der American Studies in den Studiengängen: Amerikanistik M.A., LA Englisch, B.Ed. Englisch, B.A. American Studies ein Auslandssemester absolvieren.Förderungsdauer: ein oder zwei Semester an der Gasthochschule.Eine INFORMATIONSVERANSTALTUNG findet am Donnerstag, 22.11.2012, 18.00-18.30 Uhr in P6 statt.Info-Flyer (PDF)

28.11.2012: Guest Lecture Lara-Sophie Milagro

Lara-Sophie Milagro, actress, director, and author will give a guest lecture in German on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 6-8pm in P 12 (Philosophicum):

Wer hat Angst vorm schwarzen Hamlet?

Zwischen Klischeerollen, Black-Facing, Widerstand und Aufbruch

Die Schauspielerin, Regisseurin und Autorin Lara-Sophie Milagro erläutert anhand der Geschichte des afro-deutschen Theater-Ensembles LABEL NOIR die Besetzungspolitik deutscher Theater sowie die Entstehung einer afro-deutschen Kultur- und Theaterszene. Dabei vergleicht Sie die hiesige Theaterszene mit dem aufkommenden afro-amerikanischen Theater der 60er und 70er Jahre und zieht Bilanz hinsichtlich der Situation schwarzer SchauspielerInnen in einem weitgehend weißen deutschen Theaterbetrieb.

06.11.2012: Direct Exchange Information Event

On November 6, 2012, from 6-8p.m. in P 204, the American Studies Department will inform interested students about the department’s direct exchange program with American and Canadian universities. All students of American Studies and English are invited to attend; while we will concentrate on the direct exchange, we will also briefly address alternative ways of going aboard to the United States and Canada.See the Department’s direct exchange website for additional information.Please contact (Maillink: lanzendo (AT) uni-mainz (PUNKT) de) for any further questions.Info Flyer (PDF)

12.07.2012: Guest Lecture on Lakota Political Representation

Guest Lecture

Lakota Political Representation Traditionally and Today:
Wounded Knee 1973

 

Karen White Butterfly (Pine Ridge, South Dakota) and Dr. Sonja John (Berlin)

Thursday, July 12, 2012
4 p.m., Fakultätssaal, Philosophicum (Poster)

Karen White Butterly, full-blood Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation currently teaches Lakota lang
uage, culture as well as traditional herbs and plants classes at Oglala Lakota College. She has been with the college for sixteen years, the majority of which in the position of the director of the college center in Wounded Knee. She has strong ties to Wounded Knee district; that”€™s not only where she lives and works, but that is where her family comes from, where she owns land and where she is also engaged in political struggles and cultural conflicts since the Wounded Knee take-over in 1973.

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July 10, 2012: Guest Lecture Michael Dopffel

Michael Dopffel, American Studies / Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, will be giving a guest lecture at 10c.t. on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in lecture hall 00-147, Welderweg 29 (Physiology Building)

Reading Transatlantic Narratives of Ghost Encounters as Transcendental Experiences

The talk will discuss how the fictionalization of 17th- and 18th-century empirical ghost narratives affected the originally didactic function of those texts. Ghost narratives cannot be conclusively determined in regard to their status (pragmatic or fictional) and intention (primarily didactic or entertaining). The talk will therefore discuss the detachment of the ghost story from its theological context and illuminate the functional changes that went along with it. Consequently, one question addressed in the talk will be whether the inclusion of fictional elements into these otherwise factual encounters not only alters their function in regard to author and audience, but whether they do not in fact enhance religious affectation in a way specific to literature. The talk will thus examine both theological and literary theories of the effect of the divine and of fiction upon the reader.

The lecture is sponsored by IANAS

July 3, 2012: Themenabend mit Lesung

Themenabend Contemporary Australia
mit Lesung in englischer Sprache von
Kim Scott

 

Dienstag, 3. Juli 2012, 20 Uhr (Poster)
Gutenberg-Buchhandlung Dr. Kohl (Große Bleiche 29-31)

Kim Scott ist ein mehrfach preisgekrönter australischer Aborigine-Schriftsteller und Professor für Literatur an der Curtin University in Perth. Kim Scott hat neben drei Romanen auch ein Kinderbuch, Kurzgeschichten und Lyrik verfasst. In seinem monumentalen Werk Kayang and Me (2005) erzählt er darüber hinaus zusammen mit Hazel Brown die Geschichte der Noongar. Sein wohl bekanntester Roman, Benang: From the Heart (1999) wurde mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet, unter anderem mit dem bedeutendsten Literaturpreis Australiens, dem Miles Franklin Literary Award. Kim Scott war damit der erste Aborigine-Preisträger dieser Auszeichnung. In seinem neuesten Werk That Deadman Dance (2010) setzt er sich mit den frühen Kontakten zwischen Europäern und Aborigines an der australischen Westküste im frühen 19. Jahrhundert auseinander. Mit That Deadman Dance gewann Kim Scott bereits zum zweiten Mal den Miles Franklin Literary Award. 2012 wurde er zum Western Australian of the Year gewählt.

