Erfolg in Serie VII

American Studies Graduate Forum


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Upcoming Events

Due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Department of British, North American, and Anglophone Studies, like all other academic departments at Saarland University, has been shut down and will only be carrying on its affairs in emergency operation mode.

You will be able to reach the members of the Department and our teaching staff via e-mail. For general questions, please contact: english_department [at]

All exams will have to be postponed and will be re-scheduled. We have also pushed the submission deadline for all term papers back to May 11, 2020. Please stay tuned for further changes.

Please stay healthy and safe!
Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner


Past Events

Here you can find out about the most recent past events (for all past events check our archive).


IRTG Visiting Scholar

IRTG Visiting Scholar

Ewa Macura-Nnamdi (University of Silesia, Poland)

Ewa Macura-Nnamdi is assistant professor at the Institute of Literary Studies (University of Silesia, Poland). She holds a doctorate in English literature (New Woman fiction of the late-Victorian period). Currently, her main research interests include postcolonial Anglophone literatures of Africa and African diaspora, postcolonial theories as well as refugees and migration in cinema and literature. She has published articles on, among others, Dambudzo Marechera, Rawi Hage, Abdulrazak Gurnah and Omar Khadr. Her recent publications include “Mouthwork” (ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature) and “Omar Khadr, Guantánamo and Carceral Gastronomy” (European Journal of English Studies). She has just been awarded a research grant from the National Science Centre for her project on Fictions of Water: Refugees and the Sea.

Prof. Ewa Macura-Nnamdi will join the IRTG Diversity and North American Literary and Cultural Studies in Saarbrücken in January/February. During her stay from January 26 till February 16, 2020, she will give a lecture on “Fictions of Water: Refugees and the Sea” on February 4, 2020.

IRTG Guest Lecture

IRTG Guest Lecture

Ewa Macura-Nnamdi (University of Silesia, Poland)

"Fictions of Water: Refugees and the Sea"

February 4th, 2020 - 18-20 pm

Saarland University, bldg. A5 3, 2.03


This talk is about Ewa Macura-Nnamdi's current project tentatively titled Fictions of Water: Refugees and the Sea which aims to examine the aesthetic and political dimensions and effects of the relationship between refugees and the sea as it is represented in selected postcolonial literary and cinematic texts of the 21st century. In this talk she will briefly sketch the methodological underpinnings of her research, namely, some of the most important assumptions and lines of inquiry of oceanic studies, on one hand. On the other, she will discuss/present some of the primary texts, literary and cinematic, in an attempt to unpack the encounter between the sea and the refugees and delineate the theoretical and interpretative aims of the project.

Atelier Bordertextures

Guest Lecture Atelier Bordertextures

Luca Greco (Université de Lorraine)

"Borders as Assemblages: Some Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives"

Februar 6th, 2020 - 4 - 6 pm

Saarland University, Building A 5 3, room 2.03

Vorlesungsmarathon 2019

In der diesjährigen Vorweihnachtszeit lädt euch der AStA am 11.12. ab 10 Uhr morgens zum Vorlesungmarathon ein!

Die Reise durch die Fachrichtungen unserer Universität führt euch durch ein buntes Sammelsurium unserer Fachrichtungen. Selbstverständlich ist der Eintritt frei und es erwarten euch leckere Getränke, Snacks und Speisen zur Erquickung der Physis.

Los geht der Tag mit Herrn Gluting aus der Mediävistik und seinem spannenden Vortrag über "Das deutsche Sprachsystem - ein historischer Abriss" - Wer Ihn kennt, weiß, dass Sprachgeschichte auch humorvoll sein kann. Im Anschluß dürfen Frau Diester-Haaß (Geographie), Frau h.c. Chiusi (Rechtswissenschaft), Herr Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Schmidt (Rechtsmedizin), Frau M.A. Froese-Kuhn (Stabsstelle Chancengleichheit), Frau Savelkouls und Herr Rainer Hartz (Studentenwerk / Kulturwissenschaft), Frau Stephanie Blum (Germanistik), Frau Catani (Germanistik), Frau phil. Schäfer (Sportwissenschaft) und Frau Fellner (Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Anglophone Kulturen) einen Mix aus Wissen und Spannung verbreiten.

Den krönenden Abschluss dieses breitgefächerten Tages bildet ab 20 Uhr ein kritischer Vortrag von Wolfgang M. Schmitt zum Film "Die Feuerzangenbowle" und dessen Aufführung. Selbstverständlich wird die namensgebende Bowle kostenlos ausgegeben solange der Vorrat reicht.

