The Persistence of the Short Story: Traditions and Futures 🗓

The Persistence of the Short Story: Traditions and Futures 🗓

The Persistence of the Short Story: Traditions and Futures

Date: July 10-12, 2024
Location: Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, the Society for the Study of the American Short Story, and the American Literature Association
Venue: Campus JGU Helmholtz-Institute Mainz (HIM), Staudingerweg 18, 55128 Mainz


Wednesday, July 10, 2024  

3:00 pm        Registration

4:00 pm        Conference Opening (Senatssaal, Natural Science Building (room 07-232))

Vice-President for Research, Johannes Gutenberg-UniversitĂ€t, Prof. Dr. Stefan MĂŒller-Stach

Dean, Faculty of the Humanities, Prof. Dr. Axel R. SchÀfer

Director, Obama Institute, Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung

Conference Organizers, Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheiding, Prof. Dr. Jochen Achilles

4:30 pm        Roundtable: Short Fiction Research in a Transnational Context

Chair: Michael Basseler (Justus-Liebig-UniversitĂ€t Giessen): Coordinator Short Forms Beyond Borders-EU Strategic Partnerships

American Literature Association (ALA): Olivia Carr Edenfield, Director (Georgia Southern University), Alfred Bendixen, Executive Director (Princeton University) 

Society for the Study of the American Short Story (SSASS): James Nagel, President (University of Georgia)

European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR): Michelle Ryan, Director (UniversitĂ© d’Angers), Ailsa Cox, Associate Director (Edge Hill University), Elke D’hoker, Communications Coordinator (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Studies in the American Short Story: James Nagel, Editor (University of Georgia), Kirk Curnutt, Associate Editor (Troy University)

Journal of the Short Story in English: GĂ©rald PrĂ©her, Editor (UniversitĂ© d’Artois) 
Short Fiction in Theory and Practice: Ailsa Cox, Principal Editor (Edge Hill University)

6.00 pm         Welcome Reception

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Conference Venue: Helmholtz Institute

9:00–10:20 am        Session 1: Aesthetic Dimensions

Chair: Jochen Achilles (Julius-Maximilians-UniversitĂ€t WĂŒrzburg)

Ailsa Cox (Edge Hill University), “Beyond the Collection”

Elke D’hoker (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), “Serializing the Short Story”

Michelle Ryan (UniversitĂ© d’Angers), “The Ethics of Short Forms in Rikki Ducornet’s Late Career Writing”

10.20–10:40 am      Coffee Break

10:40–12.00 am      Session 2: Historical Dimensions

Chair: James Nagel (University of Georgia)

Alfred Bendixen (Princeton University), “New Voices Confronting the Silence – The Emergence of Feminist Traditions in the American Short Story”

Monika Elbert (Montclair State University), “Wealth, Handicaps, and Poverty: Women’s Gothic Tales of Dis-Possession”

Philipp Reisner (Johannes Gutenberg-UniversitÀt, Mainz). tba

12:00 am -1:00 pm              Lunch

1:00–2:20 pm          Session 3: Current Trends

Chair: Laura Dietz (University College London)

Michael Basseler (Justus-Liebig-UniversitĂ€t Giessen), â€œIs there a Postsocialist North American Short Story?”

Gudrun Grabher (Leopold-Franzens-UniversitĂ€t Innsbruck), “Every Patient has Their Unique Story: The Significance of the Short Story for Medical Humanities”

Patricia MacCormack (Anglia Ruskin University), “Weird Madness: Brief Encounters Against the Anthropocene”

2:30–3:50 pm          Session 4: Region 

Chair: tba

Alessandra Boller (UniversitĂ€t Siegen), “The Politics of Encounter: B/Order Crossings in Transnational (Irish) Short Fiction”

Olivia Carr Edenfield (Georgia Southern University), “The Poetic Landscape of Breece D’J Pancake”

GĂ©rald PrĂ©her (UniversitĂ© d’Artois), “The Past in the Present, or the Enduring South in Elizabeth Spencer’s Starting Over (2014)”

