The topic of the 2012 conference, “American Lives,” has held a central position in American Studies since the beginnings of our discipline. Theoretical developments in the past decades have continued to emphasize the critical assessment of representations of American lives in all forms of cultural production and from a multitude of different perspectives. The turn to transnational American Studies foregrounds the implications of ‘American’ lives and the consequences of their projections and interventions in global contexts and from vantage points outside traditional boundaries.
The plenary lectures, workshops, and special events of the conference will give
new significance to the exploration of the diversity of American lives. They will discuss the ambiguous power of American lives and investigate the contexts
and trajectories that have shaped them at home and abroad. The cooperation
with the life sciences will open new venues for interdisciplinary interaction in
American Studies and beyond.
The conference coincides with the 60th anniversary of American Studies at the
University of Mainz. Throughout the past six decades, Mainz has been one of the
centers of American Studies in Germany. With the 2012 annual convention,
Mainz American Studies once again serves as the crossroads for stimulating
academic and personal exchange and for cutting-edge scholarship.
Annual conferences and institutional anniversaries provide important opportunities to reflect on issues of disciplinary identity and agenda-setting past, present, and, above all, future. It is in the spirit of such future-oriented reflection and celebration that all of us are looking forward to the 2012 conference.
Information on participating / attending:
The conference is open only for registered visitors. Please register in advance via http://www.uni-mainz.de/dgfa2012.
05/31/2012 17:00 - 06/03/2012 13:00
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
D 55099 Mainz
Journalists, all interested persons
Cultural sciences, Language / literature, Social studies
Types of events:
Conference / symposium / (annual) conference, Presentation / colloquium / lecture, Seminar / workshop / discussion
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URL of this event: http://www.idw-online.de/en/event39891
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