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Vorläufiger Ablaufplan


Friday, June 27th / 16.00 - 18.00

Panel 1 - African American Identity (Villa)

Chair: Silke Hackenesch (Free University Berlin)

Martin Lüthe University of Giessen I’m Tied to Your Apron String”: Motown and Inclusive Black Men
Frank Wilker Free University Berlin Cultural Memory of the Middle Passage: Reconfiguration through Imagery
Carmen Mitchell University of California Berkeley African American Exceptionalism in Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic
Tony McGowan US Military Academy Westpoint ‘Color-blindness’ and Insight into the Inclusion Debate within the US Military


Panel 2 - Literature and Identity (Room 203)

Chair: Claudio Cattaneo (University of Rome – La Sapienza)

Henrike Demuth Technical University Dresden Collective Memory in contemporary (Jewish) American Holocaust Drama: Contesting shared and divided Identities
Pia Masiero University of Venice Ca' Foscari Jewish-American Counterlives
Claire Gresle-Favier University of Dortmund Sexual abstinence education and the good American sexual citizen
Michael Boyden Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Pioneer of Pluralism: The Sequential Bilingualism of Carl Schurz


Panel 3 - Gender: Action, Representation and Performance (Room 319)

Chair: Laura Bieger (Free University Berlin)

Michaela Bank University of Frankfurt/Main Contesting Nativism in the 19th-century US Women’s Rights Movement
Barbara Antoniazzi University of Venice Ca' Foscari The Gender of Things: sexed machines and the segregation of female workers at the turn of the century.
Regis Mann University of California Riverside Racial and Gender Performativity in Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep
Eva Rus University of Birmingham Mary Kelly: the looping space of Love Songs (2005, 2007)


Panel 4 - Militarism and Empire (Room 340)

Chair: Donald Pease (Dartmouth College)

Ryan O'Kane University of Birmingham Synthesising Liberty: The cybernetic reconstruction of American political culture, 1941-47
Kienscherf Markus Free University Berlin  A (Permanent) State of Exception? Anti-globalization Protests, the State and the War Machine
Jennie Sutton Washington University, St.Louis Re-Zoning American Empire:  Forced Civilian Relocation and Inter-imperial Connections
Fabian Lindner Free University Berlin Financial Markets, National Debt and American Hegemony


Saturday, June 28th / 9.00 - 11.00

Panel 5 - Enforcing Consensus and Producing Dissent in American History (Room 201)

Chair: Juliane Graf (Free University Berlin)

Michael Lenz University of Cologne The Specter of Disunity: Enforcing Unity in Revolutionary and Early National America
Jasper Trautsch Free University Berlin Inclusionary and Exclusionary Practices of Early American Nationalism.
Simone Pelizza University of Torino From Secession to Loyalty: Edward A. Pollard and the Parable of Southern Exceptionalism in mid-19th Century America
Richard Wall University of Birmingham Woodrow Wilson and the Unified Nation


Panel 6 - Representation of and after 9/11 (Room 203)

Chair: Devin Zuber (University of Osnabrück)

Nausica Zaballos University of Paris Sorbonne Dramatization of 11/09 in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: blurring boundaries between image and reality, community and self.
Henrike Lehnguth University of Maryland Extraordinarily Unified, Exceptionally Heroic: American Resilience and Courage in Paul Greengrass’s United 93
Mahshid Mayar University of Teheran American Literary Turn at the Turn of the Century: How 9/11 creeps into US literature
Christiane Streubel University of Münster Intergenerational Armageddon? Pictures of the Elderly in US-Print Media and the Impact of 9/11


Panel 7 - Literature: Forms and Politics (Room 319)

Chair: Sebastian Horn (Free University Berlin)

Florian Sedlmeier University of Konstanz The How Is the What: Dave Eggers and Form as Politics
Hannes Schaser Free University Berlin From Reform to Resistance: Emerson’s Essays and the Problem of Critique
Anneka Esch-van Kan University of Giessen Who counts as an American? - Patriotism and Dissent
Hanna Bingel University of Giessen “A Nation Haunted and Wanted by God. (De)constructing National Identity and Religion in the Contemporary American Novel.”


Panel 8 - Corporate Media, Corporeal Movies (Room 340)

Chair: Julian Hanich and Tobias Scholz (Free University Berlin)

Alan Taylor Free University Berlin Your Space is our Space: U.S. Corporate Media’s Representation of Self
Malgorzata Gajda-Laszewska University of Warsaw UNITED AGAINST UNITY: Public Movement Opposing Media Consolidation in the USA
Mark Straw University of Birmingham Male fighting machines: Masochism, performance, and technology in contemporary Hollywood war films
Wendy Ward University College Dublin Photography as Public Works Project: Framing for Exclusion in Lars von Trier’s Dogville


Saturday, June 28th / 14.30 - 16.00

Panel 9 - Migration, Exile and Transnational Connections (Room 201)

Chair: Birte Adam (Humbolt Universtity Berlin)

