Friday, June 18, 2021, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

1. Divided We Stand: Non-participation as Anti-Imperial Endeavor?

Verena Adamik (Potsdam), Kristina Baudemann (Flensburg)

  • René Dietrich (Mainz): “Refusing Inclusion in the Settler Multicultural: Native Voices, Literary Sovereignty, and the Resurgent Politics of Indigenous Anthologies”
  • Harald Zapf (Erlangen-Nürnberg): “’Fuck Poems / and They Are Useful’: Amiri Baraka’s NonParticipatory Poetics and Poetic Practice of Participation”
  • Julius Greve (Oldenburg): “Afro-Pessimism, or, the Poetics of Non-Participation”
  • Michaela Keck (Oldenburg): “’Uncle Toms’ No More: Martin R. Delany’s Nineteenth-Century Black Nationalist Project in Blake; or, The Huts of America”
  • Andrew Erickson (Flensburg): “Refusing American History: Non-participation and Narrative Resistance in Ta-Nehisi Coates’s The Water Dancer”

2. Dispatches from the Method Wars: New Approaches to Cultural Agency and Participation in American Studies

Ilka Brasch (Hannover), Alexander Starre (FU Berlin)

Section 1:
  • Tim Lanzendörfer (Mainz): ”Literary Studies, Work, and the Discipline of Method”
  • Stephen Shapiro (Warwick): “Post-Semiotic American Studies: Writing in Neoliberalism’s Third Phase (2011-)”
  • Alexander Dunst (Paderborn): “Beyond Close and Distant: Computation, Literary Sociology, and the Place of Interpretation”
  • Ruth Mayer (Hannover): “Against Method”
Section 2:
  • Maria Sulimma (Duisburg-Essen): “‘Needs to Be More Explicit about the Methodologies…’: Reluctance, Collaboration, and Vulnerability in Research Processes”
  • Martin Lüthe (FU Berlin): “‘M.E.T.H.O.D., Man!’: Hip Hop Studies and the Method Wars”
  • Carsten Junker (Dresden): “Rethinking the Authority of Experience: Mobile Field Noting as a Method of American Diversity Studies”
  • Katrin Horn (Bayreuth): “Methods and Manuscripts: On Pursuing American Studies in the Archive”

3. Authorship and Cultural Participation in the Nineteenth Century

Dustin Breitenwischer (Hamburg), Karin Hoepker (Erlangen-Nürnberg)

  • Andrew Gross (Göttingen): “The Whole Family: Multiple Authorship at the Turn of the Century and Its Significance for Cultural Participation”
  • Pia Wiegmink (Regensburg): “The Pages that Bind Us Together: Local, National, and Transatlantic Communities in the Abolitionist Gift Book The Liberty Bell (1839-1859)”
  • Florian Sedlmeier (FU Berlin): “Authorship and Re-Cycling: The Case of Ida B. Wells-Barnett”
  • Jana Keck (GHI Washington): “Viral Texts in America’s German-Language Newspapers, 1840-1914”
  • Heike Schäfer (PH Karlsruhe): “’They shut me up in Prose’: From Fascicle to Digital Archive—Re-Reading Emily Dickinson’s Poetry Today”

4. Participation in American Memory Culture

David Eisler (Heidelberg), Julia Lange (Hamburg)

  • Sabine Sielke (Bonn): “Monumental Experience, or: Aesthetics, Participation, and Current Memory Cultures”
  • Lena Gotteswinter (Regensburg): “’What Would Jack Kerouac Do?’ or ‘What Would Miles Davis Do?’: Hipster Icons, Collective Memory, and the Return to Black Hipness”
  • Dr. Tanja Schult (Stockholm): “Monumental Presence and Widespread Dispersal: The Peace and Justice Memorial and the Transformation of American Memory Culture”
  • Sonya Isaak (Heidelberg): “Revising the Collective Memory: Toni Morrison’s Monumental Literary Legacy.”
  • Julia Gatermann (Bremen): “(Re-)Writing the History of the Future: Cultural Memory, Afrofuturism, and Resignification in Janelle Monáe’s ‘Dirty Computer’.”
  • Tamara Heger: “The (Non-) Participation of US-American Soldiers Memories in the Formation of a Collective Memory of Concentration Camp Liberations (with the example of the Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp)