Arte Fronterizo - Performance-Kunst an der U.S.-Mexiko Grenze; Frau Fellner

Vollständiges Programm:


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Erfolg in Serie VII

The final talk will be by

Svetlana Seibel



Tuesday, Dec. 03, 2019
7.30 p.m.

Kino Achteinhalb (Nauwieserstraße 19)

ASGF 2019: Liquid Trajectories

American Studies Graduate Forum 2019 - Liquid Trajectories:Flight, Mobility, and Migration

29-30 November 2019

For more infos see ASGF 2019: Liquid Trajectories!


Erfolg in Serie VII

The next talk will be by

Latifah Cengel


Seven Seconds

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
7.30 p.m.

Kino Achteinhalb (Nauwieserstraße 19)

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Prof. Dr. Paul Morris (Université de St. Boniface / Winnipeg)

"Canadian Multiculturalism"

Thursday, 4 July 2019
12 - 2 p.m.

Building B 3 1, Lecture hall I


IRTG Visiting Scholar

IRTG Visiting Scholar

Dr. Tetiana Ostapchuk (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, Mykolaiv, Ukraine)

Tetiana Ostapchuk is an Associate Professor of Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. She teaches courses in Literary Theory, Comparative Literature, Theory and Practice of Translation, and ESL. She earned her PhD from the Shevchenko Institute of Literature, the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. She actively participates in Ukrainian and International conferences, workshops and schools. In 2007/08, she was the Fulbright Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University; in 2016 she participated SSASA Symposium on “Images of America: Reality and Stereotypes” (Salzburg); in 2017 she presented lectures “The image of Ukraine in American Popular Culture” in the frame of Erasmus+ KA 107 Mobility Program in Cadiz University, Spain. Her publications include articles in the fields of Ukrainian American literature, Diaspora Studies, and Memory Studies. She has also been an organizer of the number of conferences, the latest among them is the international workshop “B/Orders of Ukrainian Diasporas Cultural Representations” launched by by the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen and hosted by Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University. She is a co-editor and one of the contributors to the book “(Pop) Cultures on the Move: Transnational Identifications and Cultural Exchange Between East and West” (Saarbrücken, 2018). She will join the IRTG Diversity in Saarbrücken from 24 June-7 July 2019.


Intersections 2019 - Stonewall 50: Getting out of the Gender and Sexuality Box

12-30 June 2019

Film screenings, talks, lectures, workshops, and a performance!

For more infos see

Atelier Bordertextures

Guest Lecture Atelier Bordertextures

Markus Heide (Uppsala University)

"Border Aesthetics: Visibility and Invisibility at the US-Mexico Divide"

June 26th, 2019 - 4 - 6 pm

Saarland University, Building A 5 3, room 2.03

IRTG Guest Lecture

IRTG Guest Lecture

Dr. Tetyana Ostapchuk (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, Mykolayiv, Ukraine)

"Displacement Experiences and Changes of Identity in Irene Zabytko’s When Luba Leaves Home"

June 25th, 2019 - 12-2 pm

Saarland University, bldg. A2 2, 2.02

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Dr. des. Sabrina Mittermeier (University of Augsburg)

"Seeing Ourselves in Other People - LGBT* Representation on Screen"

June 19th, 2019 - 4-6 pm

Saarland University, bldg. A5 3, 2.03

--- as part of Intersections 2019 ---

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Prof. Bronwyn Winter (The University of Sidney, AUS)

"Feminist utopias and dystopias: the future is now?"

June 11th, 2019 - 12-2 pm

Saarland University, bldg. A2 2, 2.02

IRTG Visiting Scholar

IRTG Visiting Scholar

Prof. Lynn Mie Itagaki (University of Missouri, Columbia, USA)

Lynn Mie Itagaki is Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA. Her research focuses on interracial ethics, comparative race studies, women of color feminism and twentieth- and twenty-first-century U.S. literature by writers of color. She recently published a book that examines the post–civil rights era in terms of the 1992 Los Angeles crisis, Civil Racism: The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion and the Crisis of Racial Burnout, and has published articles and reviews in African American Review, Amerasia Journal, Feminist Formations, MELUS and Prose Studies. Her next book projects examine the aesthetics and politics of the media bystander in the post-9/11 era and race and economics in literature after the Great Recession. She will join the IRTG Diverstiy at Saarland University May to June 2019.For more information on Lynn Mie Itagaki, see:


