Prof. Dr. Oliver ScheidingUniv.-Prof. Dr., Chair of American Studies, General Editor, Amerikastudien/American Studies
I am co-founder of the Mainz-based interdisciplinary research initiative Transnational Periodical Cultures. It focuses on magazines and how they offer spaces to pressing social and political issues. My current research project “Curated Bodies: Lifestyle Magazines and the Aesthetics of Human Categorization” addresses contemporary indie publishing projects and seeks to extend periodical studies by including independent magazines that find innovative ways of dealing with intersectional identities. This project is also part of the collaborative research group “Humandifferenzierung” (“Studies in Human Categorization”, SFB 1482) funded by the German Research Foundation. I also conduct a research project on Indigenous newspapers and magazines (1890-1940) supported by the German Research Foundation (for my publications see “Downloads”).
Presently, I serve on the executive board of the American Literature Association and the scientific board of the European Early American Studies Association. I am a member of the editorial board of the academic journal Studies in the American Short Story (Penn State University Press). My new book Print Technologies and the Emergence of American Literary Culture is under contract with Wiley-Blackwell, with a planned release of 2023.
I conducted a project on the religious press and media in North America funded by the German Research Foundation. This project was part of the collaborative research group “Un/Doing Differences” (DFG-FOR 1939, 2014-2019; see GEPRIS German Project Information Service) exploring boundary-making processes related to race, gender, religion, and nation. Supported by the German Research Foundation and the University of Mainz, I finished three projects related to life writing and transnational American Studies (2010-215). In 2014, I co-founded the Research Training Group “Life Science – Life Writing” (GRK 2015) funded by the German Research Foundation (2014-2023).
I served as editor-in-chief of the journal Amerikastudien/American Studies (AmSt) which I edited on behalf of the German Association of American Studies (GAAS) from 2011 until 2019.
My teaching areas are:
- Early American Studies
- Media History
- Magazine Studies
- Material Culture Studies
- Short Narratives and the Short Story
- Cultural Theory and Methodology
I feel myself committed to teaching rooted in research. I believe it is crucial helping students to develop a critical voice and advance their own ideas. My courses center the development of effective writing practices through student-focused research and discussion.
Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheiding
During the semester: Thursdays, 3-5pm
- American Literature Association
- Blog “Religious Magazines” (DFG project)
- DFG Gepris
- Early American Studies at Mainz
- eText Project
- European Early American Studies Association
- German Association of American Studies (GAAS)
- Research Center of Social and Cultural Studies Mainz (SOCUM)
- Society for the Study of the American Short Story
- Society of Early Americanists
- Studien und Texte zur amerikanischen Kultur und Geschichte
- Studies in the American Short Story
- Transnational Periodical Cultures
- Exhibition on Independent Magazines “Blätterwelten / Paperworlds,” Nov 1, 2021 until Jan 28, 2022
- “The Flexibility, Durability, and Portability of the Short Story,” American Literature Association Conversations (Podcast), #2, Sep 2020
- “Teaching American Literature Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Push for Social Justice,” #1 American Literature Association Conversations (Podcast), #1, July 2020
- “1604-1690–Leben und Werk von John Eliot,” WDR5 ZeitZeichen, May 2020
- “1789–Geburtstag des Autors James F. Cooper,” WDR5 ZeitZeichen, Sep 15, 2014
- “Früchte des Zorns: John Steinbecks Anti-Kapitalismus-Roman,” SWR2 Wissen, May 15, 2014
- “Georg Forster: Traveler, Revolutionary, World Citizen,” Lecture Series, Mainz City Hall 2009