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Fourth International Graduate Conference

American Bodies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modes of Power

May 27-28, 2011



Friday May 27 2011


9:00 - 9:30 am                    Registration  and coffee


9:30 - 10:00 am            Conference opening by members of the Conference Committee and

                                   Prof. Dr. Ulla Haselstein

                                   (Director GSNAS)

                                   (room 340)


10:00 - 11:30 am    Session 1


Panel I (room 340)

“Bodies at Borders: Histories of Citizenship, Immigration and Belonging.”

Chair: Prof. Joel Pfister (Wesleyan University/English and American Studies)


            Maria John: “Unhealthy Bodies on the Reservation: The Medicalization of ‘the Indian Problem’ in the Early 20th Century”

            Robert Júlio Decker: “Biopolitics at the Border: The Immigration Restriction League (IRL) and Immigrant Inspection.”

            Kerrin-Sina Arfsten: “Visualizing the ‘Illegal Other’: Power, Surveillance and Citizenship in the American Borderlands.”


Panel II (room 319)

“Bodies (Re-)Constructed: Interpretations of Gender Identities.”

Chair: Andrew Steven Gross, PhD (JFK Institute/Literature)


            Melanie Eis: The “Mad Ones:” The Construction of White US-American Bodies in Jack Kerouac's On the Road.”

            Ben Robbins: “‘The silver dream’: The Female Body and Film in William Faulkner’s Modernist Aesthetic.”

                   Dr. Antje Dallmann: “Medicine in Crisis / Masculinity in Crisis: S. Weir Mitchell and Re-Negotiations of Masculinity in Late Nineteenth-Century America.”



11:30 am – 1:00 pm         Lunch break


1:00 – 2:30 pm          Session 2


Panel III (room 340)

“Bodies Transcending Boundaries 1: Configurations of Technology and the Self.”

Chair: Dr. phil. Frank Mehring (JFK Institute/Culture)


            Christoph Raetzsch: “Images of the Body in Cybernetic Space.”

            Luisa Sehlleier: “The Sexy Disabled Body: Innovative Treatment of Disabled Sexuality in David Cronenberg’s Crash.”

            Dr. phil. Frank Mehring: “Silhouette Bodies: Synaesthetic Spaces Beyond the Literary Harlem Renaissance.”


Panel IV (room 319)       

“Bodies of a Nation: Constructing Ideas of America.”

Chair: Dr. Andreas Etges (JFK Institute/History)


            Sandra Perot: “Bodies of Revolution: Late Eighteenth Century American Actresses, Playwrights and Audiences and Embodiment of the American Ideal.”

            Kate C. Lemay: “Bodies of the Fallen, Emblems of Power: The American Military Cemeteries in France.”

       Jennifer Moos: “‘Wake up, America!’: Sleeping Bodies and the Nation in Washington Irving and Walt Whitman.”



2:30 – 3:00 pm                      Coffee break (hallway)


3:00 – 4:30 pm          Session 3


Panel V (room 340)

“Bodies Transcending Boundaries II: Metamorphoses of Anatomy and the Self.”

Chair: Prof. Dr. Harald Wenzel (JFK Institute/Sociology)


            K. Heintzman: “Marks of Gender: The Verbal/Visual Significations of Gender Identities in American Political Pomo-Porno.”

            Heike Steinhoff: ‘’I just want to be perfect’: Body Projects in Contemporary American Culture.”

            Martin Radermacher: “Devotional Fitness in US Evangelicalism: ‘Secular’ Body Ideals in Contemporary Religious Currents.”


Panel VI (room 319)

“Bodies on Display: Meanings of Visibility.”

Chair: Prof. Dr. Michaela Hampf (JFK Institute/History)


             Anne Scheer: “Disciplining the Student Body – Disciplinary Practices at an Inner-City School.”

                   Shenila S. Khoja-Moolji: “Muslim Chaplaincy on University Campuses: A New Form of Religious Leadership in America.”

             Margarita Aragon: “‘This Ruinous Element’: the Construction of Blackness and the Fact of Unfreedom in 20th-Century America.”



