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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.

201727Nov

Lecture on Figures of Predators in Oral Narratives of North American Plains Indians

On Tuesday, November 28 @ 7pm, Tobias Enge and the Geographical Society Leipzig will hold a lecture at the Grassimuseum Leipzig focusing on figures of predators in oral narrative traditions of North American Plains Indians.

For more information on the event, please see the attached invitiation.

201727Nov

Apply for a Marketing/Communication Position at MVZ Labor Leipzig

The MVZ Labor Leipzig is currently looking for applicants to work as marketing/communication associates and develop the Labor's website, as well as further upkeep of the company's online presence.

Foundational knowledge of Typo3 and text creation is required, as well as experience and/or background in online marketing and social media management.

For a full list of requirements and application information, please see the attached notice.

201725Nov

ASL Launches new DFG-funded Research Network on "Narrative Liminality"

American Studies Leipzig is launching a new DFG-funded Research Network. The research initiative aims to explore the symbolic operations that take place in the liminal area between narrative and other symbolic forms (such as data/bases, play, ritual, etc). It thus seeks to complement American studies' interest in narrative, surging since the narrative turn, by an interest in other symbolic forms.

Psychoanalysis and Beyond: Analyzing Hannibal Lecter

Schmieder, Katja. "Psychoanalysis and Beyond: Analyzing Hannibal Lecter." Approaches to American Cultural Studies. Ed. Antje Dallmann, Eva Boesenberg and Martin Klepper. London/New York: Routledge, 2016. 156-166. Print.

"'Do Not Cross' - TV Women Doctors Trespassing on Male Territory

Schmieder, Katja. "'Do Not Cross' - TV Women Doctors Trespassing on Male Territory." Communicating Disease: Cultural Representations of American Medicine. Ed. Carmen Birkle and Johanna Heil. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013.

Weird Economies: Fictionalizing Reproduction, Medicalization, and Gender

Schmieder, Katja. "Weird Economies: Fictionalizing Reproduction, Medicalization, and Gender." American Economies. Ed. Eva Boesenberg, Reinhard Isensee, and Martin Klepper. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011.

201714Nov

Silent Movie Evening and Interdisciplinary Conference on US and former Soviet Union

On the 17.-18. November, join the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Verein Weimarer Republik for an interdisciplinary examination of the cultural, societal and political dichotomy between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

The opening takes place on November 16 at the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig at 7.30pm with a screening of silent movies.

For more information, schedule and registration, please visit the link below:

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