Auszeichnung für Dissertation Maria Sulimma erhält Rolf-Kentner-Preis

Dr. Maria Sulimma, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin des Instituts für Anglophone Studien Universität Duisburg-Essen und Mitglied des Forschungskollegs City Scripts: Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions, erhält für ihre Doktorarbeit den mit 1.000 Euro dotierten Rolf-Kentner-Preis des Heidelberg Center for American Studies an der Universität Heidelberg.

Anlässlich der Preisverleihung wird Maria Sulimma in Heidelberg einen Festvortrag über Fernsehserien, Serialitätsforschung und Geschlechterforschung halten („Seriality and Gender: The Politics and Practices of American Television“). Die öffentliche Veranstaltung findet am 24. Oktober 2019 statt.
In ihrer Arbeit Serial Genders, Gendered Serialities: Practices of US-American Television Narratives in the 21st Century erarbeitet Maria Sulimma einen kulturwissenschaftlichen Analyseansatz, der die ‚doppelte Serialität‘ von sowohl Fernsehenserien als auch intersektionellen Genderperformanzen berücksichtigen. Sie entwickelt dieses Analysemodell an drei aktuellen US-Amerikanischen Serien, Girls, How To Get Away with Murder und The Walking Dead. Die Arbeit demonstriert in ihren Analysen der unterschiedlichen Produktions- und Rezeptionskontexte, sowie narrativen Strategien, wie diese Serien gesellschaftliche Diskurse zur eigenen kommerziellen Fortsetzung mobilisieren. Die prämierte Dissertation wurde am John-F-Kennedy Institut für Nordamerikastudien der Freien Universität Berlin und im Rahmen der Research Unit Popular Seriality geschrieben.
Mit dem Rolf-Kentner-Dissertationspreis zeichnet das Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) dieses Jahr zum zehnten Mal eine exzellente Dissertation aus den Bereichen Amerikanische Literatur und Kultur, Geographie, Geschichte, Kunstgeschichte, Politikwissenschaft, Religionswissenschaften, Soziologie oder Verfassungsrecht aus. Stifter der Auszeichnung ist Rolf Kentner, der Vorsitzende der Jacob Gould Schurman Stiftung und des Jacob Gould Schurman Vereins, Ehrensenator der Ruperto Carola und Förderer deutsch-amerikanischer Beziehungen. Über die Preisvergabe entscheidet ein multidisziplinäres und internationales Auswahlkomitee. Mehr Informationen finden sich hier

Thursdays, 2-4 pm, Campus Essen Public Colloquium in Urban American Studies

Organized by the City Scripts Research Group.

During the Summer Semester 2019, the City Scripts Research Group will organize a public colloquium in Urban American Studies which will take place Thursdays 2-4 pm in room R12 R04 B11 at the Campus Essen of the University Duisburg-Essen. In the colloquium, the researchers of the group will present and discuss their ongoing research projects. The Research Group is looking forward to talks by

  • Mark Kammerbauer (HS Augsburg) on April 11th,
  • Julia Sattler (U Dortmund) on May 9th,
  • Boris Vormann (Bard College Berlin) on May 23rd, and
  • Julika Griem (KWI Essen/UDE) on June 6th, 2019.

You can view and download the program as a PDF here.

Thursday, May 23, 2 to 4 pm Talk by Prof. Dr. Boris Vormann

On Thursday, May 23th, Prof. Dr. Boris Vormann (Political Science at Bard College Berlin) will give the talk “Urbanization and Infrastructural Statecraft in the American Century” in the Urban American Studies colloquium organized by the Research Group “City Scripts / Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions”.

The talk will take place from 2 to 4 pm in room R12 R04 B11 at the Campus Essen. Vormann is a scholar of political science, urban studies, and American studies who has specialized on the relationship of urbanization and globalization, as well as issues of global governance. Among his most recent books are Global Port Cities in North America: Urbanization Processes and Global Production Networks (2015) and Die Krise der Demokratie und wie wir sie überwinden (2017, co-authored with Christian Lammert).

Small picture showing the poster announcing the screening with Bocafloja on May 20, 2019.

May 20, 2019 Film Screening and Discussion with Bocafloja

The multi-disciplinary artist and director Bocafloja (New York) is going to visit Essen this month and will present his latest performative documentary on racialized masculinities titled Bravado Magenta. Through self-cartography and storytelling the Afro-Latino artist, with a background in rap-music, addresses the construction of gender roles in the context of race and ethnicity in the Americas.
You are all cordially invited to the film screening and subsequent discussion which will take place on
May 20, 2019 at 4pm in S03 V00 E33.

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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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Thursdays, 2-4 pm, Campus Essen Public Colloquium in Urban American Studies

Organized by the City Scripts Research Group.

