Warburg-Haus Hamburg, June 22-23, 2018

Festakt to celebrate Prof. Dr. Susanne Rohr (Hamburg)

Organized by Marius Henderson, Julia Lange and Jolene Mathieson

This symposium explores current trends in contemporary American literature and examines American literature’s continued importance as a global cultural mediator. At a time when nationalist tendencies in the United States as well as in Europe intensify, fictional texts and their critical potential for reflection acquire considerable social significance, particularly as promoters of transnational exchange. A relevant question in this context is to what extent this millennia-old cultural technique can reflect profound social upheavals in light of changed media conditions. Nineteen renowned scholars in the field of American Studies and related disciplines address this question through readings of the following topics:

1) the legacy of postmodernism and its contemporary revisions,
2) new practices of adaptation and appropriation,
3) neorealism and its revisions of old realist conventions,
4) the new gender, class and race politics of reading and writing fiction,
5) new American environmental fiction, and
6) the relationship between philosophy and poetics.

For more information, please see the symposium website.



Universität Hamburg, Monday, January 22, 2018, 10am-12pm

Guest lecture by

Prof. Dr. Herwig Friedl (Berlin)

„Not a Single World: Philosophical Echoes in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens“
The lecture will be given in the context of Prof. Dr. Jan Kucharzewski’s seminar Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself: Poetry and Philosophy in American Literature from Romanticism to Modernism.
Universität Hamburg, Institute of English and American Studies, Überseering 35 (room 01016), 22297 Hamburg