ASL celebrates fith issue of aspeers

On 18 April 2012, American Studies Leipzig celebrated the release of the fifth issue of aspeers: emerging voices in american studies, Europe’s first and currently only peer-reviewed graduate journal in American studies. In her welcoming words, Prof. Anne Koenen thanked Officer for Public Affairs, Teta M. Moehs for the continuing cooperation between American Studies Leipzig and the United States Consulate in Leipzig. Editor in chief Florian Bast then reflected on his personal experience of teaching aspeers for the first time, thanking his editors for the excellent working atmosphere and emphasizing the unique contributions each of them made in the process. With only four students, this year’s issue was edited by the smallest editorial team in the history of aspeers: Alexandra Hähnert, Máté Vince Horváth, Diana Labisch, and Sevara Pan.

The fifth edition of aspeers is organized around the topic of “American Food Cultures” with scholarly contributions by Felix Brinker (Hannover), Koen Potgieter (Groningen), Linda Richter (Berlin), and Sophie Spieler (Dresden). This year’s Professorial Voice is Dr. Andrew Warnes (University of Leeds), who contributed an article on food in Raymond Carver’s short stories. This year’s art section features works by Benjamin Bauer (Leipzig), Porochista Khakpour (New York), Kaelyn Weestrand (Shakopee, MN), and Simone Wessels (Leipzig).

aspeers is part of American Studies Leipzig’s MA program. During the project, the students select contributions, revise them together with the authors, edit them, and make them ready for publication. You can read the current and previous issues of aspeers for free on the journal’s website.


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