Ein Schwarz-Weiß-Bild zeigt den fröhlichen Prof. Raab vor dem Förderturm der Zeche Zollverein.
Prof. Dr. Josef Raab verstarb am 10. November 2019 nach langer schwerer Krankheit. / (c) L. Raab

Chair of American Literary and Media Studies

Prof. Dr. Josef Raab

Prof. Dr. Josef Raab passed away after a long and serious illness. If appropriate, please contact either his office manager at ines.fricke-groenewold@uni-due.de or his widow at melissa.knox-raab@uni-due.de.

Prof. Dr. Josef Raab ist nach langer, schwerer Krankheit verstorben. Bitte kontaktieren Sie im Bedarfsfall sein Sekretariat unter
ines.fricke-groenewold@uni-due.de oder seine Witwe unter melissa.knox-raab@uni-due.de.

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Education

Post-Doctoral Degree (Habilitation), Catholic University of Eichstätt, Germany, 2000 (Habilitation Thesis: The Borderlands of Identity in Mexican American Literature)
Ph.D., English, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1993 (Dissertation: Elizabeth Bishop's Hemisphere)
Master of Arts, English, University of Southern California, 1988
"Staatsexamen," English and French, Catholic University of Eichstätt, 1986
Studies abroad at Universidad de Granada (Spain), Université de Bordeaux III (France), Royal Holloway College, U. of London (England), Newman College, Birmingham (England)

Career

2004-19

Full Professor of American Literary and Media Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen

2000-04

Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Bielefeld

1999

Visiting Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Bielefeld

1996-97

Visiting Scholar, University of Texas at Austin

1993-2000

Assistant Professor of American Studies, Catholic University of Eichstätt

1987-93

Part-Time Instructor (Comparative Literature, Composition, EFL) at Los Angeles Southwest College, Woodbury University, and California State University (Los Angeles)

1986-93

Assistant Lecturer, Department of English, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • American Literature from Its Beginnings to the 21st Century
  • Ethnicity
  • Border Studies
  • American Film and Televison
  • U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
  • Inter-American Relations
  • Interculturalism
  • The German Presence in the United States
  • The American City
  • American Catholicism
  • Literature and the Arts
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Walt Whitman
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Tony Kushner
  • August Wilson
  • Toni Morrison

Conferences and Projects

  • Joint PhD Program "Spaces – Communities – Representations: Urban Transformations in the United States"

    funded by the Mercator Foundation and organized in cooperation with American Studies at TU Dortmund and Ruhr-University Bochum (2012-15)
    http://ruhrcenter.tu-dortmund.de/cms/en/Urban_Transformations/index.html
  • Co-editor of the Book Series "Inter-American Studies | Estudios Interamericanos"

    co-published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier and Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe (Tempe, AZ) since 2011
    find the book series here
  • Member of the Research Project "Saint Francis and the Americas"

    Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University (since 2011) http://stfrancis.clas.asu.edu/
  • First Biennial Conference of the International Association of Inter-American Studies: "Transnational Americas: Difference, Belonging, Identitarian Spaces"

    Nov. 11-13, 2010, University of Duisburg-Essen www.interamericanstudies.net/?page_id=31
  • Symposium "Beyond Borders: Reconceptualizing Fine Lines, Fences, and Fontiers in the Americas" (with María Herrera-Sobek)

    Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, 2009
    Announcement: www.uni-bielefeld.de/%28en%29/ZIF/AG/2009/06-29-Herrera-Sobek.html
    Program: www.uni-bielefeld.de/%28de%29/ZIF/FG/2008Pluribus/beyond-borders-prelim-program.pdf

  • International Conference "E Pluribus Unum? - Ethnic Identities in Transnational Integration Processes in the Americas"

    Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, 2008
    www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/ZIF/AG/2008/10-06-Raab.html
  • Art Exhibit "Da-Sein: Zeitgenössische U.S. Latina/o Kunst"

    For one year (2008-09) an exhibit of twenty contemporary works curated by the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ and organized by the Duisburg-Essen American Studies Program toured Bielefeld, Tübingen, Dortmund, and Essen.
  • Symposium "Latina/o Images for the 21st Century: Interethnic Relations and the Politics of Representation in the United States"

    Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, 2008
    http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/ZIF/AG/2008/01-10-Ramirez.html
  • Symposium "ImagiNations/ImagiNaciones"

    Documentaries and the Narration of Nation in the Americas/ImagiNations: El cine documental y la narración de la nación en las Américas, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, 2005 Link ZIF-Bielefeld
  • Symposium "E Pluribus Unum?"

    National and Transnational Identities in the Americas/Identidades nacionales y transnacionales en las Américas, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, 2005 link
  • Symposium "The German Presence in the U.S.A."

    Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, 2004
  • Symposium "Hybrid Americas"

    Contacts, Contrasts, and Confluences in New World Literatures and Cultures", Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, 2002
  • Research Project "Amerikanische Fernsehwelten"

    University of Bielefeld and Museum of Radio and Television (New York), 2001-02

Honors and Awards

2009-2019

Founding President of the International Association of Inter-American Studies
www.interamericanstudies.net/

Since 2002

External funding for eight international conferences and symposia

1996-97

Fulbright American Studies Fellowship for post-doctoral research at the University of Texas at Austin

1993-2019

Various Conference and Research Grants, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and DAAD

1990-91

Middleton Dissertation Fellowship, University of Southern California

1988-90

Vice President and then President of the Association of English Graduate Students, University of Southern California

1988

Award for Teaching Excellence, Dept. of English, University of Southern California

1986-88

Fulbright Travel Grant for study in the United States

1985

Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry for Cultural Affairs for study in Spain