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Election Event Series: "Making Sense of the US-American Presidency
Four Years Later"

The Department of American Studies invites students, scholars, and guests to join our election event series and continue to gain a more thorough understanding of the American presidency and the 2024 presidential elections. Five (online) guest speakers from Appalachian State University, California State University, Chico, Emerson College, Emory University, and the University of Notre Dame will provide us with expert opinions and analyses, while the film screenings at the Leokino will allow us to discuss US-American politics and its cinematic depictions. During our election night viewing party on Nov. 5, 2024, we will follow the election in real time and test our presidential knowledge in a topical Pub Quiz co-organized by our student representatives.

For more information (dates, times and locations), please visit the event series website. | All events are open to the public.

Conference: Marco Polo and the European Image of Asia

Marco Polo’s narrative account of Asia in his Il Milione is one of the first and major sources to shape the European image of Asia for centuries to come. The Polo universe is vast, encompassing numerous vernacular and Latin versions of the account, which differ through their emphasis of specific aspects. This conference, commemorating the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo’s death in 2024, explores some of the different descriptions, projections, and phantasies of Asia in the light of Marco Polo’s Il Milione and beyond.

November 14-16, 2024 | Palais Claudiana  | Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mario Klarer

Past News and Events 2023/24 

Call for Applications - Study Abroad at Utah State University (USU)

Want to study abroad? Apply to study at Utah State University during the spring/summer semester 2025. Click on the links for detailed information about the application process and what it means to be an Aggie

Promotional Flyer | Application Period: May 15, 2024- July 15, 2024

Book Launch: Los Angeles and American Literature

Dr. Michael Docherty and Dr. Ben Robbins launch new books on twentieth-century American literature, both of which place Los Angeles at the heart of American cultural histories. In conversation with Sandra Tausel, the authors will discuss the intersecting themes of their books and LA’s unique position in global culture, followed by a Q&A.

 June 26, 2024| Die Bäckerei - Kulturbackstube or via Zoom | 19:00-21:00 | Free entry | Poster

Workshop: Queer Narratives of Exile, Travel, and Mobility

This one-day workshop, which is organized by Benjamin Robbins (Department of American Studies, project leader of “Networked Narratives”), will focus on the representation of LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized groups in literary and filmic works concerned with exile, migration, and transnational movement. Presentations will be given by Heather K. Love (University of Pennsylvania), Ralph Poole (University of Salzburg), Benjamin Robbins (University of Innsbruck), Antonio Salmeri (University of Innsbruck), and Robyn Warhol (Ohio State University).

 June 06, 2024| Claudiana | 9:15- 17:00 | registration needed:  | free admission 


„Mexiko und die Erdölindustrie im US-amerikanischen Genrefilm: Ausbeutung – kulturelle Aneignung – prähistorische Monster“  

Dr. Michael Fuchs (Innsbruck) wird zum Thema  Mexiko und die Erdölindustrie im US-amerikanischen Genrefilm: Ausbeutung – kulturelle Aneignung – prähistorische Monster sprechen. Nach dem Vortrag können sehr gerne auch Fragen gestellt werden. Wir freuen uns auf Ihr Kommen! 
Im Rahmen der ZIAS-Veranstaltungsreihe im Sommersemester 2024:

June 06, 2024 | 19:15 Uhr | Hörsaal 6 | Dr. Michael Fuchs

StV Event for First Semester Students

Join the StV to start off your semester equipped with all the necessary information about your studies. Representatives of the Department of American Studies and the Department of English will also be there to answer your questions.

Mar. 6, 2024| HS 5 | 5:30 pm

Gender Research Day 2024

The Department of English and the Department of American Studies are organizing their first Gender Research Day and are inviting you to learn about and discuss various approaches to gender in cultural and literary studies, as well as linguistics. 

