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




July 6th, 2018

Saarland University, bldg. C5 3, U 10

in cooperation with the German American Institute Saarland.


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)




"In the Cut"


Night of the Profs

Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony for Best Final Thesis in American Studies

6 Oct. 2017
6 p.m.

Campus, Building C 9 3 (Graduate Center)

The best final theses in the field of American Studies (Language / Literature / Cultural Studies) will be awarded in a ceremony within the framework of our German-American Day celebration.

Award for Best Final Thesis in the Field of Literature: Melanie Müller (Thesis: Construction of Identity in Colum McCann's Transatlantic)

Award for Best Final Thesis in the Field of Cultural Studies: Matthias Huckert (Thesis: Sympathy for the Devil: Morally Ambiguous Characters in AMC's Breaking Bad)

Award for Best Final Thesis in the Field of Language: Anika Jung (Thesis: 'She'd hammer me and I'd thanked her': (Im)Politeness in the TV series Gilmore Girls)

The award ceremony is organized by NamLitCult, the German-American Institute Saarland and ASCO Europa Stiftung.

Pressekonferenz zum Zertifikat „Angewandte Pop-Studien“

Pressekonferenz zum Zertifikat „Angewandte Pop-Studien“ der Saar-Uni und des PopRats Saarland

Ab dem kommenden Wintersemester 2017/18 wird ein neuer Zertifikatsstudiengang zum Thema „Angewandte Pop-Studien“ an der Universität des Saarlandes angeboten. Dieses Zertifikat vermittelt zum einen medientheoretische Grundlagen und Kernkonzepte der Popkultur in den Bereichen Kunst, Kultur, Musik, Sprache, Literatur und Geschichte. Studierende können diese Theorie dann auch über praktische Anwendungen in einem Praxismodul vertiefen. Darüber hinaus können sie sich die wirtschaftlichen Grundlagen der Pop- und Kreativwirtschaft erarbeiten.
Zur Vorstellung dieses neuen, interdisziplinären Zertifikats gibt es eine Pressekonferenz, zu der die Universität des Saarlandes und der „PopRat Saarland e.V.“ herzlich einladen:

Dienstag, 25. Juli, 12 Uhr
Baker Street, Mainzer Straße 8, Saarbrücken

Den Medien stehen Rede und Antwort:

•    Universitäts-Professorin Dr. Astrid M. Fellner (Amerikanistik)
•    Universitäts-Professor Dr. Rainer Kleinertz (Musikwissenschaft)
•    Dr. Lil Helle Thomas (Kunstgeschichte)
•    Vorsitzender des PopRates Saarland e.V. Peter Meyer

Um Anmeldung wird gebeten bis Freitag, 21. Juli unter: amerikanistik(at)

Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner
Tel.: 0681 302-2770
E-Mail: amerikanistik(at)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Kleinertz
Tel.: 0681 302-3660

Town Hall Meeting

Film Screening

Film screening is part of the conference "'A Long Time Ago on a Reservation Far, Far Away': Contemporary  Indigenous Popular Culture Across the Globe."

Applications for exchange programs (US)

Applications for our exchange programs with US universities for 2017/18 are possible until Dec. 10, 2016!

No Borders: Syrian, Palestinian, Kurdish Event

Border Voices

YouSaar Competition

Deadline for submission: 15 October 2016!!!

Visit PAO Lawrence M. Randolph / Partnerschaft des DAI mit FR 4.3


Präsentation der beiden Bände 19 und 20 der Reihe SOFIE

5. Februar 2016, 18 Uhr

FrauenGenderBibliothek Saar (Großherzog Friedrich Straße 111)

Organisiert von Forum Geschlechterforschung, Gleichstellung UdS und FrauenGenderBibliothek Saar.

YouSaar Competition

This year's topic is:

Begegnungen USA/Saarland - Spurensuche im Saarland

Extended Deadline: 15 August 2015!

Click here for more information.

