RUDESA Spring Academy

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Mission Statement

Our goal in this Dutch-German-American Spring Academy is a threefold grounding of Transnational American Studies as a form of engaged comparative teaching, research, and valorization with an emphasis on multi-national perspectives in interactive classrooms.

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The Poster announces the RUDESA Spring Academy 2018.

Guest Lecture Decolonial Feminist Fiction: Helena Maria Viramontes' Their Dogs Came With Them

Paula M. L. Moya (Stanford University)

Friday, 16 March, 2018, 11am

In this talk, Moya introduces her current project on decolonial feminist fiction, taking Helena Maria Viramontes's novel Their Dogs Came With Them as her exemplary text. After enumerating the broad features of decoloniality as a type of critique and mode of being, she pauses to explain how literary texts participate in a decolonial project. She then zeroes in on specific narrative and thematic features of the text, delineating their particular decolonial effects, before concluding with a close reading of one passage that illustrates what Lugones has theorized as "streetwalker theorizing" through the development in her characters of complex solidarity.

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3rd RUDESA Spring Academy successfully completed

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Guest Lecture The Uncanny Return of (Trans)national Anxieties

Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017, 5pm to 7pm
Glaspavillon (Universitätsstraße 12, 45141 Essen)

In his lecture, Donald E. Pease interrogates the current political developments in the United States and particularly the election of Donald Trump as president from a transnational perspective. Pease particularly examines the narratives of fear Trump exploited during his campaign and asks in what ways the transnational turn in American studies helps to understand this shift in American politics and to what extent a neoliberal transnationalism may have contributed to the “uncanny return of national anxieties.”

Donald E. Pease is one of the leading scholars in American studies and an authority on nineteenth and twentieth century American literature and literary theory. With his numerous books, essays, and articles, Pease has not only shaped American studies as a critical thinker since the 1980s. As the founder and director of the Futures of American Studies Institute and as an editor of The New Americanist series, his work has also transformed the premise of the field.

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Master’s programs: RUDESA 3rd RUDESA Spring Academy: March 2017

Internationalization@home and across the Dutch border: in March 2017, the American Studies programs of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and the University of Wyoming (Laramie, USA) are again co-hosting the annual RUDESA Spring Academy. If you are a Master student in Anglophone Studies/American Studies or related fields, have a deep appreciation for knowledge and learning, and want to become involved in the latest research in American Studies, please visit the public events of RUDESA 2017 and apply for RUDESA 2018. Thanks to generous funding by the three universities, this unique trinational blend of lectures, seminars, cultural labs and peer reviews is still free of charge. What to expect: free transportation to and accommodation in Nijmegen, NL, a trinational student:staff ratio of 5:1, keynote addresses by international authorities in the field, and an exciting program that asks you to put your academic training and your intellectual curiosity into action. This year, we will discuss, reflect and exchange ideas about migration, cultural commemoration, transatlantic deindustrialization. Guests include and Alex Blue V, a doctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara our distinguished keynote speaker Donald Pease, Dartmouth College, USA. We look forward to seeing you!

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Poster der Radboud University and Duisburg-Essen Spring Academy 2016.

2nd RUDESA Spring Academy: March 14-18, 2016

The American Studies Department in Nijmegen and the University of Duisburg-Essen are continuing their international project within their Master’s programs: RUDESA. The Radboud University & University of Duisburg-Essen Spring Academy represents a joint initiative to engage in transnational American studies, exchange ideas, research agendas, and establish new academic contacts.This year Eric Sandean and students from the University of Wyoming are joining the Spring Academy for a tri-national exchange.

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Poster der RUDESA Spring Academy zeigt den Förderturm der ehemaligen Zeche Zollverein in Essen.

Master’s programs: RUDESA RUDESA Spring Academy: March 16-20, 2015

The American Studies Department in Nijmegen and the University of Duisburg Essen are launching a new international project within their Master’s programs: RUDESA. The Radboud University & University of Duisburg-Essen Spring Academy represents a joint initiative to engage in transnational American studies, exchange ideas, research agendas, and establish new academic contacts.

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Foto der Teilnehmer von RUDESA 2015 in Nijmegen

Sixteen students of the Radboud University Nijmegen and sixteen students of the University Duisburg-Essen, supported by a team of ten instructors from both universities as well as international guest lecturers, jointly explored the role of the USA and of transnational American Studies in our own border region. Thanks to the generous funding by several institutions, a week of crossing borders in classroom debates, field trips, mutual peer reviewing and tandem thinking has brought new ideas and fresh methodologies to students and staff members of the participating American Studies programs.

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