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 Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez 

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Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez
Professor for American Studies and Minority Studies
Room GWZ 3 5.08 | Phone: (0341) 973 7343
Office Hours: office hours in the Winter term: Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

http://americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de/faculty/pisarz
pisarz@uni-leipzig.de
 

 

Bio

My way into American Studies started with a translator's degree in English and Spanish before I got interested in literary translation studies and literary studies. Since my graduation, I have worked at the universities of Göttingen, Bielefeld, Bayreuth, Groningen (Netherlands), and Leipzig. In 2009 I was a guest professor at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. I also spent a year at the University of California, Berkeley as a Visiting Scholar and 6 months at the State University of New York, Binghamton as a Fulbright grantee. I am married and have a daughter.

 

Teaching

I teach American literature and culture from the 17th through the 20th century with a wide range of topics on both introductory and specialist levels. As the first professor of Minority Studies appointed in Germany, my special focus in Leipzig is on the role of race and ethnicity in the U.S. as well as on migration and inter-American sstudies. I am particularly interested in Latino/a cultures, border studies, ethnic popular cultures, and changing concepts of ethnicity.

 

Research

My research focuses on the cultural processes which link American culture to other cultures or which are situated in between cultures. My doctoral dissertation investigated literary translations of Stephen Crane texts as cultural products at the intersection of literary studies, cultural studies and translation studies. For my Habilitation project, I researched the border zone between the United States and Mexico as a culturally productive space which plays an important role in redefining concepts of nation and national culture. My current research interests are in the fields of 19th century inter-American relations, transnational studies and critical regionalism, Latino/a studies, migration studies, and 21st century concepts of race and ethnicity.

Current Research Project

Spatial Fictions: (Re)Imaginations of  Nationality in the Southern and Western Peripheries of  19th Century America

Research unit C02 of Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”

http://research.uni-leipzig.de/~sfb1199/welcome/

Project description:

The project examines the imagination of space in nineteenth-century American cultural and literary discourses. Canonized patterns of spatialization in American national history are linked to central spatial concepts such as the frontier and the “errand into the wilderness” (i.e. the settlement and civilization of the American continent on an East-West geographical axis). However, the geographical imagination in the period from the American Revolution to the Civil War was much more diverse. The consolidation and expansion of the nation during the nineteenth century were accompanied by different and conflicting imaginations of spatial formats that often contradicted the official rhetoric of “Manifest Destiny”. Particularly in the yet unstable and mobile southern and western peripheries of the nation, the ideology of  Manifest Destiny collided with the topographical, social, economic, and cultural realities of the border zones, producing alternative “spatial fictions” that often pointed to commercial, political, or other entanglements with regions beyond the nation’s boundaries. The research unit will focus on discourses about the southern and (north)western peripheries in the period until the Civil War.

Pricipal Investigator: Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez

Researchers:

Steffen Wöll http://research.uni-leipzig.de/~sfb1199/nc/profile/steffen-adrian-woell/

Deniz Bozkurt http://research.uni-leipzig.de/~sfb1199/nc/profile/deniz-bozkurt/


 

Conferences, Workshops, Lecture Series

 

Workshop “New Italians” or “Criminal Aliens”: The Contradictions of Latinos/as, Rights, and Race in the United States

German Association for American Studies, Annual Conference, May 19-22, 2016 (co-organized with Dr. Jesse Ramirez, University of St. Gallen)

 

Lecture Series: People On the Move - Minorities, Diversity and Mobility in the Americas and Worldwide, May-June 2016

Prof. Donna Gabaccia (University of Toronto): “Migration and the Scale and Temporality of Space: Some Examples from History” (May 10)

Prof. Barbara Buchenau (University of Duisburg-Essen): "Pliant Tropes, Foundering Hemispheric Cultural Mobility" (May 25)

Dr. Felipe Rubio Isla (Free University, Berlin): “Translocal Chinese Migration to Peru, 1849 - 1930s” (June 2)

Prof. Petra Landfester (Colorado State University): “The Refugee Debate as the ‘Playing Field’ for the Construction of Germany as a New Nation” (June 16)

Prof. Paul Scheffer (University of Tilburg, Netherlands): “Problems and Challenges of Immigration Societies” (June 30)

Sponsored by American Space Leipzig


 

Conference "Democracy and Difference in the "Pacific Century"