Poster Presentation

Students participating in Prof. Fellner's Hauptseminar "Popular Culture on the Move: European Encounters with America" will present their semester projects.

Saturday, 25 July 2015
2 p.m.
American Space (VHS-building, Altes Rathaus)

Movie: Cloudburst

English-language screening of


(USA/Kanada 2011,  D: Thom Fitzgerald, A: Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, Kristin Booth, 93 Min)

in Kino 8 1/2

on May 10 and May 11, 2014

8 p.m.

The screening is part of the PS "Road Movies Reloaded: From Thelma & Louise to The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On", in cooperation with Kino 8 1/2 and Cinédames.

Click here for further details.

New Film Series

Our film series queer documentaries

will continue on 14 Jan. 2013, 8 p.m. (Kino 8 1/2)


Against a TransNarrative (Jules Rosskam, USA 2009)

Special: Performing Girl (short film, Crescent Diamond, USA 2013)

New Film Series

Our new film series queer documentaries

will start on 26 Nov. 2013, 8 p.m. (Kino 8 1/2)


Gendernauts (Monika Treut, D 1999)

After the screening Monika Treut will be available for discussions.

GENDERWOCHE, 22th - 25th January 2013

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

12 - 2 pm, B4.1, 0.23

Talk "trans*: Transsexuality, Transgender (Masculinities), and Drag King Performances" 

by Jennifer Moos, M.A. (Saarland University)


Thursday, 24 January 2013

7 pm, Aula

Film Screening "Man for a Day"


Friday, 25 January 2013

3 pm - 7 pm, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken (details to be announced)

Queer Drag Workshop with the Sissy Boyz

Please register for this workshop by sending an email to: gleichstellung[at]


8 pm, Alte Schreinerei, Rosenstraße 21

Drag Party "Kings & Queens & Inbetweens"

Entry: 3 € (free entry for Kings & Queens)


For more information, check out the website of our Forum Geschlechterforschung ( or just click on the flyer below.

Ladyfest Saar 2012

We are organising the first Ladyfest in Saarland! We, that is the people of the department of North American Literary and Cultural Studies along with our partners and a bunch of sponsors. The program will go online soon. For more information on the ideas behind our Ladyfest and a provisionial program, our list of partners and interesting links, check out our website at


Transatlantic Dialogues: Presentation of Projects

an International Collaboration between
Saarland University, University of Vienna and Bradley University


Project Presentation by Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner (UdS)/Klaus Heissenberger (Vienna)/Prof. Dr. Tim Conley (BU) and students from Saarland University

Monday, November 8, 2010

5 p.m.

Schlosskeller, Saarbrücken

Transatlantic Dialogues (TAD) brings together students and faculty from 3 different universities (Saarland University, Bradley University, and the University of Vienna) to explore American Studies topics from a Cultural Studies perspective, making use of e?learning and team?teaching and the organization of onsite student team projects.

In the summer of 2010, TAD organized a three-week excursion "Lives(s) on the Mississippi," which explored the lived cultures of the Mississippi Valley past and present and their global impact. A "transregional space", the Mississippi Valley stretches across several distinct geographical and cultural regions of the U.S. (the Midwest, the South). Its rich cultural heritage, which includes literature by Mark Twain and William Faulkner, and popular music by Elvis Presley, has also left its imprint on global culture.

In this presentation, students from Saarland University will present joint projects that they have developed with students from Bradley University and the University of Vienna.

The presentation is kindly sponsored by the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Saarbrücken, the Regionalverband Saarbrücken and the German-Pennsylvanian Friendship Association.

See also the official TAD website and the original announcement letter

Staff Workshop

"Structures, Content, Contexts: Framing EFL teacher education in Germany and Austria"

PD Dr. Susanne Reichl (University of Vienna, Austria)

Monday, June 14, 2010

4 p.m.

Geb. C5 2, room 128

Organized by Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner and Dr. Roger Charlton.