News & Events 2015
October 8 to 10, 2015 "Empire & Neurosis"
Postgraduate Forum “Postcolonial Narrations” of the Gesellschaft für Anglophone und Postkoloniale Studien (GAPS)
The third edition of the postgraduate forum “Postcolonial Narrations” addresses the interconnections between imperial practices and neurosis. The forum theme proposes to investigate the range of ‘neuroses’ that are generated by or connected to colonial or imperial experiences, but transcends any strictly clinical meaning of ‘neurosis’ and expands into philosophical, literary, and metaphorical implications of the term. Papers at the postgraduate forum come from the field of Anglophone literature and cultures, Postcolonial Studies, Media Studies, and Film Studies as the forum aspires to facilitate dialogue, exchange, and collaboration among junior scholars. Students and academic faculty are invited to join the event.
October 8 to 10, 2015
Location: Casino, University of Duisburg-Essen, Reckhammerweg 3, 45141 Essen
New ELMS program
The English Language Movie Society (ELMS) is a group of students and staff that meet during the semester to watch movies in their original language. During the semester we meet every other Tuesday at 6 pm in room S05 T00 B83. Admission is completely free and everyone is welcome to come.
Award for Didactic Innovations in Higher Education Teaching Practices 2015 Dr. Dietmar Meinel and Courtney Moffett-Bateau Recipients of UDE's "2015 Innovative Teaching Award"
Since 2009 the University Duisburg-Essen has been conferring the “Award for Didactic Innovations in Higher Education Teaching Practices” to commend excellent teaching and counselling practices. The award aims to laud innovative didactical approaches to higher education at our university and grands 5000 € to be used for future teachings.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dietmar Meinel and Courtney Moffett.Bateau, M.A., receive this year’s “Award for Didactic Innovations.” Their seminar "Now You See It, Now You Don't: Interdisciplinary Explorations of Race in a 'Postracial' America" persuaded the jury with its varied use of teaching methods and the integration of a student conference format into the curriculum. We thank the two winners for their innovative ideas and their commitment and say: congratulations.
Student Conference “Now You See It, Now You Don’t:” Interdisciplinary Explorations of Race in a “Postracial” America
Wednesday, 29 April, 2015, 10am to 6pm,
Campus Essen, Casino (Reckhammer Weg 1, 45141 Essen)
The conference is the concluding session of the seminar “’Now You See It, Now You Don’t:’ Interdisciplinary Explorations of Race in a ‘Postracial’ America” in which student present their individual research in fifteen minutes academic papers. Over the course of the semester, students were asked to find a research question dealing with the idea of a “postracial America,” develop a sound understanding of the scholarship, and write an academic presentation. All participants will critically examine contemporary notions of race in America while testing their ability to contribute to the scholarly debates in the fields of literary, cultural, and social studies.
March 21, 2015 Lunch talk with Paula M.L. Moya
Paula M.L. Moya (Department of English at Stanford University) presents her forthcoming book The Social Imperative: Race, Close Reading, and Contemporary Literary Criticism on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at the Department of Anglophone Studies.
Time: 12:00 to 14:00 o'clock
Location: Campus Essen, Universitätsstrasse 12, room R12 R04 B11
7.-9. Mai 2015 | John F. Kennedy Institut, FU Berlin 8. Internationale Graduierten Konferenz der Graduate School of North American Studies
Die Konferenz "Alliances: Un/Common Causes and the Politics of Participation" wird vom 7.-9. Mai 2015 am John F. Kennedy Institut der Freien Universität Berlin stattfinden.
Neben Doktoranden, Post-Doktoranden und Professoren, sind ganz besonders Studierende willkommen, die den akademischen Alltag außerhalb von Seminaren und Vorlesungen kennenlernen möchten und sich für spannende, interdisziplinäre Vorträge und Diskussionen interessieren.
First RUDESA Spring Academy on Grounding Transnational American Studies successfully completed
Master’s programs: RUDESA RUDESA Spring Academy: March 16-20, 2015
The American Studies Department in Nijmegen and the University of Duisburg Essen are launching a new international project within their Master’s programs: RUDESA. The Radboud University & University of Duisburg-Essen Spring Academy represents a joint initiative to engage in transnational American studies, exchange ideas, research agendas, and establish new academic contacts.
March 27 and 28, 2015 | TU Dortmund 2015 Symposium "Urban Transformations": The City as America, America as the City – Approaching Urban American Studies
The final symposium of the project “Spaces—Communities—Representations: Urban Transformations in the USA” will present the results of three years of research. The six projects address Urban American Studies from a variety of perspectives, pointing out its potential as a critical intervention into American Studies research at large.
January 23-24, 2015 Ruhr PhD Forum 2015
Friday, 23 January, hosted by the Ruhr University Bochum
Saturday, 25 January, hosted by the University of Duisburg-Essen
The annual dissertation colloquium offers young scholars in American Studies a forum to present current research projects as work in progress. It was founded in 2004 by the American Studies Departments at Ruhr-University Bochum and TU Dortmund. In order to highlight the strong connection between the two, the conference was named "BOND" indicating the two venues BOchum and DortmuND. In 2011, the colloquium expanded and since then it has welcomed PhD students and faculty from the University of Duisburg-Essen under the new designation "Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies."
The organizers, oftentimes PhD students themselves, welcome contributions by PhD candidates of the three participating Departments as well as by PhD candidates from other universities. Travel stipends are available.
Every year, the presentations are accompanied by special guests (senior experts) with a comprehensive perspective on American Studies to provide outside commentaries and methodological advice to the PhD students.
Friday January 9, 2015 | 17 h | Glaspavillon, Campus Essen Verleihung der Ehrendoktorwürde der Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften an Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Freese
Die Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften der Universität Duisburg-Essen ehrt Herrn Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Freese (Universität Paderborn) für seine herausragenden Leistungen in der Amerikanistik und in der Fachdidaktik des Englischen sowie für sein Engagement für die deutsch-amerikanischen Beziehungen und seinen Einsatz für die Nordamerikastudien an der Universität Duisburg-Essen. Professor Freese hat sich insbesondere durch die Zusammenführung von Fachwissenschaft und Fremdsprachendidaktik, die Herausgabe kultur- und literaturwissenschaftlich fundierter Unterrichtsmaterialien und seine prägende Rolle bei der Forschung zu zentralen Themen und Autoren der Amerikanistik höchste Verdienste erworben.
Der Festakt zur Verleihung der Ehrendoktorwürde mit anschließendem Empfang fand am
Freitag, 9. Januar 2015, 17.00 Uhr statt.
Im Rahmen der Feier hielt Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Peter Freese einen Festvortrag mit dem Titel
„The Journey of Life in American Fiction and Intercultural Learning in the EFL Classroom“.
Das musikalische Rahmenprogramm gestaltete die Big Band des Burggymnasiums Essen.