July 9-11, 2015 (co-organized with Prof. Crister Garrett and Prof. Anne Koenen)

http://www.americanspace-leipzig.de/?ai1ec_event=democracy-and-difference-in-the-pacific-century

 

Workshop "Imaginative Encounters: Interethnic Relations and Conflict in U.S. Cultural Productions“

December 5, 2014
Sponsored by American Space Leipzig

 

Conference "Selling Ethnicity and Race. Consumerism and Representation in 21st-Century America"

November 6-8, 2013 (co-organized with Dr. Frank Usbeck, Maria Lippold, M.A., Anne Grob, M.A.)

http://americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de/selling-ethnicity

Conference "Hemispheric Encounters. The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective"

April April 25th - 27th, 2012 (co-organized with Dr. Markus Heide)

http://americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de/content/hemispheric-encounters

Workshop: „Configurations of Ethnicity in the 21st century: cultural imaginaries and representational politics" 

International Association of American Studies, 5th World Conference – American Configurations. Rio de Janeiro, Gragoatá Campus, Niterói,  27.-29. Juli 2011.

 

Reviewer for Tulsa Studies in Women’s literature, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

 

Selected Publications.

Books

  • Hemispheric Encounters. The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Markus Heide. Interamericana Series. Frankfurt u. New York: Peter Lang, 2016.

  • Selling Ethnicity and Race. Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Frank Usbeck, Anne Grob and Maria Lippold. Trier: WVT, 2015.

  • Of Fatherlands and Motherlands. Gender and Nation in the Americas / De Patrias y Matrias. Género y nación en las Américas. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Sebastian Thies and Luzelena Gutiérrez de Velasco. Trier: WVT, 2015 (Interamerican Studies Series).

  • Transmediality and Transculturality. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Nadja Gernalzick. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013 (American Studies Monograph Series). 

  • The Americas in the 19th Century – Inter-American Perspectives. American Studies/ Amerikastudien 53.1 (2008) (Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez and Markus Heide. Heidelberg: Winter)

  • MexAmerica: Genealogien und Analysen postnationaler Diskurse in der kulturellen Produktion von Chicanos/as.  Heidelberg: Winter 2005. American Studies Monograph Series.

Articles

  • "Border Studies and Hemispheric Studies: Rethinking America". Approaches to American Cultural Studies. Eds. Antje Dallmann, Eva Boesenberg and Martin Klepper. London and New York: Routledge, 2016, 242-251.

  • "Introduction: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective" (with Markus Heide). Hemispheric Encounters. The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Markus Heide. Interamericana Series. Frankfurt u. New York: Peter Lang, 2016, 9-33.

  • "From 'Southern Brethren' to 'Treacherous Cowards': Temporal Narratives of Latin America in Early Nineteenth-Century U.S. America. Hemispheric Encounters. The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez and Markus Heide. Interamericana Series. Frankfurt u. New York: Peter Lang, 2016, 97-115.

  • "Racial Ambiguity and Racial Capital: Marketing the Postracial Melting Pot". Selling Ethnicity and Race. Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Frank Usbeck, Anne Grob and Maria Lippold. Trier: WVT, 2015.

  • "Transnationality and Temporality in Early African American Texts". The International Turn in American Studies. Eds. Marietta Messmer and Armin Paul Frank. Interamericana vol. 7. Frankfurt u. New York: Lang, 2015.

  • "Defamiliarizar el lugar privado en el arte de Patssi Valdez". Of Fatherlands and Motherlands. Gender and Nation in the Americas / De Patrias y Matrias. Género y nación en las Américas. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Sebastian Thies and Luzelena Gutiérrez de Velasco. Trier: WVT, 2015.

  • "Of Fatherlands and Motherlands. Gender and Nation in the Americas" (with Sebastian Thies). Introduction to Of Fatherlands and Motherlands. Gender and Nation in the Americas / De Patrias y Matrias. Género y nación en las Américas. Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Sebastian Thies and Luzelena Gutiérrez de Velasco. Trier: WVT, 2015.

