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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 American Studies Section of the English Department!

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.

American Studies Mentoring Program: Call for New Mentors (Winter Semester 14/15)

The student mentoring team of the American Studies section is currently looking for new mentors to join their team. If you see yourself as a mentor and wish to participate, send a letter of motivation to The deadline for applications is 30 September 2014. For further information, please click here.

American Studies Office Hours Summer 2014

The American Studies faculty office hours during the summer break 2014 are now listed online. For more details, please see your instructor's website. For a complete list of the faculty's office hours see here.

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 "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.