June 19-22 – Conference: The Indian Citizenship Act at 100: Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Futures 🗓

June 19-22 – Conference: The Indian Citizenship Act at 100: Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Futures 🗓

The Indian Citizenship Act at 100:
Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Futures

Conference

June 19-22, 2024
University of Bordeaux-Montaigne, France

Together with the University of Bordeaux-Montaigne, the Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the Obama Institute is hosting an international conference on the centenary of the Indian Citizenship Act in Bordeaux, France.

Current and former members of the Obama Institute will chair panels and present papers amongst a large group of internationally renowned Indigenous Studies scholars. Check out and download the complete program here or visit the conference web page here.

If you would like to find out more about the event or specific conference content, please contact Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheiding or Frank Newton.

Research Summer 2024

Research Summer 2024

The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies welcomes several internationally renowned scholars in the summer term of 2024.

Please join us for their contributions to our course and research program!

The following list will be updated regularly.

May 2
6–8pm, P109a, Philosophicum
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DecoloniZine: Building Community through Arts-based Projects
Samantha Nepton, Emilee Bews, Margaret MacKenzie
– McGill University, Canada


May 3
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Symposium
Selfing and Shelving: Zines, Zine Media, and Zintivism


May 7
4–6pm, Fakultätssaal, 01-185, Philosophicum
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Beyond liberation or assimilation: LGBTQ rights, health care, and the  limits of bodily autonomy in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s
Jonathan Bell – University College London


May 13
10-12noon, P5, Philosophicum
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Moses Biofictions as Critiques of Nazism: Zora Neale Hurston and Thomas Mann 
Michael Lackey – University of Minnesota 


May 14
4–6pm, Fakultätssaal, 01-185, Philosophicum
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The Historic Roots of Trump Fascism
Thomas Fuchs – Independent Scholar


May 21
4–6pm, Fakultätssaal, 01-185, Philosophicum
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Assessing our Relationship with Nature through the Environmental Humanities: A Bioethics Approach to Sarah Orne Jewett’s A White Heron (1886)
Scott Pincikowksi – Hood College


May 22
10–12noon, P1, Philosophicum
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Environmental Humanities 101: Solving the Problems of Climate Change with the Environmental Humanities
Scott Pincikowksi – Hood College


May 22
4–6pm, P110, Philosophicum
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Disappearing Landscapes/Disappearing Cultures: What happens to Language and Culture when Keystone Landscapes Disappear?
Scott Pincikowksi – Hood College


June 6
6–8pm, P109a, Philosophicum
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Reading Resurgence: Contemporary Indigenous Novels as Constellations of Coresistance
Vanessa Evans – Appalachian State University


June 10
6.15pm, 01-511, Georg-Forster-Gebäude
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Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission of 1907-1911 and the Origins of Modern Immigration Policy
Katherine Benton-Cohen – Georgetown University


June 11
2.30–4pm, 01-618, kl. Bibl., Philosophicum

Migrants, Minorities, and Consumption (Colloquium: Transnational Approaches to American Studies)
Katherine Benton-Cohen – Georgetown University


June 14 & 15
9am-5pm, 00.212, Philosophicum II

Creative Writing Workshop – OPEN TO EVERYONE
Ian Afflerbach, University of North Georgia


June 18
12–2pm, P103, Philosophicum
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Imagining Otherwise: Indigenous Futurisms in Andrea L. Rogers’ Man Made Monsters
Vanessa Evans – Appalachian State University


June 18
4–6pm, Fakultätssaal, 01-185, Philosophicum
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Quiet Money: The Family Fortune that Transformed New York, the American Southwest, and the Modern Middle East
Katherine Benton-Cohen
– Georgetown University


June 19
6pm, N2 (Muschel)
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Film Screening Bisbee ’17
with Katherine Benton-Cohen – Georgetown University


June 26
10am–3pm, 00-106, Stiftungshaus, STH 02

Guest Talks & Q&A “Magazine Studies”
with Graeme Kirkpatrick – U Manchester / Torsten Roeder – U Würzburg / Zack Kotzer – Chief Editor Broken Pencil


June 27
6–8pm, P109a, Philosophicum
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Selective Anti-Imperialism, Settler Colonialism and the Lure of Racial Capitalist Progress in Spanish-Language Periodicals in Paris
David Luis-Brown
– Claremont Graduate University


