Ankündigungen Konferenzen, Tagungen und Gastvorträge

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies "Crossroads and Transgressions: Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds"

Throughout his rich literary career, Cormac McCarthy has consistently explored the intersections of different modes of thinking and creative practices. Reflecting his stated view that the novel can “encompass all the various disciplines and interests of humanity” (Woodward 1992), McCarthy’s work navigates between artistic and scientific discourses as readily as it interweaves various fields of knowledge and genres from chaos theory and legal history to English poetry and the Western. His fiction mediates between different worlds insofar as the stylistic and thematic trajectories of his fiction can be considered a narrative negotiation of opposed discourses and perspectives on the world, such as cognitive science and religious experience, realism and romanticism, or ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture.

While much has been said about spatial border crossings in McCarthy’s work, this conference invites readers and scholars to consider McCarthy’s other crossings, from the intersections of literature and science to his stylistic and generic crossovers.

Among the prevalent intersections between oppositional perspectives on the world in McCarthy’s corpus is the space between mind and matter, and, more specifically, the liminal zone between the interiority of character psychology and the exteriority of the American wilderness.

With a special nod to the ten-year anniversary of The Road and its reception, there are the precarious boundaries between order and disorder, life and death, meaning and nothing, but also McCarthy’s transition—to many the most scandalous—from writer’s writer to Oprah elect and Hollywood insider. These spaces between worlds—whether disciplinary, institutional, aesthetic, or existential—can be described in many ways. Chief among them are the typical McCarthian notions of ‘crossroads’—connoting at once a convergence and the place of choice between alternatives, that is, the ideal (or illusion) of deciding on one’s own fate—and of ‘transgression’—the crossing of a normative boundary, as many of his maladjusted characters do, but also the place of choice in the making. McCarthy’s work is a continuous engagement with the former notion of a crossroads, the conflict between agency and determinism, and since the 1990s he has increasingly blurred the boundaries between literary and genre fiction. We could also say, he has transgressed these boundaries as part of the constant re-invention of his unique style as a novelist.

The conference will be held from July 7-9, 2016, at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin. It is co-organized with the University of Cologne, the University of Paderborn, and the Cormac McCarthy Society.

Gastvortrag von Elisabeth Bronfen (Zürich)

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen (Zürich) hält am 25.06.2013 einen Vortrag zum Thema "Auf der Suche nach Kleopatra: Das Nachleben einer kulturellen Ikone". Der Vortrag, der vom internationalen Forschungskolleg Morphomata in Kollaboration mit GeStiK ausgerichtet wird, ist öffentlich. Alle Interessenten sind herzlich willkommen.

Workshop: Reading Australia

Im Rahmen von Prof. Dr. Sue Kossews Gastprofessur findet diesen Donnerstag (27.06.2013) ab 16 Uhr ein Workshop zum Thema "Reading Australia: Transnational Encounters" statt. Alle Interessenten sind herzlich willkommen.

Im Rahmen von Prof. Sue Kossews Australian Studies Gastprofessur an der Universität zu Köln findet am 27.6. ab 16 Uhr ein Workshop zum Thema Reading Australia: Transcultural Encounters statt. Der Workshop ist öffentlich; alle Interessenten sind herzlich willkommen.

"Indigenous Knowledge - Issues of Cultural Transfer and Transformation"

Symposium at the English Department, University of Cologne
July 5 & 6, 2011

Organised by Prof. Dr. Beate Neumeier (University of Cologne)

The symposium is part of a collaboration between the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the R. Marika chair for Australian and Indigenous Studies at the English Department of the University of Cologne with its current chair, Bill Ashcroft. It will focus on the topic of indigenous knowledge with regard to its transfer and the related implications. One aim is to trace cultural transfer and transformation of indigenous knowledge in today’s Australian society. The central aspects of post- and neo-colonial repression and strategies of resistance, destructive and creative cultural mis-communication, possibilities and constraints of reconciliation and reassertion will be dealt with. Possibilities of an essential reassessment of inter- and trans-cultural exchange will be discussed. This approach will take the form of lectures as well as public discussions by and between internationally renowned experts from Australia like Bill Ashcroft, Kay Schaffer, Kim Scott, Anna Haebich, Philip Mead, Stephen Muecke, Jacqueline Lo and Anne Brewsterand the German-speaking area, Patricia Plummer, Katrin Althans, Heinz Antor, Norbert Finzsch, Eleonore Wildburger un Beate Neumeier.

