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Upcoming Events

WS 2021/ 2022

2021, Nov. 5, 4 p.m. (Zoom): Info Event on the Department's Exchange Program with the University of Rochester, organized by Dr. Björn Sonnenberg-Schrank.

This event is organized by the team of Prof. Dr. Hanjo Berressem. For more information, please contact ascologne@gmail.com.

 

2021, Nov. 16, 6 p.m. (Zoom): Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ed Folsom (U of Iowa): "Walt Whitman's Democratic Vistas," organized as part of the seminar "Masses, Classes, and the State in American Culture," taught by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Judith Rauscher.

This lecture is part of a course. If you want to join the talk and subsequent class discussion on Whitman's views on and hopes for American democracy, please contact american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de.

 

2021, Dec. 6, 5.30 - 7.30 p.m. (Zoom): Workshop "Ecomedia Writing: Local Practices, Transnational Conversations," organized by Verena Wurth (U of Cologne) and Dr. Stephen Rust (U of Oregon)

This workshop is not open to the general public. If you are a graduate student or researcher at the U of Cologne and would like to take part in the workshop, please contact Verena Wurth.

 

2022, Jan. 18, noon - 1.30 p.m. (Zoom): Guest Lecture by Maxi Albrecht (JFKI, HU Berlin): “‘Rise Up’: Class Conflict and Neoliberal Speculative Survival in The Walking Dead,” organized as part of the seminar "Masses, Classes, and the State in American Culture," taught by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Judith Rauscher.

This lecture is part of a course. If you want to join the talk and subsequent class discussion on neoliberalism and survival in contemporary speculative TV, please contact american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de.

 

Past Conferences

SoSe 2021

2021, Sept. 23-25 (Zoom): Conference "Speculative Fiction and Ethics," annual conference of the German Association for the Study of the Fantastic (GFF), organized by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Judith Rauscher (U of Cologne), Mareike Spychala (U of Bamberg), Sara Tewelde-Negassi (U of Cologne), Lorena Bickert (U of Bamberg)

Special Events:

  • Sept. 23: Keynote Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ingo Cornils (U of Leeds): "Dark Mirrors: German Science Fiction in the 21 Century"

  • Sept. 24: Author Reading by Sofia Samatar: "Fairy Tales for Robots"

  • Sept. 25,: Panel-Diskussion mit deutschen SFF Autor*innen: "Queere Fantastik: Gegenwart und Zukunft"

 

 

Past Workshops

WS 2020/ 2021

2021, Mar. 16-17: Workshop "Critical Environmental Education and American Popular Culture," co-organized by Prof. Dr. Betsy Wheeler (University of Oregon) supported by the Bayerische Forschungsallianz (BayFor)

 

2021, Feb. 4: Teach-In: "The 1776-Report and its Afterlives: Critical Reponses from American Studies," co-organized with Dr. Stefanie Schäfer (University of Vienna). Click here for a critical bibliography to the 1776-Report. 

 

Past Guest Lectures

SoSe 2021

2021, Jul. 7: Gastvortrag "Schwarzer Feminismus, Rassismus und Intersektionalität," von Dr. Natasha A. Kelly, organisiert von Verena Wurth mit Unterstützung des Amerikahaus NRW e.V. Köln

 

2021, Jul. 6: Guest Lecture "Refugee-Terrorist-Revolutionary: American War as Antiwar Literature," by Dr. Kelly Polasek (Wayne State University, USA)

 

2021, Jun. 8: Auerbach Lecture "Heaven’s Allotment: Contradictions of Class, Race, and Gender in the Melodramas of Douglas Sirk and Todd Haynes," by Prof. Dr. Sandy Flitterman-Lewis (Rutgers University, USA)

WS 2020/ 2021

2021, Jan. 11: Guest Lecture "Self and Things: A Posthumanist Reading of Sylvia Plath's Poetry," by Dr. Mahshid Mayar (University of Bielefeld)

 

2020, Dec. 21: Guest Lecture on Muriel Rukeyser and Poetry Reading by Dr. Laura Passin (Colorado, USA)

 

2020, Dec. 14: Guest Lecture "The Garden Poetry of Anne Spencer" by Prof. Dr. Melissa Zeiger (Dartmouth College, USA)

 

2020, Nov. 23: Guest Lecture "Emily Dickinson's Garden Ecology of Crisis" by Prof. Dr. Christine Gerhardt (University of Bamberg)