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American Studies in Austria – Graz 2007

By 15. March 2007August 2nd, 2018No Comments

The participants of the 34th AAAS conference explored the topic “American Studies in Austria.” The event took place on October 22-25, 2007, at the Exerzitienhaus der Barmherzigen Schwestern in Graz. It was organized by Hanna Wallinger and Dorothea Steiner from the University of Salzburg.

The idea is to engage in intensive self-reflexion about our dealing with the field of American Studies in our research and teaching. The state-of-the-art, as viewed and practiced in European American Studies and in our national academic framework.

Working Panels:

  • Teaching ‘American Studies’ in English and American Studies Departments: Literature and Cultural Studies
    Structural questions: proportion, cooperation and competition with English Literature and British Studies; what is our claim to the New Literatures? the place of American literature in Introductions to the Study of Literature; do we teach American Civilization or North American Civilization? what are the basics that we teach? what textbooks do we use? the status of anthologies: surveys (Norton/Heath; Breidlid), special areas; status of Reading Lists.
  • Teaching within / against departmental constraints
    How much AS can be offered – in History, Geography, Political Science, Philosophy, Ethnology, Economics, Translation Studies, Communication, Media Studies, etc.? What are the possibilities for cooperation with Amerikanistik in the different universities?
  • The place of American English in English Departments and in schools
    How much? how organized? Is it part of a departmental policy? What do Am. lectors offer?
  • Amerikanistik im Studienplan: B.A. English / American Studies
    Literary Studies, Reading List, Cultural Studies; American English, Linguistics, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Fachdidaktik
  • American Studies as / and Postcolonial Studies:
    (Shall we leave the anglophone world to British Studies? the possibilities of comparative studies, transatlantic (incl. Africa), intra-North American Studies: the Canadian component, Chicano/a); the chances and limits of a global engagement; what ‘area studies’ make the most sense – the Caribbean, the Americas?

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Conference Program (PDF)