3.50-4:10 pm                        Coffee Break

4:10–5.30 pm Postgraduate Roundtable on Short Fiction Research 

Chair: Alessandra Boller (UniversitĂ€t Siegen)

Maegan Bishop (Georgia Southern University), “Re-imagining the American Landscape: Visual Rhetoric and the Influence of Image on the 21st Century American Short-Story Cycle”

Verónica Frejo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), “Short Stories as Videogames: A Transmedia Analysis”

Carolin Jesussek (Johannes Gutenberg-UniversitĂ€t Mainz), â€œDisability Gothic in William Alexander’s Short Story ‘The House on the Moon’”

Amina Grunewald (Humboldt-UniversitĂ€t zu Berlin), “George Saunders’ Posthumanist agenda in a Nutshell. Cracking Open His Short Fiction”

7:00 pm         Mainz City Hall

Reception by the City Authorities

City Hall-Lecture: James Nagel (University of Georgia), “The American Short Story in Academia: A Personal Report” 

Friday, July 12, 2024

Conference Venue: Helmholtz Institute Mainz

9:00–10.20 am        Session 5: Media and New Approaches

Chair: Oliver Scheiding (Johannes Gutenberg-UniversitĂ€t Mainz)

Kirk Curnutt (Troy University), “Prophecies of Extinction, Prospects for Evolution: Whither the Future of the Short Story?”

Bernardo Manzoni Palmeirim (Universidade de Lisboa), “Paying Attention in Lydia Davis and Short Forms”

Ines Maria Gstrein (University of Innsbruck), “The Affordance of the Short Story Collection. Ali Smith’s Free Love and Other Stories as a Case Study”

10:20–10:40 am      Coffee Break

10:40–12:00 am      Session 6: Digitization

Chair: VerĂłnica Frejo (Universidad AutĂłnoma de Madrid)

Laura Dietz (University College London), â€œDigitization and Short Story Authorship: Authorial Careers on Emerging Platforms” 

Jana Keck (German Historical Institute Washington), “Fact or Fiction? Computational Analysis of Short Stories in Nineteenth-Century German-American Newspapers”

Damien B. Schlarb (Johannes Gutenberg-UniversitĂ€t Mainz), “Short Stories, Longplay: Formal Influences of the Short Story on Digital Games and the Integration of Narrative and Play”

12:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch 

1:00–2:50 pm          Session 7: Science Fiction

Chair: Sabina Fazli (Johannes Gutenberg-UniversitĂ€t Mainz)

Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University), “’The Flimsiest of Tissues’: Pamela Zoline’s ‘The Holland of the Mind’”

Gary Westfahl (University of La Verne), “Confronting the Alien in the Science Fiction Short Story”

Lohmann, Sarah (ETH ZĂŒrich), “‘Like Children Dying in A Forest:’ The Science Fiction Short Story and the Morality of Machine Cognition in E.M. Forster’s ‘The Machine Stops’ and Ray Bradbury’s ‘August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains'”

Anne McFarlane (University of Leeds) tba

2:50–3:10 pm                       Coffee Break

3:10–4:10 pm          Session 8: Diversity

Chair: Michelle Ryan (UniversitĂ© d’Angers)

Erik Redling (Martin-Luther-UniversitĂ€t Halle-Wittenberg), “Modernist Politics of Race: Allegorical Readings of Zora Neale Hurston’s Early Short Fiction”

Hertha Dawn Sweet Wong (University of California, Berkeley), “The Future of the Indigenous Short Story”

4:20–5:20 pm          Session 9: Horror and Crime

Chair: Olivia Carr Edenfield (Georgia Southern University)

Will Norman (University of Kent), â€œPaul Linebarger, Cordwainer Smith and the Affordances of Mid-Century Science Fiction Tales”

Whit Frazier Peterson (UniversitĂ€t Stuttgart), “The Sunken and the Ascending: Black Horror Short Fiction” 

8.00 pm                    Conference Dinner at Weingut Philipp Dhom, Jakob Braunwart Weg 3, 55129 Mainz (meet up tba, joint travel to the location;

Maps (Hotels, Campus, and Venues)

Frankfurt Airport to Mainz (S-Bahn)

Take the train from Frankfurt Airport to Mainz Central Station (tram line: S8). Tickets can be purchased at the airport vending machines (approximately 9,90€). Both hotels are a short walk from the main entrance of the train station.

