Interdisciplinary Forum for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows of the JFKI and the GSNAS

Wednesday, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. (s.t.)
Seminar room, Graduate School of North American Studies, Lansstr.

The Interdisciplinary Forum at the Graduate School of North American Studies invites all doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows at the Graduate School of North American Studies and the John F. Kennedy Institute to participate. The Forum hosts workshops in which members present and discuss their work. It consists of researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds including cultural studies, political science, sociology, literary studies, economics, and history. This interdisciplinary approach is part of a conscious effort to overcome disciplinary divisions in order to enrich critical thinking and rearticulate our modes of interrogation and analysis.

For inquiries, please contact Beerd Beukenhorst at


Upcoming Workshops

February 9, 2016

Helen Gibson

"Chauffeurs' Clubs and the Color Line: Automotivity and Race in Early Twentieth-Century America"

Respondent: Chris Jefferis

Past Workshops

December 11, 2013 Sebastian Jobs
January 15, 2014 Christoph Raetzsch
January 29, 2014 Anne Nassauer
February 12, 2014 Boris Vormann
April 23, 2014

Talel Ben Jemia

Agent of Desire (?) - The Hustler and the Themes of Gay Identity Formation in American Film.

Respondent: Simon Schleusener

May 5, 2014

Nitya Koch

Dancing Bodies, Modes of Gender, and Choreographies of Love: Dance and the Construction of Sexual Difference in the Hollywood Musical.

Respondent: Martin Lüthe

May 21, 2014

Nikolas Kessels

Historical Institutionalism and Legalization: Gradual Change in Transatlantic Financial Regulation.

Respondent: Boris Vormann

June 4, 2014

Sophie Spieler

The Chosen and Their Gatekeepers: Theorizing and Historicizing the American Educational Elite.

Respondent: Katharina Metz

June 18, 2014

Thomas Dikant

On Consequences.

Respondent: Sabine Engwer

July 7, 2014

Simon Schleusener

Poetics of the Market: Capitalism, Culture, and the Politics of Affect.

Respondent: James Dorson

July 16, 2014

Sonja Schillings

Grotesque Dignity: American Literature and the Renegotiation of Human Nature in the Postwar Period.

Respondent: Alexander Starre

November 19, 2014

Felix Brinker

Serial Superheroes and the Politics of Audience Engagement: DC's and Marvel Comics' Franchises in Contemporary American Film and Television

Resondent: Simon Schleusener

December 3, 2014

Mare Pit

"Real Dogs: From Mass Killings to a Second Life as Indigenous Canine. A Contemporary History of Inuit and Dogs in the Eastern Canadian Arctic"

Respondent: Curd Knüpfer

December 17, 2014

Katharina Metz

"Reading for Altruism. Doing Good in the Late Nineteenth Century"

Respondent: Marius Dahmen

January 7, 2015

Birte Wege

"Drawing on the Past: Graphic Narrative Documentary"

Respondent: Nikolas Keßels

January 21, 2015

Mathias Großklaus

Resondentin: Sophie Spieler

February 4, 2015

Julian Henneberg

"Materialist Minds: Pathology and Subjectivity in the Neuro-Memoir"

Respondentin: Mieke Woelky

April 22, 2015

Curd Knüpfer

“Frame Competition 2.0 – Emerging Clusters of Politicization”

Respondent: Rieke Jordan

May 13, 2015

Melanie Eis

“Hip: A Literary History of the Beat Generation’s Emotional Expressivity”

Respondent: Simon Schleusener

May 20, 2015

Ben Robbins

"Queer Expatriate Literature from the Late Nineteenth Century to Stonewall."

Respondent: Siofra Mc Sherry

June 17, 2015 

Mieke Woelky

"Telling Stories of Loss: Works of Mourning in the 21st Century"

Respondent: Julian Henneberg

July 8, 2015 

Simon Schleusener

“The Modulation of Affects”

Respondent: Sarah Wasserman

November 17, 2015

Beerd Beukenhorst

"Who's afraid of Red and White? Thoughts on the Cold War and the War on Drugs"

January 12, 2016

Betsy Leimbigler

"Framing, discourse, and critical junctures: health care in the USA"

Anna Weitemeyer

"The Self in the Early Poetry of T. S. Eliot and Conrad Aiken"

Respondent: Beerd Beukenhorst

January 26, 2016

Edward Birzin

"From WoWO to Graffiti”: Charting the changing meaning making power of writing on walls and objects in a U.S. context since WWII

Nadja Klopprogge

"The Intimate Landscape of Postwar Germany: German-American Sexual Encounters"

Respondent: Sean Bonney

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