Guest scholars enrich and enliven a scholarly program substantially. The Institute for American Studies at Leipzig has a particularly distinguished record attracting a steady flow of prominent international guest scholars. Indeed, just in the last three years alone, the Institute for American Studies has been awarded three highly competitive international guest professorships: The Fulbright-Leipzig Chair for American Studies, a DAAD Professorship for American and International Studies, and The Picador Chair for Literary Studies.
Current Guest Scholars at ASL
Research Fellow in Minority Studies
Renae Watchman will be in Leipzig for the academic year of 2015/16 to do research in the context of Minority Studies and to give a series of guest lectures and presentations in Leipzig and Germany. For more information, please refer to her homepage here at Leipzig or to her page at Mount Royal University.
Former Guest Scholars
The Fulbright-Leipzig Chair for American Studies
This Chair was awarded to the University of Leipzig after a national competition held by the Fulbright Commission in Berlin. It allows the Institute for American Studies to bring leading scholars from the United States to Leipzig to teach new courses and encourage new research. Fulbright-Leipzig Scholars so far have been (including the current holder):
- Professor Barry Laga, Colorado Mesa University
- Professor Steven Bradley, Mesa State College, Colorado
- Professor Benjamin L. Alpers, University of Oklahoma
- Professor Charles Johanningsmeier, University of Nebraska-Omaha
- Professor Madeleine Vala, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
- Professor John Boles, Rice University
- Professor Crister Garrett, University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Picador Chair for Literary Studies
The Picador Professorship for Literature was awarded to the University of Leipzig and the Institute for American Studies in Summer 2006. Supporters include the Holtzbrinck Publishing House and the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or DAAD). The Chair is meant to allow leading young literary talents - whether writers of novels, short stories, poetry, or movie scripts - to spend a semester in Leipzig to teach and to encourage a creative writing culture.
Find more information on the current holder of the Picador Chair, as well as news and updates on Picador Chair related events and activities on our Picador Chair Webpage at americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de/picador.
The DAAD Professorship for American and International Studies
This Professorship has been awarded to the Institute for American Studies by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or DAAD) for a two year period. It is meant to encourage a climate of teaching and researching about the contemporary United States in a transatlantic and international context.