  • “'It takes courage to remember, it takes courage to forget. It takes a hero to do both.' The politics of remembering in the work of Carmen Aguirre“  in: Alfonso de Toro/Cornelia Sieber (eds.): Trans area Strategies -Translatio-Transnationalities - Transidentities - Hybridities – Diasporisation. Hildesheim-Zürich-New York: Georg Olms Verlag (forthcoming).
  • “Preface and Comparative Conceptual History.” with Nadja Gernalzick. Transmediality and Transculturality. Ed. Nadja Gernalzick and Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 2013.
  • “Documenting Horror: The American Nightmare and the narration of nation”. In: Daniela Noll-Opitz, Sebastian Thies, and Josef Raab (eds.),   Screening the Americas: Narration of Nation in Documentary Film / Proyectando las Américas: Narración de la nación en el cine documental. Trier: WTV, 2011

  • „Geschichte der 'spanischen' USA (vom spanischen Kolonialbesitz bis zur hispanoamerikanischen Immigration)“ in: Joachim Born, Robert Folger, Christopher F. Laferl und Bernhard Pöll (Hrsg.), Handbuch Spanisch. Spanien und Hispanoamerika. Sprache – Literatur – Kultur. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2011.

  • “Priests in Drag: Anti-Catholicism, gender and the (trans)national in Rosamond: or, a Narrative of the captivity and Sufferings of an American Female under the Popish Priests, in the Island of Cuba”. Religion in the United States.  Eds. Christine Gerhardt, Jeanne Cortiel, Kornelia Freitag, Michael Wala. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011.

  • “Visions of Columbus: Revolutionary poets and the creation of a (trans)national history”. Making National Bodies: (Non-)Conformism and the Early Republic. Eds. Astrid Fellner and Stefan Brandt. WvT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2010.

  • “Transculturation in Colonial North America: William Byrd's History of the Dividing Line”. Passagen. Hybridity, Transmediealité, Transculturalidad. Eds. René Ceballos et al. Hildesheim, Zurich, New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2010.

  • “Reimagining America: Postnational Perspectives in Chicano Border Discourses”. E Pluribus Unum? National and Transnational Identities in the Americas. Eds. Sebastian Thies and Josef Raab. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2009.

  • “Precursors of Hemispheric Writing: Latin America, the Caribbean, and Early U.S. American Identity”. Transnationalism and the New Local. Eds. Francisco Lomelí and Marc Priewe. New York: Palgrave/McMillan 2009.

  • “African-Canadian Literature and the Americas”. Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange. Ed. Michael Steppat. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009.

  • “Nineteenth Century Literature and Inter-American Studies”. Introduction to Spec. issue of The Americas in the 19th Century – Inter-American Perspectives. Amerikastudien/American Studies 53.1 (2008) (with Markus Heide)

  • “Blurring the boundaries of gender: The strong “Spanish” woman as a motif in 19th century U.S. American female popular fiction”. American Studies/ Amerikastudien 53.1 (2008).

  • “Haiti and the Formation of Early African American Identities”. Transcultural Visions of Identities in Images and Texts. Eds. Wilfried Raussert and Reinhard Isensee. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008.

  • “‘The Darkest is Before the Break of Day’: Rhetorical Uses of Haiti in the Works of Early African-American Writers”. Atlantic Studies 4.1. (2007).

  • “From Nepantla to Amerindia: Transnationality in Mexican American Literature and Art”. Iberoamericana VII.27 (2007).

  • “Übersetzungskultur in der DDR – eine Fallstudie.” Übersetzung – Translation -Traduction. Ein internationales Handbuch zur Übersetzungsforschung, Bd.II. Eds. H. Kittel, A.P. Frank, N. Greiner, Th. Hermans, W. Koller, J. Lambert, F. Paul. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2007.

  • “Faulkner and the Color Line: Transnational Perspectives.” Transatlantic Cultural Contexts. Essays in Honor of Eberhard Brüning. Ed. Hartmut Keil. Tübingen: Narr, 2005.

  • “With Spit, Grit and Movidas”: The Politics of Humor at the US-Mexican Border.” Americanization - Globalization - Education. Eds. Gerhard Bach, Sabine Broeck and Ulf Schulenberg. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2003.

  • “Black Feminist Literary Criticism.” “Chicana-Feminismus/ Chicana Theory.” “Multikulturalismus”. Metzler Lexikon Gender Studies - Geschlechterforschung. Ansätze, Personen, Grundbegriffe. Ed. Renate Kroll. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2002.

