Linking Borderlands

Borderland Stories

American Studies Graduate Forum

Master's 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


UniGR-CBS Closing Conference "Border Renaissance"

Border Renaissance: Recent Developments in Territorial, Cultural, and Linguistic Border Studies

On February 4 and 5, 2022, Saarland University will host the closing conference of the Interreg VA Greater Region-funded project "European Center for Competence and Knowledge in Border Studies" (2018-2022). The call for panels / papers for this conference, entitled "Border Renaissance: Recent Developments in Territorial, Cultural, and Linguistic Border Studies" is open, and the deadline ahs just been extended to October 15, 2022.

Please send your proposals to e.nossem(at)

More information about the conference will be available soon here on the website of the UniGR-Center for Border Studies.


Student project "Borderland Stories"

The project has started!

Starting 14 September 2021,Saarland University’s MA Border Studies offers a two-class module which combines ethnographic analysis and creative work in the visual arts to facilitate intercultural communication across two distinct European borderlands. Please find more information here. To sign up, please send an email to Prof Astrid Fellner or Tobias Schank. You do not have to sign up via LSF for this module.


UniGR-Center for Border Studies Guest Professor Daniela Johannes

UniGR-Center for Border Studies Guest Professor

Dr. Daniela Johannes (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

The UniGR-Center for Border Studies (UniGR-CBS) and the Team of North American Literary and Cultural Studies (NamLitCult) at Saarland University are happy and proud to welcome Dr. Daniela Johannes (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) as the current UniGR-CBS Guest Professor in Border Studies. Good to have you here, Daniela!

In June and July 2021, Professor Daniela Johannes from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in the U.S. will take over the UniGR-Center for Border Studies guest professorship at Saarland University. In her research, Dr. Johannes focuses on the border between the United States and Mexico, especially in the Sonoran desert.

Dr. Daniela Johannes, who is originally from Chile, got her PhD in 2015 from the University of Arizona and is currently Associate Professor and Director of Latin American and Latinx Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA. During her bimonthly stay at the UniGR-Center for Border Studies, she will be working together with Prof. Astrid M. Fellner in the field of Chicana/o and Latinx Studies. Her project as the UniGR-CBS Chair in Border Studies will focus on the significance of the Sonoran Desert environment as a crucial aspect of U.S. securitization which propels a politics that controls death by natural causes as a way of conserving the life of the nation. She will work on recent Chicana/o writings, in which the border figures as a landscape of torture, disappearance, and death. She draws the attention to the role of the desert border environment as a political landscape, a structure where nature performs the part of a barrier.

The results of her research stay at the UniGR-Center for Border Studies will be published in the UniGR-CBS Working Paper series. Furthermore, her cooperation with Prof. Fellner is meant to increase and strengthen the cooperation between Saarland University and West Chester University.

In her talk "Dust and Death: Politics of Nature at the U.S.-Mexico Border" on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 at 4:15 pm CEST, Dr. Johannes will present her current research project to an interested audience. Please register here:


Dr. Daniela Johannes | daniela.johannes(at)

Eva Nossem | e.nossem(at) | Tel.: +49 681 302-3573.

The Call for Applications for our Master's Degree in Border Studies this fall is open!

The year is 2021. The entire world is struggling with COVID-19. Mobility has been limited and borders have been closed (again). Well, not entirely... A small group of indomitable academics in the border region of France, Germany, and Luxemburg still holds out against the current divisive rebordering trends, offering a joint Master’s program in Border Studies (MABS). The magic potion we brew for you will provide you with the skills needed in international cooperation and cross-border work also during and after corona. The interdisciplinary formula of the MABS will help you understand the social, cultural, political, and economic challenges of border regions and cross-border cooperations. You will gain theoretical knowledge of border problems, border cultures, border literatures, and constructions of “otherness,” following either the spatial track or focusing on the linguistic and cultural track.

We are still accepting applications for our trinational, trilingual MA Border Studies 2021 program!

Our Master in Border Studies is a two-year joint international study program, which addresses the complex economic, political, social and cultural issues of borders and of border regions in Europe and beyond.
The study program is designed for students with different disciplinary backgrounds who wish to develop the necessary skills and competencies to work in intercultural and cross-border settings.

The multilingual study program is located in three countries at four different universities:
•    University of Luxembourg (LUX)
•    University of Lorraine (FR)
•    Saarland University (DE)
•    University of Kaiserslautern (DE)

For more info, see:

In order to apply at Saarland U, go to:

For more info, you can also contact Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner and Prof. Dr. Peter Dörrenbächer at ma_border_studies[at]

New publication

UniGR-CBS Borders in Perspective Vol. 4: Bordering in Pandemic Times

In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, borders have become relevant (again) in political action and in people's everyday lives within a very short time. This was especially true for the inhabitants of border regions, whose cross-border life worlds were suddenly irritated by closed borders and police controls. However, the COVID-19 pandemic also led to an increased evidence of social, cultural, eco-nomic, health and mobility boundaries beyond national borders.