Alle Interessierten sind herzlich willkommen!
Der Eintritt ist frei.

July 3, 2012: International Symposium

International Symposium
Bridging the Health Divide: Aboriginal Communities and Cultural Respect

Program/Flyer

Guests from Curtin University (Perth, Australia):
Professor Kim Scott
Associate Professor Simon Forrest
Associate Professor Dawn Bessarab
Senior Lecturer Marion Kickett

Tuesday, July 3
9:00-17:00, Senatssaal (NatFak)

June 26, 2012: Guest Lecture John McWilliams

John McWilliams, College Professor of Humanities at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, will be giving a guest lecture at 10c.t. on Tuesday, June 26, in lecture hall 00-147, Welderweg 29 (Physiology Building).

Revolution and the Historical Novel: Paradigm and Recent Transformations

Why have so many of the great historical novels concerned revolution? From the time of Walter Scott to the near present, what fictional conventions proved effective in describing both the promise and the threat of continuing revolution? The talk will end with reflections on recent developments in the historical novel, particularly Gore Vidal”€˜s seven volume “Narratives of Empire.”

The lecture is sponsored by IANAS

June 5, 2012: Guest Lecture Julia Straub

Julia Straub, Oberassistentin of Literatures in English at the University of Berne, Switzerland, will be giving a guest lecture at 10c.t. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in lecture hall 00-147, Welderweg 29 (Physiology Building).

Reading the First American Anthologies as Cultural Texts

Anthologies tend to be seen as handy devices for the classroom. Most students of English are familiar with the Norton and Heath Anthology series; for many students what goes into these major anthologies constitutes English respectively American literature. In this paper I will approach the genre of the anthology by asking the question whether it makes sense to think of them as cultural texts. Focusing on early American anthologies from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, I will trace the interplay of processes of selection and preservation that are essential to anthologies. They are, after all, important tools for the formation of canons. I will then broaden my discussion by showing that apart from shaping curricula and the canon, anthologies exert another important function: they act as media of cultural memory.

The lecture is sponsored by IANAS

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25.05.2012: Interdisziplinärer Workshop

Varieties of Cultural Difference:
Exploring Otherness at the Crossroads of Language, Culture and Literature

Am Freitag, den 25.05.2012, findet im Fakultätssaal des Philosophicums eine Tagung der Junior-Professoren Birgit Däwes und Marcus Callies unter dem Titel Varieties of Cultural Difference: Exploring Otherness at the Crossroads of Language, Culture and Literature statt.

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14.05.2011: American Studies Study Abroad Information Session

On

Monday, May 14, 2012
from
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
in
Fakultätssaal (above P 4)

the American Studies Department and the Abteilung Internationales (International Office) of JGU will inform students about opportunities for studying abroad. If you are interested in spending a semester or a year in the United States, you are strongly encouraged to visit!

Summer Term 2012: Internationales Forschungskolloquium


Internationales Forschungskolloquium: Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies
Donnerstags 10-12, P 204 (Program)
Kindly supported by Ecocriticism”€”most generally defined as “€œthe study of the relationship between literature and the physical environment”€ (Glotfelty)”€”has become an increasingly popular methodological paradigm for literary studies. In Native American and First Nations Studies, however, the coordinates for a fruitful critical investment in environmentalist issues are still being mapped. Common stereotypes, such as the wilderness topos, the “€œecological Indian,”€ or the keeper of a planetary spirituality, are difficult to overcome. In lectures by internationally renowned guest speakers as well as in discussions of their talks, we will systematically explore the relationship between indigenous cultures (in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Asia, and New Zealand) and the “€œenvironment”€ in the widest sense”€”as place, land, nature, wilderness, and “€œalterNative”€ space.Our guests include Joni Adamson, Graham Huggan, Hsinya Huang, Hubert Zapf, Alfred Hornung, Catrin Gersdorf, Kylie Crane, and Micha Edlich.The program can be found here.Contact: Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee or Jun.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes

23.04.2012: Reading Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor - Ongoing Adventures of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway
Monday, April 23
16:00-18:00, Fakultätssaal (Poster)
An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations, Drew Hayden Taylor has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to lecturing at the British Museum on the films of Sherman Alexie. Over the last two decades, he has been an award-winning playwright (with over 70 productions of his work), a journalist/columnist (with a column in five newspapers across the country), short-story writer, novelist, scriptwriter (The Beachcombers, North of Sixty etc.), and librettist. Self-described as a contemporary storyteller, he has worked on over 17 documentaries exploring the Native experience. After the success of his first novel, The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel, his second novel, Motorcycles and Sweetgrass, was published in 2010, followed by his newest play, Dead White Writer on the Floor in 2011.Drew Hayden Taylor will read from The Berlin Blues, a comedy about German-Aboriginal relations, and from his latest novel, Motorcycles and Sweetgrass.

27.03.2012: Mainz American Studies Student Awarded Research Fellowship

Christian Horn, exam candidate at the American Studies Department, has been awarded a three-week research scholarship at the Joseph Horner Memorial Library, Philadelphia, by the German Historical Institute (Washington D.C.) and the German Society of Pennsylvania. Mr. Horn’s studies on German-American travel literature in the 19th century are the basis of his Master’s Thesis, under the advisorship of Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheiding of the CEAS.

09.02.2012: Guest Lecture Michael Boyden

Michael Boyden, Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Ghent, Belgium, will be giving a guest lecture at 12c.t. on Thursday, February 9, 2012, in P 108:

Radical Revisionism and the Self-Substitutive Logic of the New American Studies

The lecture addresses what Winfried Fluck has called the “€œcultural radicalism”€ inherent in the revisionist program of the New Americanists (a loose group of scholars including Donald Pease, John Carlos Rowe, David Reynolds, Myra Jehlen, and others). For Fluck, this “€œradicalism”€ entails that professional advancement is only possible by negating the research positions of other scholars, resulting in a hopeless fragmentation of meaning.The aim of this lecture is two-fold. First, it intends to arrive at a better understanding of the institutional logic underlying this “€œcultural radicalism.”€ Second, drawing on these insights, it seeks to historicize what Donald Pease calls the “€œparadigm dramas”€ involved in the conflict between the “€œOld”€ and the “€œNew”€ Americanists by pointing out a number of continuities (as well as differences) between the two generations.

01.01.2012: Happy New Year!

On the first day of 2012, the American Studies Department of Mainz University wishes a Happy New Year to all students, friends, and colleagues!We will be celebrating our 60-year anniversary this year and be the host of the annual conference of the German Association of American Studies.We hope you will continue to enjoy your time here as a student, your work with us as our colleagues, and be successful in whatever endeavors you have set yourself for 2012.

15.12.2011: Dietz Memorial Lecture Eva Boesenberg

This year’s Karl Dietz Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the American Studies Department and the Interdisciplinary Working Group North American Studies (IANAS), will be given on Thursday, December 15, 12-2pm, at Hörsaal 18, Biology Department, Johann-Joachim-Becher Weg 7.Eva Boesenberg
(Professor of American S
tudies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Crisis? What’s Crisis? Money and Gender in Naturalism.

After the lecture, this year’s Hans Galinsky Award for excellent students’ seminar papers and theses will be granted out.

Announcement Flyer (PDF)

08.12.2011: Guest Lecture Rachel Wheeler

Rachel M. Wheeler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, IUPUI, and Senior Fulbright Researcher, Mainz, will be giving a guest lecture at 6p.m., Senatssaal, Naturwissenschaftliches Fakultätsgebäude:Whose Story is American Religion?The Parallel Lives of Daniel Boone and Joshua, the MohicanThe lecture will explore the parallels between the lives of Daniel Boone, the famed American pioneer (1734-1820) and Joshua (1742-1806), a Mohican Indian, whose parents were among the first Indians to be baptized by Moravian missionaries.Both men were born in the East, and moved steadily westward during their lifetimes, on roughly parallel routes. Both men lived much of their lives in the context of war, but while Boone was an active participant, Joshua and his community continued to move west seeking escape from war. Boone died of old age, while Joshua went to a fiery death as an accused witch at the hands of the Shawnee Prophet. Boone became a legend during his own life, while Joshua has remained consigned to a few footnotes. The parallels and the discrepancies of these two lives prompt further reflection on how we tell the story of migration and the story of American religion.Announcement Flyer (PDF)

29.11.2011: ERASMUS Exchange Information Event – American Studies

On

Tuesday, November, 29, 2011

from

2.00-2.30 pm

in P 201

we would like to welcome all students interested in participating the ERASMUS exchange program: both B.A. and M.A. students in American Studies, LA English and B.Ed. students of English.

