New Issue of aspeers: "American Bodies"

aspeers, the first and currently only peer-reviewed print journal for MA-level scholars of American studies in Europe, has just published its latest issue. Now in its fifteenth year, aspeers is edited as part of ASL’s MA program and aims to showcase the excellent scholarship done in American studies already on the graduate level.

This year’s issue focuses on the topic of “American Bodies.” It features graduate contributions by Christoph Friedrich Nostitz on “The Metalanguage of Border Crossing: The Deconstruction of Myth in Yuri Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World”; Carolina Faller Moura on “Cooking as Mestizaje in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s ‘Making Tortillas’: Reconciling Chicana Lesbian Identity through the Space of the Kitchen”; Solveig Kloss on “‘I Look Too Good Not to Be Seen’: Bodily Capital and ‘Realness’ in Pose”; and George Rainovon “‘It Was Just the Talking That Was Important’: Racial Capitalism and Black Affect in Walter Rodney’s ‘The Groundings with My Brothers,’” as well as two art contributions by Kate Whitney: “Mutant Ecologies” and “Stitched in the Past.” In addition, the issue contains an interview about “Disability, Bodies, and Otherness” with the author Kenny Fries, an introduction by the graduate editors, and a brief foreword.

As in previous years, MA students in their first semester of American studies reviewed, selected, edited, and finally published the issue throughout the past winter semester. This year’s issue was put together by Richard Aude, Katharina Austilat, Parker Billinghurst, Owen D. Dennehy, Max Vincent Hahnemann, Charlie Kleinfeld, Leonie M. J. Kratzenstein, Lena K. Mai, Céline Maurer, Anna Poteshkina, Vivian Sadlik, Laura S. Martin, Valeska Scardi, and Nadine Stüpfert, with ASL faculty Annika Schadewaldt and Stefan Schubert as general editors. Peter Hintz served as editorial assistant, and Laura Michelle Pröger managed the backoffice.

The issue is now available online (open access) and in print.