Poster announcing Gavin Jones' guest lecture on June 15, 2022 at Duisburg-Essen University.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 18:00-20:00, Campus Essen Guest Lecture by Gavin Jones (Stanford U, USA): The Short Story and Other Media

The American Studies program of the Department of Anglophone Studies is proud to announce a guest lecture by Prof. Gavin Jones (Stanford University) on Wednesday, 15 June 2022.

His talk is titled “The Short Story and Other Media” and explores the place and role of the short story within various media. Gavin Jones is the Frederick P. Rehmus Family Professor of the Humanities at Stanford University. His publications include American Hungers: The Problem of Poverty in U.S. Literature, 1840-1945 (2007) and Failure and the American Writer: A Literary History (2014). We are going to host the lecture in person and provide a digital alternative.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022
6 to 8 p.m.
Room R11 T04 C60

Universitätsstr. 12, 45141 Essen

If you are interested in joining digitally, please register by sending a short e-mail to

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Small picture of the announcement for the Linguistic Landscapes of Tourism Event on June 15 2022.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 14:-17:30, Campus Essen Workshop: The Linguistic Landscapes of Tourism

  • "Touristy Linguistic Landscape (LL) alongside the Garden Route National Park in Eastern Cape, South Africa"
    Dr Michael M. Kretzer, Ruhr University Bochum & University of the Western Cape

  • "Touring warscapes"
    Prof. Dr. Maida Kosatica, University of Duisburg-Essen

  • "The Commodification of Tetun in the LL of Dili, Timor-Leste"
    Dr. Melody Ann Ross, University of Duisburg-Essen

  • "Metatouristic Linguistic Landscape: The Case of Greece in Europa-Park" Prof. Dr. Florian Freitag, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Prof. Dr. Martina Schrader-Kniffki, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Wednesday 15 June 2022
Glaspavillon R12 S00 H12, Campus Essen

All faculty, students and those interested in Linguistic Landscapes of Tourism are welcome to join us for this interdisciplinary workshop. Find full program and abstracts here.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 4-8 p.m., Campus Essen Guest Lecture by Alex Blue V: "There's an Echo: Ghosts, Repetition, and Remix in Detroit Hip-Hop"

On Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 4 to 6 pm, Alex Blue V will give the lecture "There's an Echo: Ghosts, Repetition, and Remix in Detroit Hip-Hop" on the campus Essen. Alex is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Thurgood Marshall Postdoctoral Fellow in African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on the intersections of race, sound, and space. The lecture will take place in R11 T03 C63.

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Latest publication Dietmar Meinel: Video Games and Spatiality in American Studies (2022)

While video games have blossomed into the foremost expression of contemporary popular culture over the past decades, their critical study occupies a fringe position in American Studies. In its engagement with video games, this book contributes to their study but with a thematic focus on a particularly important subject matter in American Studies: spatiality. The volume explores the production, representation, and experience of places in video games from the perspective of American Studies. Contributions critically interrogate the use of spatial myths ("wilderness," "frontier," or "city upon a hill"), explore games as digital borderlands and contact zones, and offer novel approaches to geographical literacy. Eventually, Playing the Field II brings the rich theoretical repertoire of the study of space in American Studies into conversation with questions about the production, representation, and experience of space in video games.

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Bewerbung bis 1. Juli VDAC Stipendien in die USA zu vergeben

Der VDAC (Verband Deutsch-Amerikanischer Clubs) vergibt auch in diesem Jahr Stipendien für einen einjährigen Studienaufenthalt in den USA (auch in Verbindung mit einer Teaching Assistant Stelle im German Department der jeweiligen Uni). Bewerber können aus insgesamt 19 amerikanischen Universitäten wählen.

Infos zu Bewerbungsfrist, Unterlagen etc. unter und über

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Cover des Programms des Ruhr-PHD-Forums in American Studies 2022.

February 12-13, 2021 Ruhr PhD Forum 2022

Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5, 2022, via Zoom

The doctoral colloquium Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies offers PhD candidates in American Studies at any stage of the PhD process a forum to present their dissertation projects. The University Alliance Ruhr (UAR) offers a supportive network of international researchers from Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Presentations will be discussed by peers, American Studies professors of the three universities, and this year's senior experts Christa Buschendorf (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Klaus Benesch (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich), two established scholars from the field we invited to join us. Commentators will provide advice and ideas on contents, theoretical foundations, as well as methodology.