Announcement_Flyer.pdf

29.11.2011: Guest Lecture Dennis Berthold

Prof. Dennis Berthold, Texas A & M University, will be giving a lecture at 10am c.t. in P 15.Transnational Iconography in Herman Melville”€˜s Moby-DickMoby-Dick is often considered the “€œGreat American Novel,”€œ and rightly so. Quakers, Native Americans, and die-hard Calvinists stalk its pages, and capitalism, imperialism, and industrialism motivate its characters. It is also a highly visual novel, and has frequently appeared in illustrated form from comic books to expensive limited editions. Although some of Melville”€˜s visual allusions are nationalistic, their predominant sources are international and historical, crossing boundaries of space and time through artistic allusions that expand the book”€˜s significance to a global scale. Identifying, understanding, and most important graphically representing the novel”€˜s iconography is one of the primary aims of the Melville Electronic Library, a website under development at Hofstra University that will provide readers with a more complete range of visual understanding and an appreciation of the book”€˜s transnational scope.Announcement Flyer (PDF)

16.11.2011: Direct Exchange Information Event

On

Wednesday, November 16, 2011,

from

6-8pm,

in

P 7,

the American Studies department will host an information event on this year’s direct exchange program with its American partner universities. We would like to welcome all students interested in participating in the program, both B.A. and M.A. students in American Studies and B.Ed. students of English.

Please note the change of rooms!

Announcement flyer

10.10.11: American Studies Virginia Field Trip Web Diary

This is the first life sign of the excursion going to Virginia from Oct. 3 to 15. Currently, we are located in Winchester, Virginia, where we visited the Shenandoah University (approx. 3,000 students, ranging from health care to liberal arts) on Oct. 4. With Prof. Warren Hofstra, who is the expert on local history, we also had a short run through the city of Winchester where we saw historic buildings in the downtown area. He also gave us a fascinating introduction into Shenandoah Valley, a region known for its beauty all over the world. The next day, we also had a tour of the Belle Grove Plantation established by Isaac Hite Jr. in the early 18th century. Moreover, we took a short hike in the Shenandoah National Park. Also, the fun aspect is not to be disregarded. While having the perfect sunshine weather, we also enjoyed a pub crawl in Winchester.

Anna Katharina Sinn, Miriam Strieder

Further updates of the Virginia Excursion are now available at the excursion team’s web diary:

Virginia Excursion Diary

03.10.-14.10.11: American Studies Virginia Field Trip

Students of the American Studies Department will be undertaking a field trip to Virginia and Maryland, USA, from October 3 to October 14, 2011. The focus of the trip is on the history of German settlements in the area; fourteen students will participate in the trip organized by the Center of Early American Studies of the American Studies Department, which ties in with a Pennsylvania excursion undertaken in 2009. The German Academic Exchange Service is sponsoring the trip as part of its PROMOS program.”We want to study the history of the so-called German Settlements in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and the ethnic and religious developments in the history of settlement in the South,” says Prof. Oliver Scheiding, co-organizer of the trip together with Dr. Karl Ortseifen. Apart from settlement history, the 150 year anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War in Virginia and Maryland is a focus of the trip. American Studies partner universities, such as Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, and Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, are closely cooperating with Mainz in this excursion, as is the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia.The field trip offers Mainz students the unmatched opportunity to close engage with the cultural interpretation o
f landscapes and spaces such as national parks, symbolic places and museums, with architecture and the materiality of settlements, memorials, of reenactments of colonial life, and Indian and African-American culture.German Press Release

Winter Term 2011/12-Summer Term 2012: Fulbright Prof. Rachel Wheeler

From October 1, 2011, Prof. Rachel Wheeler (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, IUPUI) will be a Senior Fulbright Professor at the American Studies Department, engaged both in teaching and research. Prof. Wheeler is the author of To Live Upon Hope: Mohicans and Missionaries in the Eighteenth-Century Northeast, published by Cornell UP in 2008. A historian and religion scholar, Prof. Wheeler’s current focus is the study of autobiography in the 18th century.

