Conference Program


Thursday, May 18


10:00-11:00              Registration


11:00-12:30              Conference Opening + Keynote Address

Opening: AYA and Kellee Farmer, Cultural Attaché/Public Afffairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Vienna

Keynote: Prof. C. Richard King, Washington State University

“Understanding America and/in Europe: Comparison, Circulation, and Contestation”


12:30-14:00              Lunch break


14:00-16:00              Panel I
                                  Transnational Ideologies and Liminal Identities
                                  Chair: Georg Drennig

Thomas Stelzl (Passau)
Same Same but Different? The Culture of US Foreign Policy and the Trump Administration 

Betsy Leimbigler (Berlin)
Welfare and Health Care’s Role in Creating and Maintaining Inequalities

Jiann-Chyng Tu (Berlin)
Black American Berlin? Postwar Black American Literature and the Legacy of W.E.B. DuBois’s “Cosmopolitan Nationalism”

Rebekka Schuh (Graz)
Working on the Threshold: Liminality in Academia


16:00-16:30              Coffee break


16:30-18:30              Panel II
                                  The Many Faces of American Literature
                                  Chair: Susanne Hamscha

Maria Kaspirek (Erlangen)
“An Exposition of Our Science”: The (Ab)Uses of Literature in Nineteenth-Century Medical Writing 

Alekszandra Rokvity (Graz)
Donald Barthelme’s Snow White: A Manifest of Postmodernism

Marie Dücker (Graz)
New Forms of Empathy in the Intermedial Contemporary American Young Adult Suicide Narrative

Tamara Radak (Vienna)
“Maybe the war will be over”: Discarded Future(s) and Equivocal Endings in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms


18:30-19:30              Wine Reception at Amerika-Haus


Ca. 19:30                  Dinner


Friday, May 19


08:30                        Coffee/Registration


09:00-11:00             Panel III
                                  From Cinema to Seriality: America on Screen
                                 Chair: Roberta Hofer

Irina Cruz Pereira (Barcelona)
Hollywood’s New Action Heroines: Third Wave Feminism or Postfeminist Utopia?

Christoph Straub (Salzburg)
Visions of Fourth World Femininity: Strong Women in Contemporary Indigenous Cinema

Manuela Neuwirth (Graz)
Post-Fact Society and the Revolutionary Potential of Affect in American Dystopian Cinema

Barbara Maly-Bowie (Vienna)
Dear White People: Netflix as Site of ‘Private Mobilisation’


 11:00-11:30              Coffee break


 11:30-13:00              Panel IV
                                   Super Wo(Men): Visualizing Gender and Identity
                                   Chair: Eugen Banauch

Elisabeth Krieber (Salzburg)
Tracing the Female Gaze: A Critical Visual Analysis of Phoebe Gloeckner’s Comics

Angelika Schneider (Klagenfurt)
Wonder Woman for President: Representation of Femininity in the Golden Age Period of Wonder Woman (1942-43)

Ranthild Salzer (Vienna)
Not Just for White Boys Anymore: Superhero Identity as Inclusive American Identity Performance


13:00-14:30              Lunch break


13:00-14:30              Panel V
                                  Women of the Hour: Body Politics and Female Selfhood
                                  Chair: Judith Kohlenberger

Elisabeth Lechner (Vienna)
Gross! On the New Visibility of ‘Disgusting’ Female Bodies in American Popular Culture

Anneliese Heinisch (Graz)
‘Out here...trash rises’: Bodily Fragmentation and Refiguring White Trash Female Identities in Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina

Alina Schumacher (Münster)
Disenfranchised Mothers and Maternity Insurance: Tracing Progressive Arguments in Ernest Hemingway’s Short Stories


16:00-16:30              Coffee break


16:30-18:00             Panel VI
erspectives on/from the ‘Other’ Side
                                 Chair: Leo Lippert

Rafaela Iacobescu (Graz)
The Return of the Prodigal ‘Other’: A Leitmotif in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Mona Raeisian (Marburg)
Modus Operandi: Ideology and Abjection in American Serial Killer Fiction

Maximilian Feldner (Graz)
Neocolonialism and Oil in Helon Habila's Oil on Water


18:00                         Closing Remarks


Ca. 18:30                   Conference Dinner