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.

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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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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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Picture of Chang Liu

17 November 2020 Joining the American Studies Team in Winter 2020/21

Chang Liu received his M.A. in Intercultural Anglophone Studies from Bayreuth University, and then studied Sinology in Würzburg. He is currently working on his PhD at Heidelberg University, investigating the reception of American pop icon Madonna in China. Before coming to Germany, he lived in Beijing, serving as the musical affairs officer at the French Embassy. His research interests include the studies of waste and the environment, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, as well as popular culture and celebrities.

Chang Liu will teach an additional block seminar on “LGBTQIA in America” at UDE. Registration for this seminar in Modules VI, IX, Lit2, Lit2_BA, Y, and I is open until Nov 27.

This photography shows a portrait of Charlotte Piwek-Mengede.
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Charlotte Piwek-Mengede studied German and English Literature, Language and Communication at the UDE before going on to pursue a Master’s degree in Creative Writing & Literature at University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She is currently a PhD student at UDE and is in the process of enrolling in a Cotutelle Degree at the Macquarie University in Sydney. The topic of her PhD thesis is “White Male Americanness in Travel Fiction: Hemingway, Kerouac & Lerner.”

Charlotte Piwek-Mengede teaches a seminar on “White Males Traveling: Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.”

This photography shows a portrait of Ana Elisa Gomez Laris.
(c) A. Gomez Laris

Before coming to Essen to pursue a doctoral degree, Ana Elisa Gomez Laris studied Comparative Literature and American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, spending time abroad in Denmark and Switzerland. She identifies as an activist researcher, engaging where possible in endeavors uniting her academic and social interests. As such, knowledge transfer and the symbiotic relationship between academia and society play a pivotal role in her research approach. Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Anglophone Studies, she worked as an assistant editor of the quarterly Amerikastudien / American Studies and as a research advisor at the University Medical Center Mainz. She calls Germany, Mexico, and the United States home.

Ana Elisa Gomez Laris teaches two “Grundkurse” for the “Introduction to Literary Studies” and one of the “Surveys of American Literature.”

The U.S. Presidential Election 2020

Curated by junior scholars from the RuhrCenter of American Studies, this website provides in-depth information about the current political situation and its social-cultural and historical contexts en route to the 2020 election.

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June 24, 2020 Celebrate "La Fête nationale du Québec"!

Die Generaldelegierte von Québec für Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz, Frau Elisa Valentin,
lädt herzlich dazu ein, den Nationalfeiertrag von Québec mit einem reichhaltigen digitalen Angebot zu feiern!

Besuchen Sie am 24. Juni 2020 diese besonderen Feierlichkeiten auf

20200624 Fete Quebec

Verschiedene digitale Angebote stehen Ihnen dort zur Verfügung. Lernen Sie die neue Generaldelegierte kennen, tauchen Sie ein in Québecs Kultur und Kulinarik und erfahren Sie mehr über die Frankophonie.

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January 30, 2020, 4 pm s.t. Interdisciplinary Research Seminar with Diane Negra (U College Dublin): “Terms of Intimacy in the Contemporary ‘Chick Flick’”

On January 30th, 2020, the Essener Kolleg für Geschlechterforschung will host an Interdisciplinary Research Seminar with Prof. Dr. Diane Negra of the University College Dublin and Maria Sulimma. The Research Seminar will introduce current research at the conjunction of media studies and gender studies. It features the lecture “Terms of Intimacy in the Contemporary ‘Chick Flick’” by Diane Negra and a response by Maria Sulimma.

It will take place from 4 pm (s.t.) to 6:30 pm in room R12 S06 H01. Please register beforehand at by January 28th.

For more information and the schedule, please visit the event page of the Essener Kolleg für Geschlechterforschung:

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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

> Teaching Assistant
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