Mainz Station to University (Tram lines 51, 53, and 59)

There are a variety of buses and trams from Mainz Central Station to the JGU campus. We recommend you take the trams (lines 51, 53, or 59) to travel to campus, since they all stop at the university (cf. (2)) and the Friedrich-von-Pfeiffer Weg (cf. (3)). It will take about 5 minutes from Mainz Central Station to the JGU campus and a ticket will cost 2,50€.

Follow the directions on the map below to find your way to the conference venues. Please keep in mind that there are different venues (Wednesday: Senatssaal (cf. (B)), Natural Science Building (07-232), elevator accessible); Thursday-Friday: Helmholtz Institute (cf. (A)).

Mainz Station to City Hall (Tram lines 51, 52, and 53)

Thursday evening, we invite participants to join us for a reception at Mainz City Hall, as well as a City Hall-Lecture held by James Nagel (cf. program above). Similar to the route from Mainz Central Station to the JGU campus, there are a variety of buses and trams from Mainz Central Station to Mainz MĂŒnsterplatz (cf. (2)). We again recommend you take the tram (lines 51, 52, or 53) and then walk to City Hall (walking distance roughly 500m).

This conference is made possible by the funding of the DFG.

Research Colloquiy WS 2022/23 – Periodical Studies

Research Colloquiy WS 2022/23 – Periodical Studies

Where: Mainz Campus, Philosophicum II, Jakob-Welder-Weg 20, room 02-102; Germersheim, An der Hochschule 2, Neubau, room N319

When: 10:30-13:00

9.11.2022 Prof. Dr. Johannes MĂŒller-LancĂ© (Mannheim)
„Ökonomische EinflĂŒsse auf Textsorten in der Special Interest-Presse“

23.11.2022 Discussion of current work

Lydia KleinstĂŒck 

Michael Lörch

14.12.2022 Melissa Schlecht, MA (Stuttgart)
“Pedagogy of Survivance: Indigenous American Zine-Making as Counter- Hegemonic Practice”

11.01.2022 Discussion of current work

Yasamin Khalighi 

Frank Newton

Mainz Campus
25.01.2023 Prof. Dr. Jens Ruchatz (Marburg)

„Medienkonstellationen der Zeitschrift“

08.02.2023 Magazines and Pop

Dr. Anna Seidel (Innsbruck)
„Illustrierte Stilbildung in den Zeitschriften der Weimarer Republik – einige Stichproben“

PD Dr. Madleen Podewski (Berlin)
„PopulĂ€rer Illustrierten-Sozialismus in der DDR“

Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures 🗓

Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures 🗓

Date: July 6-9, 2022
Location: Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and the Humanities Research Center at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Venues: Atrium Maximum, Campus JGU Helmholtz-Institute Mainz (HIM) Faculty Room, Philosophicum I

We are delighted to welcome you to Mainz in July this year for the “Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures” Symposium, co-organized by the Obama Institute at JGU and the Humanities Research Center at VCU. Please find the program below or download it here. Additionally, we are happy to provide maps and directions to help you, e.g., get from the hotel to the venues. Please find the maps below the program or click here to download the maps. Public transportation in Mainz will cost you 1,50€ per short distance trip. Additionally, you can download the conference program here.

We will upload a separate document including WiFi access, setting up speaker/participant accounts, as well current Covid-19 regulations and restrictions soon. If you have any questions, please reach out to Anette Vollrath (

If you would like to take a look at the hotels’ websites, please feel free to go to Hotel Königshof or Hotel Hammer.