30.06.-10.07.11 Transnational Symposium and Trinational Summer School

Scholars from the American Studies Department have participated in a trinational summer school and a transnational symposium, organized by Peking University, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, and Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, in Beijing. The topic of the event was “World Culture, Global South, and Literature.” Among the speakers were Alfred Hornung (JGU), Oliver Scheiding (JGU), Glenn T. Eskew (GSU), John Burrison (GSU), Xu Dejin (UIBE), Zhao Baisheng (PU), Gu Zhengkun (PU), Gayatri Spivak (Columbia), Femi Osofisan (University of Ibadan), Bhekiziziwe Petersen (University of Witwatersrand) and Robert Dixon (University of Sydney).

07.-09.07.2011: Conference Conceptions of Collectivity in Contemporary American Literature

Fakultätssaal, PhilosophicumRather than privileging a specific perspective (race, gender, nation, etc.), this conference wants to pursue holistic approaches to cultural and social issues in contemporary American literature. The conference will trace collective social imaginaries in contemporary American literature, including, among others, the post-9/11 novels of Don DeLillo, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mohsin Hamid, and Khaled Hosseini, works by Chris Bachelder, Maxine Hong Kingston, Thomas Pynchon, and Susan Sontag, as well as contemporary American poetry and ethnic drama.ProgramAbstractsConference Homepage

12.07.2011: Guest Lecture Paula Treichler: Illness Narratives, HIV/AIDS, and Serial Drama

Paula A. Trichler, Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will offer a workshop on “Illness Narratives, HIV/AIDS, and Serial Drama” on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 4pm, in room P 205, Philosophicum.For more details, click below.

24.06.2011: Mainz to Become Home of Amerikastudien/American Studies

Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheiding has been named general editor of the society’s journal Amerikastudien/American Studies by the Board of the German Society for American Studies (DGfA) at this year’s annual conference at Regensburg. The largest-circulation journal of a European American Studies society will be published in Mainz starting with Volume 56/2011.

24.06.2011: Workshop Mapping the World, Mapping Literature

Bruce Robbins (Columbia), Martin Puchner (Harvard), Djelal Kadir (Penn State)Bruce Robbins is the Old Dominion Professor in the Humanities, and the author of numerous books, including “Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress” (NYU, 1999), “The Servant’s Hand: English Fiction from Below” (Columbia, 1986; Duke pb 1993), “Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, Culture” (Verso, 1993), and “Upward Mobility and the Common Good” (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2007). He has edited “Intellectuals: Aesthetics, Politics, Academics” (Minnesota, 1990) and “The Phantom Public Sphere” (Minnesota, 1993) and co-edited “Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling beyond the Nation” (Minnesota, 1998). He was co-editor of the journal Social Text from 1991 to 2000. His talk will discuss the link between liberalism and the politics of literature.Martin Puchner is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. After studying philosophy, history, and literature at the University of Konstanz, the Università di Bologna, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Irvine, he earned a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1998. Puchner approaches philosophy and literature primarily through its relation to drama and theater, leading him to a new understanding of such figures as Marx, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Burke, Deleuze, and Badiou. This work is articulated in his most recent book “The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy” (Oxford UP, 2010). Puchner also serves as the new general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature and the Norton Anthology of Western Literature. He also writes for The London Review of Books, Bookforum, Raritan Review, and N+1. His lecture will address the ways in which literature builds worlds.Djelal Kadir is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. Besides “Memos from the Besieged City”, he has authored, among other books, “Questing Fictions” (1986), “Columbus and the Ends of the Earth” (1992), “The Other Writing” (1993), and co-edited the Longman Anthology of World Literature (2003; 2009) and the Comparative History of Latin American Literary Cultures (2004). Djelal Kadir is the Founding President of the International American Studies Association, a member of the Advisory Board of the American Comparative Literature Association, a Fellow and Board member of the Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History, of Synapsis: The European School of Comparative Studies, and of the Institute for World Literature. His lecture will discuss literary works as performatives, or “acts” of literature.FlyerFakultätssaal, Philosophicum, Friday, June 24, 2-6pmFurther information on the workshop Mapping the World, Mapping Literature

