News & Events 2016
Performance by Nancy Cheryll Davis, Towne Street Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 12:00-14:00 hrs
Glaspavillon (Universitätsstraße 12, 45141 Essen)
1920s Harlem. Like a moth to a flame, Irene Westover Redfield is drawn to childhood friend Clare Kendry Bellew, who has suddenly reappeared in her life. Both share a secret. Their birth certificates read “Negro” but both can — and do — pass as white. A memory play, PassingSOLO explores the conflicting demands of race and friendship ... the slippery line between trust and deception ... always with the danger of discovery. Nancy Cheryll Davis portrays both Irene and Clare, as their renewed friendship exposes the price we pay in a society where freedom is bought with deceit.
“African American Drama and PassingSOLO”
Nancy Cheryll Davis (Towne Street Theatre, Los Angeles)
Monday, 7 November, 2016, 4pm to 6pm
R14 R00 A04 (Audimax)
Davis is an award-winning actress, director, producer and co-founder of the Towne Street Theatre, an African-American theater company founded after the 1992 Los Angeles unrests. In her lecture, Davis will talk about the processes of adaption in the context of her one-woman show “Passing Solo” which developed not only from the Towne Street Theatre play “Passing” but also the 1929 novel Passing by Nella Larsen. Davis will also detail her experiences of founding a theater in Los Angeles and producing award-winning shows for more than two decades. The lecture will explore numerous aspects of drama in the twentieth and twenty-first century ranging from questions of race and representation to aspects of writing a literary texts and maintaining a thriving theater company.
November 9, 2016, 7-10 a.m., Café in der Brücke Presidential Election Breakfast
November 8, 2016, 6 p.m., Café in der Brücke Presidential Election Night
We cordially invite you to the upcoming presidential election event at the Café in der Brücke (in cooperation with the Ev. Studierendenzentrum "die BRÜCKE" und ESG Duisburg-Essen). The event will begin on Tuesday, November 8th, at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to be open ended. We will start the evening off with a look back at some of the most exciting and controversial moments of this historic campaign over some cold drinks (thanks to the Fachschaft). Throughout the night we will follow live coverage as voting results will become available. Please join us for an informative, entertaining, and (hopefully not too) exciting evening.
Throughout the evening we want to provide short presentations about various aspects of the election campaigns and the two candidates - whether short video clip or media-rich presentations, the format is completely open and aims to be informative, entertaining, accessible, and short (no more than five minutes). We are still looking for contribution and encourage everyone to share their ideas and participate in the event. Similarly, if you want to help with decoration, please contact Saskia Hertlein. We are also grateful for any other form of support and contribution.
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
18:00 to 19:00 hrs
R12 R04 B02
This book examines the popular and critically acclaimed films of Pixar Animation Studios in their cultural and historical context. Whether interventionist sheriff dolls liberating oppressed toys (Toy Story) or exceptionally talented rodents hoping to fulfill their dreams (Ratatouille), these cinematic texts draw on popular myths and symbols of American culture. As Pixar films refashion traditional American figures, motifs and narratives for contemporary audiences, this book ...
Join us over drinks to celebrate Pixar and the publication of Dietmar Meinel’s Pixar’s America: The Re-Animation of American Myths and Symbols. Screenings of Pixar short films will keep us company.
Wedenesday, November 2, 2016, Campus Essen, 4:15 p.m. Live from the Bronx, NY: " The Afro-Latino Experience in Poetry and Hip Hop"
Reading and performance by Bocafloja
Wednesday, November 2, 4:15 p.m. T03 R04 D10
Bocafloja is an American poet, rap artist, scholar, cultural ambassador, filmmaker, and the founder of the Quilomboarte collective. He has released five music albums, published two collections of poems, stories, and essays, and recently completed a documentary film on the African diaspora in the Americas.
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.