Wednesday, July 6, 2022 (Atrium Maximum, Campus JGU)

16:00 Registration

17:00 Welcome Reception:

Vice-Presidents for Research JGU, Prof. Dr. Stefan MĂŒller-Stach

Vice President for Research and Innovation, VCU, Dr. P. Srirama Rao

Director of the Obama Institute, Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung

Symposium Organizers, Profs. Cristina Stanciu, Oliver Scheiding

17:45 In-person Keynote Lecture

Chair: Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca, Professor of Gender and American Indian Studies, University of California, Los Angele). â€œCarrying Our Ancestors Home: The Importance of Storytelling, Digital Projects, and Centering Tribal Voices”

18:30 Virtual Keynote Lecture

Gerald Vizenor (UC Berkeley, Emeritus), Waiting for Wovoka: Scenes from a Novel of Good Cheer and Native Hand Puppet Parleys”

19:00 Reception (Atrium Maximum)

Thursday, July 7, 2022 (Venue: Helmholtz-Institute Mainz (HMI))

9:00-10:30 Session 1

Indigenous Print Cultures and Language

Chair: Jutta Ernst (U of Mainz)

Noenoe Silva (UH Manoa): “The Twentieth-Century Hawaiian-Language Newspapers”

Christopher Pexa (U of Minnesota). “‘Bringing the Language Together’: OchĂ©ti Ć akĂłwiƋ Pasts and Futures in the Iapi Oaye (The Word Carrier) Newsletter”

Philip Round (U of Iowa): “The Role of Indigenous Languages in the Production of Native Texts/Periodicals at the End of the Nineteenth Century”

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session 2

A Lasting Legacy of Periodicals and Politics

Chair: Mark Rifkin (UNC Greensboro)

Adam Spry (Emerson College), “The Demosthenes of White Earth: Theodore Beaulieu, The Progress, and the Recovery of an Indigenous Intellectual Tradition”

Jill Doerfler (U of Minnesota, Duluth), “‘A Few Honest Words’: Writing for the Anishinaabeg Today in the Twenty-first Century”

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:45-15:15 Session 3

Boarding School Publications

Chair: Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth U) and Frank Newton (U of Mainz)

Lionel LarrĂ© (UniversitĂ© Bordeaux-Montaigne), “A Magazine not only About Indians, but Mainly by Indians: Native Representations in the Carlisle Publications at the Beginning of the 20th Century”

Frank Newton (U of Mainz), “Indigenous Dialogues: Early 20th Century Native American Discourse in Boarding School Publications”

Jane Griffith (Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada), “Nineteenth Century Printing Programs and Indian Boarding Schools: What Archival Newspapers Reveal About Settler Colonialism Today” (Zoom)

15:15-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-17:00 Session 4

Indigenous New Media and Literature

Chair: Philip Round (U of Iowa)

Bethany Hughes (U of Michigan), “Little Chahta News Bird: Biskinik and Twitter as Sovereign Spaces”

Dallas Hunt (U of British Columbia). “The Archive in Conflict: The Contours of Resource Extraction Literatures in Canada”

17:30-18:30 Keynote Lecture (Zoom)

Chair: Chadwick Allen (U of Washington)

Beth Piatote (UC Berkeley): “The Indigenous Archive and The Beadworkers: Stories

19:15 Reception (City Hall, Mayor-Mainz)

Friday, July 8, 2022 (Venue: Helmholtz-Institute Mainz (HMI))

9:00-10:30 Session 5 

Indigenous Writing, Rights, and Activism

Chair: Matt Bokovoy (U of Nebraska Press)

Cari M. Carpenter (West Virginia University), “‘What the Curious Want to Know’: Ora Eddleman Reed Advising Land Development and Rejecting Racial Stereotypes in Indian Territory”

Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth U), “Gender and the Editors of the Indian Boarding School Press”

Miranda Johnson (U of Otago, New Zealand), “Indigenous Writing, Indigenous Rights: Activisms in the Post-War South Pacific”

