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Objectivism, Narrative Agency, and the Politics of Choice in the Video Game BioShock

Schubert, Stefan. "Objectivism, Narrative Agency, and the Politics of Choice in the Video Game BioShock." Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture. Ed. Sebastian M. Herrmann et al. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. 271-89. Print.

'Lose Yourself': Narrative Instability and Unstable Identities in Black Swan

Schubert, Stefan. "'Lose Yourself': Narrative Instability and Unstable Identities in Black Swan." COPAS 14.1 (2013): 1-17. Web.

Spatial Fictions - Antebellum South

Research Project by
Deniz Bozkurt

My (ongoing) dissertation project Spatial Fictions in Antebellum American Writings about the Southern Peripheries of the United States focuses on spatial imaginations regarding the Southern peripheries of the US in the nineteen-century fictional and non-fictional literature. Laden with controversies such as discussions on slavery and abolition, territorial expansion and annexation, sectionalism, secessionism and unionism, industrialization and agricultural reforms, the literature on the nineteenth-century South a wide range of diverse spatial projections than the canonical spatial metanarratives, which evolve around concepts like Manifest Destiny, Errand into the Wilderness, and the Frontier, offer. While these metanarratives often contradicted the lived-realities of the region, the South was located in “the national imagery” that they constructed as the peripheral “internal other” to the US.

The main objective of this dissertation is, thus, to create a more heterogeneous and complex representation of spatial imagination regarding the American South in an era where the nation consolidation was accompanied and complicated by geographical expansion. Concentrating on the narratives about important events and debates of the era for the South like filibustering expeditions to Cuba and Nicaragua, and Southern independence and slavery, the first discursive complex of this projects aims at exploring geographical imaginations that envision the South as the center of a Southern empire that extends beyond the presumed borders of the South and reaches as far as Brazil. In the second part, texts by African-American and abolitionist authors who established invisible networks in space and time that spread from the Southern US to as far as Africa through shared experiences and expectations in their works will be read to draw an alternative landscape of spatial imaginations that is distinct from the texts that will be explored in the first discursive complex.

Picador Reading with Daniel Pena

Date: 
30. Nov 19:00 - 21:00

Please join us for Picador Professor Daniel Peña's reading at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 9-11) on Thursday, November 30, 7pm!

You can find out more about Prof. Peña's works and activities on his faculty page. More information about the event can be found in the attached poster and flyer.

Contact Us!

The ASLAA is always searching for new members! We look forward to both new members joining us to enrich and broaden our network and to those ready to take action to help us organize our events. Please do not hesitate to contact us!

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We look forward to meeting you!

Roundtables

With our Professional Roundtables we offer the perfect opportunity for students currently enrolled in the American Studies Leipzig programs to connect and network with alumni. More specifically, these events offer a chance to explore the variety of career paths open to graduates of American studies. Students can get in touch with these alumni and benefit from their professional experience and their career choices. 

Workshops

Since its founding, the ASLAA has initiated and hosted a variety of workshops. Our workshops engage in different topics each semester. Participants benefit greatly as they get the chance to expand and improve their skill sets.

 

20171Oct

Writing Orientation I/II/III

With the beginning of the new Semester, ASL is offering three workshops on academic writing geared to the three BA cohorts, firstyears, secondyears, and thirdyears. The workshops are held by Katherine Protano.

  • Oct. 9, 5-7pm, GWZ 3 5.15: Writing Orientation I (entering class of 2017)
  • Oct. 10, 5-7pm, GWZ 2 5.16: Writing Orientation II (second-year BA students)
  • Oct. 11, 5-7pm, GWZ 2 5.16: Writing Orientation III (third-year BA students)

 

201729Sep

Collaborative Research Centre Offers Workshops on Interdisciplinary Academic Writing

University of Leipzig's Collaborative Research Centre 1199 will be offering a series of workshops aimed at writing, organizing and research in an academic setting in an interdisciplinary context.

Workshops begin on October 9 2017. For further information, workshop dates, as well as locations of workshops, please consult the website of the Research Centre 1199 at the link below.

Student Council Bar Hopping

Date: 
13. Oct 18:00 - 14. Oct 03:00

 

Student Council Bar Hopping​

​If you are a student starting your BA or MA in American Studies, you do not want to miss the traditional bar hopping event organized by the student council.

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