American Media/Knowledge at the Turn of the 20th Century (July 13-14, 2016)

This two-day workshop aims to initiate conversations between cultural, literary, and media scholars currently working on projects that address technological and epistemological shifts in U.S. culture. Presentations will focus on the cultural configurations of “discourse network 1900” in North America, as well as on theoretical and methodological issues. Session organizers: Martin Lüthe and Alexander Starre

SERIALITY SERIALITY SERIALITY: The Many Lives of the Field That Isn’t One (June 22-24, 2016)

The final conference of the Popular Seriality Research Unit (DFG Forschergruppe 1091 “Ästhetik und Praxis populärer Serialität”). After six years, thirteen subprojects, nine associated projects, numerous conferences, workshops, and publications it is time to reach some kind of conclusion. Together with our international collaborators over the years, we would like to explore future possibilities and alternative visions of a “field” that we always claimed existed. Thus, the focus of our final conference will be on the histories, conceptualizations, and methodologies of seriality studies itself.

Cli‐Fi: The Dystopian Impulse of Contemporary Climate Fiction (May 13, 2016)

This workshop on climate fiction is a cooperation between the M.A. seminars “Dystopian Visions of America” (Kathleen Loock) and “American Ecologies” (Alexander Starre) at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam.

Looking Forward, 2014: Current Projects in American Studies (November 13-15, 2014)

The conference "Looking Forward, 2014" surveys major research projects of the coming years, mostly (but not exclusively) from Germany's American Studies community. In presenting their ongoing work, scholars will showcase diverse approaches to American culture, literature, and society.

Bologna Conference 2014 "Media Transformations / Transformative Media" (June 26-28, 2014)

The Bologna Conference is a biennial gathering of the International American Studies Research Group, a consortium of six European and American universities: Brown University, Freie Universität Berlin, University of Bologna, University of California Berkeley, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III), and Yale University. The conference takes its name from institution at which it began, while also honoring Professor Franco La Polla of Bologna, whose inspiration it was. The 2014 conference will be the seventh collective gathering of this group.

Forms and Practices of Narrating (June 5-7 2014)

Hosted by the departments of Literature and Culture at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, and organized by Prof. Dr. Laura Bieger (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) and Prof. Dr. Florian Sedlmeier (Freie Universität Berlin).

Digital Communication and the Media Future of the Humanities: Knowledge, Scholarship, Teaching (30 June 2014)

A Roundtable with Leading American Specialists in Digital Humanities. Featured Panelists: Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Director of Scholarly Communication, MLA / New York University); Jason Mittell (Middlebury College); Mark Sample (Davidson College)

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