2012 Ruhr PhD Forum - Program

Friday, 27 January 2012: University Duisburg-Essen, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Goethestraße 31, 45128 Essen

10:00 Welcome

Friedrich Jaeger, KWI, University Witten-Herdecke
Heike Steinhoff, Ruhr-University Bochum
Walter Grünzweig, TU Dortmund University

10:15-12:00 Panel 1

Saskia Tielens: All About the Mormons? Mainstreaming of Mormon Culture in US Society
Inga Krutmann | Paderborn: ‘I’m Not One of Them Anymore.’ X-Men, Multiracial Hybridity, and the Post-Racial Debate
Matthias Zucker: Matters of Matter. The Transhumanist Discourse and Popular Science Fiction

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:45 Panel 2

Svetlana Makeyeva: Revolutionary Digital Nomads / The Case of the Arraf-Brooks Hoax
Alexander Greiffenstern: Points of Connection (Towards an Aesthetic of Becoming). William S. Burroughs and Gilles Deleuze
Styles Sass | Heidelberg: Gaining the Nation: Campaign Narratives and Their Use in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections

14:45-15:05 Coffee Break

15:05-16:50 Panel 3

Catherine A. Ratliff | Bloomington/Paderborn: More Than Just a Bookshop: The Material Contributions of Sylvia Beach Toward Modernist Literature
Valeria Baiamonte | Rome: Envisioning Crisis. Visions of Utopia and Revolution in American Writers of the Thirties
Melanie Eis | Berlin: The Beat Generation—On the Road to Rebellion? The ‘Counterculture’s’ Investment in Whiteness and Masculinity

16:50-17:10 Coffee Break

17:10-18:20 Panel 4

Alexandra Berlina: Self-Translated Poetry. Joseph Brodsky
Philipp Siepmann: The Language Learner as a ‘Transcultural Agent.’ Towards a Transcultural Approach to Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Saturday, 28 January 2012: University Duisburg-Essen, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Goethestraße 31, 45128 Essen

9:00 Welcome

9:10-10:55 Panel 5

Elena Furlanetto: Imagined Empires. The Function of “Ottoman Utopia” in Turkish American Literature
Janna Odabas | Berlin: Ghostliness in Contemporary Asian American Literature
Johanna Feier: The Arctic on the Cusp: Visualizing an Endangered Landscape

10:55-11:10 Coffee Break

11:10-12:20 Panel 6

Alexia Theis: “Hybrid Spiritualities” in Literature and Film of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
Elisa Edwards: Struggling for Unification in Post-Wall Berlin: Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex

12:20-13:20 Lunch

13:20-14:30 Panel 7

Monika Zychlinska | Warsaw: Facing the Stigma. Identity Policy of the Organizations of Female Veterans of the Vietnam War
Marta Twardowska: Unsilenced: Female War Reporters in the Contested Gender Arena

14:30-14:45 Coffee Break

14:45-15:55 Panel 8

Markus Wierschem | Paderborn: An American Apocalypse? Mythoclastic Violence and Cultural Entropy in the Novels of Cormac McCarthy
Henriette Aschenbrenner: The Tarantino Era. The Aesthetics of Violence in US Film Today

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