American Studies Week 2018

From December 3-5, 2018, our annual American Studies Week took place.

In a three-day series of international events, including guest lectures and workshops, current teaching and research projects in American Studies were presented and discussed.

Guest Lecture

Monday, Dec. 3, 10-12 a.m., HEL 065
Thomas Austenfeld (Université de Fribourg):

"Confessional Poetry and the Cold War"

Thomas Austenfeld is Professor of American Literature at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland. In this lecture, he will be discussing a broad variety of poems by Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell in the context of Cold-War America.

International Students’ Workshop (Flensburg/Odense)

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 10-17:00, OSL 249

Conspiracy Theory and Narratives of 9/11


Prof. Dr. Kasper Grotle Rasmussen (SDU Odense)

Dr. David Coughlan (University of Limerick)

Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes (EUF)

as well as MA students from SDU Odense and Europa-Universität Flensburg

The joint international seminar ("The Power of Narrative: Conspiracy Theory and 9/11") aimed at strengthening the ties between EUF, SDU, and the University of Limerick, providing a network for students and teachers across the Danish-German border. Students had been working together on specific focus tasks and presented the results of their discussions. The workshop was generously sponsored by the EUF’s Ausschuss für Europa und Internationales.

PhD Workshop

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10-13:00, MAD 225

Current Research in American Studies

In this doctoral workshop, PhD students presented and discussed their research projects, including

David Eisler (Heidelberg Center for American Studies),

"Unburdened: Civil-Military Relations and American War Fiction from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan"

Laura Jungblut (EUF),

"Challenging the Arbitrary Notions of Race Making: White Indigeneity in Contemporary Life Writing"

Patrizia Zanella (Université de Fribourg)

"The Border-Crossing Fiction of Louise Erdrich, Thomas King, Tomson Highway, and James Welch"

Organizer: Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes (