We look forward to welcoming you to the Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies!

About the 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-University 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 University of Duisburg-Essen under the new designation "Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies."

The organizers, oftentimes PhD students themselves, welcome contributions by PhD candidates of the three participating Departments as well as by PhD candidates from other universities. Travel stipends are available.

Every year, the presentations are accompanied by special guests (senior experts) with a comprehensive perspective on American Studies to provide outside commentaries and methodological advice to the PhD students.

Organizing Comittee

Anna Bongers, Sandra Danneil, Elisabeth Haefs, Zohra Hassan-Pieper, Chris Katzenberg, Hannes Koberg, Laura Kost, Johannes Maria Krickl, Hanna Rodewald, Charlotte Piwek-Mengede

Past Senior Experts (alphabetical order)

  • Hans Bak (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Mita Banerjee (Universität Mainz)
  • Klaus Benesch (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Laura Bieger (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
  • Heike Bungert (Universität Münster)
  • Christa Buschendorf (Goethe-Universität Frankufrt)
  • Mario Chandler (Oglethorpe University Atlanta)
  • Kathleen G. Donohue (CMU Michigan)
  • Peter Freese (Universität Paderborn)
  • Michael Golston (Columbia University)
  • Frank Kelleter (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Jaap Kooijman (University of Amsterdam)
  • Rüdiger Kunow (Universität Potsdam)
  • Julia Leyda (Sofia University Tokio)
  • Giorgio Mariani (Sapienza Università di Roma)
  • Frank Mehring (Radboud University Niijmegen)
  • Diane Negra (University College Dublin)
  • Bernd Ostendorf (Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Steven D. Reschly (Truman State University)
  • Susanne Rohr (Universität Hamburg
  • Lynn Rose (Truman State University)
  • Regina Schober (Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf)
  • Birgit Spengler (Universität Wuppertal)
  • Alan Trachtenberg (Yale University)

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