Prof. Dr. Oliver ScheidingUniv.-Prof. Dr., Chair of American Studies, General Editor, Amerikastudien/American Studies
I am a literary scholar and cultural historian of the early Americas. My current research centers on questions of method and interpretation. I locate my scholarship within the interdisciplinary field of Early American Studies intersecting it with approaches from sociology, material culture studies, cultural theory, and textual studies. I am concerned with new ways of seeing and theorizing literary history inspired by an emerging sociomaterial world view. I am starting a new project on materiality and forms of textual agency. I also have a longstanding interest in genre (especially short narratives and poetry) and contemporary literature.
I am currently leading a project on the religious press in North America funded by the German Research Foundation. This project is part of the collaborative research group “Un/Doing Differences” (DFG-FOR 1939) exploring boundary-making processes related to race, gender, religion, and nation. I am participating in the Research Training Group “Life Writing – Life Science” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG; see GEPRIS German Project Information System). In the past and supported by the German Research Foundation, I finished two projects related to life writing and transnational American Studies. One of my most recent publications is the critical edition Worlding America: A Transnational Anthology of Short Narratives before 1800, published by Stanford University Press in 2014. The book explores the multilingual networks of textual circulation in the early Americas.
I edit the journal Amerikastudien/American Studies (AmSt) on behalf of the German Association of American Studies (GAAS), and I co-edit the monograph series “MOSAIC: Studien und Texte zur amerikanischen Kultur und Geschichte” (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier). I am an elected member of the American Studies Association’s International Committee. I also serve on the scientific board of the European Early American Studies Association.
My teaching areas are:
- Early American Studies
- Cultures of Print and History of the Book
- Religious Press and Periodical 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
Office hours: Tuesdays, 14–16
Office hours during the semester break on the following Tuesdays from 16–18: Sept. 9, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 2.
- Early American Studies at Mainz
- eText Project
- Amerikastudien/American Studies (AmSt)
- European Early American Studies Association
- German Association of American Studies (GAAS)
- Research Center of Social and Cultural Studies Mainz (SOCUM)
- Society of Early Americanists
- DFG Gepris
- Studien und Texte zur amerikanischen Kultur und Geschichte
- Amerikastudien – A Quarterly
- CfP – The Refuge of Objects/Objects of Refuge
- “1789–Geburtstag des Autors James F. Cooper,” WDR5 ZeitZeichen vom 15.09.2014
- “Früchte des Zorns: John Steinbecks Anti-Kapitalismus-Roman,” SWR2 Wissen, Donnerstag, 15. Mai, 2014
- Lecture-Series, Mainz City Hall 2009, “Georg Forster: Traveler, Revolutionary, World Citizen”