The general fields addressed are: "Indigenous Knowledge: Issues of Languages and Cultures", "Indigenous Cultures: Past and Present", "Transfer of Knowledge: Literatures", and "Transfer of Knowledge: Performance and Art".


Gastvortag von Prof. Dr. Ian Brown

Prof. Ian Brown (Kingston University, London):
"Creative choices in Scots language use in contemporary poetry and drama"
Monday, 30th May
10:00 - 11:30 in S01 (neues Seminargebäude)

Gastvortrag und Filmvorführung mit Maurice Fitzpatrick

Gastvortrag und Filmvorführung mit
Maurice Fitzpatrick
(Drehbuchautor u. Schriftsteller, The Boys of St Columb’s)
Freitag 3 Juni
16:30h – 18:30h in Hörsaal XXIV - René König-Hörsaal (WISO-Gebäude)
Nach Vortrag und Filmvorführung wird eine Frage- und Antwort-Sitzung stattfinden.
Contact: Dr. Dan O'Hara: dan.o-hara(at) / 0221 470 2979

Antrittsvorlesung Prof. Bill Ashcroft

Tagung Deleuze and Cinema

Laufende Forschungsprojekte

  • Dr. R. Marika-Lehrstuhl für Australian Studies im Rahmen des DAAD-Gastdozentenprogramms
  • gender forum: An Internet Platform for Gender and Women's Studies
  • gender Inn: Die Internet-Datenbank zur Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung
  • IBIS: Initiative for Bilingual Studies - ausgezeichnet mit dem Europäischen Sprachensiegel 2007.
  • Visualising Australia: Sign/Languages and questions of performance mit Dany Adone (Lehrstühle Prof. Neumeier und Prof. Adone)
  • Aspects of Inter- and Transculturalism in contemporary Australian Writing in English mit Heinz Antor (Lehrstühle Prof. Neumeier und Prof. Antor)
  • Minima Rhetorica (dt.)
  • Poems, Plays, and Prose: A Guide to the Theory of Literary Genres (Dr. Jahn)
  • EUROBABEL: "Endangered Sign Languages in Village Communities" (Lehrstuhl Prof. Adone)
  • Port in Air: englischsprachiges Theaterprojekt geleitet von Dr. Aczel 


Abgeschlossene Forschungsprojekte

  • Forschungsprojekt "Modernity in England: Marginality and the Transgression of Boundaries from a Gender Studies Perspective" (DFG)


Zurückliegende Konferenzen und Workshops:

  • 2010: Sixth International LESLLA Symposium 2010 - Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (LESLLA) for Adults. 26.-28. August 2010 in Köln (Lehrstuhl Prof. Bongartz)
  • 2010: Gender and Difference with Chris Weedon (Cardiff): 20.-23. Mai 2010 (Lehrstuhl Prof. Neumeier)
  • 2009: Konferenz Gothic Renaissance with Elisabeth Bronfen: Zürich, 03.-04.12.2009 (Lehrstuhl Prof. Neumeier)
  • 2009: Konferenz im September 2009: The Rediscovery of India through Theatre and Cinema with Nilufer Bharucha (Mumbai) and Sridhar Rajeswaran (Kachchh) (Lehrstuhl Prof. Neumeier)
  • 2009: African Sign Languages Workshop: Eintägiger Workshop im Rahmen von WOCAL (17.-21. August 2009, Uni Köln). Kooperation der Lehrstühle von Prof. Adone und der Prof. Kaul (Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät)
  • 2009: SPCL 2009 Conference (Society for Pidgin and Creole Languages): 11.-14. August an der Uni Köln (Lehrstuhl Prof. Adone)
  • 2009: CONNECTdeleuze: Transdisciplinary Perspectives [2. International Deleuze Studies Conference]. 03.-07.08.2009 (Lehrstuhl Berressem)
  • 2005: deleuzian events: writing|history. 30.06.-02.07.2005 (Lehrstuhl Berressem)
  • 2004: deleuze: n-1. 01.-03.07.2004 (Lehrstuhl Berressem)
  • 2002: Pynchon|Germany - site-specific: From Aachen to Zwölfkinder. 14-16.06.2002 (Lehrstuhl Berressem)