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July 16, 2024Gastvortrag: Dr. Courtney Blair Hodrick (Stanford)

Arendt as German: The Boundaries and Foundations of American German Studies

Darf/kann man Hannah Arendt an einem amerikanischen German-Studies-Department erforschen? In einem Gastvortrag an unserer Fakultät am 16. Juli 2024 um 15:00 Uhr befasste sich Dr. Courtney Hodrick (Stanford) mit der Frage von Disziplinen Grenzen von der Nachkriegszeit bis in die Gegenwart. Sie zieht den Vergleich mit Arendts Zeitgenossen Theodor Adorno, dessen nationale wie akademische Zugehörigkeit in ähnlicher Weise hinterfragt wurde und der im deutschsprachigen Raum dennoch einen festen Platz im Kanon erhielt. Arendt wollte nie ganz amerikanisch werden, sagt Hodrick und diskutiert philosophische sowie materielle Hindernisse für Arendts Anerkennung als lohnender Forschungsgegenstand der German Studies.

Dr. Courtney Hodrick promovierte 2023 in Stanford zu Hannah Arendt. Derzeit hat sie dort das Eli Reinhard Stanford Alumni Postdoctoral Fellowship für Jewish Studies inne, ab August wechselt sie in ein First-Year-Programm für Civic, Liberal, and Global Education.

Gastvortrag: Dr. Courtney Blair Hodrick (Stanford): Arendt as German: The Boundaries and Foundations of American German Studies | 16. Juli 2024 | 15 Uhr | R12 V03 D20 | Institut für Anglophone Studien/American Studies, Prof. Dr. Barbara Buchenau | Sprache: Englisch

Ankündigung der Veranstaltung am 4. Juli 2023 in der Brücke am Campus Essen mit dem Titel "Faith in America".

July 4, 2023 Faith in America


Let’s celebrate July 4 with food and amusing, thoughtful, and moving stories about faith in America — literally! The special event „Faith in America“ featuring members of North American Studies @ UDE will be held at 6:30 p.m., following the ESG’s regular „Schicht im Schacht“ prayer meeting at 6:00 p.m. Our presenters will take us on a whirlwind journey through America’s fascinating yet entangled relationship with faith.

Joining us for the occasion will be:
Florian Freitag: „Catholicism’s Worst Advocate Ever: Louis Armand, Baron de Lahontan“
Elena Furlanetto & Melih Kökcü: „The Unique Tree: The Sufi Roots of American Romanticism“
Zohra Hassan-Pieper: „Ms. Marvel: Soaring High or Flying Low? An Examination of America’s First Muslim Female Superhero“
Ana Elisa Gomez Laris: „‚Mourning, how are you?‘: Celebrating the Dead in Absentia“

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June 21, 2023 Black Chameleon: A Reading and Discussion with Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton

The American Studies program of the Department of Anglophone Studies welcomes writer, performer, and activist to Essen for a reading from her brand-new memoir Black Chameleon (Henry Holt & Co., 2023). The event is free and open to the public (no registration needed).

Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton is an internationally-known writer, director, performer, critic and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, TX. Her recent memoir, Black Chameleon with Henry Holt & Co. (2023), examines womanhood through mythology. Currently, she is a Resident Artist with the American Lyric Theater, Rice University, and the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

Hosted by Dr. Alexander Starre, North American Studies

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | 18:00 h | Room R11 T04 C60 | Campus Essen

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June 5, 2023 - RUB "Dark Aesthetics: The Decolonial Possibilities of Multifocal Narratives"

American Studies Talk by Paula M.L. Moya on Multifocal Narratives, hosted by Laura Bieger RUB and Barbara Buchenau UDE

Paula M. L. Moya is the Faculty Director of Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Professor of English, and by courtesy, of Iberian and Latin American Cultures as well as Burton J. and Deedee McMurtry University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University

June 5, 2023, at 6 pm
University of Bochum, Universitätsstrasse 150, 44801 Bochum, English Department, Room GB6/137


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"100 Jahre Disney: Marke, Marketing."

Interview mit Andrea Mühlberger für die Sendung "kulturWelt" (Bayern 2)

Prof. Florian Freitag: Minute 09:24 bis 17:07

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Join UDE's English Language Movie Society New Programme out now

​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 B59.  Admission is completely free and everyone is welcome to come.

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Deadline: July 1st, 2023 Your chance to study in the USA


The Verband Deutsch-Amerikanischer Clubs (VDAC) is the biggest private US-German exchange program and is looking for candidates. You’ll get the financial support needed, as well as the opportunity to be part of a tight-knit, transatlantic networks of friends and scholars.

Your grades are not the deciding point!
We are looking for leaders, social role models, and German ambassadors. We care about the person and your story.


You can contact our local chairperson: Dr. Katharina von Elbwart

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Take your chance and study abroad in an Undergrad/Bachelor or Graduate/Master program at US Universities.

Deadline for application

July 1st, 2023

Find more information

following the link below or feel free to contact the VDAC with any questions.

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Recently published Key Concepts in Theme Park Studies

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Understanding Tourism and Leisure Spaces

This book offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary introduction to theme parks and the field of theme park studies. It identifies and discusses relevant economic, social, and cultural as well as medial, historical, and geographical aspects of theme parks worldwide, from the big international theme park chains to smaller, regional, family-operated parks. The book also describes the theories and methods that have been used to study theme parks in various academic disciplines and reviews the major contexts in which theme parks have been studied. By providing the necessary backgrounds, theories, and methods to analyze and understand theme parks both as a business field and as a socio-cultural phenomenon, this book will be a great resource to students, academics from all disciplines interested in theme parks, and professionals and policy-makers in the leisure and entertainment as well as the urban planning sector.

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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 dietmar.meinel@uni-ude.de

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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 www.vdac.de und über dafn.studentexchange@googlemail.com.

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

February 4-5, 2022 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

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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 cityscripts@uni-due.de.

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