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Upcoming Events WS 2022/23

WS  2022/2023

2022, Oct. 13 -14 (a.r.t.e.s/ Room Skyfall): Symposium: "Eco-temporalities and Geo-politics," organized by Verena Wurth, Friederike Ahrens, Sarah Mund, Lorenzo Gineprini, Felix Lussem (members of the Environmental Humanities Reading Group of a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School.

The workshop "Eco-temporalities and Geo-politics" takes place in cooperation with MESH and is co-funded by the Competence Area IV, University of Cologne, and the AG Eco Media. In order to register for the event and receive the Zoom information, please contact ehrg-artes@uni-koeln.de

 

2022, Oct. 25, 2 p.m. (via Zoom): Guest Lecture by Prof. Julia Leyda (Norwegian University of Science and Technology): "Theorizing Black Anthroposcreens: Queen Sugar and Black Panther,” organized as part of the seminar "OS: Ecocriticism and Mobility Studies" taught by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Judith Rauscher.

In order to register for the guest lecture and receive the Zoom information, please contact american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de.

 

2022, Nov. 9, 2:30 p.m. (via Zoom): Guest Lecture by Prof. David Caplan (Dedman College): "Erasure as Creative Poetry Writing,organized as part of the seminar “MS: Poetry of Erasure: Theory and Practice,” taught by Dr. Mahshid Mayar.

This guest lecture will take place online. If you want to join the talk and subsequent discussion, please contact american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de.

 

2022, Nov. 29, 4 p.m. (via Zoom): Guest Lecture by Prof. Catherine Larochelle (U of Montréal): "Canadian Childhoods in the 19th Century,” organized as part of the seminar “PSSP: American Childhoods Through Literature and Culture,” taught by Dr. Mahshid Mayar.

This guest lecture will take place online. If you want to join the talk and subsequent discussion, please contact american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de.

 

2022, Dec. 21, 2 p.m. (Building 103/ Room S63): Guest lecture by Anne Korfmacher (U of Cologne): “TV Series and Fan Podcasts,” organized as part of the seminar "PSSP: New Golden Age TV: Crimes and Other Disasters," taught by Verena Wurth.

This lecture will take place in a room with limited seating. If you want to join the talk and subsequent discussion, please contact american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de.

 

2023, Jan. 9, 4 p.m. (Building 106/ Room S16): Guest lecture by Dr. Ina Batzke (U of Augsburg): “Gender, Race, Reproduction – and Vampires? Interrogating Reproductive Ideologies in Octavia E. Butler’s Fledgling,” organized as part of the seminar "HS: Gender, Race, and Reproduction in American Culture," taught by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Judith Rauscher.

This lecture will take place in a room with limited seating. If you want to join the talk and subsequent discussion, 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 2021/ 2022

2022, Jan. 29 & Feb. 12, 2022, 4 - 8 p.m. (Zoom): Creative Writing Workshop with American Poet Laura Passin, organized in collaboration with Mareike Spychala (U of Bamberg)

In order to take part in this workshop, please send your application to american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de by Dec. 17, 2021. There are 5 spots per University. You can find more information on the workshop and the application process here.

 

2022, Feb. 3, 7.30 p.m. - 9.15 p.m. (Zoom): “Teach-In 2: Re-reading bell hooks - Being with bell,” organized by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nele Sawallisch (University of Trier). For registration 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.

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  2022

2022, May 24, 2 p.m. (Building 106/ Room S24): Guest Lecture by Dr. Linda Heß (U of Augsburg): “Queer Aging: The (In)Visibility of Older Queer Women in Suzette Mayr's The Widows,organized as part of the seminar "Queer In/Visibility in American literature," taught by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Judith Rauscher.

This lecture will take place in a room with limited seating. If you want to join the talk and subsequent discussion, please contact american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de.

 

*CANCELLED* 2022, June 2, 7.30 p.m. (Zoom): “Invisible Man at 70: Keywords for Teaching Ellison’s Classic Today,” Doing/Teaching American Studies: Teach-In #3, organized by PD Dr. Stefanie Schäfer (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg/ U of Vienna).

In order to register for this event, please contact american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de.

 

2022, June 20, 4 p.m. (Zoom): Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Colleen Glenney Boggs (Dartmouth College): “Emily Dickinson and War Poetry,organized as part of the seminar “The Poetry of Emily Dickinson,” taught by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Judith Rauscher.

This lecture is part of a hybrid course. There is limited seating in the room, but you can attend the lecture via Zoom. If you want to join the talk and subsequent discussion, please contact american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de.

 

2022, July 5, 2 p.m. (Building 106/ Room S24): Guest lecture by Dr. Katrin Horn (U of Bayreuth): “From Pulp to Carol: In/Visible Histories and Queer Nostalgia,” organized as part of the seminar "Queer In/Visibility in American literature," taught by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Judith Rauscher.

This lecture will take place in a room with limited seating. If you want to join the talk and subsequent discussion, please contact american-studies[at]uni-koeln.de.

WS 2021/ 2022

2022, Jan. 22, 6 - 7 p.m. (Zoom): Poetry Reading with American Poet Laura Passin, organized in collaboration with Mareike Spychala (U of Bamberg) 

 

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.

 

*Cancelled* 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, 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.

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)