Wednesday. June 15, 2016, Campus Essen Guest Lecture by Dr. Melissa Kovacs: "The 2016 Presidential Election Campaign: Disruption and Shadow"
Political scientist Dr. Melissa Kovacs (FirstEval, LLC and Arizona State University) taught in the Anglophone Studies Department at the University of Duisburg-Essen as a Fulbright Professor in 2007/08. She will now return for a guest lecture on the current race for the U.S. presidency:
The 2016 Presidential Election Campaign: Disruption and Shadow
Wednesday, June 15
R11 T00 D01
Don't miss this unique opportunity for an exciting and insightful look at the changing political landscape of the United States. Entertainment guaranteed.
Wednesday, June 8,2016, Mercator Research Center Ruhr, Essen Buchvorstellung: „Spaces – Communities – Representations: Urban Transformations in the U.S.A.“
„Spaces – Communities – Representations: Urban Transformations in the U.S.A.“ war das erste gemeinsame Forschungsprojekt der Lehrstühle für Amerikanistik und
Amerikanische Geschichte der Universitätsallianz Ruhr (UA Ruhr).
Von 2012 bis 2015 wurden Transformationen in der Gestaltung und Nutzung von städtischen Räumen, in der Zusammensetzung und Interaktion von Gemeinschaften sowie im kulturellen urbanen Umfeld und in Stadt-Imaginarien der Vereinigten Staaten untersucht. Das Projekt wurde gefördert vom Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR), einer gemeinsamen Initiative der Stiftung Mercator und der UA Ruhr. Als Ergebnis der Zusammenarbeit erschien im Januar 2016 der Band Urban Transformations in the U.S.A.: Spaces – Communities – Representations im Transcript Verlag.
Wir laden herzlich zur Vorstellung dieser Veröffentlichung sowie zu einem Empfang mit Projektbeteiligten und Beiträger/innen ein.
Buchvorstellung am 08. Juni 2016, 18 Uhr
Ort: Mercator Research Center Ruhr,
Huyssenallee 66-68, 45128 Essen
Um Anmeldung möglichst bis zum 01. Juni 2016 wird gebeten: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Noon to 2pm
Thomas Heise is the author of Horror Vacui: Poems (Sarabande, 2006), Urban Underworlds: A Geography of Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2011), and Moth; or how I came to be with you again (Sarabande, 2013), which was nominated for ForeWord’s “Book of the Year.” He is the recipient of the Gulf Coast Prize in poetry and a Robert Frost Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Heise’s work frequently focuses on the unstable relationship between time, memory, and desire in prose and poetry that returns repeatedly to real and imagined losses, centripetally swirling around them out of a need to understand, re-experience, and represent their singular nature and the aftereffects they accrue. About his most recent book, Moth, the novelist Carole Maso has said, "It's impossible to convey in a few lines the enormous pleasures of this book–the beauty of the design, the incandescent prose, its rigor and intelligence. A deeply melancholic and moving work of art."
In addition to his three books, Heise’s writing has been anthologized in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006) and The Americas Anthology of New Writings: From Patagonia to Nunavut (forthcoming, 2016). He has taught at the University of California at Davis, New York University, McGill University, and is currently a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.
2nd RUDESA Spring Academy: March 14-18, 2016
The American Studies Department in Nijmegen and the University of Duisburg-Essen are continuing their 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.This year Eric Sandean and students from the University of Wyoming are joining the Spring Academy for a tri-national exchange.
February 18-19, 2016 | Casino (Campus Essen) Workshop "Neurosis & Social Transformations"
Building on the Postgraduate Forum “Empire & Neurosis” held at the University of Duisburg-Essen in October 2015, this international workshop will broaden the focus on empire and Post-colonial Studies to engage with the theme of “Neurosis & Social Transformations.” Our focus lies on the concept of neurosis, since this phenomenon has often been linked to transformations of established borders in the present, but continues to be marginalized even in contemporary assessments of global developments of cultural, economic, political, and social transformation. As an international and interdisciplinary project, the workshop contributes to (and has received financial support from) the main research area “Transformation of Contemporary Societies” at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
January 29-30, 2016 Ruhr Phd Forum
Friday, 29 January, hosted by the Ruhr University Bochum
Saturday, 30 January, hosted by the TU Dortmund
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.