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Faculty members have published widely on various topics such as the history of immigration, transatlantic relations, popular culture, consumer culture, the gothic tradition, border concepts and identities, ecology and landscape, thereby reflecting the multifaceted and interdisciplinary character of scholarship at the Institute for American Studies in Leipzig.

Recent publications include:

  • Sebastian M. Herrmann, Alice Hofmann, Katja Kanzler, and Frank Usbeck: Participating Audiences, Imagined Public Spheres: The Cultural Work of Contemporary American(ized) Narratives. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2012. Print.
  • Sebastian M. Herrmann. “Something New and Undefined” in Participating Audiences, Imagined Public Spheres: The Cutural Work of Contemporary American(ized) Narratives.
  • Frank Usbeck. "'Don't Forget About Us, Because We Can't Forget You.' A Narrative Approach to the Concept of 'Community' in American Soldier Blogs" in Participating Audiences, Imagined Public Spheres: The Cutural Work of Contemporary American(ized) Narratives.
  • Florian Bast, Alexandra Hähnert, Máté Vince Horváth, Diana Labisch, and Sevara Pan, eds. aspeers: emerging voices in american studies 5 (2012).
  • Florian Bast. "‘No.’: The Narrative Theorizing of Embodied Agency in Octavia Butler's Kindred" Extrapolation. 53.2 (2012): 151-81.
  • Frank Usbeck. "'My Blog is My Therapy.' The Sense of Community and Ritual in American Military Blogs." Journal of Military Experience, Vol. 2. July 2012.
  • Frank Usbeck. "'We are Indigenous!' National Socialist Constructions of German Indigeneity and the American Indian Image During the Third Reich." In Middell, Matthias, and Ulf Engel (eds.): Erinnerungskulturen in transkultureller und transnationaler Perspektive. Transnationalisierung und Regionalisierung vom 18. Jh. bis zur Gegenwart. Vol. 5. 2012.
  • Frank Usbeck. "'Fighting Like Indians.' The 'Indian Scout Syndrome' in American and German War Reports of World War II." In Fitz, Karsten: Visual Representations of Native Americans. Transnational Contexts and Perspectives. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 125-43.
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. “Documenting Horror: The American Nightmare and the narration of nation”. In: Daniela Noll-Opitz, Sebastian Thies, and Josef Raab (eds.), Screening the Americas: Narration of Nation in Documentary Film / Proyectando las Américas: Narración de la nación en el cine documental. Trier: WTV, 2011
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. „Geschichte der 'spanischen' USA (vom spanischen Kolonialbesitz bis zur hispanoamerikanischen Immigration)“ in: Joachim Born, Robert Folger, Christopher F. Laferl und Bernhard Pöll (Hrsg.), Handbuch Spanisch. Spanien und Hispanoamerika. Sprache – Literatur – Kultur. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2011.
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. “Priests in Drag: Anti-Catholicism, gender and the (trans)national in Rosamond: or, a Narrative of the captivity and Sufferings of an American Female under the Popish Priests, in the Island of Cuba”. Religion in the United States. Eds. Christine Gerhardt, Jeanne Cortiel, Kornelia Freitag, Michael Wala. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011.
  • Sebastian M. Herrmann, Carolin Betker, Stefan Ecke, Katharina Freitag, Christina Harms, Nadezhda N. Panchenko, Marianne Polkau, Bettina Schuster, and Christiane Vogel, eds. aspeers: emerging voices in american studies 4 (2011).
  • Florian Bast and Marie-Louise Löffler. "Bites from the Margins: Contemporary African American Women’s Vampire Literature." Kultur und Geschlecht 8 (2011).
  • Florian Bast, Anne Grob, Sebastian M. Herrmann, Franziska Kloth, Frank Usbeck, guest eds. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 12 (2011).
  • Florian Bast. "Reading Red: The Troping of Trauma in Toni Morrison's Beloved." Callaloo. 34.4 (2011): 1069-86.
  • Katja Schmieder. "Weird Economies: Fictionalizing Reproduction, Medicalization, and Gender." in: Eva Boesenberg, Reinhard Isensee and Martin Klepper (eds.) American Economies. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011.
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. “Visions of Columbus: Revolutionary poets and the creation of a (trans)national history”. Making National Bodies: (Non-)Conformism and the Early Republic. Eds. Astrid Fellner and Stefan Brandt. WvT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2010.
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. “Transculturation in Colonial North America: William Byrd's History of the Dividing Line”. Passagen. Hybridity, Transmediealité, Transculturalidad. Eds. René Ceballos et al. Hildesheim, Zurich, New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2010.
  • Sebastian M. Herrmann, Ines Krug, Andreas Mooser, Julia Neugebauer, Eleonora Ravizza, Stefan Schubert, Bailing Qin, Franziska Wenk, and Maria Zywietz, eds. aspeers: emerging voices in american studies 3 (2010).
  • Florian Bast. "‘I won't always ask.’ Complicating Agency in Octavia Butler's Fledgling." Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 11 (2010).
  • Crister Garrett. "To Weimar and Back? Poland, the United States, and the Transatlantic Security Space", in, Andrzej Mania and Lukasz Wordliczek eds., The United States and the World: From Imitation to Challenge (2009).
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. “Reimagining America: Postnational Perspectives in Chicano Border Discourses”. E Pluribus Unum? National and Transnational Identities in the Americas. Eds. Sebastian Thies and Josef Raab. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2009.
