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Lectures in American Studies: New Trends and Developments

The lecture series is generously supported by the Dean's Office at KU Eichstätt and the Bavarian American Academy in Munich.

PROF. MARTIN PUCHNER

(Harvard University)

"Weltliteratur: Die kuriose Geschichte einer deutsch-amerikanischen Idee"

Mittwoch, 6. Februar 2019, 17 Uhr, UA 030

PROF. ANNETTE J. SADDIK

(American Studies Guest Professor 2018 / City University of New York)

"The Comic Grotesque in Tennessee Williams' Late Plays" 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / 14.30-16.00 pm, O17-101

BETTINA LOCKEMANN

(Fotografin und Kunstwissenschaftlerin, Köln)

"Stadt und Land. Fotoprojekte aus dem amerikanischen Süden"

--in Kooperation mit der Kunstgeschichte--

27. November 2018, 16-18 Uhr (c.t.), KGD/Aula

Im Vortrag geht es um zwei Fotoprojekte, die in den vergangenen Jahren in New Orleans und Alabama fotografiert worden sind. In Transition beschäftigt sich mit Aspekten des Urban Renewal in New Orleans ungefähr 10 Jahre nach der von Hurricane Katrina ausgelösten Katastrophe. Die Arbeit nimmt verschiedene Aspekte der Erneuerung in den Blick: von der Renovierung historischer Häuser über sich gentrifizierende Stadtteile, neue Grünanlagen und den Siedlungsbau bis hin zum kulturellen Kapital der Straßenparaden und des Karnevals. Das Projekt mit dem Arbeitstitel Again erkundet die ländliche Region in Alabama, die Walker Evans und James Agee in ihrem berühmten Werk Let Us Now Praise Famous Men porträtiert haben. Im Vortrag werden Verbindungen zwischen den fotohistorischen Recherchen und der vor Ort vorgefundenen Situation hergestellt.

 

PROF. YAEL SCHACHER

(Guest Professor, American Studies, KU/University of Texas at Austin, USA)

"A Peril or a Promise?: Flashpoints in the History of Asylum in the United States"

--in cooperation with the Zentrum für Flucht und Migration--

November 13, 2018, 4-6 pm, Room IH Foyer (Markplatz 7)

The current moment is a flashpoint in the history of asylum in the US, a time when immigration officials and advocates for refugees frame the issue in diametrically opposed ways, ways that also invoke divergent interpretations of the American past.  In a recent speech to immigration judges, the U.S. Attorney General argued that the vast majority of asylum claims are meritless and dilatory; sympathy for asylum seekers, he said, does “violence to the rule of law and constitutional fabric” that “made this country so great in the first place.”  In contrast, refugee advocates point to actual violence forcing asylum seekers to migrate. Advocates also point to innovative interpretations of laws and amendments to the U.S. Constitution that have helped expand rights and opportunities and make America great.  This lecture will address other flashpoints from the past century when conflicts over asylum reflected opposing views of American identity and history. It will do so through analysis of prominent court cases that highlight contestation over how to define “fear of persecution” and the parameters of American refuge.  It will also emphasize the limits of exceptionalist frameworks for understanding how fear and fraud figure in asylum seeking.

 

PROF. JÖRG DÜNNE

(Humboldt Universität Berlin)

"Spaces/scapes. Ein Vorschlag zur Rekonzeptualisierung literarischer Räumlichkeiten"

Mittwoch, 31. Oktober 2018, 16.15 Uhr, KAP-209

Past Talks

 

Winter Term 2017/18

 

SABINE N. MEYER

(University of Osnabrueck, Germany)

"The Discourse of Human Rights and the Native American Historical Novel of the 1990s"

January 10, 2018

 

Summer Term 2017

Prof. ERICA FRETWELL

(SUNY Albany, NY, USA/FRIAS, University of Freiburg, Germany)

"Body Images: Phantom Limbs, Spirit Photography, and the Civil War"

June 14, 2017

 

JESSICA CONRAD

(University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA/University of Graz, Austria)

"Polluted Luxuries: Consumer Resistance, the Senses of Horror, and Abolitionist Boycott Literature"

May 17, 2017

 

Winter Term 2015/16

 

Prof. ANSELM HAVERKAMP

(New York University/Gastdozent "Aisthesis. Historische Kunst- und Literaturdiskurse" KU Eichstätt)

"Undone by Death? Umrisse einer Poetik nach Darwin: Dante, Eliot, Kafka"

--im Rahmen des Fakultätskolloquiums der SLF und in Zusammenarbeit mit Aisthesis--

October 21, 2015

 

 

Summer Term 2015

 

Prof. TOBIAS BÖS (University of Notre Dame, IN, USA)

„Der größte Schriftsteller unserer Zeit“ – Thomas Mann im Amerika der Zwischenkriegsjahre

--in Kooperation mit der Germanistik und den Europastudien--

June 9, 2015

 

Prof. LAURA MURPHY (Loyola University New Orleans, LA, USA)

"Will the New Frederick Douglass Please Stand Up: Modern Slavery and the New Slave Narrative"

June 2, 2015

  

Prof. HAL CRIMMEL (Weber State University, UT, USA)

"Writing Water in the American West"

May 5, 2015

 

 

Summer Term 2014

 

Prof. ED FOLSOM (The University of Iowa, IA, USA)

"'Whoever you are holding me now in hand': Walt Whitman's Invention of the Erotics of Reading" - Guest Lecture and Workshop

July 28, 2014

 

Prof. MICHAEL KIMMAGE (The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., USA)

"Monumental America"

June 17, 2014

 

Prof. TAYLOR HAGOOD (Florida Atlantic University, FL, USA)

"Disability, Identity, and the United States South"

May 20, 2014

 

 

Winter Term 2013/14

 

Prof. UDO HEBEL (President, University of Regensburg, Germany)

"American Visual Culture Studies, Interpictoriality, and the Power of Iconic American Pictures"

January 28, 2014

 

Prof. JULIA LEYDA (Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan/Free University Berlin, Germany)

"Breaking Bad, Social Media, and Fan-Generated Texts"

December 10, 2013

 

Prof. GEORGE BLAUSTEIN (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

"On the Genealogy of Jokes: Humor and History in Mark Twain"

November 28, 2013

 

 

Summer Term 2013

 

Prof. BILLY STRATTON (University of Denver, CO, USA)

"Buried in Shades of Night: Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip's War"

July 3, 2013

 

Prof. MICHAEL WUTZ (Weber State University, Ogden, UT, USA)

“Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth and the Archaeology of the Postcolonial”

June 5, 2013

 

Prof. KIRBY FARRELL (University of Massachusetts/Amherst, USA)

“The Magic Circle and the Beyond: Psychic Topography and the Structure of Texts”

--in cooperation with English Literature--

June 4, 2013

 

Dr. JAN D. KUCHARZEWSKI (University of Hamburg, Germany)

“The Capacity for Wonder: Science and Fiction in the Novels of Richard Powers”

May 29, 2013

 

Prof. BARRETT WATTEN (Wayne State University, Detroit, USA)

“dOCUMENTA 13 as Global Archive”

May 22, 2013

 

Prof. PHIL TIEMEYER (Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, USA)

“Plane Queer: What We Can Learn From the Male Flight Attendant”

May 15, 2013