5. Incarceration and Participation in American Life

Kristina Graaff (HU Berlin), Martin Klepper (HU Berlin), Katharina Motyl (Mannheim)

  • Judson Barber (Austin, TX): “Geographies of Confinement: The Texas Landscape of Carcerality and Dispossession”
  • Julia Sattler (Dortmund): “’They Don’t Want Us to Be Citizens’: Civil Rights and Legal (In)Justices in When They See Us (Netflix, 2019)”
  • Heike Raphael-Hernandez (Würzburg): “The (In)visibility of the Black Imprisoned Body in American Documentaries”
  • Lee A. Flamand (Groningen): “’I do not have to explain any longer’: The Confines of Orange is the New Black’s Critical Sphere”
  • Marcel Hartwig (Siegen): “Felon, Convict, Attorney: Reginald Dwayne Betts and the Poetics of Re-Entry”
  • Katharina Motyl (Mannheim): “Subverting the State’s Logic: The Emergence of a ‘Pan-Indian’ Consciousness and the Spread of Black Power under the Condition of Confinement”

6. Architectures of Exclusion: Racial Identity, Participation, and the Built

Giorgia Tommasi (LMU München), Nicolle Herzog (Tours)

  • Julia Faisst (Eichstätt): “Breaking Ground: Vacant Homes and Participatory Culture in Contemporary Detroit”
  • Sakina Shakil Gröppmaier (LMU Munich): “Power, Polemic, and the Right to Home: Race and the Reterritorialization of Post-Katrina New Orleans”
  • Nadine Klopfer (LMU München): “The Glamor of Slave Sales: Race and Historic Preservation in Jim Crow New Orleans”
  • Danni Liu (LMU München): “Environmental Racism: Spatial Metaphors of Chinatowns in California”

7. Participation in / through Language, Literature and Culture (Education)

Klara Stephanie Szlezák (Passau), Uwe Küchler (Tübingen)

  • Elizabeth A. Wheeler (Eugene, OR): “Collaborators: Educators and Child Activists with Disabilities as Allies in Civic Participation”
  • Judith Hofmann (Köln): “The Great Digital Gatsby – Approaching a ‘School Classic’ through Participatory Culture and Digital Media”
  • Judith Rauscher (Bamberg): “Teaching (about) Social and Cultural Participation with Comparative Studies Courses”
  • Anne Mihan (HU Berlin): “Critical Community Autoethnography as a Reflective and Proactive Tool in an Antiracist EFL Classroom”
  • Silke Braselmann (Jena): „Teaching Black Lives Matter in the Antiracist EFL Classroom – Exploring Opportunities for Participation in the BLM Discourse“

8. Crisis of Economic Participation

Christian Lammert (FU Berlin), Natalie Rauscher (Heidelberg), Welf Werner (Heidelberg)

  • Laura Kettel (FU Berlin): “Persistent Homelessness: Trends in Criminalization and Exclusion in the American City”
  • Natalie Rauscher (Heidelberg): “New Technology, New Jobs? Implications for Labor Force Participation and Consequences of More Diverse Work Arrangements in the Digital Age”
  • Mike Cowburn (FU Berlin): “Congressional Primaries in the 21st Century: Participation, Inequality, and Intra-Party Division”
  • Manfred Berg (Heidelberg): “It’s the Economy, Stupid! Or is it? Does Economic Inequality Explain the Rise of Populism in America?”

9. Suffrage and Beyond: The Struggle for Women’s Equal Rights, 1890 to 1970

Anja Schüler (Heidelberg), Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (Augsburg)

  • Abigail Fagan (Hannover): “White Women’s Pain: Anti-Black Sentiment and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union’s Appeals for Women’s Enfranchisement”
  • Ellen Barth (Mainz): “Equality through the Pages: American Cookbooks Promoting Social Change”
  • Michelle Nickerson (Chicago, IL): “Maternalism and the ‘Long 19th Amendment’ in American History”
  • Stefanie Schuster (München): “The Campaign Continues: Networks and (In)Visibility of Women Entering the U.S. Foreign Service in the early 1920s”

10. The Politics and Poetics of Nonhuman Participation

Astrid Franke (Tübingen), Gesa Mackenthun (Rostock), Timo Müller (Konstanz), Babette Tischleder (Göttingen)