During the Summer Semester 2019, the City Scripts Research Group will organize a public colloquium in Urban American Studies which will take place Thursdays 2-4 pm in room R12 R04 B11 at the Campus Essen of the University Duisburg-Essen. In the colloquium, the researchers of the group will present and discuss their ongoing research projects. The Research Group is looking forward to talks by

  • Mark Kammerbauer (HS Augsburg) on April 11th,
  • Julia Sattler (U Dortmund) on May 9th,
  • Boris Vormann (Bard College Berlin) on May 23rd, and
  • Julika Griem (KWI Essen/UDE) on June 6th, 2019.

You can view and download the program as a PDF here.

Thursday, May 23, 2 to 4 pm Talk by Prof. Dr. Boris Vormann

On Thursday, May 23th, Prof. Dr. Boris Vormann (Political Science at Bard College Berlin) will give the talk “Urbanization and Infrastructural Statecraft in the American Century” in the Urban American Studies colloquium organized by the Research Group “City Scripts / Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions”.

The talk will take place from 2 to 4 pm in room R12 R04 B11 at the Campus Essen. Vormann is a scholar of political science, urban studies, and American studies who has specialized on the relationship of urbanization and globalization, as well as issues of global governance. Among his most recent books are Global Port Cities in North America: Urbanization Processes and Global Production Networks (2015) and Die Krise der Demokratie und wie wir sie überwinden (2017, co-authored with Christian Lammert).

The participants of 2019s RUDESA Spring Academy in front of Zeche Zollverein.

March 25-29,2019 Rudesa 2019

On March 25-29, 2019, German, Dutch, and American students took part in the 5th edition of the trinational Spring Academy RUDESA. The Nijmegen days have been dedicated to the critical analysis of memorial sites and performances (e.g. The Liberation Museum, the Canadian War Cemetery, the memorial walk on the Oversteek Bridge, and the tales of war veterans), with their ritualistic functions and intrinsic contradictions. The program included lectures and interventions by Prof. Els de Graauw (Baruch College, CUNY) and the human rights activist Jerry Afriyie. The Essen days have engaged two central concerns of the UDE American Studies Department: City Scripts and Ambiguity. The two research foci stem from the Graduate Research Group “Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures,” funded by VW, and the DFG Forschergruppe “Ambiguität und Unterscheidung: Historisch-kulturelle Dynamiken.” On Thursday, 28.03.2019, RUDESA participants met at the Zeche Zollverein, where the doctoral students of the Graduate Research Group “Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures” guided students through the Ruhr Museum and into group discussion on sustainable scripts, creative scripts, and inclusive scripts in Ruhrgebiet and US cities. At the end of the day, the keynote lecture by Prof. Gordon Sayre (University of Oregon) on “Thomas Jefferson, the Comte de Buffon, and the polemic over American Degeneracy” illuminated the comparable ways in which transatlantic transfers – whether of scientific knowledge or urban models – have been addressed in American history. On the UDE side, RUDESA was made possible with the kind support of the International Office, the Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, the Department of Anglophone Studies, and the Förderverein Universität Duisburg-Essen e.V.

Abbildungs des Handzettels, der zur Informationsveranstaltung des deutsch-amerikanischen Clubs Niederrhein über einen Studierendenaustausch in USA einlädt.

Info: Duisburg, February 21, 2019, 7 p.m. Interested in spending a year abroad? Be a cultural ambassador!

The Federation of German-American Clubs (VDAC) offers partial scholarships (in some cases linked to teaching assistantships) at a number of American universities. Several UDE Anglophone Studies students were awarded such scholarships in the past. VDAC's local chapter, the Deutsch-Amerikanischer Freundeskreis Niederrhein (DAFN) invites all who are interested in applying to an information meeting on February 21. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information.

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Graz International Summer School Seggau 2019 GUSEGG 2019

RADICAL (DIS)ENGAGEMENT: STATE – SOCIETY – RELIGION:

Graz International Summer School Seggau 2019 (GUSEGG)

For internationally oriented, highly motivated students from all disciplines and all levels.

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Deadline 21 Nov 2018 UA Ruhr: Applications for a 65 % TV-L13 Position: Research Assistant (Doctoral Candidate in American Studies)

The University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) joins together the competences and resources of the Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen with the aim of further developing their performance and competitive position. Within the framework of the Volkswagen Foundation’s sponsorship, the UA Ruhr graduate research group Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions will carry out research on societally influential scripts that seek to design a sustainable and inclusive future for postindustrial urban communities in the USA and Germany. These transatlantic scripts are communicated narratively, medially, and figuratively. They refer back to pioneering US-American interpretive patterns since the late 20th century. Working with a solid foundation in American Studies, each member of the graduate research group will research one project on developments in selected cities.

