American Studies Week 2023

Welcome to our American Studies Week 2023.

Here you can download high resolution copies of our flyer (front and back) and poster.

You can find an overview of our program below!

All students, doctoral students, and faculty are welcome!

Organized by: Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes

Guest Lecture

Prof. Dr. Holger Kersten
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Wednesday, Nov 15, 8-10 am - OSL 248
Mark Twain and American Literary Realism


Current Research in American Studies
Thursday, Nov 16, 8.30-16:00 - TAL 009

8:30-09:00 Welcome and Introduction
 09:00-10:00 Hanna Masslich, "Narrating Water/Water’s Narrativity:  Representations of (Rising) Water in Contemporary Fiction"

Bethany Webster-Parmentier, "Motherhood and Mithering in Twenty-First Century Indigenous Horror"

Laura Jungblut, "We Are Still Here: Sámi Literatur in the 21st Century"

Nicole Poppenhagen, "Continents, Islands, Oceans: Conceptualizing Transpacific Relationalities"


Johannes Schmid, "(True) Crime and Life Narrative in the Early Republic"

Marie Hartkopf, "Echoes of the Future: Unveiling the Temporal Nature of Artificial Intelligence in Westworld and Black Mirror"

Jana Rosebrock, "'Maybe America has never been great': Remembering an alternative past in Barry Jenkins'The Underground Railroad (2021)"

15:30 Conclusion