Section 1 (2 P.M.)
  • Sonja Schillings (Gießen/Berlin): “The Human Wilderness: How Flannery O’Connor Turned Against the Human-Nature Divide”
  • Stefan Benz (Mannheim): “Nonhuman Participation and Human(ist) Anxiety in Diane di Prima’s ‘Biology Lesson’”
  • Katharina Luther (Tübingen): “On Humans Who Mistake a River’s Voice for Their Own: Or, Participatory Perception in Contemporary Matter Poetry”
Section 2 (3:30 P.M.) – Roundtable Discussion: Participation and Response-ability in a More-than-Human World
  • Intro: Gesa Mackenthun (Rostock), Babette Tischleder (Göttingen)
  • Linda Heß (Frankfurt): “Grievability and/as Ecology”
  • Anthony Obute (Tübingen): “Black Spiritual Communion with Rivers”
  • Michelle Raheja (Riverside, CA): “Indigenous Perspectives on the Nonhuman”
  • Birgit Spengler (Wuppertal): “Imagining the Dendrocene”

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

11. Are You Laughing with Us or at Us? Participatory Laughter in North America

Michael Louis Moser (Dresden/Leuven), Nele Sawallisch (Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)

  • Holger Kersten (Halle-Wittenberg): “‘Send in the Clowns’: Humor as a Tool for Political Participation”
  • Nicholas D. Krebs (Riverside): “Laughing at and Then with Transfolk: The Legacy of Mrs. Garrison and ‘The Cissy’ in South Park”
  • Johannes Schmid (Hamburg): “‘haters will say it’s fake’: Internet Memes, Ironic Authenticity, and the New Right”
  • Wieland Schwanebeck (Dresden): “Social Assassins and Creepy Clowns: Cringe Humor and the End of Community of Laughter”
  • Ahngeli Shivam (JGU Mainz/Atlanta): “Late Night: Humor and Social Criticism”

12. Whiteness and American Studies

Mita Banerjee (Mainz), Eva Boesenberg (HU Berlin)

  • John Munro (Birmingham): “Whiteness Studies and American Studies in Five Key Texts”
  • Qianqian Li (Beijing): “Not Legally Blonde: Whiteness in the Racially Diverse Tony Award Winning Musicals”
  • Robert A. Winkler (Salzburg): “’… never been a white-owned thing’: Whiteness Studies, AntiRacism, and Hardcore Punk”
  • Helen A. Gibson (FU Berlin): “’Teaching towards Calvin Warren’s ‘Nonmetaphysical Historiography’”
  • Samira Spatzek (Bremen): “Working Through (the Structures of) Whiteness?”

13. Who participates in global affairs anymore? Sources and discontents of
polarization in U.S. foreign policymaking

Gordon Friedrichs (Heidelberg), Florian Böller (Kaiserslautern)

  • David Sirakov (Atlantische Akademie, Kaiserslautern): “Red v. Blue: Partisanship and (Hyper-) Polarization in the Age of Trump”
  • Florian Böller (Kaiserslautern): “Polarizing the Bomb? Partisanship and Politicization of Arms Control Policies in Congress”
  • Gordon Friedrichs (Heidelberg): “The Numbers are in: Measuring Polarization for U.S. Foreign Policymaking”
  • Jakob Wiedekind (Hannover): “The Impact of Executive Messages to Congress: A New Measure of Presidential Power in Foreign Policy”

14. Im/Mobility, Justice, and Civic Engagement in American Urban Environments:
The Cultural and Political Importance of Participation

Ulrike Gerhard (Heidelberg), Margit Peterfy (Heidelberg)

  • Debarchana Baruah (Tübingen): “Mapping Urban Immigrant Mobility to Food Preferences and Access”
  • Özden Gülcicek (Düsseldorf): “’Cause we’re Southsiders and we don’t sell out’: Upward Mobility vs Urban District Identity in Showtime’s Shameless”
  • Aylin Güngör (Heidelberg): “Community Participation in Creating the Narrative of Urban Im/Mobility: The Case of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles”
  • Judith Keller (Heidelberg): “No Right to Stay Put? Forced Mobility and the Fight for a Home in Washington, D.C.”
  • Lauren Rever (Heidelberg): “Going to Washington: The History Labor Market in the US Capital”
  • Kirsten Twelbeck (Augsburg): “Harvest in Manhattan: Wheat Farming on an Urban Landfill”

