Master Program in Border Studies

UniGR-Center for Border Studies

Working Group Bordertextures

Forum Geschlechterforschung


Zertifikat "Angewandte Pop-Studien"

IRTG 1864/2 "Diversity"


Legal notice - Impressum

Legal notice (Impressum; in German)

Due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, NamLitCult, like all other academic departments at Saarland University, is now in "restricted functional 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], for NamLitCult-specific questions please write to amerikanistik [at] Office hours are being held on MS Teams.

Please check out our Corona news page on the departmental website to get all updates concering our department's operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

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



North American Literary and Cultural Studies (NAMLitCult) is a section of the Department of British, North American, and Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Saarland University. 

Dedicated to the study of the literatures and cultures of North America, our research and teaching engages North American literatures and cultures from early colonial encounters to postmodern cultural practices. While we study the literary and visual cultures from the colonial period up to the 21st century, there is a strong focus on border literatures, U.S. Latino/a literature, Indigenous Studies, early American literatures, feminist literatures, Canadian literature, and the global dimensions of North American literatures and cultures. In general, our research projects take transdisciplinary, transhemispheric, and comparative approaches and include the theories and methods of Cultural Studies, Border Studies, Body Studies and Gender Studies.

We host Saarland University’s Forum Geschlechterforschung, and we coordinate two certificate programs: Zertifikat Gender Studies and Zertifikat Angewandte Pop-Studien.

Research collaborations

We collaborate with and are active in several institutions and collaborative research units:

NamLitCult offers three classes within the new Master in Border Studies.
Prof. Fellner is Project Leader of the Interreg VA Greater Region “UniGR-Center for Border Studies.”
NamLitCult is also a member of the working group “Bordertextures.”

Prof. Fellner is Co-Speaker of the IRTG 1864/2 “Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces” that Saarland University is conducting with Trier University and Université de Montréal.

DAAD Eastpartnership Program with Ukraine "The Bio-Politics of Borders in Times of Crisis."

Prof. Fellner further collaborates with the Europakolleg CEUS and participates in the research project “Flucht: Dynamiken der Ko-Präsenz in Europa.”

Prof. Fellner is also a member of the international research network ENMMA (European Network for Minor Mobilities and the Americas.)

We also work very closely together with the German-American Institute Saarland (DAI Saarland). Together with the DAI, we organize the annual “UdS American Studies Graduate Forum.”

ASGF2020: Distance and Diversity

Learn more about this year's ASGF2020: "Distance and Diversity"!

... and don't forget to register for both on-line and on-site participation!