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

Tuesdays, 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.
Seminar room, Graduate School of North American Studies, Lansstr. 5

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 Simon Strick at strick@gsnas.fu-berlin.de.


Past Workshops

July 19, 2018

Betsy Leimbigler

"Re-Igniting the War on Drugs? Trump and the Opioid Crisis"

May 18, 2018

Lee Flamand

"How does Violent Spectacle Appear as TV Realism? Sources of OZ‘s Penal Imaginary"

Nitya Koch

"Bodies for the Boys: Dance and Instrumentalizations of Femininity in the World War II Film Musical"

April 27, 2018

Marius Kleinknecht

“US Foreign Policy with the Barbary Powers”

Clark Banach

“Humanism as an Economic Order”

February 6, 2018

Max Klose

"Public and Political Discourse on United States Humanitarian Aid to Germany, 1945-1962"

Anna Zetsche

"Unlikely Partners: German-American Elite Networking during the Cold War"

January 23, 2018

Clark Banach

“Humanism as an Economic Order”

Maxi Albrecht

“Emotional Intelligence in Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Fiction.”

January 9, 2018

Lee Flamand

“The Changing Nature and Impact of Television”

Sarah Epping

“Early 20th Century Humanitarian Interventions in Basra, Iraq by Michigan University.”

December 12, 2017

Betsy Leimbigler

“Discourse Analysis of Presidential Speeches”

Marius Kleinknecht

“Theories and Methods of Discourse Analysis”

July 11, 2017

Sarah Epping

"'Michigan in Arabia': The University of Michigan between Mission, Humanitarian Aid, and Empire"

Andreas Beer   

"Narrating Dissent in Contemporary American Literature"

June 27, 2017

Marc Adam

"Liquidating Bankers’ Acceptances"

Nitya Koch

“One for the Boys?: Dance, Work, and Women's Mobility in the Hollywood Musical”

June 13, 2017

Helen Gibson

"A Ford Car for the NAACP: Automotivity and Anti-Lynching Campaigns, 1934-1937"

Sören Schoppmeier

"Playing the Black Box Society"

May 30, 2017

Paola Castaño

"Space Lettuce and Disco Lights: Plant Biology on the International Space Station"

May 2, 2017

Betsy Leimbigler

"Inequality and Trump"

February 7, 2017

Helen Gibson

"Before #Delete Uber: Black Chauffeurs’ Clubs during World War I"

January 24, 2017

Min Kyung Yoo

"Road to Democracy: South Korea, US and Television"

Sarah Epping

"The Beginning of the End - The Arab Mission and its Missionaries in Basra during the First World War"

January 10, 2017

Simon Strick

"Idiocy and Temporality in American Cinema”

Paola Castaño

“The US National Laboratory in Orbit: NASA and the Management of Science on the International Space Station"

November 22, 2016

Lee Flamand

"On Failing to Manage: Oz, the Punitive Turn and Contemporary Serial Television"

July 5, 2016

James Goebel

"Neoliberal Environmentalism: Value / Speed / Sacrifice“

Helen Gibson

”’Adventures on Highways and Byways‘: the Multifarious Automotive Life of Jack Johnson“

June 21, 2016

Sophie Spieler

“Truly a Magical Place‘: The Poetics and Politics of Self-Representation at Princeton University“

Siofra McSherry

“’To fulfil a private obligation‘: Marianne Moore and her patrons“

June 7, 2016

Lee Flamand

"If It‘s Not TV, is it Sociology? The Wire..."

Sören Schoppmeier

“Playing with Broadcast: Radio and Television as Ludo-Narrative Devices in the Video Game Series Grand Theft Auto”

May 24, 2016

Tobias Jochum

"Reclaiming Murder City: Northern Mexico Border Fiction in an Age of Atrocity (or: Can the Dystopian Speak?)”

Johannes Kohrs

“I Don‘t Hate You Because You‘re Light"

May 10, 2016

Lee Flamand

"Occupy Images: Looking back at the 99%“

February 9, 2016

Helen Gibson

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

Respondent: Chris Jefferis

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

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

November 17, 2015

Beerd Beukenhorst

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

November 3, 2015

Sean Bonney

"'The Problem of the Police’, notes on Diane di Prima’s “Revolutionary Letters”’

July 8, 2015

Simon Schleusener

“The Modulation of Affects”

Respondent: Sarah Wasserman

June 17, 2015

Mieke Woelky

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

Respondent: Julian Henneberg

 May 22, 2015

Curd Knüpfer

“Frame Competition 2.0 – Emerging Clusters of Politicization”

Respondent: Rieke Jordan

May 20, 2015

Ben Robbins

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

Respondent: Siofra Mc Sherry

May 13, 2015

Melanie Eis

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

Respondent: Simon Schleusener

February 4, 2015

Julian Henneberg

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

Respondent: Mieke Woelky

January 21, 2015

Mathias Großklaus

Respondent: Sophie Spieler

January 7, 2015

Birte Wege

"Drawing on the Past: Graphic Narrative Documentary"

Respondent: Nikolas Keßels

December 17, 2014

Katharina Metz

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

Respondent: Marius Dahmen

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

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

June 18, 2014

Thomas Dikant

"On Consequences"

Respondent: Sabine Engwer

July 16, 2014

Sonja Schillings

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

Respondent: Alexander Starre

July 7, 2014

Simon Schleusener

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

Respondent: James Dorson

June 4, 2014

Sophie Spieler

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

Respondent: Katharina Metz

May 21, 2014

Nikolas Kessels

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

Respondent: Boris Vormann

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

April 23, 2014

Talel Ben Jemia

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

Respondent: Simon Schleusener

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

Sebastian Jobs

"Rumors of Revolt – ›Uncertain‹ Knowledge of Slave Insurrections in the American South, 1783-1865"

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