June 27 & 28
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Workshop
Migration and Consumption


July 1
3.10–4.40pm, N.206, Campus Germersheim
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Dos Hemisferios: Racial Capitalism and the Problem of Latinidad in Hispano-American Newspapers in Paris and New York City, 1852-1856
David Luis-Brown
– Claremont Graduate University


July 2
9.40–11.10am, N.106, Campus Germersheim
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World War I, New York Dada, and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
Irene Gammel
– Toronto Metropolitan University


July 4
4.00–6.00pm, P4, Philosophicum
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Annual Fourth of July Obama Lecture & Summer Get-together (snacks and drinks)

with Keynote “World-losers elsewhere, conquerors here!”: The Fourth of July in American Poetry
Thomas Austenfeld
– Université de Fribourg
and Red, White, and Blue—and Greenbacks: Money and American Identity since the Civil War
Atiba Pertilla – German Historical Institute Washington
plus Exhibition of Student Posters and Presentations


July 8
3.10–4.40pm, N.206, Campus Germersheim
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Go-To Lines: The Art of Reading the Political Memoir in America
Irene Gammel
– Toronto Metropolitan University


July 10-12
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Conference
The Persistence of the Short Story: Traditions and Futures


You can find the poster for the event series here.

Feb 9-11 – Conference: Transcending Boundaries – Interdisciplinary Insights in Transpacific Studies 🗓

Feb 9-11 – Conference: Transcending Boundaries – Interdisciplinary Insights in Transpacific Studies 🗓

Transcending Boundaries Interdisciplinary Insights in Transpacific Studies

Transpacific Studies Network Hybrid Conference
February 9-11, 2024

Zoom link in program.

Download the program here.

February 9 & 10 (Fri & Sat)
Aulagebäude/Alte Mensa (1. OG, Linker Saal) Gebäude 1312
Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 3-5
55128 Mainz

February 11 (Sun)
Philosophicum II (EG 00.212)
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
55128 Mainz

 

We explore connections across national and regional borders in and along the Pacific. The event will serve as a space to discuss early stage-research and on-going projects in this field.

Topics include:

  • Film and television that culturally crosses the pacific ocean
  • Literary works (novels, memoirs, poems, etc.) from and about (Trans)pacific regions
  • Representations and/or performances of gender in (Trans)pacific regions
  • (Trans)pacific mobilities and migration, including policy
  • The Pacific and the blue humanities
  • Climate change and the environment in (Trans)pacific regions
  • (Trans-)Pacific issues of collective memory
  • Understandings of geography/space/territory in relation to (Trans)pacific regions
  • Negotiating cultural hybridity
  • Revitalizations of (Trans)pacific traditional ecological epistemologies
  • Reflections on practices and imaginations of borders/bordering in the Pacific

The conference is organized by Sandra Meerwein and the Transpacific Studies Network (TPSN). The TPSN was established in the fall of 2022 with the goal of exploring Pacific cultures, ecologies, histories, literatures, politics, and societies in an interdisciplinary, multi-lingual, and, importantly, transregional manner.

The organizers would like to thank the following organizations for their support:

                    

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”

International Symposium Co-Hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, the Society for the Study of the American Short Story, and the American Literature Association, and the European Network for Short Fiction Research.

Mainz, Germany, July 10–12, 2024

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität (JGU), Mainz, Germany Conference Venue:
Helmholtz Institute Mainz Staudingerweg 18, 55128 Mainz

You can view or download the conference booklet here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 

3:00 pm  Registration

4:00 pm   Conference Opening (Fakultätssaal, Philosophicum I) Jakob-Welder-Weg   18, Room 01 – 185, 55128 Mainz

Director, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies: 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-Universität Giessen): Project Manager 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; online)

European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR): Michelle Ryan, Director (Université 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: Gérald Préher, Editor (Université 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-Universität Würzburg)

Ailsa Cox (Edge Hill University), “Beyond the Collection”
Elke D’hoker (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), “Serializing the Short Story”

Michelle Ryan (Université 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: 
Oliver Scheiding (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

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-Universität, Mainz). “American Short Fiction in Light of the Chinese Exclusion Act”

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch

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

Chair: Laura Dietz (University College London)

Michael Basseler (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen), “Is there a Postsocialist North American Short Story?”

