2013 Ruhr PhD Forum - Program

Friday, 18 January 2013: Fakultätssitzungssaal, GB 5/160, Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitätsstraße 150, 44801 Bochum

13:00-13:10 Welcome: Kornelia Freitag

13:10-15:10 Panel 1: Transnational Perspectives on American Identities

13:10-13:50 G.H. Joost Baarssen: Of Whores and Hell: “Europe” in Early American Thought
13:50-14:30 Insa Neumann: Karl Knortz’s Construction of Germanness in Das Deutschthum der Vereinigten Staaten (1898)
14:30-15:10 Elena Furlanetto: Hullabaloo on the Bosphorus Ferry: Conflict and Reconciliation in Post-Imperial Turkey

15:10-15:40 Coffee Break

15:40-17:40 Panel 2: Travel Writing on America: New Approaches

14:45-15:25 Erika Mikó: American Popular Cultural Influences in Hungarian Travel Writing During the Cold War
15:25-16:05 Debarchana Baruah: Memories of the Postwar Period in Contemporary American Popular Cultures

16:05-16:35 Coffee

16:35-18:35 Panel 3: Gendered Media

15:40-16:20 Erika Mikó: Jules Verne’s Influence on Hungarian Travel Writing on America
16:20-17:00 Georgiana Lolea | Timisoara: Los Angeles in Romanian Travel Writing
17:00-17:40 Mirja Beutel: Finding a Voice – Locating Oneself as a World Citizen: Life-Writing as a Tool of Transcultural Language Learning in the EFL Classroom

18:15 Dinner at Summa Cum Laude


Saturday, 19 January 2013: TU Dortmund University, R. 0.406, Emil-Figge-Str. 61, 44227 Dortmund

9:20-9:30 Welcome: Randi Gunzenhäuser

9:30-11:00 Panel 1: Inner & Outer Spaces: Interculturality and Exploration in Science and Fiction

9:30-10:10 Iris Kemmer: Mediators in Space
10:10-10:50 Utku Mogultay: Putting the World on Display: Explorations and Mappings in Thomas Pynchon‘s Against the Day (2006)

10:50-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:30 Panel 2: The Sensual Memory in Contemporary Literature

11:30-12:10 Daniela Babilon: Powerful Smells! – Smelly Power? Representations of Odors in American Modernism
12:10-12:50 Lars Banhold: Modernism, Memory, and Myth – Richard Bruce Nugent‘s Gentleman Jigger and the Problem of Writing Reality
12:50-13:30 Tanja Reiffenrath: Narrating One(’s) Self: Siri Hustvedt’s The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves (2010)

13:30-14:30 Lunch at Flea Market

14:30-16:30 Panel 3: Animated (Re-)Visions in Popular Culture

14:30-15:10 Laura Zimmermann | Bayreuth: The Narrativization of Technological Risk in Graphic Narratives
15:10-15:50 Dietmar Meinel | Berlin: Poking and Prodding the Exceptional World of Pixar: American Exceptionalism and Ideology Critique in Up (2009)
15:50-16:30 Sandra Danneil: Liminal Spaces in the Carnivalesque: The Simpsons as Animated Transgression

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

17:00-18:20 Panel 4: Architectural Spaces and Imagined Faces

17:00-17:40 Tazalika M. te Reh_The City, Architecture, and Blackness
17:40-18:20 Georg Drennig_Imagined Nature: Vancouver’s Trouble with Wilderness

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