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American Studies

Our research profile

American Studies research in Dortmund is characterized by its dialogical character – by the interaction between international researchers from different countries and American cultural issues; between dominant and subversive cultural spheres; between German and American literatures and cultures; between ‘culture’ and ‘technology’; between literary texts, visual representations and electronic media; between voices from the 19th and the 21st century; between local or regional places and transnational spaces.

We view American culture as a system of relationships and focus on the investigation of the extensive historical, discursive and global network in which it is embedded. We are deeply convinced that our research needs to give voice to those individuals and groups that are not easily heard and that it is the task of Ameriacn Studies abroad to address the polyphonic diversity of our target culture and to contribute to its understanding in an international context.

For further information on our research activities, please visit the staff's web pages.


Our current research areas include:

  • African American Music, Popular Culture and
  • (Post-)Fordism, Mobility, Culture and Technology
  • International Student Relations
  • 19th century Cultural and Literary Criticism
  • Family, Gender and Memory
  • German American, Exile and Transnational Cultures
  • Spaces and Places: New York City, the American South, Alaska
  • ‘Traditional’ and ‘New’ Media, New Media Cultures


Information on staff activities

Individual research interests of our faculty members



Research consists of creating and maintaining academic networks.  American Studies in Dortmund emphasize the importance of intellectual exchange by frequently hosting confernces.


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