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Premodern Forum

Monthly Discussion Group

Want to discuss your research?
Interested in learning more about
premodern topics?
Open to Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD
students from any program!

2nd Tuesday of Every Month
4 pm-5:30pm
IG 4.201

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Modernist Memories Conference

Modernist Memories: 1922, Before and After

23. bis 25. Mai 2022
Casino 1.801/1.802
Institute of English and American Studies
Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform

Keynote Speakers:
John Brannigan (University College Dublin)
Astrid Erll (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania)

Guest Speakers:
Katherine Ebury (University of Sheffield), Barry Sheils (Durham University)
Julie Walsh (University of Essex), JT Welsch (University of York)

Find the full programme here.

American Studies

Guest Lectures WS 21/22

02.11.2021, 6pm c.t.

Russ Castronovo (U of Wisconsin-Madison)

»American Insecurity and the Origins of Vulnerability: Some Propositions and Axioms«

16.11.2021, 6pm c.t.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Michigan State)

»Generous Thinking and Sustainable Scholarly Communities«

30.11.2021, 6pm c.t.

Holger Drössler (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

»Coconut Colonialism: Workers and the Globalization of Samoa«

14.12.2021, 6pm c.t.

Devin Zuber (Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley)

»Walking, Talking Mount Tam: Esoteric Cartographies in the San Francisco Renaissance«

All events take place via Zoom:

Meeting-ID: 214 096 4225
Kenncode: 592807


Democratic Vistas

Neuer Forschungsschwerpunkt: Democratic Vistas - Reflections on the Atlantic World

Mittwoch, 03.11.2021
7 p.m. (CET), 2 p.m. (ET) - Zoom meeting

Artur Runge-Metzger (European Commission)
»The EU’s International Climate Policy and Transatlantic Relations«

About the lecture
Global climate change can only be tackled at the international level. The European Union and the United States both carry a major historic responsibility in terms of cumulative greenhouse gas emissions since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Thus, since the early 90’s the EU and the US have played prominent roles in developing solutions to this global challenge and in the international negotiations on climate change. Both negotiated and signed the UN Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Most recently, both announced to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. However, both have pursued quite different domestic policy approaches. While the EU has been a rather reliable international partner, the record of US engagement and implementation of the international climate agreements has been rather mixed. It strongly depended on the political will of the actual administration in Washington. What unites and what divides the two players? How did climate change feature in the transatlantic relationship over the past decades? How does the rise of China as an economic and geopolitical power influence the respective roles of the EU and the US? What promises do transatlantic relations hold for international climate change policy in the coming years?.

Bitte melden Sie sich per Email an:,
Einige Tage vor der Veranstaltung werden Sie die Zugangsdaten zum Zoom meeting mit weiteren Hinweisen zum Format und zu den Teilnahmemöglichkeiten erhalten.

Iris Helene Koban, managing director of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften (

More information on the event here.

MA American Studies

MA American Studies

Informational Event - MA American Studies

Feb 15, 2021, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

American Studies faculty and program alumni introduce the master’s program and answer students’ questions.

Join the virtual info event via this link.

The Master's Program in American Studies

Book Club

Fully Booked - American Literature at Goethe University

It's not a seminar. It's not a lecture, either. Fully Booked gives you the chance to get to know important works of American literature and discuss them with your peers. Finally a reason to read those books you've always meant to read - but didn't want to read only by yourself!

Each book will be introduced by a member of the American Studies department. Then the floor is open.

save the date:

Fully Booked Winter Semester 2021/22
Zoom Edition // 6pm ct
23.11.21 and 01.02.22

More info on the Flyer.


Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties, presented by Peggy Preciado


Meeting-ID: 214 096 4225
Kenncode: 592807



Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt, presented by Johannes Völz


Meeting-ID: 214 096 4225
Kenncode: 592807


Erasmus+ 2021/22

Erasmus+ 2021/22

Die aktuelle ERASMUS+ Ausschreibung für das akademischen Jahr 2021/22 finden Sie hier. Bewebungsfrist ist der 01.02.2021!

Zur Beratung wenden Sie sich bitte an Dr. Daniel Dornhofer.

Zur vorbereitenden Lektüre empfehlen wir das Merkblatt des IEAS und die Informationen des International Office.

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Lecture Series

28 January 2022
ZOOM/ 6 pm CET

A Reading & Conversation with Frank B. Wildersons III

Frank B. Wilderson‘s 2020 book Afropessimism has generated a fervent debate about the lasting presence of slavery and the centrality of anti-Black violence for the project of modernity. Wilderson‘s melange of memoir, philosophy, and poetic reflection has instantly become a reference point in a branch of critical theory that interprets the tenacity of anti-Black racism as a sign that the subjugation of Black people organizes Western civilization. Nominated for the National Book Award in Nonfiction, Afropessimism is provocative in the best sense. As Claudia Rankine puts it: „There are crucial books that you don’t agree with, but one still comes to understand the importance of the thought experiment. Afropessimism is one of those books.”
Frank B. Wilderson will read excerpts from Afropessimism and engage in a conversation with his German translator, Jan Wilm. The event will conclude with a Q&A-session with the audience.

Please register for the event here.

Das Plakat finden Sie hier.

Memory Studies

Memory Studies is an international and interdisciplinary convergence field. It addresses – broadly speaking – the interplay of past and present in sociocultural contexts. Memory Studies is interested in the social shape of individual memory as well as in the collective generation of past, present, and future.
The Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP) is an initiative of the Forschungszentrum für Historische Geisteswissenschaften (FzHG). It brings together people and projects from history, sociology, literature, arts, media studies, psychology, and other relevant disciplines in a dialogue about memory. It wants to shape the future of memory studies by developing and discussing new research questions and new methodologies.
The activities of the FMSP revolve around three main Research LinesTranscultural Memory, the Mediality of Memory, and Memory and Narrative.

Upcoming events:

Susanne Knittel (Utrecht)

“Encountering Perpetrators:
Testimony, Representation, Memory”

Tuesday 14 June | 2-4 pm | SH 2.106

The past two decades have witnessed a palpable “turn” to the perpetrator in art, theater, documentary filmmaking, literature, and
other cultural arenas. This has gone hand in hand with a growing interest, within cultural memory studies, in questions of guilt,
complicity, and responsibility in large scale violence. The figure of the perpetrator poses fundamental challenges to memory studies,
which as a field has largely come into being around the figures of the victim and the witness. In this talk I will explore the implications
of the perpetrator “turn” for cultural memory studies, focusing specifically on the ethical, aesthetic, and political questions that arise
when we consider how we remember perpetrators of mass atrocities and how those perpetrators themselves remember their actions
after the fact. I am particularly interested in perpetrator testimony, both oral and written, documentary and fictional, and how it is
framed, staged, and (re)mediated in cultural forms. Drawing on a wide range of examples from literature, film, and documentary
theater, this talk aims to provide an overview of the most salient representational strategies for the cultural encounter with the figure
of the perpetrator.



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