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January 25, 2022 Juliane Borosch at “Hipsters and Gentrifiers” Lecture Series

Credit: Mona Rosenberg
Credit: Mona Rosenberg
On January 25, Juliane Borosch will join the lecture series “Hipsters and Gentrifiers”, co-hosted by Maria Sulimma and Heike Steinhoff. Her talk is titled “Jazzing Up the (Post)Industrial City – Scripting Sustainable Futures?” Juliane’s talk with a focus on gentrifiers joins that of Lena Gotteswinter (Erlangen-Nuremberg) on “Female Hipster Performers in Twenty-First Century Popular Music.” In order to sign up please register via

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Posterankündigung der Veranstaltung am 20. Dezember 2021.
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December 20th, 2021, 3:15pm, Bibliothekssaal, Campus Essen Graffiti Cities: Der Einfluss von Graffiti auf postindustrielle Stadtbilder

Graffiti has been an integral part of postindustrial cityscapes. As an immersive form that is omnipresent – under a bridge, on a train, on an exterior wall – it instantaneously disrupts and transforms urban spaces. More importantly, this public artistry functions as a living monument to changing economics. Postindustrial graffiti can foster civic pride and community identity by helping to spruce-up for example recession-hit neighborhoods. Based on these assumptions, three questions arise: first, what is the relationship between the artist and the city? How does the creative class impact postindustrial cityscapes? How can multi-authored visuals directly inscribed on the surfaces of the city turn into urban narratives? The public lecture “Graffiti Cities: Der Einfluss von Graffiti auf postindustrielle Stadtbilder” provides an opportunity to talk about these questions. On December 20th at 3:15 p.m., join street artist and graphic designer Radek Goldstein-Kubicki; Vice-Rector for Social Responsibility, Diversity and International Affair, Chair for North American Cultural Studies and Speaker of the Graduate Research Group “City Scripts” Prof. Dr. Barbara Buchenau; and doctoral candidate Zohra Hassan-Pieper to learn about their insights. This lecture has been organized and designed in a joint effort by Hassan-Pieper and the students of her seminar “Born to Bomb: New York Subway and Graffiti.” (Teaser written by BA student Sophie Anna Karkowski) The poster was designed by BA student Anastasia Glaser. BA student Alisea Jolie Wigger will function as a student moderator. To enrich our disscussion, BA student Tjerk Wakeup provided the findings of the creative placemaking project that was part of the seminar.

The lecture will be held in German language. Please register by contacting: Proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result must be provided.

December 20th, 2021, 3:15 pm, Bibliothekssaal, Campus Essen

Poster zur Ankündigung eines Gastvortrags Javier Zamora am 29. Juni 2021.

Tuesday, 29 June, 2021 - 7 (!) p.m. American Studies Poetry Reading Series

In a 2014 interview for the National Endowment for the Arts Works Blog, Javier Zamora states, “I think in the United States we forget that writing and carrying that banner of ‘being a poet’ is tied into a long history of people that have literally risked [their lives] and died to write those words.”

Join us for a final evening of poetry this Tuesday, 29 June at 7 p.m. with Javier Zamora, acclaimed author of the full-length poetry collection Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), featuring poetry written about his experience travelling without documentation from El Salvador to the United States to be reunited with his parents at the tender age of 9. Zamora will read from this collection as well as some newer material and discuss the writing process. At the end of the reading, there will be time for a short Q&A with the poet.

This event is co-sponsored by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and Studienprogramm Q+ of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

For questions about Javier Zamora’s reading or on the The Poetry Reading Series in general, please contact Prof. Dr. Florian Freitag or Ana Elisa Gomez Laris. We look forward to seeing you there!


Poster zur Ankündigung des Gastvortrags zum Trainwriting am 28.06.2021.

28.06.2021, 16:15 Uhr Artist Talk mit Martin Domagala: Mehr als nur fahrende Leinwände. Trainwriting und Storytelling.

Zohra Hassan-Pieper lädt am 28.06.2021 um 16:15 Uhr via Zoom zum Artist Talk „Mehr als nur fahrende Leinwände. Trainwriting und Storytelling.“, mit Graffiti Künstler und Kunstpädagoge Martin Domagala ein.

Trainwriting war seit Ende der 60er Jahre, und ist bis heute ein beliebtes Ausdrucksmittel von Jugendlichen, jungen Heranwachsenden und mittlerweile auch älteren Erwachsenen, die mittels selbstentwickelter Schrift- und Bildsprache ihr eigenes Alter Ego auf Personenzüge sprühen. Graffiti auf Zügen birgt jedoch mehr als nur den Fame-Gedanken, die Vermarktung der Crew oder seiner selbst. Im 90-minütigen Artist Talk soll es um die verschiedenen Aspekte des Trainwritings gehen. Ob politische Statements auf Zügen, die möglichst viele Rezipient:innen erreichen sollen oder um eine veränderte Bildsprache in einer aufblühenden Graffiti-Avantgarde. Für mehr Backgroundwissen zum Thema Trainwriting wird die Dokumentation „Martha Cooper - Königin der Street Art“ aus der ARTE Mediathek empfohlen.
Der Artist Talk findet in deutscher Sprache statt und ist für alle Student:innen der Anglophonen Studien geöffnet.

Um den Zugangslink zu erhalten bitte melden Sie sich bitte bei

Poster announcing the poetry reading series of the american studys program in summer 2021.