IRTG & CEUS Guest Lecture

IRTG & CEUS Guest Lecture

Prof. Lynn Mie Itagaki (University of Missouri, Columbia, USA)

"Fleeing Bodies and Fleeting Performances: Race, Memory, and Migration at US and EU Borders"

June 6th, 2019 - 4-6 pm

Saarland University, bldg. A5 3, 2.03


NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Jennifer Volkmer, M.A. (LMU Munich)

"Women Love that Shit" - Women-Centered Road Movies Challenging the Male Gaze

May 27th, 2019 - 2-4 pm

Saarland University, bldg. B3 1, HS3 (0.12)


With women increasingly entering formerly predominantly male areas, such as politics and police departments, the film industry caught up in 1991 with two female protagonists in the male-coded genre of road movies. In this talk, I will be embedding the movie in its historical context, draw parallels to the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), and discuss how the male gaze applies to these, and other TV shows and movies. In doing so, I will focus on how these female protagonists are perceived in the world they act in, especially in relation to the male characters, as well as look at how these women use violence and why, as opposed to the violence enacted by men in these stories. I will also discuss the Bechdel-Wallace test and examine the relationships between different women, including both rivalries and supportive bonds. Furthermore, I will address the development of the roles of women in film and television, and how the male gaze has been challenged and the options and limits of doing this.


IRTG Guest Lecture

IRTG Guest Lecture

Dr. Lee Francis (IndigeCon, Native Realities Press)

"Native Americans in Popular Culture and the Rise of the Inidigenerd!"

May 23rd, 2019 - 12-2 pm

Saarland University, bldg. B3 1, 0.14

For more info on Lee's guest lecture click here.


IRTG Visiting Scholar

IRTG Visiting Scholar

Dr. Lee Francis (Laguna Pueblo, USA)

Lee Francis IV is currently the CEO of Native Realities, the only Native and Indigenous pop culture company in the United States. Native Realities is also the host of the Indigenous Comic Con and Red Planet Books and Comics. Native Realities has published 9 titles to date with more on the way. The hope is to change the perceptions of Native and Indigenous people through dynamic and imaginative pop culture representations. Dr. Francis is also the writer for Sixkiller and the upcoming Ghost River: An Account of the Paxton Massacre in Pennsylvania. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Pueblo of Laguna Education Foundation and the Youth Development Coordinator for Laguna Partners For Success. In his career, Dr. Francis has had the distinct pleasure to work as a classroom instructor at Laguna-Acoma High School, the University of New Mexico, and the Native American Community Academy. In 2014, he received his PhD in Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. His work as a poet and scholar has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He will join the IRTG Diversity in Saarbrücken from 22-25 May 2019.


Soldier Songs

Musiktheater von David T. Little
Europäische Erstproduktion

15. März 2019, 19.30 Uhr
16. März 2019, 19.30 Uhr
24. März 2019, 19.30 Uhr

Alte Feuerwache (Saarbrücken)

Am 16. März findet nach der Vorstellung ein Publikumsgespräch mit dem Komponisten David Little und Prof. Fellner statt.

Hier finden Sie weitere Informationen zum Stück.


Night of the Profs 2019

NamLitCult Guest Lecture Series

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Prof. Jane Desmond (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

"Hunting Across Borders: Polar Bears, Indigenous Rights, and Contemporary International Relations between the US and Canada"

December 11th, 2018 - 12-2 pm

Saarland University, bldg. B3 2, 0.03


Erfolg in Serie VI

The concluding presentation for this season will be by

Svetlana Seibel (Saarland University)



December 11, 2018
7.30 p.m.
Kino 8 1/2 (Nauwieserstraße 19), Saarbrücken


UdS American Studies Graduate Forum

American Studies Graduate Forum 2018

Cultural Borderlands: Literatures, Film, and Aesthetic Practices

December 07, 2018 -
Please note: change of venue for Friday: Graduate Center C 9 3

December 08, 2018 - Graduate Center C9 3

Keynote speakers:

Johan Schimanski

Astrid Fellner


Lecture Series

Our lecture series will be concluded with a presentation by

Andreas Plöger (PopRat Saarland) / Svetlana Seibel (Saarland University)


EPIC EMPIRES - Ein internationaler LARP-Magnet aus dem Saarland / Wrap-Up

July 11, 2018

(Mainzerstraße 8, 66111 SB)




July 6th, 2018

Saarland University, bldg. C5 3, U 10

in cooperation with the German American Institute Saarland.


