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Transnational / Transatlantic Studies

In 2010 the PhD program "American Studies: Transnational/Transatlantic Studies" commenced which is jointly organized by the Faculties of History and Philology of the Ruhr-University and the Faculty for Cultural Sciences of the University of Dortmund in the RuhrCenter of American Studies. In 2015, the faculty of the humanities at the University of Duisburg-Essen joined the program.
The RuhrCenter of American Studies integrates the rich American Studies resources of the Ruhr-University Bochum, the TU Dortmund, and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Our international PhD program is open to young scholars from around the world. Research at the RuhrCenter of American Studies has both a transnational and a transatlantic perspective; it focuses on American History, Literature, and Culture as nationally diverse and multi-ethnic as well as globally contextualized and interconnected.
Over the course of the three-year program, doctoral students will take four seminars in the area Theories and Practices of Transnational/Transatlantic American Studies, participate in three research colloquia where they present their work in progress to peers and senior scholars, engage in two practically oriented skill courses in areas such as university level teaching, or intercultural management, organizing symposia and conferences, and editorial work. Courses at the RuhrCenter are complemented by a research stay at a U.S. partner university.

Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies

The annual dissertation colloquium offers young scholars in American Studies a forum to present current research projects as work in progress. It was founded in 2004 by the American Studies Departments at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and TU Dortmund. In order to highlight the strong connection between the two, the conference was named "BOND" indicating the two venues BOchum and DortmuND. In 2011, the colloquium expanded and since then it has welcomed PhD students and faculty from the Universität Duisburg-Essen under the new title "Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies."

Urban Transformations

The interdisciplinary project entitled “Spaces – Communities – Representations: Urban Transformations in the USA” aims to examine, from a variety of perspectives, how urban transformations in the United States manifest themselves in the physical design and usage of spaces, in the make-up and interaction of communities, in cultural practices, and in urban imaginaries. In its approach, the project which is financed by the Mercator Foundation’s Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) pays tribute to a view of urban cultures as a result and expression of inter- and multicultural communication as well as of processes of negotiation and hybridization of individual and collective identities.


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