17.06.2011: Workshop Mapping the World, Mapping Literature

David Damrosch (Harvard), Roman Schmidt (Sciences-Po), Gerald Posselt (Vienna)David Damrosch taught for three decades at Columbia before moving in 2009 to Harvard, where he chairs the Department of Comparative Literature. A past president of the American Comparative Literature Association, he has written widely on comparative and world
literature. He is credited for having reintroduced the world literature discourse into our contemporary academia. His work has been translated into an eclectic variety of languages, including Chinese, Estonian, Hungarian, Turkish, and Vietnamese. His talk will address the impossible possibility of worldly imaginary in the nation state.Roman Schmidt is an editor at Courrier international in Paris. He teaches at Sciences Po, works on and with cultural journals across Europe, and researches transnational publishing networks. He will present a genealogical history of European literary journalism, with a focus on the transnational aspect of this genealogy.Gerald Posselt teaches at Vienna University, and has published extensively on deconstruction, gender issues, and recently post-colonial discourse from a Europeanist perspective. His paper reads Kafka’s Penal Colony from a post-colonial point of view.Fakultätssaal, Philosophicum, Friday, June 17, 2-6 p.m.Further Information on the workshop “Mapping the World, Mapping Literature”

07.06.2011: Guest Lecture Martin Brückner

Martin Brückner – Associate Professor – English Department, Center for Material Culture Studies at University of Delaware will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by SOCUM.The Revision of America: Memory, Power, and the Plurality of Early American Cartographies.P 2, Tuesday, June 7, 6 p.m.

08.06.2011: Workshop with Martin Brückner

On Wednesday, June 8, all day, Prof. Martin Brückner will be holding a workshop on “The Object of Maps in America: Spatial Work and Material Culture” sponsored by SOCUM. The workshop will take place at the Fakultätssaal in the Philosophicum.More Information:

09.06.2011: Guest Lecture Martin Brückner

Martin Brückner – Associate Professor – English Department, Center for Material Culture Studies at University of Delaware will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by SOCUM.The Object of Maps in circa 1776: Spectacle and Spatial Work on the Eve of the American Revolution. P 3, Thursday, June 9, 6 p.m.

31.05.2011: Guest Lecture Edward Cahill

Edward Cahill – Assistant Professor of English/Acting Director of American Studies at Fordham University, The Jesuit University of New York – will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by IANAS.The Beautiful and Sublime Objects of Early U.S.ExpansionP 205, Tuesday, May 31, 6 p.m.Further Information

17.05.2011: Guest Lecture Jürgen Overhoff

PD Dr. Jürgen Overhoff – Historic Education and Contemporary History at Universität Hamburg will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by IANAS.American Federalism and the constitution of the Holy Roman Empire: Why James Madison took a genuine interest in the “confederate republic of Germany”P 205, Tuesday, May 17, 18 p.m.Further Information

03.05.2011: Information Lecture on American Studies Exchange Programs

On May 3, 2011, from 4-6pm in P 1, the American Studies department and the International Office will inform students about study abroad possibilities in the United States for students of B.Ed. and Lehramt English, B.A., M.A., and older courses of study in American Studies. The lecture will address exchange programs offered by the DAAD, Fulbright, and the Department Direct Exchange. If you have any interest in going to the United States, this events offers you an opportunity to be informed about all the available programs and to ask any questions you may have about what you can do, how you should do it, and when you should be beginning to do it.

16.03.2011: Guest Lecture and Round Table Gerald Vizenor and Deborah Madsen

Professor Gerald Vizenor (University of New Mexico) and Professor Deborah Madsen (University of Geneva) will be holding a guest lecture and round table discussion organized by the Center for Comparative Indigenous Studies.P 1, Wednesday, March 16, 6-8 p.m.

03.02.2011: Guest Lecture Erik Redling

Make ‘Em Shout a Crazy Jargon: The Metaphoric Dimension of Jazz Poetry.Erik Redling, Visiting Professor at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by IANAS.
P 105, Thursday, February 3, 12 p.m.Further Information

Colloquium with Prof. Gesa Mackenthun

On Thursday, December 16, Prof. Gesa Mackenthun, Professor of American Studies at the University of Rostock, will be holding a colloquium on the subject of “John Lloyd Stephens, Archaeologist, and the Art of Imperial Self-Fashioning”. The colloquium will take place from 9-10.15am at the small library of the Department of English and Linguistics, 01-612, in classroom 01-618.Further Information
Primary Readings

16.12.2010: Dr. Dietz Memorial Lecture

Guest Lecture Gesa MackenthunThe Conquest of Antiquity. Territorial Expansion and Romantic Scientific Discourse in America.Gesa Mackenthun, Professor of North American Litature and Culture at Rostock University will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by IANAS.P 1, Thursday, December 16, 12 p.m.Further Information

Department Direct Exchange: Transcript Certifications

Students applying in the Department’s Direct Exchange Program can get their transcripts or Scheinaufstellungen certified: [table “4” not found /]
Please make an appointment for these hours (except Thursdays) with (Maillink: lukas.dausend (AT) international (PUNKT) uni-mainz.
de), research assistant at the International Office and to Prof. Scheiding. If you don’t make an appointment, certification will be contingent on other work demands.

