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Visiting scholar Sylvia Newman teaches 2 courses open for student registration March 12, 2019

Sylvia Newman, instructor of English at our partner institution Weber State University in Ogden (Utah, USA), is a visiting scholar in American Studies during the Summer Term 2019. She teaches the following two block courses:

 Literary and Cultural History I: American Women Writers after 1900

    • 26.04. - 16.06.2019
    • Fri. 10-2 pm
    • Room O17-105
    • An introduction to the fiction of North American women through their short stories and novels, selected mostly from the last century. This class is designed to introduce students to various ways of reading, thinking and writing about literature, specifically the genres of the short story and novel. We will learn how to read literary texts closely, and respond personally and critically. This class aims to teach students how to demonstrate knowledge of literary traditions, as well as of key themes, concepts, issues and terminology of literary studies; analyze literature from different time periods and cultures; and demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate understanding of literature in written and graphic forms.

    • Student registration on KU Campus: direct link


Composition Workshop / Academic Writing

    • 25.04. - 16.06.2019
    • Thu. 12-4 pm
    • Room KGA-105 (erste Sitzung abweichend INS-101)
    • The course provides instruction and practice in exposition, argument/persuasion, and documented research. It emphasizes critical thinking, the reciprocity of reading and writing, and the production of well-developed analytical arguments.
    • Student registration on KU Campus: direct link

Both courses are open for student registration starting March 12, 2019.

DIE KUNST DER WIDERREDE (in Anwesenheit des Regisseurs Gereon Wetzel)

2018, 97 Min., Dt./Engl. mit dt. UT

Filmstudio im Alten Stadttheater Eichstätt, 5.2.2019, 20 Uhr

Gast: Melanie Liebheit (Co-Regie)

Moderation: Dr. Julia Faisst


Staatliche Massenüberwachung als Rechtsfall vom dem Internationalen Gerichtshof. Vier Münchner Studenten bereiten sich auf den legendären „Jessup Moot Court“ vor, einen internationalen Völkerrechtswettbewerb. Wer hat die besten Argumente und das größte Vertrauen in die eigene Überzeugungskraft?

Ein Film über einen fiktiven Snowden-Fall, Massenüberwachung, Cyberkrieg und Ökoterrorismus.

New Exchange Agreement with Weber State University, Ogden, UT, USA


Website Weber State University:

Department of English Language and Literature:

For more information, please contact the KU International Office: or outgoing(at)

Academic Distinctions for American Studies Scholars

Our American Studies scholars were recently each honored for their work:

At the 2017 Conference of the Bavarian America Academy, Nathalie Aghoro was awarded the Dissertation Award in recognition of her dissertation “Sounding the American Novel.” Her work traces how contemporary American novels create literary soundscapes through the representation of the human voice and, thus, reflect the significance of the sounding voice in social, cultural, and political contexts. The prize is endowed with 1000 Euro.

Dr. Julia Faisst was invited to join the American and German Studies Departments at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) for the „Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professorship.“ In the spring semester of 2018, she held a seminar on the „Comparative Commemoration of Genocide“ and presented her habilitation project on „Precarious Belongings: The Unmaking of the American Home, 1980-Now" in Indiana. The Visiting Professorship, which has promoted academic and cultural exchange between America and the German-speaking countries at Notre Dame since 1999, is named after the German American Entrepreneur Max Kade.

For her work on contemporary protest photography, Nicole Schneider has received the “Yale University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship 2017,” of the Bavarian America Academy, which will enable her to do research at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance,
and Abolition 
in April 2018. Her dissertation project „Visual Protest, Viral 
Images, and Virtual Participation: Protest
 Photography in Contemporary U.S. Media“
 examines photographs connected to the activist movement Black Lives Matter and their relation to street protest, visual activism, and historical as well as virtual mediation of the protests.

2018 Study Trip to the USA

Next year's study trip will take place from March 22 through April 7, 2018 and visit Washington D.C, New York, and Boston. For more information on both the trip and the application process, please see the poster outside Bobbi Reimann's office (UA-210).

For a PDF with further information, please klick here.

Application Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017.

Study Trip to Workshop with Edward S. Casey

In connection with the course "Literature and Other Discourses: Space in America: Literature / Photography / Architecture in American Modernity":

Mainz, July 14, 2017

Seminar with Edward S. Casey (Stony Brook University, NY)

For more Information see PDF

Videos of Conference Talks are Now Online!

The videos of the talks at the conference "A Mobile World Literature and the Return of Place" are now available online! More information here. 

New Erasmus Partnership with the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier

Anglophone Studies, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier.

Homepage: Département d'études anglophones

For more information, please contact the KU International Office: or outgoing(at)

Guest professor in American Studies (winter term 2016/17)


Prof. Eric Sandeen, director of American Studies at our partner institution, the University of Wyoming (USA), was Guest Professor in American Studies during the winter Term 2016/17. He co-taught the course "The Family of Man and Beyond: Reviewing American Documentary Photography" together with Kerstin Schmidt and took part in both the excursion to Luxemburg and the workshop at the Family of Man exhibition at the Castle of Clerveaux, Luxemburg.

Critical Discussions of American Studies: "American Studies as Accompaniment"


In cooperation with the Bavarian America Academy, we are organizing a workshop with renowned American Studies scholars George Lipsitz (UC Santa Barbara) and Barbara Tomlinson (UC Santa Barbara).

Thursday Dec. 8, 2016, 12 noon - 3 pm, Barer Straße 19a, Munich, Free Admission.

In this moment of crisis in the United States and its democratic aspirations, American Studies have an important role to play. Tomlinson and Lipsitz are going to present and discuss “American Studies as Accompaniment,” and its heightened relevance today. As neoliberal tendencies both threaten and influence the Humanities, the authors propose an alternative system focusing on Konesans and Balans that, in a communal project of American Studies, brings about the seemingly necessary social changes. 

George Lipsitz is Professor of Black Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He is currently doing research on social movements, urban culture, and inequality. He has published on popular culture, ethnomusicology, and Whiteness Studies.

Barbara Tomlinson is Professor of Feminist Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in Feminist Theory, Gender and Literature and Critical Race Theory. She has published on rhetoric and affect in feminist and antifeminist argument, feminist musicology and feminist science studies, as well as on metaphor and composition in and of writing. 



New Erasmus Partner University of American Studies

American Studies, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz.

Homepage: American Studies Graz

For more information, please contact the KU International Office: or outgoing(at)




First Exchange Agreement with Canadian University

Initiated by the chair of American Studies, KU has been able to sign a first exchange agreement with a university in Canada, St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Alberta. 

St. Mary's University

For more information, please contact the KU International Office: or outgoing(at)

Summer Semester 2015 - Guest Seminars

Visiting professor Kyra Hudson from Weber State University (Ogden, UT, USA) offers two courses with an American studies focus in Literary and Cultural History I:

Wed, 12 - 4 pm, American Humor

Fri, 2:15-6:15 pm, The North American Short Story



Winter Semester 2014/15: Special Teaching Focus

Please check ku.campus for details about the classes offered, their schedule and sign-up formalities!

Guest Lecture and Workshop for Students

Eminent Walt Whitman scholar Prof. Ed Folsom (The University of Iowa, IA, USA) visits Eichstaett, "'Whoever you are holding me now in hand': Walt Whitman's Invention of the Erotics of Reading" - Guest Lecture and Workshop for students, July 28, 2014

New Erasmus Partner University of American Studies

For more information, please contact the KU International Office: