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Ruhr PhD Forum



About the Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies

The annual dissertation colloquium offers young scholars in American Studies a forum to present current research projects as work in progress. The organizers welcome contributors and guests focusing on the study of American history, culture, media, and literature from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Duisburg-Essen, and TU Dortmund. Every year, the presentations are accompanied by a special guest with a comprehensive perspective on American Studies to provide outside commentaries and methodological advice to the PhD students.


Conference Participants:

PhD students of American Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Duisburg-Essen, and TU Dortmund


Past Senior Experts (alphabetical order):

  • Hans Bak (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)
  • Kathleen G. Donohue (CMU Michigan, United States), 2009/2010 Fulbright Professor at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Peter Freese (Prof. em., Universität Paderborn, Germany)
  • Rüdiger Kunow (Prof. of American Literature and Culture, Potsdam University, Germany)
  • Giorgio Mariani (Prof. of American Literature, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy)
  • Bernd Ostendorf (Prof. em. LMU, München, Germany)
  • Steven D. Reschly (Prof. of History, Truman State University, United States)
  • Lynn Rose (Prof. of History, Truman State University, United States)
  • Alan Trachtenberg (Neil Gray, Jr. Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies, Yale, New Haven, United States)



Dr. Sina Nitzsche
Tel.: 0231 755-7927
M.A. B.A. Sandra Danneil
Tel.: 0231 755-8209

For more information please visit the website of the RuhrCenter of American Studies.