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Seminar für Englische Philologie
Abteilung Nordamerikastudien / American Studies
Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3
37073 Göttingen

Tel. +49-551-39-7587

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News and Events

Welcome to the North American Studies Section of the English Department!

Guest Lecture by Prof. Jan D. Kucharzewski (Universität Hamburg)

Jan D. Kucharzewski will give a talk on "I'm the captain now: Nautical Masculinities in American Literature and Film" on Wednesday, February 10 at 4 pm in the Medienraum (0.244), Jacob-Grimm-Haus, Käte-Hamburger Weg 3.
The lecture is open to the public; please click here to download the poster.

International Conference "Surveillance | Society | Culture", February 26-28, 2016

This conference aims to study the cultures and society of surveillance. The goal is to bring together literary, cultural and surveillance studies to provide a transdisciplinary framework and generate new approaches to fundamental questions:

How has surveillance changed historically and how have these changes been discussed both in the American and in the transnational context? How have these changes been represented in literary and visual culture? What is the ideological significance of surveillance-related genres like the detective or spy novel? Is there an "ethics" of surveillance and how are ethical questions negotiated in literature and culture? How is "meaning" produced textually and semiotically in a surveillance situation? How can cultural artifacts like novels or films operate as actors in the multiple networks of surveillance? How can the processes of subject formation that constitute the observers as well as the observed be described? How do the arts reflect the challenges to the individual posed by technological development? How does the omnipresence of various gazes affect cultural narratives of the "self"?

For registration and further information please see the Conference website.

New book published: The Pound Reaction

The Pound Reaction_kleinEzra Pound was confined in a mental institution and facing treason charges when he won the first Bollingen Prize in 1949. Pound's defenders claimed that the prize proved artistic freedom to be alive and well in the United States. Only totalitarian regimes forced artists to tow the party line. The Pound Reaction explores how a number of writers responded to this free speech defense of Pound's poetry. The Pound Reaction was the winner of the European Association of American Studies Rob Kroes Publication Award in 2013.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Mary Cappello (American Academy Berlin/University of Rhode Island)

Mary Cappello will give a talk on "Cloud Writing" on Wednesday, November 18 at 4 pm in the Medienraum (0.244), Jacob-Grimm-Haus, Käte-Hamburger Weg 3.
The lecture is open to the public; please click here to download the poster.

New book published: Cultures of Obsolescence

Cover Cultures of Obsolescence_klein Cultures of Obsolescence: History, Materiality, and the Digital Age (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), edited by Babette B. Tischleder and Sarah Wasserman is out now.
Obsolescence is fundamental to the experience of modernity, not simply one dimension of an economic system. The contributors to this book investigate obsolescence as a historical phenomenon, an aesthetic practice, and an affective mode. Calling attention to the fact that obsolescence can structure everything from the self to the skyscraper, Cultures of Obsolescence asks readers to rethink existing relationships between the old and the new.
For the table of contents and further infos see the publisher's website; you can download the introduction "Thinking Out of Sync: A Theory of Obsolescence" as sample chapter.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Carla L. Peterson (University of Maryland)

Carla L. Peterson will give a talk on "Urbanity and Taste: The Making of African-American Modernity in Antebellum New York" on Monday, June 29 at 6 pm in room 0.602 of the KWZ (Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14).
Carla L. Peterson is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, most notably from the Ford Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The lecture is open to the public; please click here to download the poster.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Bill Brown (University of Chicago)

Bill Brown will give a talk on "The Unhuman Condition (Hannah Arendt and Bruno Latour)" on May 13 at 4 pm in the Medienraum of the Seminar für Deutsche Philologie (room 1.245, Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3). The lecture is hosted by the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1787 "Literatur und Literaturvermittlung im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung" and the American Studies section of the English Department.
Bill Brown is Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture and Provost of the Arts at the University of Chicago and Co-Editor of Critical Inquiry.
We are happy to welcome this renowned scholar to Göttingen. The lecture is open to the public; please click here to download the poster.