Chris Emery University of Birmingham The dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in the Iranian-American Community 1979-2008
Jayson Sae-Saue Stanford University ‘Southwest Asia’: Mapping Asia in the Borderlands


Panel 10 - Representation of Blackness (Room 203)

Chair: Bärbel Tischleder (Free University Berlin)

Michael Basseler University of Giessen "Daddy issues": (African) American Identity and the Literature of the Post-Soul Generation
Silke Hackenesch Free University Berlin Constructing Blackness: Chocolate as a Racial Signifier in historical and Cultural Perspective
Kristina Graaff Technical University Berlin “Dope Dealer, Preacher Figure, 12th Floor Corporate Yes Man Wigger” – Strategies  of African-American Self-Construction in the Genre of Street Literature


Panel 11 - Antipastorals, Counternostalgias, and Intergenerational Control (Room 319)

Chair: Pia Masiero (University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari)

Mauro Carassai Brown University ‘Why Are Things the Way They Are?’ The Limits of National Dissent in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral and Henry Bean’s The Believer
James Dorson Free University  Berlin “Some Apparition Out of the vanished Past”: Counternostalgia in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy
Jörg Richter Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Including/Excluding Inheritance: Generational Interfaces in Recent Family Novels


Panel 12 - Negotiations of (Middle) Class Identity (Room 340)

Chair: Johannes Schaser (Free University Berlin)

Konstantin Butz University of Bremen Divided We Skate - United We Fall”: Intersectional Privilege and the “Coolonial” Habits of Skateboarding
Daniel Geary University of Nottingham Debating Middle-Class Identity: The Lonely Crowd, White Collar, and Postwar American Culture
Michael Harley Liverpool John Moores University Navigating Exclusion in "Beggars of Life" by Jim Tully [1924]


Saturday, June 28th / 16.30 - 18.00

Panel 13 - Narratives of Hybridity (Room 201)

Chair: Barbara Antoniazzi (University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari)

Manlio Della Marca University of Rome Sapienza US in the Eyes of the Other(s): William Apess, Leslie Marmon Silko, and the Problem of  Belonging to America
Kuan-Hui Liao National Taiwan University Beyond the Inclusion/Exclusion Binarism? Mapping the Mixed Race Identity in Rebecca Walker
Sally Michael University of Cairo Arab American Nationalism as Perversion and Border Crossing in Naomi Shihab Nye´s 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East


Panel 14 - Native American and the Land(scape) (Room 203)

Chair: Johannes Völz (Free University Berlin)

Thomas Dikant Free University Berlin Emerson and the Politics of the Land
Philipp Kneis Uni of Potsdam / Humboldt University Berlin The Reservation Writes Back: Contemporary (Native) Americans in Sherman Alexie’s Writings
Devin Zuber University of Osnabrück “An Uncertainty of Image”: Native Americans and the (trans)national Landscape


Panel 15 - Living on the Border (Room 319)

Chair: Michael Duszat (Humbolt University Berlin)

Bidlingmaier & Kozicka University of Bochum (Ex)clusion/(In)clusion and the Third Space: Representing Chinatowns in the USA
Martina Benz Free University Berlin Illegalized immigration in the U.S.: beyond the dichotomy of inclusion and exclusion
Marc Rodriguez University of Notre Dame Inclusion and Mexican Americanism: High School Acculturation, Ethnic Politics, and Revolt in South Texas, 1955-1963


Panel 16 - Urban Spaces: Orders and Disorders (Room 340)

Chair: Mary Ann Snyder-Körber (Free University Berlin)

Paul Farber University of Michigan Rapping Ground Zero: Post-9/11 Hip Hop and the Racial-Spatial U.S. Urban Landscape
Cotner & Fitch City University New York Sweet Liberty: Shopping on the Margins
Madeleine Lyes University College Dublin Plurality as Chaos? Urban Disorder and the Lewis Mumford - Jane Jacobs Debate


Das Programm (vorläufig)




Ort: Graduate School of North American Studies, Villa



Willkommensrede (GSNAS and Donald Pease)

Ort: Ethnologisches Museum, Filmvorführraum.
(Das Museum befindet sich direkt gegenüber vom Kennedy Institut)

13:30-15:30 (Museum)

Eröffnungvortrag Hortense Spillers

Ort: Etnhologisches Museum, Filmvorführraum.
(Das Museum befindet sich direkt gegenüber vom Kennedy Institut)




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Panel 4


Leichtes Abendessen


Vortrag Walter Benn Michaels

Ort: Raum 340, John F. Kennedy Institut

Ab 21:00

Get Together




Panel 5

Panel 6

Panel 7

Panel 8




Vortrag Saskia Sassen

Ort: Raum 340, John F. Kennedy Institut




Panel 9

Panel 10

Panel 11

Panel 12




Panel 13

Panel 14

Panel 15

Panel 16




Resümee von Donald Pease

Podiumsdiskussion mit Walter Benn Michaels, Donald Pease und Hortense Spillers

Ort: Raum 340, John F. Kennedy Institut

Ab 20:00



Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft