Professorship of American Studies
Lectures and conference talks

Lectures and conference talks

  • "George Washington als multifunktionale Ikone der frühen amerikanischen Republik: Nationale Identität und kulturelles Gedächtnis in Bildern." SFB 948: "Helden – Heroisierungen – Heroismen: Transformationen und Konjunkturen von der Antike bis zur Moderne." Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 30.07.2014.
  • "Postindian Survivance as Analytical Framework in Native American Studies." Conference "Native North American Survivance and Memory: Celebrating Gerald Vizenor." University of Vienna, 20. - 23.07.2014.
  • "Public Photography and Private Lives: American Presidents and the Staging of Privacy." Conference of the Bavarian-American Academy on "Cultures of Privacy." Amerikahaus Munich, 28. - 30.05.2014.
  • "The Ecological Indian in the American Visual Imagination." 61th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies on "America after Nature: Democracy, Nature, Environment." Universität Würzburg, 12. - 15.06.2014.
  • "'Indianertümelei' im Film im transatlantischen Vergleich: USA, BRD, DDR." Ringvorlesung "'Indianerbilder' – Visuelle Repräsentationen von Native Americans."
    Technische Universität Dresden, 19.12.2013.
  • "'Privatizing' the White House: American Presidents and the Staging of their Private Lives in the Public Sphere." Workshop "Cultures of Privacy" at the America-Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, 29.06.2013.
  • "Shakira zwischen kolumbianischer Identität und transnational citizenship." Día de Colombia, Universität Passau, 24.01.2013.
  • "Remembering the Revolution – Constructing the Nation: Visual Narratives of the American Revolution in the Early Republic." Annual Conference of the Historians in the German Association of American Studies: "Visual Histories of the United States." Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing, 08. - 10.02.2013).
  • "Crafting the Presidential Story: The Electoral Narrative in Recent Presidential Campaigns." International Conference "Electoral Cultures: American Democracy and Choice." Amerika-Haus Munich, 01. - 04.11.2012).
  • "El Vez als kulturelle Ikone der mexikanisch-amerikanischen Borderlands." Día de Mexico, Universität Passau, 26.01.2012.
  • "Reclaiming the (Ethnic) Past: The Commemoration of Metacom/King Philip and Crispus Attucks in 19th-Century American Visual Culture." Colloquium "Perspectives on American Literature and Culture." John F. Kennedy Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, 15.12.2011.
  • "Coping with Trauma in American Literary Responses to 9/11." Conference "Representing Terrorism" at the University of Passau, 24. - 25.06.2011.
  • "Michelle Obama in den visuellen Traditionen der U.S.-Präsidentschaft." Vortrag auf der interdisziplinären Tagung "Das Phänomen Michelle Obama" an der Universität Regensburg, 20.01.11.
  • "'The Vanishing Indian' und Indianertümelei: Leinwand-Indianer aus deutsch-amerikanischer Sicht." Vortrag am Deutsch-Amerikanischen Zentrum, James-F.-Byrnes Institut, Stuttgart, 28.09.09.
  • "German 'Indianthusiasm' Reconsidered: The 'Noble Savage' in the Popular German Imagination." Lecture at the English Department of Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo, 11.09.08.
  • "The Construction of George Washington as Cincinnatus/Soldier-Farmer in Antebellum Visual Culture" in Workshop "Portraying Leadership, Narrating Crisis: Representations of the Presidency in American Literature and the Visual Arts." Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (Title: "The American Presidency") in Heidelberg, 15. - 18.05.2008.
  • "Between the Old Testament, the Declaration of Independence, and American Exceptionalism: Conservative Christian Colleges in the U.S." International Conference on "Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange" at the Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIAS), 31.01. - 01.02.2008.
  • "'A fighting army of amazones ... armed with spinning wheels': The Politicization of Sociability/Geselligkeit and the Transformation of the Female Sphere in the American Colonies During the Revolutionary Period." International Conference "Einsamkeit und Geselligkeit um 1800" at the University of Regensburg, 01. - 3.11.2007.
  • "Screen Indians in the EFL-Classroom: Transatlantic Perspectives" (plenary lecture). U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy on "Ethnic Visions" in Paderborn, organized by Peter Freese and Martina Kohl, 03. - 06.10.2007.
  • "'A very concerted effort to train top leaders': Christian Fundamentalism and Radical Political Conservatism in American Christian Colleges" in workshop on "Religious Experience and Sociopolitical Participation in Post-1945 America." Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (Title: "American Religions") in Bochum/Dortmund, 31.05. - 03.06.2007.
  • "'The Vanishing Indian' und Indianertümelei: Leinwand-Indianer aus deutsch-amerikanischer Sicht." Job talk for professorial position (W2 American Studies/Culture and Media Studies) at the University of Passau, 26.01.07.
  • "Gegenwartsbewältigung und '9/11' in der amerikanischen Literatur." Habilitations-Lecture at the University of Regensburg, 20.12.06.
  • "Native Americans on the Screen: Transnational Perspectives" (plenary lecture). Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies (Topic: "Native Americans and First Nations: A Transnational Challenge") at the University of Vienna, 16. - 19.11.2006.
  • "Ethnizität und Multikulturalismus: Amerikanische Politik und Kulturgeschichte am Beispiel der Native Americans — Die Cherokees." Teacher Academy for History Teachers ("Amerikastudien und Geschichtsunterricht: Positionen, Perspektiven, Fallstudien") at the University of Regensburg, 06. - 07.07.2006.
  • "Between Victimhood and Patriotism: Competing Visual Representations of Female Participation in the American Revolution During the Mid-19th Century." American Studies Conference ("Merits of Memory: Uses and Abuses of a Concept") at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, 24. - 26.06.2005.
  • "The Düsseldorf Academy of Art, Emanuel Leutze, and German American Transatlantic Exchange in the Mid-Nineteenth Century" in workshop on "Creative Encounters: American Visual Culture in a Transatlantic Perspective" (Chair: Astrid Böger and Christof Decker). Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (Topic: "Transatlantic Negotiations") in Frankfurt, 19. - 21.05.2005.
  • "The American Revolution Remembered, 1820s to 1850s: Competing Images/Competing Narratives of Female Participation in the Revolutionary War" (Workshop "Conserving the Revolution: The Politics of Memory in the New Republic"; Chair Janet Headley, Loyola University at Maryland; Commentator: Robert A. Gross, University of Connecticut). Annual Conference of the Organization of American Historians (Topic: "Revolutions") at Boston, MA, 25. - 28.03.2004.
  • "The American Revolution Remembered, 1820s to 1850s: Competing Images/Competing Narratives of African American Patriotism" in workshop on "Historical Personae & Events"; Chair: Reinhold Wagnleitner. Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies (Topic: "Icons and Iconicity") at the University of Graz, Austria, 07. - 09.11.2003.
  • "The American Revolution Remembered – Competing Images/Conflicting Narratives: Visual Representations of Female Patriotism" in workshop on the American Revolution (Commentator: Steve Bullock, Worcester Polytechnic Institute). Annual Conference of the New England Historical Association (NEHA), Bentley College, Waltham, MA, 26.04.2003.
  • "Whose Shot was first 'heard round the world': Competing Visual and Historical Narratives of the Beginnings of the American Revolution." Worcester State College, Worcester, MA, 31.10.2002.
  • "The American Revolution Remembered, 1820s – 1850s: Competing Images/Competing Narratives of African American Patriotism." American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, 05.11.2002.
  • "Native and Christian: Religion and Spirituality as Transcultural Negotiation in American Indian Novels of the 1990s." Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 21.11.2002.
  • "'Canonizing' Native American Literature: Integrating Native American Writing into the Survey of American Literature." Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 22.11.2002.
  • "Visual Art, Historical Understanding, and Cultural Memory: Reflections on Competing Images and Narratives of the 19th Century" (invited introductory lecture). American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA. Planning Meeting for the Exhibition Visualizing American History: Pictorial Representation and Historical Understanding (joint project by the AAS and the Henry E. Huntington Library of San Marino, CA), 13.12.2002 .
  • "Portraying the American Revolution: Images of George Washington as Sites of National and Cultural Memory." Annual Conference of the Polish Association for American Studies (Topic: "American Portraits – American Self-Portraits") in Lublin, Poland (11/01).
  • "Landscape as Site of American Cultural Memory in Emmanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware." International American Studies Conference "From Landscape to Technoscape" at the University of Bayreuth (10/01).
  • "The Native American Trickster as Global and Transcultural 'Principle' in Gerald Vizenor's Novels." Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (Topic: "Globalization – Americanization – Education") in Bremen (06/01).
  • "Transculturation as Strategy of Negotiating Cultural Identity in Contemporary Native American Fiction." Lecture at the University of Münster (11/00).
  • "Colonial Migration and Postcolonial Interpretation: The Cherokee Trail of Tears in Diane Glancy’s Novel  "Pushing the Bear." Annual Conference of the Postgraduate Workshop of the Society for New English Literatures (Topic: "Paradigms of the Postcolonial: Migration, Minority, Modernity") in Frankfurt (04/97).
  • "Lost and Found? Colonial Appropriation and Postcolonial Representation in Anna Lee Walters' Novel Ghost Singer." Annual Meeting of the American Indian Workshop of the European Association for American Studies in Frankfurt (03/97).
  • "Funny Strategies of Cultural Negotiation: American Indian Humor in Contemporary American Indian Literatures" Annual Conference of the Postgraduate Forum of the German Association for American Studies in Paderborn (11/96).
  • "Processes of Transculturation in Contemporary American Indian Literatures." Annual Conference of the Society for New English Literatures (Topic: "Spaces In-Between: Negotiating Boundaries in Postcolonial Writing") in Konstanz (10/96).
  • "Transculturation through Dialogism: Processes of Defining Identity in Contemporary American Indian Literatures." Conference of the European Association for American Studies (Topic: "Postwar American Indian Cultures at Home and Abroad: Transcultural Transactions and their Representations") in Warsaw, Poland (03/96).
  • "Transcultural Writing: Approaching Contemporary American Indian Literatures from Postcolonial Perspectives." Annual Conference of the Postgraduate Forum of the German Association for American Studies in Dortmund (10/95).
  • "Bridging the Gap: Strategies of Survival in James Welch's Novels." Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies (Topic: "Native Americans. First or Last in North American Society and Culture") in Innsbruck, Austria (11/94)

Experience with Conference Organization

  • "Visual Cultures – Transatlantic Perspectives." Conference of the Bavarian-American Academy. Amerikahaus München, 02.-04.07.2009.
  • "Amerikastudien und Geschichtsunterricht: Positionen, Perspektiven, Fallstudien." Teacher Training Conference (Lehrerfortbildung) for History Teachers. University of Regensburg, July 2006.
  • "American and British One-Act Plays in the EFL-Classroom." Teacher Training Conference (Lehrerfortbildung) for English Teachers. University of Regensburg, Oct. 2004.
  • "American Cultural Studies: Visual Culture in the EFL-Classroom." Teacher Training Conference (Lehrerfortbildung) for English Teachers. University of Regensburg, Nov. 2001.
  • "Sites of Memory in American Literatures and Cultures." International American Studies Conference. University of Regensburg, Mai 2000. Annual Conference of the Postgraduate Forum of the German Association for American Studies, University of Regensburg, Nov. 1999.

Workshops

  • "Representations of Native Americans: Toward a Transnational Paradigm?" (with Sabine N. Meyer). Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies on "Transnational American Studies" in Regensburg, 16. - 19.06.2011.
  • "Representations of Colonial Encounters in Early American Music and Visual Arts." Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (Title: "Colonial Encounters") in Halle-Wittenberg (05/02).

Teacher Workshops

  • "Representations of Race in American Film: The Cultural Function of Race and Ethnicity in Hollywood." Lehrerfortbildungslehrgang "American History and Cultures in American Literature, Movies, and Visual Arts." Teacher Academy at Dillingen, Nov. 2010.
  • "Hollywood Indians and Native Americans: The 'New Western' and Beyond." Lecture at the Tassilo-Gymnasium, Simbach a. Inn (10.12.09).
  • "Die visuelle Kultur der amerikanischen Demokratie." Vortrag im Rahmen des 8. Kontaktstudium für Geschichtslehrer an der Universität Regensburg: Die amerikanische Demokratie: Geschichte und Struktur des U.S.-Regierungssystems (20.11.09)
  • "'9/11' in Fact, Fiction, and Film." Lehrerfortbildungslehrgang "Teaching Modern American Cultures: Movies and Literature." Teacher Academy at Dillingen (Nov. 2007).
  • "'We’ve existed long enough as Hollywood Indians': Chris Eyre's Skins." U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy on "Ethnic Visions" in Paderborn, organized by Peter Freese and Martina Kohl (10/07).
  • "Representations of Native Americans in Recent Films." Fortbildungstagung für Seminarlehrer im Fach Englisch. Academy for Teacher Training in Dillingen (02/07)
  • "Native Americans on the Screen in Transatlantic Perspective: Dances With Wolves (1990), Last of the Mohicans (1992), Smoke Signals (1998)." Teacher's conference on "Teaching American Cultures at the Beginning of a New Century: Current Trends and Future Directions" at the Academy for Teacher Training in Dillingen (11/06).
  • "'We’ve existed long enough as Hollywood Indians': Chris Eyre’s Movie Skins (2002) in the EFL-Classroom." Teacher's conference on "Teaching American Cultures at the Beginning of a New Century: Current Trends and Future Directions" at the Academy for Teacher Training in Dillingen (11/06).
  • "Remembering the American Revolution in Visual Representations." U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy on "U.S. History and Politics and Visual Culture" in Tutzing, organized by Udo Hebel and Martina Kohl (10/03).