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session 6

Progressive Era Indigenous Periodicals and Magazines

Chair: Frank Newton (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz)

Jonathan Radocay (UC Davis), “California Indian Paper Routes: Winnemem Wintu Futures in Progressive-Era Periodicals”

RenĂ© Dietrich (KU EichstĂ€tt-Ingolstadt), “Literary Sovereignty and the Politics of Indigenous Anthologies”

12:30-13:45 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 7 

Indigenous Printscapes and Indigeneity

Chair: Oliver Scheiding (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz)

Kathryn Walkiewicz (UC, San Diego), “Indigenous Printscapes: Media Culture in Late Nineteenth-Century Indian Territory”

Frank Kelderman (U of Louisville), “Children’s Pages, Indigenous Writing: Reframing Labor, Learning, and Leisure, 1880-1913”

Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), “Indians Gone ‘Wild’: The Politics of Ethnographic Form in Zitkala-Ć a’s Stories”

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Session 8

Project Presentations: Indigenous Modernities

Chair: Chris Andersen (U of Alberta)

Kirby Brown (U of Oregon, Eugene), Co-editor of the Routledge Handbook to North American Indigenous Modernisms(2022)

Oliver Scheiding (U of Mainz), Editor of Anthology Project: “Indigenous Periodicals: American Indian Newspapers and Magazines, 1880-1930”

Chadwick Allen (U of Washington Seattle), “Canoeing the Whale: Fred Graham’s Te Waiata o the Moana-nui-a-Kiwaat the Burke Museum(s)”

19:00-23:00 Dinner at “Strausswirtschaft Peter Dohm, Mainz” (Vinery Peter Dohm). Local transportation will be provided.

Saturday, July 9, 2022 (Venue: Faculty Room, Philosophicum I)

10:00-11:00 Final Discussion, Roundtable 

Chadwick Allen, Cari Carpenter, Mishuana Goeman, Mark Rifkin, Philip Round, Oliver Scheiding

Maps (Hotels, Campus, Venues)

Map 1: Mainz Central Station to Hotel Hammer / Hotel Königshof

Map 2: Mainz Central Station to Mainz University Campus

Map 3: Mainz University Campus and Symposium Venues

Fig. 1: Venues: Atrium Maximum (top left), Philosophicum I (top right), Helmholtz-Institute (bottom)

“Heroes in Print: Media Representations and Changing Frames of Heroism” Symposium, Mar. 4-5, 2022

“Heroes in Print: Media Representations and Changing Frames of Heroism” Symposium, Mar. 4-5, 2022




Heroes in Print: Media Representation and Changing Frames of Heroism

An Online Symposium organized by

Simge BĂŒyĂŒkgĂŒmĂŒs (Obama Institute for Transnational Periodical Studies)

March 4-5, 2022

The symposium “Heroes in Print: Media Representations and Changing Frames of Heroism” aims to create an open-discussion space for people who’s study heroism – from aspects of psychology, literature, history, or media studies – and people who contribute to the creations or representations of heroes through media or social organizations. As an initiative of the Obama Institute for Transnational Periodical Studies, magazine and print representations of frames regarding heroism will be highlighted through the involvement of magazine editors and organization directors. Their contributions to the ionization of heroes, whether human or non-human agents, will be viewed through an academic viewpoint that considers the historical, psychological and philosophical aspects of the creation and maintenance of heroic ideals. Changes in the heroic images during the Covid-19 pandemic are most welcome to be involved and scrutinized in the presentations so as to be able to capture the most recent undulations in heroic ideals.


We welcome Prof. Dr. Scott T. Allison (University of Richmond, USA), Prof. Dr. Barbara Korte (University of Flensburg, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Simon Wendt (Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany) as frontier names in Heroism Studies.

Additionally, we look forward to contributions from:

Burnt Roti Magazine (UK) –

The Heroic Imagination Project (USA) –

My Hero Project (USA) –

Download the program and the poster here.