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The research colloquium program of the literature and culture departments is now available.

News from Apr 01, 2024

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Perspectives on American Literature and Culture 2024

Research Colloquium of the Literature and Culture Departments

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies


Wednesdays 6-8pm (c.t.) in room 201 *unless otherwise specified


17 April 2024

David Grundy (Humboldt Fellow/ Freie Universität Berlin)

“Survival Music: Free Jazz Then and Now”


24 April 2024, *3:30-7:45pm, Room 340*

Special Event: Narratives of American Culture in Dialogue, a symposium in celebration of Winfried Fluck’s 80th birthday, and the book launch for REAL Yearbook 38: Dialogues with Winfried Fluck: Essays and Responses on American Studies, ed. L. Bieger, J. Völz.


1 May 2024   

No session -- Labor Day


8 May 2024

Barbara von Bechtolsheim (Yale University)

“Passion for Life: Hannah Arendt and Heinrich Blücher”


15 May 2024, *Room 340*

Martina J. Kohl (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Reading from her novel Family Matters: Of Life in Two Worlds (PalmArtPress Berlin, 2023)


22 May 2024

No session


29 May 2024

Andrew Gross (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

“Eclogue at the End of History: The Best American Poetry of 1990“


5 June 2024   

Laura Bieger (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

“The Underground Railroad and the Promise of Infrastructure"


12 June 2024

Kathleen Loock (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

“Hollywood Remaking: Memory, Nostalgia, and Generational Identities from Stella Dallas to Ghostbusters


19 June 2024

Rizvana Bradley (Terra Visiting Professor/ University of California, Berkeley)

“The Corporeal Division of the World: On Anteaesthetics“


26 June 2024

Winfried Siemerling (University of Waterloo) & Karina Vernon (University of Toronto)

“Call and Response-ability: Black Canadian Art and Audience“


3 July 2024

Karin Höpker (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

“Confidence and the ‘Contortions of Money’— Market Fiction & Herman Diaz’s Trust


10 July 2024

Cinzia Scarpino (Università degli Studi di Milano)

“Introducing American Authors to Italian Readers: Transnational Trajectories and Idiosyncratic Translation Policies (1930-1974)”

17 July 2024

Cécile Coquet-Mokoko (Université Versailles-St Quentin)

“Race traitors? Perceptions and Coping Strategies of Black/White interracial couples in the American South and France, 2010-2020”

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