Jan. 12, 2024| Ágnes-Heller-Haus, Room 14 | 9:30- 14:30 | No registration needed 

Forum Museum - Museum im Film: The Square (2017)

Film screening of  The Square (2017) by Ruben Östlund with an introduction by Christian Quendler at the Forum Museum in the Ferdinandeuum

Dec. 12, 2023| Ferdinandeum | 18:00 | No registration needed, entry free

Literary Quartet

Join the Department of English for their biannual Literary Quartet. This time members of the Department of English and the Department of American Studies will discuss Sarah Bernstein's The Study of Obedience, T.C. Boyle's Blue Sky, Richard Flanagan's The Living Sea of Walking Dreams, and Jesmyn Ward's Sing Unburied Sing.

Dec. 6, 2023 | Studia Buchhandlung (Innrain 52 f) | 7 pm 

Call for Applications - Study Abroad at Utah State University WiSe 2024/25

Want to study abroad? Apply to study at Utah State University during the fall/winter semester 2024/25. Click on the links for detailed information about the application process and what it means to be an Aggie

Application Period: Nov. 15, 2023 to Dec. 1, 2023  

Hearings: Postdoctoral Associate ("Laufbahnstelle – QV")

You are cordially invited to attend the public lectures by the candidates for the position as Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of American Studies.

November 20, 2023, 09:00 am, HS 5| November 21, 09:00 am, HS F 

"The Alps and the Horrors of the Anthropocene" by Michael Fuchs 

This talk will situate two Austrian horror movies within the context of Anthropocene horrors: Blood Glacier (2013) and Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies (2015). Both films struggle with global warming’s effects on alpine regions, but in different ways. Lederhosen Zombies’ titular monsters emerge in response to trying to counter global warming’s expected effects on winter tourism. In the process, the always-hungry undead come to embody capitalism’s insatiable hunger, which ultimately destroys that which nourishes it. Blood Glacier, on the other hand, revolves around the idea that global warming will set free microorganisms that have lain dormant in permafrost for hundreds of thousands of years. While much of the film’s runtime focuses on how humans fight the monstrous hybrids that the prehistoric microorganisms create, a humanoid hybrid emerges as humankind’s hope for future existence (in altered form) on a human-altered planet.

November 9, 2023 | 15:00-16:30 pm| FSP-Tag: Imaginarien des Alpinen | Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen (Weiherburggasse 13, Innsbruck) 

"Haunted Media: Remediating Videogames in Horror Movies" by Michael Fuchs

From Friedrich Kittler to John Durham Peters and from Roland Barthes to Siegbert Solomon Prawer, scholars have frequently associated media with ghosts. Horror, Adam Daniel has remarked, “has historically infected both emerging forms and the technologies which deliver them, parasitically preying upon the fears that emerge from these developments.” Accordingly, it is not surprising that horror has engaged with digital media and technologies in various ways. This talk will focus on the depiction of videogames in horror movies such as Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare(1991), Stay Alive (2006), Livescream (2018), and Choose or Die (2022). All of these films grapple with various fears and anxieties connected to digital technologies (and videogames, in particular), but some of them also acknowledge the values of digital technologies for community-building and marginalized communities.

October 10, 2023 |12:00–1:30pm | HS5 | Lecture Series “Comparative Perspectives on New Media: Game Studies”

Welcome Event for First-Year BA Students in English and American Studies and the Teacher Training Program Subject English

The Departments of English and American Studies invite all first-year BA students to their joint welcome event. New students will have a chance to learn more about both departments, meet their instructors, and ask questions. No registration required.

October 10, 2023 |6 pm| HS 5 3/4 

Presentation: Innsbruck University Movie Database (IUMD)

The IUMD is a meta-search engine that enables a film search in all media collections of the Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture and the University Library Innsbruck (ULB) and covers almost the entire stock of films that can be checked out by teachers and students at the University of Innsbruck. IUMD searches the holdings of the following archives: Sonja Bahn Video Archive of the Department of American Studies, Media Collection of the Department of English Studies, Media Archive of the Department of Slavic Studies, ULB Innsbruck (including the film holdings of the Department of Romance Studies, the Innsbruck Newspaper Archive and the Faculty of Theology).

During the presentation, Christian Quendler (Department of American Studies) and Eva Binder (Department of Slavic Studies) will offer a brief insight into the history of these media archives and pay tribute to important pioneers of university AV collections. Afterwards, Raphael Unterweger, the developer of the metasearch engine, will introduce the IUMD.

