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Summer School: International Summer Academy for Doctoral Students in American Studies

First International Summer Academy for Doctoral Students in American Studies

American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective:
Cultural Mobility and Intercultural Exchange
May 9 to 23, 2009 in Munich

Please see the attachment for more details.


PhD scholarships for projects in migration studies

The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius requests applications for 6-8 Ph.D. Scholarships in migration studies.

The Bucerius Ph.D. scholarship program in migration studies “Settling Into Motion” offers up to eight scholarships for Ph.D. theses addressing migration in changing societies. For 2009 proposals studying “Migration, Development and the Environment” are especially welcome. Qualified Ph.D. students of - in a broad sense - social sciences can apply until 25 February 2009.


American Studies ??? - Job and Career Opportunities

The BA of 2006 will hold a conference on job opportunities for American studies graduates. Among the guests are Simon Koschut (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik), Joachim Stamm (Cultura), Beate Renker (Amerikanisches Generalkonsulat Leipzig), and Yvonne Walter (Zeitgeschichtliches Forum). See the attached poster for more information.


Reading by Stewart O'Nan

On Wednesday, 8pm, acclaimed US-american writer Stewart O'Nan will read from his novel Songs for the Missing. The reading takes place at the Haus des  Buches.


Inauguration Event Draws Enormous Crowd

Today's inauguration event drew an unexpected crowd as over 200 people showed up for a live viewing of President Obama taking the oath of office, the inauguration speech, and discussions. On the panel, American Studies Leipzig faculty discussed with Consul General Katherine Brucker, and affiliated faculty joining the discussion from Oklahoma and Washington DC.


Picador Guest Professor Nancy Kress Reads on Jan 8

American Studies Leipzig cordially invites you to join Picador Guest Professor Nancy Kress's public reading on 8 January, 8pm, at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.

On January 8, 8pm, Nancy Kress will read her story "Patent Infringement" at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig. Julia Kastein (MDR) will moderate the discussion with graphic artist and director Schwarwel and the audience. The reading will be accompanied by live DJ music (DJ Haircut, Ilses Erika).


2008 Books at the Frank Freidel Library

Below, please find the list of 2008 acquisitions for the Frank Freidel Library. A few more volumes are still pending and we will update the list in January. Please feel free to suggest books to be ordered in 2009 using our order page.


Survey on the Future of the Bachelor Wahlbereich / Zweitfach

The future of the Bachelor Wahlbereich is currently under discussion. Among the possible models for the future are: an improved version of the Wahlbereich, a Zweitfach-solution, as well as other forms of Kombi-Bachelors.

As the institute is working to position itself in these discussions, we ask for feedback on these issues from Bachelor students. We have thus prepared a survey that we would like you to respond to.


CANCELED. [Picador Guest Professor Nancy Kress Reads in Berlin]

Due to a family emergency, the below event has to be canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

On 11th. December 2008, 19hrs, the 2008/09 Picador Guest Professor for Literature Nancy Kress will read in Berlin at the Museum The Kennedys. The reading will be moderated by former American Studies Leipzig faculty Dr. Catrin Gersdorf.


For the Addicts: Fighting the Post-Election Hangover

For those of us who got used to checking out the latest polling data starting around 6pm in the afternoon and making this a central element of their procrastination schedule, the election was a real bummer. Not because of the result, but because the numbers game is over now.

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