NamLitCult / IRTG Guest Lecture

NamLitCult / IRTG Guest Lecture

Dr. Kathi Wiedlack

"United in Pop Culture: The USA, Russia, Solidarity, and Queer and Feminist Resistance"

July 3rd, 2018


Mizzou: University of Missouri

Visit of a delegation from the University of Missouri at Saarland University

July 27th, 2018

Saarland University, bdlg. C7 4, 117


14.30-14.45: Welcome by Prof. Dr. Claudia Polzin-Haumann (Vice President for Europe and International Affairs, Saarland University)

14.45-15.00: Welcome by Wolfgang Heintz (International Office, Saarland University)

15.00-15.45: Meeting with Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner (Chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies, Saarland University)

15.45-16.45: "Discussing America" The State of the US today - What is going on? (Meeting and Discussion with European Horizons Saarbrücken, Saarland University's EU student initiative)


NamLitCult / Bordertextures Guest Lecture

NamLitCult / Bordertextures Guest Lecture (in German)

Carolin Leutloff-Grandits

"Migrierende Grenzen und Zeitverschiebungen: Zum Zusammenhang von Temporalitäten und Grenzüberquerungen in Europa"

June 13th, 2018, 4-6 pm

Saarland University, bldg. B3 1, 011



NamLitCult / IRTG Guest Lecture

Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University),
guest professor in the IRTG Diversity, will give a guest lecture and present her recent publication
"Asianfail: Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority"
June 5 2018, 6 pm
Campus Saarland University
Building A5 3, room 2.03.


NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Brendan W. Rensink (Brigham Young University)

"When Borders Cross Natives and Natives Cross Borders: A Comparative North American Example"

May 25th, 2018

Saarland University, bldg. C5 3, 120




"In the Cut"


NamLitCult / IRTG Guest Lecture

NamLitCult / IRTG Guest Lecture

Dr. Elisabeth Tutschek

"Who Speaks When We Speak? Montreal, a City in Translation"

May 15th, 2018

Saarland University, bldg. C5 3, 2.03



Astrid Fellner (in German)

1968 in Amerika: Protestbewegungen und internationale Solidarität

Monday, 7 May 2018
7 p.m.
Filmhaus Saarbrücken

This lecture is part of the lecture series "1968: Literatur und Revolution."


NamLitCult / IRTG Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Dr. Selma Raljevic (Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar)

"Narrating Transnationalism: U.S. Fiction in (Trans)Motion

April 17th, 2018

Saarland University, bldg. A5 3, 2.03


NamLitCult / IRTG Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Prof. Dr. Marciana Popescu
(Fordham University, New York)

The Global Compact on Refugees: Implications for Local Migration Policies

20 March 2018
4 p.m.
Saarland University, Campus
Building C 5 3, room 120

On January 31st, the UNHCR released The Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Refugees. Building on the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework adopted in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (2016), the Zero Draft presents the program of action – stressing the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach, engaging global partners (UNHCR, the EU), national governments, networks of cities and municipalities, civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, public-private partnerships, and a global academic alliance.

The role of universities, as active participants in shaping global, national and local migration policies was thus recognized and directly integrated in the proposed program of action. Through research, training, and advocacy, as well as policy practice, universities can be a safe space, changing the migration discourse and challenging undercurrents of nationalism and xenophobia. At a local level, universities can generate data, and work on specific aspects of policy implementation, fostering an evidence-based approach that promotes best practices. Education is a central strategy in this plan of action, with specific guidelines in regards to facilitating and increasing access to education for migrant children (asylum seekers and refugees), promoting innovative programs that will address some of the ongoing barriers (such as language, documentation, psychosocial trauma), and recognizing existing capacity, by either providing migrants with access to secondary and tertiary education, and/or engaging teachers, and researchers among refugees in educational initiatives.

Within this context, we will explore two essential questions:

  • How do global policies shape national and local strategies, particularly in regards to family reunification, inclusion and integration, and overall safe migration?
  • What are some the local factors contributing to effective engagement of universities in providing innovative solutions to specific migration challenges?
  • What are some of the best practices of university partnerships, and how do their outcomes shape migration policies?

NamLitCult / Bordertextures Guest Lecture

NamLitCult / Bordertextures Guest Lecture

Hannes Krämer
(Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)

will speak on
"Infrastrukturen der Grenze"

Feb. 22, 2018
3.30-5 p.m.
Luxemburg University, Campus Belval
du Savoir, Salle 3.120

organized by the working group Bordertextures




Click here for all past events.