Gudrun M. Grabher (Leopold-Franzens-Universität 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: 
Caroline Jesussek (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Alessandra Boller (Universität 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”

Gérald Préher (Université 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 (Universität 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-Universität Mainz), “Disability Gothic in William Alexander’s Short Story ‘The House on the Moon’”

6:00 pm University Lecture Hall (P5)

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

Friday, July 12, 2024
Conference Venue: Helmholtz Institute Mainz

9:00–10:00 am Session 5: Diversity

Chair: Michelle Ryan (Université d’Angers)

Erik Redling (Martin-Luther-Universität 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; or Indigenous Short Story and Futurity”

10:10-11:10 am Session 6: Horror and Crime
Chair: 
Olivia Carr Edenfield (Georgia Southern University)

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

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

11:10–11:30 am Coffee Break

11:30 am –12:50 pm Session 7: Media and New Approaches

Chair: Oliver Scheiding (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität 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 (Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck), “The Affordances of the Short Story Collection: Ali Smith’s Free Love and Other Stories as a Case Study”

1:00 –2:00 pm Lunch

2:00–3:20 pm Session 8: Digitization
Chair: 
Verónica Frejo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Laura Dietz (University College London), “Digitization and Short Story Authorship: Authorial Careers on Emerging Platforms”

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

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

3:20–3:40 pm Coffee Break

3:40–5:30 pm Session 9: Science Fiction
Chair: 
Sabina Fazli (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Anna McFarlane (University of Leeds), “Science Fiction and the Fix-Up”

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

Sarah Lohmann (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), “‘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’”

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

7.00 pm  Conference Dinner Weingut Peter Dhom

Jakob Braunwart Weg 3

55129 Mainz-Hechtsheim

http://winzerfamilie-peter-dhom.de/kontakt/

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: Fakultätssaal (Faculty room, 01 – 185); 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 Münsterplatz (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.

Jan 31 – Student Conference “Human Enhancement” 🗓

Jan 31 – Student Conference “Human Enhancement” 🗓

Jan 31, 2024 – 16.00-18.00 (s.t.) – Student Conference

“Human Enhancement: Ethics, Life Sciences, and the Human Body in Cultural Representations”

P6 (Philosophicum)

Human enhancement has become the topic of an increasingly controversial cultural, scholarly, and political discussion. Alberto Giubilini and Sagar Sanyal define human enhancement rather broadly as “any kind of genetic, biomedical or pharmaceutical intervention aimed at improving human dispositions, capacities, and well-being even when there is no pathology to be treated” (1). Using this definition as a point of departure, our student conference seeks to approach grey areas inherent in debates surrounding human enhancement through the lens of narrative ethics, using cultural representations as the focus of our discussion.

Our student panel includes the following talks:

  • “Marry Shelly’s Frankenstein: A Cautionary Tale or an Overused Trope?”
    (Norhan Mohamed)
  • “Ethical Discourse and Social Impact on Human Enhancement: A Conservative Perspective”
    (Haerin Park)
  • “Human Enhancement in Superhero Movies: Why Is Captain America’s Origin Story Morally Acceptable and What Is Special about It?”
    (Jill Reuter)
  • “The Implications of ‘Human Enhancement’ in the Discussion Surrounding Trans-Athletes”
    (Ayishat Aluko)

Everyone is welcome!

This conference is part of Dr. Julia Velten’s course “Cultural Studies VI: Human Enhancement: Ethics, Life Sciences, and the Human Body in Film.” If you have further questions about the event, please contact Dr. Julia Velten: juvelten@uni-mainz.de

Giubilini, Alberto and Sagar Sanyal. “Challenging Human Enhancement.” The Ethics of Human Enhancement: Understanding the Debate, edited by Steve Clarke, et al., OUP, 2016, pp. 1-24.

 

Nov 29 & Jan 17 – Student Conference Workshops 🗓

Nov 29 & Jan 17 – Student Conference Workshops 🗓

Nov 29, 2023 & Jan 17, 2024 – 16.15-17.45 – Student Conference Workshops – P6 (Philosophicum)

To all advanced Bachelor’s and Master’s students who are interested in learning how to write and present a conference paper: Please join us for one or both of the student conference paper workshops on Nov 29 and Jan 17. The workshops are part of a seminar by Dr. Julia Velten but are open to any students who are interested.

Please see the flyer below for details or download it here.

Everyone is welcome!