UdS American Studies Graduate Forum


ASGF 2019: Liquid Trajectories

UdS American Studies Graduate Forum 2019:

Liquid Trajectories: Flight, Mobility, and Migration

ASGF 2018: Cultural Borderlands

UdS American Studies Graduate Forum 2018:

Cultural Borderlands: Literatures, Film, and Aesthetic Practices

Photo Gallery

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ASGF 2017: TV Series

UdS American Studies Graduate Forum 2017:

Reading American TV Series: An Interdisciplinary Conference

ASGF 2016: The Religious Right

UdS American Graduate Forum 2016:

The Religious Right: Republicans, Preachers, and Presidents


UdS American Studies Graduate Forum 2019

Liquid Trajectories: Flight, Mobility, and Migration

November 29-30, 2019

In cooperation with the German-American Institute Saarland, the Chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University (UdS) will hold a 2-day American Studies Graduate Forum that invites advanced Master students, doctoral students, as well as advanced scholars to present their current projects-in-progress in a workshop-style setting. The forum will offer participants a chance to discuss their research with peers as well as with experienced scholars. This year, we invite submissions dealing with issues of mobility, migration, and the sea.

Historically, oceans have been spaces of movement, peopled by fishers, pirates, seafarers, tourists, offshore workers, scientific investigators, coast guards, castaways, and refugees. Under the pressure of current developments and global movements, oceans and the oceanic have received renewed attention. In an era marked by increased migration, oceans have become the site of intense media scrutiny and scholarly debate. The UdS American Studies Graduate Forum 2019 offers a setting in which a decidedly humanities-driven, cultural studies and literature studies approach to issues of flight, mobility and migration in relation to oceanic spaces will be discussed. Focusing on stories of flight, mobility, and migration, this workshop seeks to highlight the imaginaries of the seas and oceans in cultural representations.

Topics can include but are not limited to:

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:


Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a discussion and feedback round with all participants and experts. Saarland U will seek to offer assistance in travel funding to selected presenters; recipients of the funding will be selected based on their proposals.

In order to submit a proposal, please send an email, including a title, a 250-word abstract and a short biographical note to amerikanistik(at)mx.uni-saarland.de by September 1, 2019.

Call for Papers

Download the call for papers here!