  • “Borderizing America: Cultural frames in Mexican-American interlingual texts.” Not English Only: Redefining "American" in American Studies. Ed. Orm Overland. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2001.

  • “Bilingual, interlingual - language and identity construction in Mexican American literary discourse.” Holding Their Own: Perspectives on the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Eds. Dorothea Fischer-Hornung and Heike Rafael-Hernandez. Tübingen: Stauffenburg-Verlag 2000.

  • “Homeland und Borderlands - kulturnationalistische Konzepte des Chicano Movement und ihre Revision in der Literatur von Chicanas.” Geschlechterdifferenz und Amerikastudien in Deutschland. Analysen und Interpretationen. Eds. Anne Koenen and Catrin Gersdorf. Leipzig: Universitätsverlag, 1999.

  • “Reinventing Mexico: Chicano/a travelers and the construction of Mexicanness.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture. 47.4 (1999).

  • “I toast to nuestra América”: postcoloniality and pan-American concepts in Chicano/a literature.” El Debate de la postcolonialidad en Latinoamérica. Una postmodernidad periférica o cambio de paradigma en el pensamiento latinoamericano. Eds. Alfonso de Toro and Fernando de Toro. Frankfurt: Vervuert, 1999.

  • "Intercultural, Multivoiced: Chicano/a Anthologies of the 1980's and 1990's. With a Bibliography of Chicano/a Anthologies". Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture.  46:2 (1998). 125-141.

  • “Internationale Kurzprosa in Anthologien der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik – die Reihe ‘Erkundungen’”. International Anthologies of Literature in Translation (=Göttinger Beiträge zur Internationalen Übersetzungsforschung Bd. 9) Ed. Harald Kittel. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 1995.

  • “Intercultural, Multivoiced: Chicano/a Anthologies of the 1980s and 1990s. With a Bibliography of Chicano/a Anthologies”. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture 46.2 (1998).

  • “Avancierte Erzählformen im Licht von Übersetzungsstrategien - zwei Romane Stephen Cranes und fünf deutsche Übersetzungen.” Erlebte Rede und impressionistischer Stil. Europäische Erzählprosa im Vergleich mit ihren deutschen Übersetzungen. Ed. Dorothea Kullmann. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 1995.

  • “Die Rolle von Kommunikationsgemeinschaften in Übersetzungen von Washington Irving's ‘Rip van Winkle’”. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture 37.4 (1989).

     

     

    Selected Lectures
  • "Tropical Spaces of Radical Resistance – Maroon Communities in Joshua Giddings’ The Exiles of Florida". IV Biennial Conference of the International Association of Inter-American Studies: Human Rights in the Americas, UC Santa Barbara, 4-6 Oct 2016.

  • "Rimlands, Borderlands, Nepantla: Hemispheric Spatial Imaginaries and Entangled Epistemologies in the Americas". International Symposium "De-colonizing and TransArea-izing Knowledge-Production: Conflicts of Interpretation and Aspirations of Prospective TransArea-Studies", 24 – 25 June 2016, Univ. Rostock.

  • "U.S. Latinos: Marketing, Konsum und 'Racial Capital'". Guest lecture, University of St. Gallen, April 21, 2016.

  • "Global American Studies and Transregional Studies". International Conference "Ten Years Global Studies and 3rd EMGS Alumni Convention" Leipzig, November 26-27, 2015.

  • "Multiethnic, Multiracial – the Marketing of Ethnicity and Race in 21st Century America". Teacher Trainig Workshop, Leipzig, December 4, 2014.

  • "Interethnic Relations and Conflict in the U.S.“  Workshop "Imaginative Encounters: Interethnic Relations and Conflict in U.S. Cultural Productions", Leipzig, December 5, 2014.

  • “Reciprocal relationships: Indian and Barbary Captivity Narratives in the Early Republic”. 35th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference
    February 19-22, 2014, Albuquerque, NM.

  • "The St. Domingue Slave Revolt in American and British Women's writing. Leonora Sansay and Harriet Martineau" Keynote Lecture. International Cross-Currents: Women's (Net-)works Across Europe and the Americas. International Conference of the Center for US Studies/ Department for English and American Studies, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Leucorea Foundation, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, December 5-7, 2013.

  • "Multiraciality and “Racial Capital”: the Commodification of Mixed Racial Identity". Selling Ethnicity and Race. Consumerism and Representation in 21st-Century America, Nov. 6-8, 2013.

  • Diversity Roundtable (with Mita Banerjee and Karsten Fitz). Usable Pasts, Possible Futures: The DGfA/GAAS at Sixty. Anniversary Conference, Marburg,  Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2013.

  • "Transnationality and Temporality in Early African American Texts" Guest lecture, Englisches Seminar, University of Tübingen, January 15, 2013.

  • . “Latin America in post-revolutionary white and black collective identity discourses“. Annual Conference of the American Studies Association, San Juan,November 15-18, 2012.

  • “American Studies and Area Studies”.  10. International Summer School of the Graduate Center Humanities and Social Sciences, Universität Leipzig, 17. -20. September 2012.

  • “Diaspora and the Americas”. New /Hybrid Diasporas within Globalization. Inter-/Transidentity-Inter-/Transnation. Hebrew University Jerusalem, June 24 -26, 2012.

  • “Transnational Abolitionism”. Transcultural Literacy/Fulbright Lecture Series, University of Leipzig, May 9, 2012.

  • Temporal discourses about Latin America in U.S. American texts of the 1820s and 1830s”. Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. April 25-27, 2012, ASL Leipzig.

  • “Beyond the nation's borders – abolitionist African American texts about Latin America and the Caribbean”. Annual Conference of the National Association for African American Studies, Baton Rouge, Februar 13-16, 2012.

  • "Diasporic Identities – Hispanics in the United States". New Diasporas within Globalization. Inter-/Trans-identity - Inter-/Trans-nation. Ibero-Amerikanisches Forschungsseminar (IAFSL) in cooperation with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 6-10, 2011.

  • „Transracial identities, racial crossdressing and the 'booty revolution'“. International Association of American Studies, 5th World Conference – American Configurations. Rio de Janeiro, Gragoatá Campus, Niterói,  27.-29. Juli 2011.
  • “MexAmerica in the Arts” Gastvortrag am  Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Jena  (28.6.2011).
  • “'I suspect we got lost while crossing the border': Canadian Latino/a Writers and Latino Studies". Crisis, Response, and Recovery. International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, October 2010.
  • “Sneaking In Disorder: Anti-Catholicism, Cuba, and the South”. Early American Borderlands Conference, Society of Early Americanists, St. Augustine, Florida, May 2010.

  • “Transnational Rhetoric in Early Black and White U.S. Anti-Slavery Discourses”. 4th World Congress of the International American Studies Association, Beijing, September 2009.

  • “Hemispheric Voices: Haiti and Latin America in Early Black Writing”. Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (March 2009).

  • „Temporality and the Haitian Revolution in early African American writings”. Society of Early Americanists 6th Biennial Conference, Hamilton, Bermuda, March 2009.

  • “Amerikanische Grenzsituationen: die USA und Mexiko”. This is not America. Auslandsakademie des Cusanuswerkes, Bonn, (6 December 2008).

  • “Desfamiliarizar el espacio privado: El lugar en el arte de Pattsi Valdez”. Literatura, género y sus geografías culturales (Literature, Gender and its Cultural Geographies). Mexico D.F., September 2008.

  • A Country of the Americas? Rethinking Hemispheric Studies from Canada”. The Canadian Mosaic in the Age of Transnationalism. Universität Göttingen, July 2008.

  • “Adventure, Mystery and Romance: Women’s Popular Literature in post-bellum America”. Universität Bamberg (3 July 2008)

  • “African-Canadian Literature and the Americas”. Americanisms. Discourses of Exception, Exclusion,Exchange. Universität Bayreuth, January 2008.

  • “Canadian Fronteras: Guillermo Verdecchia and the Inter-American Paradigm”. Latina/o Images for the 21st Century: Interethnic Relations and Politics of Representation in the United States. Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung Bielefeld, January 2008.

  • “Cuban disorder, popular fiction, and early U.S. American national identity”. Universität Bayreuth (12 November 07).

  • “Priests in Drag: Anti-Catholicism, gender and race in Rosamond: or, a Narrative of the captivity and Sufferings of an American Female under the Popish Priests, in the Island of Cuba”. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien, Bochum/Dortmund, June 2007.

  • “Diskurse des Schreckens: Vietnam, Irak, und der amerikanische Horrorfilm”. Universität Passau, (26 January 2007).