25.11.2010: Virginia Excursion, Summer 2011

The American Studies Department will be undertaking a field trip to Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. fromAugust 9-19, 2011with a special interest in the early settlement history and colonial government of Virginia and Maryland.The field trip is co-organized by Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, and Hood College, Frederick, MD.An information session will be held on Thursday, November 25, at 6pm in P1 07

22.11.2010: Guest Lecture Sandra Petrulionis

Radicalizing the Moral Idealists: American Transcendentalists and Antislavery ReformSandra Petrulionis, Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State University, Altoona, will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by IANAS.P 12, Monday, November 22, 10 a.m. c.t.Further Information

23.11.2010: Guest Lecture Jason Bell

Aldo Leopold, Pragmatic Personhood, and Environmental EthicsJason Bell, Ph.d., currrently Fulbright Junior Researcher at Universität Göttingen
will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by IANAS.P 11, Tuesday, November 23, 4 p.m.Further information

12.11.2010: School Meets University: Multiculturalism Around the World

On Friday, November 12, 2010, the American Studies Department’s Prof. Mita Banerjee, in co-operation with the Frauenlob Gymnasium Mainz, will be hosting the School Meets University Day, offering students a unique chance to form closer connections to teachers and high school students and bridge the gap between their university education and their future profession as teachers.Further Information

American Studies Direct Exchange with the United States

On Monday, November 8, 2010, from 2-4pm in the Fakultätssaal (above P 4), the American Studies Department will be informing about this year’s direct exchange program with its American partner universities. The direct exchange program is aimed at Mainz American Studies students who are interested in a year-long stay at an American university. B.A. and B.Ed. students are especially invited to participate for fuller information on how to manage a stay abroad within their programs; the direct exchange program is open for students from the 3rd semester onwards, but 1st and 2nd semester students should also come for additional information on other exchange programs and as preparation for next year.

11.10.2010: American Studies Obtains DFG Research Grant

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has just announced that it is funding the research project “Life Writing in Early American Periodicals [Life Writing im Spiegel der amerikanischen Zeitschriftenliteratur] 1790-1830″ with funds for both employees and material costs. The project, directed by Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheiding, is scheduled for two years, beginning November 1, 2010.For further information, see Gepris.

21.07.2010: American Studies Summer School in Atlanta, GA

From July 4 to July 16, the members of the American Studies Doctoral College “Life Writing” joined young scholars from Beijing and Atlanta at this year’s Tri-national Summer School at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, entitled “The South in the Age of Obama”. They spent two weeks investigating the changing American South with noted Chinese, American and German scholars presenting their latest studies on the American South. One of the main focuses lay on the civil rights movement, for which Atlanta was one of the central points. Visits to the Martin Luther King Museum, the Carter Center, and antebellum plantation houses around Atlanta, guided by local experts, combined with intensive classroom work in an exceptional learning experience at this year’s summer school.Summer School HomepageSummer School Short Film

22.06.2010: Guest Lecture Alfred Bendixen

Place and Perversion in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”Alfred Bendixen, Professor of English at Texas A&M University and founder of the American Literature Association, will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by IANAS.P 109 a, Tuesday, June 22, 12 p.m. – 2 p. m.further information

21.06.-03.07.: SOCUM Fellowship Deborah Madsen

From June 21 to July 3, Prof. Deborah Madsen will be SOCUM Fellow at Mainz University. She will give the opening lecture on “Human Exceptionalism: Vizenor’s Autogrammatological Critique of Ecologocentrism” at the Ecology and Life Writing Conference and participate in the Doctoral Colloquium classes on June 22nd, 24th and 29th on Gerald Vizenor and Native American life writing.Further Information

18.06.2010: Guest Lecture Kim Scott

“A Resilient Imprint”
P 110, Friday, June 18, 2010, 12p.m. – 2 p.m.Kim Scott (UT Curtin/Perth), Australian writer, will be giving a lecture and reading from his most recent novel.

