From left to right: Josef Raab, Kornelia Freitag, Johannes Maria Krickl, Hanna Rodewald, Juliane Borosch, Chris Katzenberg, Elisabeth Haefs, Florian Deckers, Barbara Buchenau and Jens Martin Gurr.
From left to right: Josef Raab, Kornelia Freitag, Johannes Maria Krickl, Hanna Rodewald, Juliane Borosch, Chris Katzenberg, Elisabeth Haefs, Florian Deckers, Barbara Buchenau and Jens Martin Gurr.

City Scripts Graduate Research Group

The research group Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions (short: City Scripts) explores the imaginative strategies and narrative scenarios which the centers of old industries (steel, coal and cars) in the United States and Germany are devising to forge paths into their futures. Funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung for four years with a budget of 1.7 million, City Scripts is a joint endeavor of the American Studies Departments of the University Alliance Ruhr (Duisburg-Essen, Bochum, Dortmund).

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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 elena.furlanetto@uni-due.de