We seek applications for one of the seven doctoral projects, tentatively titled “Conserving Whose World? Sustainability Standards in the United States and Europe.” Based on an internship in both the German Öko-Zentrum NRW and a cooperative US-American office, the project mainly examines German and US scripts for sustainable building. These scripts connect ‘green’ building to contradictory notions of the world as a ‘green’ place. The project addresses questions such as: What are the cultural scripts of ‘green’ standards? Texts that can be analyzed range from the advertising for green cities across webpages of consulting firms to teaching aids for sustainability to name only a few.

The deadline for sending your application material, including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of research interests is 21.11.2018.

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Portrait of hip hop artist Bocafloja.

Guest Lecture - November 15, 2018, 10:15 a.m. Bocafloja (The Bronx, New York): "Commodification of Dissent: Whiteness, Liberalism and the Neutralization of Hip Hop"

Invitation to a Guest Lecture by Hip Hop Artist, Filmmaker, Essayist, and Poet

Thursday, November 15, 2018
10:15 a.m.
S03 V00 E71

Bocafloja is a multi-disciplinary artist and activist working in music, film, poetry, photography, design, and theater. Decoloniality, third space theory, body politics, African diaspora in Latin America, and intersectionality are fundamental issues addressed in his work.

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Foto aufgenommen während der Verleihung der Ehrendoktorwürde an Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Freese am 9. Januar 2015 am Campus Essen. (c) Insa Neumann
Professor Freese im Gespräch mit Professor Buchenau und Karina Wright. / (c) Insa Neumann

Guest Lecture - November 8, 2018 Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Freese (U Paderborn): The American Dream: New Approaches to an Old Topic

Don't miss Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Freese's guest lecture at UDE.

Thursday, November 8, 2018
6:15 p.m.
S05 T00 B08

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Weekly Writing Workshop | Summer 2018 Writing Practice in Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies

Need a road map through Introduction to Literary Studies? Can’t find your spot on the Hermeneutic Circle? Finding yourself lost amongst the “aesthetically mediated references to reality,” the “poetic,” the “phatic,” the “metalingual?” Wondering whether “addresser” and “addressee” might occasionally be the same person?

The following course, Writing Workshop: Writing Practice in Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies, Module A, will demystify these concepts and help you to improve your critical writing. There are four sections of this course:

Monday, 14-16  R12 T04 E96
Tuesday, 14-16 R12 R04 B11
Thursday, 14-16 R12 R04 B21
Thursday, 16-18 R12 R04 B11

Just appear in one of these if you wish to take the course, taught by Dr. Melissa Knox-Raab.

The poster shows the programme for the lecture series on heroism during summer semester 2018.

New Lecture Series "We don't need another hero?" Heroism in Contemporary Culture

Tuesdays 1pm (sharp) to 2pm
R12 R04 B21

Every Tuesday this summer semester, you will have a chance to learn about and discuss heroines, heroes and heroism in a new lecture series entitled "We don't need another hero?" Heroism in Contemporary Culture. Both members of the department and guest lecturers will delve into different facets of heroic figures ranging from Wonderwoman to One-Punch Man and Rambo.

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The poster shows the current program for ELMS.

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.

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Volkswagen Foundation Awards Funding for Graduate Research School on the Transatlantic Reinvention of Postindustrial Urban Futures

It is a happy moment for a group of scholars who work together at the RuhrCenter of American Studies and the University Alliance Ruhr: Barbara Buchenau, Jens Martin Gurr, Josef Raab (University of Duisburg-Essen); Walter Grünzweig, Randi Gunzenhäuser (TU Dortmund); Kornelia Freitag and Michael Wala (Ruhr University Bochum). Within the framework of a unique call for applications called “Wissenschaft und berufliche Praxis in der Graduiertenausbildung” (Scholarship and Professional Practice in Graduate Programs), the Volkswagen Foundation has awarded funding for the establishment of a four-year graduate research school Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions (2018-2022). Internships in the fields of city administration, urban development, culture, education, transport, and sustainable building and living will allow the humanities researchers involved to work in close contact with American and German companies and municipal authorities. The goal of the graduate research school is to discover what imaginative strategies and groundbreaking scenarios centers of old industries (steel, coal and cars) in the United States and Germany are devising to forge paths into their futures.​

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Kleines Bild des Handzettels mit dem das Institut für Anglophone Studien eine Veranstaltung zur einjährigen Amtszeit von Trump angekündigt.

Die Brücke | Campus Essen "One Year With Trump: Where Does the United States Go From Here?"

Monday, 22 January 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Die Brücke, Campus Essen

The event reflects on the first year of the Trump presidency beyond the headlines the new president himself provoked. Short talks by Christian Hunt, Evangelia Kindinger (RUB), and me will focus on issues, debates, and phenomena less prominent in the public. These topics may shape the future of the United States and offer a complex picture of American society behind the daily headlines today.

Studierende und Lehrende aller Fachrichtungen sind willkommen.
Diese Veranstaltung ist eine Kooperation mit dem Ev. Studierendenzentrum "Die Brücke" und der Evangelischen Studierendengemeinde Essen.

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