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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.

 

*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, 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.

 

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. 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.

 

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)