4:30 – 5:00 pm                 Coffee break (hallway)



5:30 - 7:00 pm       Keynote Address Prof. Robert D. Putnam

                                 Introduction Prof. Dr. Harald Wenzel       

                                 (JFK Institute/Sociology)

                                 (Ethnological Museum, Dahlem)


7:00 pm                     Reception (Museum)



Saturday May 28 2011


9:00 – 9:30 am                 Registration (lobby)


9:30 – 11:00 am    Keynote Address Prof. Wai Chee Dimock

                                 Introduction Prof. Dr. Ulla Haselstein

                                 (Director GSNAS)

                                 (room 340)



11:00 – 11:30 am            Coffee break (hallway)



11:30 am - 1:00 pm Session 4


Panel VII (room 340)

“Bodies in the Media: (In-)Security, Exposure, and Transgression.”

Chair: Prof. Lance Bennett (University of Washington/Department of Communication)


            Emma Baumhofer: “Outsourcing Gestational Surrogacy in a Global Market.”

                   Seth Hulse: “Authentic Broadcast News Bodies and their Inauthentic Brethren.”

            Adam Christian von Wald: “Bodies as Ideologically Contested Sites: Negotiating Homosexuality, Individualism and the Repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' in the U.S. Armed Forces.”


Panel VIII (room 319)

“Bodies of Power and Regulation.”

Chair: Prof. Dr. Lora Anne Viola (JFK Institute/Politics)


            Julian Arndts: “The Power of Regulatory Bodies in the United States: Trade and Currency Wars with China, Financial Markets and Savings Incentives.”

            Michael Weinman: “Bodies of Regulation, Bodies for Regulation: The Costs of Unchecked Corporate Agency.”



1:00 - 2:30 pm           Lunch break



2:30 - 4:00 pm           Session 5


Panel IX (room 340)

“Bodies of Resistance: Conceptions of Gender, Race, and Identity.”

Chair: Dr. Gudrun Löhrer (JFK Institute/History)


            Jane Preuß: “The Body, Style, and Hygiene in the National Association of Colored Women, 1896-1917."

            Richard A. Grijalva: “Negotiating Identity, Culture, and History in the Body of the Pachuco.”

            Jana Drešerová: “Representation of Black Female Sexuality in Contemporary Visual Culture.”


Panel X (room 319)

“Bodies and Shapes: Visualizations of Corporeality.”

Chair: Dr. MaryAnn Snyder-Körber (JFK Institute/Literature)


Meng Xianping: “Empowered Sites, Isolated Man: Natural Experience and Landscape Representation in 19th-Century American Art.”

            Simon Schleusener: “Body Politics: FDR, Obama, and the Neoliberalization of Corporeality.“



4:00 – 4:30 pm          Coffee break (hallway)



4:30 - 6:00 pm            Session 6


Panel XI (room 340)

“Bodies in Urban Spaces.”

Chair: Lina L. Tegtmeyer, M.A. (GSNAS)


            Mark Tardi: “Falling Into View: Representations of the September 11, 2001 "jumpers"                 as seen in Don DeLillo's novel, Mad Men & elsewhere.”

            Margaux Portron: “The Politics of Space in The Wire.”

            Sarah Wasserman: “A Mary That Matters: Embodied Faith and Urban Apparitions.”


Panel XII (room 319)

“Bodies in Pain: Portrayals of Suffering and Violence.”

Chair: Dr. Catrin Gersdorf (JFK Institute/Literature)


            Marta Alice Gabriel Soares: “’I Know it Hurts to Burn’: Adrienne Rich’s Body in Pain.”

            Caroline Marquette: “Literary Blows and Bruises or How Joyce Carol Oates Tries to Make Sense of America’s Bloody


            Tina Weber: “Roll Over And Play Dead! Representations of Dead Bodies in American               TV Shows of the 21st Century”



6:00 – 6:15 pm                Closing remarks  (room 340)


6:15 pm                          Reception (hallway)


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