  • “‘Like the eruptions of Vesuvius’: Transnationality and African American discourses of manhood in the early United States”. Interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung Transkulturalität und Geschlechterverhältnisse am Lateinamerika-Institut der FU Berlin (12 December 2006).

  • “The ‘Spanish’ woman in 19th Century U.S. Popular Women’s Literature” Of Fatherlands and Motherlands: Gender and Nation in the Americas /De Patrias y Matrias: Género y nación en las Américas. Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung der Universität Bielefeld, November 2006.

  • “Early Republican Iconographies of Blackness in a Hemispheric Context”. Word and Image. Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of New English Literatures. Universität Koblenz-Landau, May 2006.

  • “Visions of Columbus: Freneau and Barlow and the construction of a (trans)national history”. Biennial Conference of the European Association of American Studies, University of Nicosia, April 2006.

  • “Chicano/a Art between Nationalism and Transnationalism”. Freie Universität Berlin: Postcolonial Studies Seminar (5 April 2005).

  • “Documenting Horror: Representations of national violence in American Nightmare”. International Symposium Imaginations: Documentaries and the Narration of Nation in the Americas, Centerfor Interdisciplinary Studies, Universität Bielefeld, November 2005.

  • “Between the Old and the New World: Colonial travel writing and the ambiguity of signs”. Transatlantic Negotiations, Universität Frankfurt/Main, May 2005.

  • “Envisioning America beyond the nation: Feminist and Queer representations of Latino/a communal identity.” E Pluribus Unum?: National and Transnational Identities in the Americas / Identidades nacionales y transnacionales en las Américas. Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Universität Bielefeld, April 2005.

  • “Contesting Africanism: Early African American identity and the Haitian Revolution”. Transatlantic American Studies: Transcultural Visions of Identities in Images and Texts. Humboldt-Universität Berlin, February 2005.

  • “The Frontier as Lubberland: Transculturation in William Byrd’s History of the Dividing Line”. Jahrestagung der Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English (ASNEL/GNEL), Universität Frankfurt/Main, May 2004.

  • “Magical Urbanism? The Latino Claim on the American Imaginary”. Humboldt-University Berlin: DuBois Lecture Series of the Institute of American Studies (13 December 2004).

  • “Transnational Perspectives in Latino/a Cultural Production”. Cultural Interactions – 50 Years of American Studies in Germany, Universität München, June 2003.

  • “Movements in Chicano Art – From Nationalism to Tricksterism”. Universität Bielefeld: Institute of American Studies (14 May 2002).

  • “Die Frauenbewegungen in den USA”. Frauenkultur Leipzig e.V. (29 January 2001).

  • “‘Sun-Mad Raisins’ - The politics of humor at the US-Mexican border”. Americanization Globalization - Education. Universität Bremen, June 2001.

  • “Borderland Familias. The Construction of the Family in Contemporary Latino Literatures”. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg: Institut für Romanistik (20 June 2000).

  • “Reconceptualizing La Familia: Perspectives on the Family in recent Chicano/a Literature”. University of California, Berkeley: Department of Ethnic Studies (5 June 1999).

  • “Murals: Reappropriating urban space”. Universität Hannover: Englisches Seminar (26 October 1999).

  • “Literatura fronteriza/Border literature: Die literarische Produktion der Chicanos im Spiegel ihrer Anthologien”. Universität Wien: Institut für Romanistik (13 November 1998).

  • “Textualizing the hybrid: Chicano/a interlingualism in literary texts”. First MELUS Europe Conference. Universität Heidelberg, June 1998.

  • “Constructions of Mexico and Mexicanness in Chicano Texts”. The American Century. Leipzig, May 1998.

  • “Chicano/a Anthologies as a Means of Literary Self-Portrayal”. Free University of Berlin, John F. Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien (5 July 1996).

Membership in Editorial Boards

Interamericana: Inter-American Literary History and Culture (Peter Lang Verlag Frankfurt /New York)

Passagen: Transdisziplinäre Kulturperspektiven - Transdisciplinary Cultural Perspectives (Georg Olms-Verlag Hildesheim-Zürich-New York)

 

Honors, Awards, Distinctions

  • Guest Professor at Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University

  • Research Fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

  • Research Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation

  • Fulbright Scholarship

 

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