May 25, 2023 | 5:15 pm| HS 6 

Screeing of Brainwashed: Sex - Camera - Power and Audience Discussion

A special preview screening of Nina Menkes’ documentary Brainwashed (2022) will take place at Leokino in Innsbruck. Menkes’ documentary uses clips and scenes from around 200 films to illustrate how women have been objectified by the male gaze across cinema history from Vertigo to Lost in Translation. It features interviews with prominent women filmmakers, actors, and film theorists. The screening will be followed by an audience discussion with Katherine Dahlquist-Bauer (Comparative Literature) and Ben Robbins (Department of American Studies, University of Innsbruck).

May 24, 2023 |8 pm| Leokino 

Literary Quartet

This semester's Literary Quartet organized by the Department of English will take place on May 24. Anja Hartl (Dept. of English), Christoph Singer (Dept. of English), Ulla Ratheiser (Dept. of English), and Sandra Tausel (Dept. of American Studies) will discuss  four novels: Natasha Brown, Assembly; Jonathan Coe, Bourneville; Gabriela Garcia, Of Women and Salt; and Ingrid Persaud, Love After Love

May 24, 2023|7 pm | Studiabuchhandlung (Innrain 52) | Free admission


Project Presentation: "Queer Exile Literature and the Island of Capri" by Ben Robbins

Ben Robbins (Department of American Studies) will offer an introduction to his research project on “Networked Narratives: Queer Exile Literature 1900-1969,” which is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The event is organized by the university research centre Cultures in Contact (KiK). Robbins will particularly focus on Anglophone writers who relocated to Capri in the early decades of the twentieth century, a period when many queer men and women left Northern Europe and the United States due to the criminalization of homosexuality. The lecture will be followed by a discussion.

May 24, 2023| 3:15-4:45 pm | Room 40904, Geiwi-Turm (9th floor) and online 

Guest Lecture: "Filmfestival im Waldhüttl" by Matthias Windischer & Susanne Meier

This guest lecture is part of Prof. Quendler's class "Film Culture and Film Education" (610022).

May 11, 2023| 12:00-1:30 pm | SR 40130 (Geiwi-Turm, 1st floor)  

ZIAS-Lecture Series - Inside Mountains: Material Extractions & Mythical Exploits in the Americas

April 20, 2023, 6 pm, HS 2 | April 27, 6 pm, HS 2 | May 11, 6 pm, HS 2 | May 22, 10:15 am, 50109/3 SR | June 5, 6 pm, HS 2

From Nixon to Trump: Changes in US Media Coverage - A Two-Part Event

Part 1: Guest Lecture by Dr. Ardoin; April 19, 2023, 6 pm, HS 7

Part 2: Screening of The Post; May 10, 2023, 6:15 pm, Leokino

Welcome Event for First-Year BA Students in English and American Studies

The Departments of English and American Studies invite all first-year BA students to their joint welcome event. New students will have a chance to learn more about both departments, meet their instructors, and ask questions. No registration required.

Mar. 16, 2023 |6 pm| HS 5 3/4 

Welcome Event for First Semester MA Students at the Faculty of Language, Literature, and Culture

Feb. 14, 2023| 2:00 pm | via Zoom (no registration necessary) 

Guest Lecture: Sandra Tausel on "Freedom in the Homeland of the Free? Reading Narratives of Japanese American Incarceration

In the Interdisciplinary Lecture Series: "Positionen der Literaturwissenschaft"

Jan. 24, 2023 |10:15-11:45 am| GeiWi-Turm, HS 4 

Vortragsreihe: Gaming & Wissenschaft: Disziplinäre Zugänge zu den Game Studies

Seminarraum 40935, GeiWi-Turm | jeweils mittwochs  

Welcome to Visiting Professor Dr. Phillip J. Ardoin

The Department of American Studies is thrilled to welcome Dr. Phillip J. Ardoin (Appalachian State University) as a visiting professor during the spring/summer semester 2023.


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