Tuesday, 22 June, 2021

The American Studies Poetry Reading Series continues this Tuesday, 22 June at 6 p.m. with Amanda Deutch, author of the chapbook Surf Avenue & 29th Street Coney Island. Get ready to take a ride on Coney Island’s famed Wonder Wheel as we explore intergenerational family life in Brooklyn and theme park poetry with Amanda Deutch. After the reading, there will be time for a short Q&A. We look forward to seeing you there.

Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Ana Elisa Gomez Laris or Prof. Florian Freitag.

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Poster announcing the poetry reading series of the american studys program starting in summer 2021.

Tuesday, 15 June, 2021

We extend a warm thank you to Krista Lukas for opening the Poetry Reading Series this semester and continue this Tuesday, 15 June at 7 p.m with Bilal Moon, whose thought-provoking political poetry will have us thinking about seminal legislation such as the U.S. Bill of Rights in new ways. After the reading, there will be time for a short Q&A with the slam poet. Questions, comments, concerns? Please contact Ana Elisa Gomez Laris or Prof. Florian Freitag. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Poster announcing the poetry reading series of the american studys program starting in summer 2021.

Tuesday, 8 June, 2021

Summer is upon us and as the days get longer, so to do the evenings. How about a bit of poetry to help you unwind after a long day spent researching away for your latest book project, as you settle in for night over a glass of wine and a nice dinner?

Tuesday 8 June at 6:00 p.m. we kick off the Poetry Reading Series with Krista Lukas (, author of the poetry collection Fans of My Unconscious. After the reading, there will be time for a short Q&A.

Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Ana Elisa Gomez Laris or Prof. Florian Freitag.

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Internationales Logo der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft mit englischem Schriftzug "funded by".

New DFG Network "Voices & Agencies: America and the Atlantic, 1600-1865"

"Voices & Agencies: America and the Atlantic, 1600-1865" is a UDE-based Network on early American literature, conceptualized by Elena Furlanetto (UDE) and Ilka Brasch (Leibniz University Hannover). The Network, funded by the DFG, brings together a group of European and American scholars for a series of five workshops and one final conference in the course of three years (2021-2024). The projects involved are anchored around a North American focus but include a larger Atlantic space, interlocking theories of Postcolonial and American/transatlantic Studies.

The five workshops and final conference engage with previously neglected authors, texts, and cultural phenomena, asking who is allowed to speak or be spoken to/of, hear or be heard, write or be written to/about, silence or remain silent, and what is not yet ready to be spoken. It aims to replace a static understanding of ‘in-dividual’ narrators with ‘dividual’ ones in order to reflect on forms of communal, multivocal, and marginal agency. The Network strives to formulate a "methodology of introspection" as a means to counteract the presentism and the violence that are often implicit in attempts to ‘give a voice’ to silenced actors of an archived past.

For more information on the Network's activities please contact

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March 8-12, 2021 RUDESA 2021

Due to the global pandemic COVID-19, the 7th edition of the Spring Academy RUDESA had to take place online and required organizers, participating students, and keynote speakers to develop creative ways to interact, discuss, and work together. This year’s topic “Transatlantic City: Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender” combined the research interest in urban memory culture of the American Studies department at Radboud University Nijmegen as well as the work of the research group City Scripts ( at the Department of Anglophone Studies of the University Duisburg-Essen.

In these turbulent times, this topic also allowed for a very different kind of “grounding” experience of RUDESA 2021, since all of the speakers, staff, and students brought their own intersectional experiences of the city and city life during a global pandemic and urban protests such as the Black Lives Matter movement to the online spaces in which RUDESA 2021 took place. Highlights among the different synchronous and asynchronous events of the program were the lectures by Dr. Marguerite van den Berg (University of Amsterdam) on “Beyond Cities of Households: Living Together Otherwise,” Courtney Moffett-Bateau (University Bremen) on “Embracing the Intersections of the City by Racial Literacy Building,” Zohra Hassan-Pieper (University of Duisburg-Essen) on “N.Y. City - The City of Destruction: Disaster Building in Drooker's Flood! A Novel in Pictures (1992),” Sage Gerson (University of California, Santa Barbara) on “Don’t make the mistake of calling us resilient”: Urban Indians and City Belonging in Tommy Orange’s There There,” and Rense Havinga (Freedom Museum Nijmegen) on “Exhibiting the Black Triangle in Nijmegen.”

RUDESA was made possible with the kind support of the International Office, the Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, and the Department of Anglophone Studies of the UDE.

Cover des Programms des Ruhr-PHD-Forums in American Studies 2021.

February 12-13, 2021 Ruhr PhD Forum 2021

Friday, February 12, and Saturday, February 13, 2021, via Zoom

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.

This year fourteen research projects were presented to an audience of nearly fifty junior and senior scholars representing the American Studies programs of six universities.

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