The authors of this new issue of “UniGR-CBS Borders in Perspective” shed light on these dynamics from the perspective of territorial borders, social boundaries, and (dis)continuities in border regions through a variety of thematic and spatial approaches. Their critical observations and scientific comments were made during the lockdown in April and May 2020 and provide insights into the events during the global pandemic.

Bibliographic information and download
Christian Wille and Rebekka Kanesu (Eds.) (2020): Bordering in Pandemic Times. Insights into the COVID-19 Lockdown. Borders in Perspective, Vol. 4, UniGR-Center for Border Studies, DOI:

Contents (excerpt):
•    Linguistic rebordering: Constructing COVID-19 as an external threat (Eva Nossem)
•    "What’s Home Gotta Do With It?" Reflections on Homing, Bordering, and Social Distancing in COVID-19 Times (Astrid M. Fellner)

Live Chat - Master in Border Studies

Online Event for Prospective Students

Live Chat - Master in Border Studies

June 4, 2020 - 11:00 am CET

in English, German, and French

live on Zoom:


Borders are now more important than ever. Why not study Border Studies?! Join us online to find out more about our trinational & trilingual Masters in Border Studies. Here is your opportunity to talk to your future teachers who will tell you about our unique program and answer any questions you may have.

For further information see

The deadline for application for the Master in Border Studies is June 18, 2020.

NamLitCult on twitter!

The Chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University is on twitter!

You find us at @NamLitCult.

CfP "Enlightenment as a 'Battle Term'"

The working group "Enlightenment" seeks proposals for their interdisciplinary conference "ENLIGHTENMENT AS A 'BATTLE TERM': Intellectual strategies and transcultural controversies" to be held on 30 September - 02 October 2020 at Saarland University.

Please send an abstract (German, English or French) for a 25-minute presentation (max. 1 page) and a short scientific CV by 5 April 2020 to:


Starting from the Age of the European Enlightenment in the 18th century, the conference aims to examine and connect discourses and practices of the Enlightenment in different disciplines and fields of investigation up to the present day. We welcome contributions that examine literary texts, media strategies or historical events from the perspective of literary studies, theology, history, media theory, and/or cultural studies and with regard to the context of debates on concepts and practices of the Enlightenment.

The conference deliberately focuses on the 'Enlightenment' as a battle term and thus draws attention to the question of how the idea of Enlightenment as well as the language and metaphors associated with it have been used to enforce or combat certain concepts, structures, and practices. In this way, the conference helps to build bridges to current debates, because the international and transcultural significance of the concept of Enlightenment becomes clear precisely at the moment in which it is transferred into a contemporary discourse that renegotiates human self-responsibility in the 21st century and once again raises the question of the “dialectic of Enlightenment” (following Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno).

Click here for full CfP


Thanks to everyone...

... who participated, who helped, and who - in one way or the other - contributed to the success of

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

New publication

Rethinking Gender in Popular Culture in the 21st Century: Marlboro Men and California Gurls

Edited by Astrid M. Fellner, Marta Fernández-Morales and Martina Martausová

Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.

This book explores popular culture representations of gender, offering a rich and accessible discussion of masculinities and femininities in 21st-century popular media. It brings together contributors from various European countries to investigate the workings of gender in contemporary pop culture products in a brave, original, and rigorous way.
This volume is both an academic proposal and an exercise of commitment to a serious analysis of some of the media that influence us most in our everyday lives. Representation matters, and the position we take as viewers or consumers during reception matters even more.

New publication

(Pop-) Cultures on the Move: Transnational Identifications and Cultural Exchange Between East and West.

Ed. by Astrid M. Fellner, Tetiana Ostapchuk and Bärbel Schlimbach

Saarbrücken: Universaar, 2018.

This collection examines how the signifier 'America' functions as an intermediary in the production of transnational identities and analyzes how different forms of cultural exchange between 'East' and 'West' are constituted in literary and cultural texts. In particular, the essays investigate the transnational flow of cultural texts, analyzing how, by whom, and to what purposes and effects (pop)cultural practices have been appropriated and transferred to local contexts and how the significance of place, especially the category of the national, has changed in the process. Analyzing various spaces of cultural transmission, the articles focus on patterns of movement and the flows of culture in order to approximate the question of whether the dialogue with 'America' in the 21st century still plays a vital role in the production of 'European' identities. What specific role does the flexibility and adaptability of the signifier 'American' play in this intermediary function of American culture? This book therefore gauges the potential and the limits of 'American' culture as a third term that can 'other' both national and European traditions (for identification or dis-identification) and can serve to reconstruct and to transgress national cultural identities.

Download book here.