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Call for Proposals -- American Studies Leipzig Graduate Conference

We are proud to announce the Call for Proposals for next year's annual American Studies Leipzig graduate conference. 

Focusing on the work of graduate students, this conference provides a platform for emerging scholars of American studies and related fields to present their research, get inspiration, and build on their network. The submission deadline is January 21, 2018.

Please help us spread the word on our new Call for Proposals by sharing this with your friends and fellow BA, MA, and PhD students!

ASL's Secretariat: Temporary Office Hours

American Studies Leipzig's secretariat is open again.

Our temporary office hours are:

Monday - Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

You can also contact us via email
americanstudies@uni-leipzig.de
and phone (0341) 97 37330.

Claudia Müller

I'm currently on a one-person study tour through the US to research the ongoing presidential elections. I will post larger, in depth-pieces to American Studies Leipzig's election blog and will use my personal blog below to report on the everyday encounters. More information on my journey is also available in this news item. Please enjoy reading, and please comment or ask questions.

201715Dec

Updated: Exam Dates Winter Semester 2017/18

Literature and Culture I (04-001-1001)

Lecture: American Literature: Beginnings to Present (Prof. Junker):

  • January 31, 2018 (written exam, 90 minutes, between 1:00 – 3:00 pm)

Seminars (Schadewaldt, Becker, Schubert) and Tutorials (Prüßing, Burkhardt):

  • Take-home essay due on February 14, 2018

 

iTASK (international, interdisciplinary, integrated: Technical, Academic, Soft, and Career Skills) (04-001-1004)

20174Dec

Dr. Schmieder's Office Hours Canceled on Wednesday, 6th Dec

Please excuse any inconvenience.

20173Dec

Dr. Herrmann's Office Hours Canceled on Monday, 3. Dec

Office Hours for Dr. Herrmann have to be canceled on Monday, 4. December, due to the Digital Humanities Day in the University Library. For all urgent matters, you can find him at the Poster Slam in the UBL, right across the street.

Transnationality and Temporality in Early African American Texts

The essay argues that it is necessary to complicate spatial approaches to nationality by an acknowledgment of the equally important function of temporality in the imaginative constructions of the nation. The movement “beyond the nation” is not necessarily only a movement away from a particular territory but can also be a movement away from a particular temporal narrative.

Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabriele. “Transnationality and Temporality in Early African American Texts”. In The International Turn in American Studies, eds. Marietta Messmer and Armin Paul Frank. Interamericana 7 (Frankfurt: Lang, 2015): 209–230.

Racial Ambiguity and Racial Capital: Marketing the Postracial Melting Pot

The essay investigates how racialization is employed as a form of capital at a time when multiracial figures have taken center-stage in fashion magazines, films, and the music scene and are imbued in the media with utopian visions of a ‘postracial’ future. I argue that racial ambiguity is commercially exploited as a resource, both to commodify racialization and to make it appear structurally irrelevant at the same time.

Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabriele. “Racial Ambiguity and Racial Capital: Marketing the Postracial Melting Pot”. In 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): 99–116.

Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective

Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabrielle and Markus Heide, eds. Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. Frankfurt and New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Print. Interamericana Series.

Selling Ethnicity and Race - Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America

Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabrielle, Frank Usbeck, Anne Grob and Maria Lippold, eds. Selling Ethnicity and Race: Consumerism and Representation in Twenty-First-Century America. WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag: Trier. 2015. Print. Mosaic. Studien und Texte zur amerikanischen Kultur und Geschichte, Band 57.

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