24.-27.06. 2010: Ecology and Life Writing Conference, Mainz

Life writing is one of the main research areas of American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Recent research on texts from the colonial era to the present emphasizes transcultural and transnational aspects as central motifs and topics of life writing. The research group of our recently established doctoral college on “€œlife writing”€ therefore looks at various technologies of the self within a global context and analyzes processes of transculturation within and beyond national borders. Current research projects of the department deal with the relations between life writing and democracy, migration, minorities, transculturality, and ecology, among others.The program of the conference will consist of keynote lectures by established scholars in the field and workshop papers, arranged along the above topics. The conference will be open to the public and is coordinated with courses taught at Johannes Gutenberg University this academic year. It is also part of the doctoral college on life writing (a special program of support for the humanities, financed by Johannes Gutenberg University and the State of Rhineland Palatinate) and the trinational PhD-program of Johannes Gutenberg Univers
ity, Georgia State University, and Peking University.

21.06.2010: Guest Lecture Winfried Schleiner

From the Frontline of Language Change in CaliforniaP 2, Monday, June 21, 2010, 6 p. m. – 8 p. m.Professor Winfried Schleiner, Department of English at the University of California, Davis, will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by IANAS.further information 

16.06.2010: Writing Literary History in the 21st Century

Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, Campus Westend, IG Farben-Building, Room 411, 6 p.m.Panel Discussion with Professor Oliver Scheiding (Mainz), Professor Werner Sollors (Harvard), and Professor Michael Boyden (Ghent).Further Information

19.05.2010: Guest Lecture Shani Mootoo

P 108, Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 6 – 8 p.m.

Shani Mootoo, Canadian novelist and instructor at the School of Continuing Studies – Creative Writing – at the University of Toronto, will be giving a guest lecture in which she reads from her latest novel Valmiki’s Daughter (2008).

Further information

 

16.05.2010: Exhibition at Stadthistorisches Museum Mainz

Der Wilde Westen am Rhein – Buffalo Bill in MainzStadthistorisches Museum, Zitadelle, Bau D, May 16 to October 31, 2010In May 1891, the Mainz Schlossplatz was filled with people. Buffalo Bill was in town: 175 Indians, cowboys, and scouts, forty horses, and twenty buffalo presented astonished Mainz inhabitants with life in the “Wild West”. The exhibition and accompanying book present Buffalo Bills 1890/91 tour through Germany and offers glimpses at the real situation of Native Americans. It also address the Native American imagery in Germany, created by writers such as James Fenimore Cooper, Karl May, and letters from immigrants.Flyer (in German)

15.06.2010: Guest Lecture Martin Klepper

Narrative Identity and Depression Era LivesP 110, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 4 p. m. – 6 p. m.Martin Klepper, Professor for American Literature and Culture at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by IANAS.further information

06.05.2010: Guest Lecture Jane Feuer

Town Meetings of the Imagination: “Gilmore Girls” and “Northern Exposure”

P105, Thursday, May 6, 2010, 12a.m. – 2p.m.Jane Feuer, Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and Fulbright Distinguished Professor in American Studies at Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, will be giving a guest lecture sponsored by IANAS.Further Information on the Guest Lecture

15.03.2010: Exhibition at Mainz City Hall

Der Kampf um die Bürgerrechte, afroamerikanische GIs und Deutschland

Mainz City Hall, April 8-21 2010

The Struggle for Civil Rights, African-American GIs, and Germany — an exihibition curated by Prof. Dr. Maria Höhn of Vassar College and Dr. Martin Klimke of the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C. — is part of cooperative research initiative between Vassar College, the GHI, and the Heidelberg Center of American Studies of Heidelberg University. It explores the connection between the basing of American forces in Germany and the growth of the civil rights movement in the United States. In 2009, the project was awarded the Julius E. Williams Distinguished Community Service Award by the NAACP.

Rhineland-Palatinate was home to the largest U.S. bases in Germany after World War II.

Using photographs and historical artifacts, the exhibition tells the largely unknown history of African-American GIs in Germany, expresses their experiences and throws lights on the actors fighting against discrimination and racisms with the Germany-based soldiers.

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01.02.2010: Mita Banerjee Appointed Research Professor

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee has been appointed Research Professor of the Gutenberg Forschungskolleg. Prof. Banerjee is a Mainz graduate who received her PhD from Mainz University in American Studies in 2000 and her habilitation in 2003. She was Chair of American Studies at the University of Siegen from December 2004. Prof. Banerjee”€™s research into postcolonialism, ethnicity, and the extension of the field of American Studies into more distant and international topics have been at the forefront of American Studies for several years. Prof. Banerjee”€™s research group will focus on Indigenous Studies for a duration of five years. Prof. Banerjee”€™s publications include The Chutneyfication of History (2002), Race-ing the Century (2005), and most recently, Ethnic Ventriloquism (2008). The American Studies Department is happy to welcome back such a renowned scholar and wishes her the best of luck in her research endeavors.