Andrew S. Gross Appointed Professor of North American Studies

We are happy to announce that Andrew S. Gross has been appointed Professor of North American Studies at the English Department of Göttingen University. In the summer term, Prof. Gross will offer the lecture course "A Cultural History of American Literature IV: From 1945 to the Present," and courses on William Faulkner, "The Clash of Civilizations in the Early Republic," and twentieth-century American poetry.
Prof. Gross is the author of Comedy, Avant-Garde, Scandal: Remembering the Holocaust after the End of History (Winter Verlag, 2010; with Susanne Rohr) and The Pound Reaction: Liberalism and Lyricism in Mid-Century American Literature (forthcoming: Winter Verlag, 2015). His research interests include captivity narratives and the literature of the Early Republic, modernist literature, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry, representations of the Holocaust, representations of terrorism and 9/11, travel narratives, and the history of cultural theory.
The faculty of the North American Studies section at Göttingen University welcomes Prof. Gross aboard!

Prof. Babette B. Tischleder: Research at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley

During the winter term, Babette B. Tischleder is on leave (Forschungssemester): She spent five months as a Fellow of the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago and presented current research in lectures in Chicago and at the Institute for Advanced Study of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. In February and March she will conduct research at the University of California, Berkeley. She will give a paper on "Serial Chronotopes: The Cultural Work of Narrative World Building in Contemporary Web and Television Series" at the 3rd International Berkeley Conference on Film & Media: "Serialities 1915/2015".

Reform: BA and MA degree programs (starting in the fall 2014)

At the beginning of the winter semester 2014/15, new study regulations for our BA and MA degree programs will be in place. Please click here for further information and also check our website for possible updates in the course of the next few weeks.
Please note that there will be two information meetings outlining the changes in the BA degree program and the implications for students. These will take place on 24 September 2014 (12:00; SEP Medienraum) and 06 October 2014 (12:00, SEP Medienraum) . Contact the degree coordinator, Dr. des. Vanessa Künnemann, in case of further questions.

Recently Published: The Literary Life of Things

BT_Litlife-xssize Babette B. Tischleder's The Literary Life of Things: Case Studies in American Fiction is out now. Please visit the publisher's webpage: Campus
International distribution by University of Chicago Press.
Engaging a great range of American literature from Harriet Beecher Stowe and Edith Wharton to Vladimir Nabokov and Jonathan FranzenThe Literary Life of Things illuminates scenes of animation that disclose the aesthetic, affective, and ethical dimensions of our entanglement with the material world. For more details, please see here.

Conference "Cultures of Obsolescence in North America: Aesthetics, Materiality, History"

Obsolescence TVThe conference, hosted by the English Department and the Lichtenberg Kolleg, took place in June 2013 in the Historic Observatory at Göttingen. It started with a keynote by Prof. Bill Brown of the University of Chicago on the topic of "The Obsolescence of the Human." Please see the conference website for pictures and more details.

Student Exchange Program with the University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, OKA new exchange program with the UCO in Edmond, Oklahoma, is in its second year. Each academic year, up to three Göttingen students are given the opportunity to take part in an exchange of one to two semesters. The program is open to all students of the SEP. More information is available online or by contacting Marleen Knipping, M.A.

New Books by Our Faculty

Hamscha_cool_xsTo find out about publications written or edited by members of the American Studies section of the English Department, please click here. Books published recently include The Literary Life of Things: Case Studies in American Fiction (Babette B. Tischleder), Is It Cause It's Cool? Affective Encounters with American Culture (ed. Susanne Hamscha, Astrid M. Fellner, Klaus Heissenberger, and Jennifer Moos), and The Fiction of America: Performance and the Cultural Imaginary in Literature and Film (Susanne Hamscha).

Our Degree Programs

Aula Prospective students interested in our B.A. or M.A. program "North American Studies" can find detailed information on the curriculum, our research, and course offerings in this special section of our website. For individual counseling on the application process, course selections, and career opportunities, please contact Dr. des. Vanessa Künnemann.