15. Like, Comment, Subscribe: YouTube and the Participation Revolution

Alexandra Hauke (Passau), Eva Maria Schörgenhuber (Vienna)

  • Juliann Knaus (Graz): “The Downfall of a Movement: Unity and Exclusion in the Black ‘Natural Hair Community’ on YouTube”
  • Jiann-Chyng Tu (Regensburg/HU Berlin): „The Rise and Fall of Bon Appétit’s YouTube Channel: Food Media and the Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion”
  • Johannes Fehrle (Basel): “’Participate, You Must’ – to an extent: Regulation, Power, and Participation in the Star Wars Franchise”
  • Florian Zitzelsberger (Passau): “Screening the Pandemic: Acting Up and Digital Collaboration in ‘Falsettos in Quarantine’”

16. “Not Me. Us”: Imagined Collectives in American Literature, Culture, and

Simone Knewitz (Bonn), Stefanie Müller (Münster)

  • Michael Butter (Tübingen): “Trump’s Construction of ‘We’”
  • Aline Schmidt (Heidelberg): “‘For the Love of God, Get this Patriot a Coat!’: Affordances of Social Media and Affective Community Formation on The_Donald”
  • Simon Strick (FU Berlin): “The Emotional Collectives of Neofascism and White Nationalism (and Remarks on Feeling Collectively against Them)”
  • Christian Klöckner (FU Berlin): “Collectives of the AIDS Epidemic: Death, Activism, and Storytelling in Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance”
  • Simone Knewitz (Bonn): “’The Colored / Sections of Our White Minds:’ Lyric Projections of Collectivity in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and Martha Collins’s White Papers”
  • Anke Sharma (FU Berlin): “Fragmented Collectives and Precarious Labor in the Contemporary American Office Novel”

17. Maker Cultures: Material and Digital Practices Between Empowerment and

Reinhild Kreis (Duisburg-Essen), Regina Schober (Düsseldorf)

  • Katharina Gerund (Erlangen-Nürnberg): “Doing Domesticity: Military Spouses and Cultures of Homemaking in the 21st Century”
  • Florian Groß (Hannover): “Making it in New Work City – Urban Maker Cultures in Historical Perspective”
  • Kathrin Rond (HHU Düsseldorf): “Your Natural Sisters? – DIY Natural Hair Tutorials Between Community Activism and Individual(ist) Entrepreneurship”
  • Mirjam Grewe-Salfeld (Potsdam): “’Hacking’ Life – DIY Biology Between Promise and Prescription”

18. Publishing, Gatekeeping, Patronage: Participation and/in the Literary Field

Philipp Loeffler (Frankfurt), Tim Sommer (Heidelberg)

  • Günter Leypoldt (Heidelberg): “The Laureate Position in Literary Space”
  • Magda Majewska (Frankfurt): “The Literary Prestige of Censorship: The Case of Naked Lunch”
  • Merve Emre (Oxford): “Sensitive Readers and the Sociology of Not Reading”
  • Rieke Jordan (Frankfurt): “Writing the Retreat”
  • Philipp Reisner (Düsseldorf/Mainz): “Hidden Agendas of Aesthetic Selection: Contemporary Poetry Awards

19. Im Osten nichts Neues? German American Studies in East and West Germany:
A Round Table

Stefanie Schäfer (Jena), Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (Leipzig)

  • Charlotte Lerg (LMU München): “Interdisciplinary by Necessity – Networks of ‘American Studies’ behind the Iron Curtain”
  • Frank Usbeck (Leipzig): “Indianthusiasm as International Solidarity: Native American Imagery, Cultural Politics, and Education in the GDR”
  • Astrid Haas (Lancashire, UK): “’The Other America’: African American Studies in the GDR”
  • Michael Lörch (Mainz): “The Founding of the ZAA (Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik) and Its Transnational History”
  • Renata Nowaczewska (Stettin, Poland): “Rockefellers and Democratization of West Germany during the Early Cold War: Library Program, Academic Exchanges, and American Studies”

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