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. “Precursors of Hemispheric Writing: Latin America, the Caribbean, and Early U.S. American Identity”. Transnationalism and the New Local. Eds. Francisco Lomelí and Marc Priewe. New York: Palgrave/McMillan 2009.
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. “African-Canadian Literature and the Americas”. Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange. Ed. Michael Steppat. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009.
  • Sebastian M. Herrmann "“Ruled By Fiction?” ‘Real’ Deception and Narrative Truth in Frank Rich’s The Greatest Story Ever Sold." copas 10 (2009).
  • Sebastian M. Herrmann, Tanja N. Aho, Ingrid Betz, Franziska Böhme, Susan Büttner, Benedikt M. Schäfer, Isabel M. J. Simão, eds. aspeers: emerging voices in american studies 2 (2009).
  • Crister Garrett. "Seeing 'Eye to Eye'? German Perceptions and German-American Politics after the 2008 Presidential Election". Harvard International Review (e-edition). December 2008.
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. The Americas in the 19th Century – Inter-American Perspectives. American Studies/ Amerikastudien 53.1 (2008) (Eds. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez and Markus Heide. Heidelberg: Winter)
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. “Nineteenth Century Literature and Inter-American Studies”. Introduction to Spec. issue of The Americas in the 19th Century – Inter-American Perspectives. Amerikastudien/American Studies 53.1 (2008) (with Markus Heide)
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. “Blurring the boundaries of gender: The strong “Spanish” woman as a motif in 19th century U.S. American female popular fiction”. American Studies/ Amerikastudien 53.1 (2008).
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. “Haiti and the Formation of Early African American Identities”. Transcultural Visions of Identities in Images and Texts. Eds. Wilfried Raussert and Reinhard Isensee. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008.
  • Sebastian M. Herrmann, Heather Carmody, Alexandra Pitzing, Lisa Sylvia Schönmeier, Lars Weise, eds. aspeers: emerging voices in american studies 1 (2008).
  • Anne Koenen, Katja Kanzler, Zoe A. Kusmierz, Leonard Schmieding, Sebastian M. Herrmann (eds). Ambivalent Americanizations: Popular and Consumer Culture in Central and Eastern Europe. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. 2008.
  • Hartmut Keil. "Francis Lieber’s Attitudes on Race, Slavery, and Abolition.", in: Journal of American Ethnic History. Vol 28, 1 (Fall 2008).
  • Hartmut Keil. "The Emergence of Chicago's Multiethnic Labor Movement," in: Tales of Two Cities / Stadtgeschichten: Hamburg & Chicago, ed. Claudia Schnurmann, vol. 2 (Berlin 2006).
  • Hartmut Keil. "Das Verhältnis deutscher Immigranten zu Sklaverei und Abolition in der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts," in: Migration und Erinnerung. Reflexionen über Wanderungserfahrungen in Europa und Nordamerika, Hg. Christiane Harzig (Göttingen 2006).
  • Hartmut Keil. Transatlantic Cultural Contexts: Essays in Honor of Eberhard Brüning. Tübingen: Stauffenberg, 2005.
  • Anne Koenen. With Ludwig Stockinger, "Kulturkritik und Amerikanisierung. Konzept einer amerikanistisch-germanistischen Lehrveranstaltung" in Christa Grimm, Ilse Nagelschmidt, Ludwig Stockinger (Hrg.), Theorie und Praxis der Kulturstudien. (Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2003).
  • Anne Koenen. With Brigitte Georgi-Findlay, "Reactions to September 11: Political Rhetorics and Intellectual Reactions", Amerikastudien. American Studies, 47, 1 (2002).
  • Anne Koenen. "'What do you keep cows for?' Mail-Order Catalogs and Consumerism in Rural Areas of the US, 1900-1930", Journal for the Studies of British Cultures. Vol. 11, no. 2 (2/2004): 205-216.
  • Crister Garrett. “The Many Minds on American Multilateralism, and the Management of Transatlantic Relations.” Washington, D.C.: American Institute of Contemporary German Relations (AICGS). Working Paper Series, “Challenges in Transatlantic Relations”. June 2004. 28 Pages.
  • Crister Garrett. “Amerikas Präsidentschaftswahl 2004 und der Wandel der transatlantischen Beziehungen,” im Torsten Oppelland Hg., Die USA im Wahljahr 2004 (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2005): 215-234.
  • Crister Garrett. “Ein Brückenschlag zwischen ‚altem‘ und ‚neuem‘ Europa“ („A Bridging Between ‚old‘ and ‚new‘ Europe“). Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte. No. 14, 2006: 5-11.
  • Katja Kanzler. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations: The Multicultural Evolution of Star Trek. Heidelberg: Winter, 2004.
  • Katja Kanzler, Heike Paul (eds.). Amerikanische Populärkultur in Deutschland: Case Studies Past and Present. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2002.
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. "Übersetzungskultur in der DDR eine Fallstudie". Übersetzung - Translation - Traduction. Ein internationales Handbuch zur Übersetzungsforschung, Bd.II. Hgg. H. Kittel, A.P. Frank, N. Greiner, Th. Hermans, W. Koller, J. Lambert, F. Paul. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2006.
  • Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez. MexAmerica: Genealogien und Analysen postnationaler Diskurse in der kulturellen Produktion /von Chicanos / as. Heidelberg: Winter, 2005.
  • Zoe A. Kusmierz. "Carries im Wunderland: Konsum, Raum und gender von Carrie Meeber bis Carrie Bradshaw." Screening Gender. Ed. Heike Paul. Literatur Verlag. 2008.
  • Zoe A. Kusmierz. "A Heterotopia of Fantasy and Reality: Observations on the Mall of America." Conference Proceedings: Leisure and Liberty. Ed. Pierre Lagayette. Sorbonne, Paris. forthcoming.


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