UDE ALUS Symposium 2019 Program

Poster informing about the 2019 ALUS Symposium Simultaneity in the City at the University of Duisburg-Essen in February 2019

Schedule (updated 13 Feb 2019)

Please refer to our Call for Papers for further details on the planned general content of the symposium. Below, you may find the individual speakers’ abstracts.

Preliminary Schedule: Please note that there might still be minor changes, even at the last minute, but for your travel arrangements: the basic structure provided here will remain as planned.

Dear presenters: Please note that we will have a conference laptop (with Microsoft Office) and a projector (including sound) in our room. If you need anything else for your presentations, please contact us as soon as possible.




Thursday, February 14: Arrival, ALUS Meeting and Evening Get-Together

Thursday 14 Feb 2019 Activity Location
16:00-16:15 Saskia Hertlein & Lena Mattheis: Pre-Opening R12 R04 B02
16:15-17:45 ALUS-Meeting (ALUS President Jason Finch & Everyone) R12 R04 B02
17:45-18:00 Short Break  
18:00-19:30 Cultural Programme: Walking Tour: Essen.Altstadt.Ansichten (we will translate/mediate for non-German speakers, optional) Downtown Essen
19:30 Dinner & Get-Together (optional, self-pay)

Hayati, Downtown Essen (Grillo-Theater, Theaterplatz 11, 45127 Essen)


Friday, February 15: ALUS Symposium: Simultaneity in the City

Friday 15 Feb 2019 Activity Location
8:30-9:00 Registration R12 R04 B02
9:00-9:15 Saskia Hertlein & Lena Mattheis: Opening R12 R04 B02

Special Guests:

Lieven Ameel: “Simultaneity as Urban Multi-scalar Complexity: From the Modernist Poem to the Climate Novel”

Jason Finch: “From Liverpool to St Louis: Weakness, Simultaneity and Writing in Post-Industrial Cities”

R12 R04 B02
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break  

Panel I: Unearthing Urban Layers

Alexander Greiffenstern: “From the ‘Composite City’ to A Thousand Plateaus: William S. Burroughs’ Urban Experience and the Simultaneity of the Cut-ups”

Kai Tan: “Unearthing Simultaneity in Urban Narratives: Iain Sinclair’s Dining on Stones or, the Middle Ground (2004) and China Miéville’s The City & The City (2009)”

R12 R04 B02
12:00-13:00 Lunch (optional, self-pay) Cafeterias on Campus

Panel II: Media in the City

Christiane Goßen: “Narco Rap: The Musical Reflection of Simultaneity in Mexican Border Towns”

Juliane Borosch: “Channeling Urban Complexity: #OneChicago’s Cross-Seriality”

Maria Sulimma: “Simultaneity versus Seriality: The Conflicting Temporality and Locality of Television’s Urban Chase”

R12 R04 B02
14:30-15:00 Coffee Break  

Panel III: Urban Complexity

Lena Mattheis: “‘At 5:30 p.m. in Boston, 10:30 p.m. in Marrakesh, 11:30 p.m. in Madrid, 12:30 a.m. in Istanbul’: Simultaneity and Translocal Narratability”

Chris Katzenberg: “‘More Cameras in the City than Birds in the Sky:’ Narrativizing Urban Complexity through Mediated Visual Simultaneity in Colum McCann’s ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking’ (2015)”

Mark P. Williams: “‘City as Multiverse, City as Megatext: Urban Simultaneity through Visual and Verbal Complexity in Alan Moore’s Graphic Narrative Series Top Ten, Promethea, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

R12 R04 B02
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break  

Jens Gurr: “Response” 

Roundtable (Everyone)

R12 R04 B02
18:00-18:30 Saskia Hertlein & Lena Mattheis: Closing R12 R04 B02
19:00 Dinner (optional, self-pay) sattgrün, Downtown Essen (Theaterpassage, Rathenaustr. 2, 45127 Essen)