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Dedicated to highlighting currents of North American Studies in Germany.Also on spotify and itunes, or follow Talking American Studies on twitter/facebook/instagram!About the host/creator: I'm Verena Adamik, and I teach and research American Studies at the University of Potsdam. For my PhD project, I investigated the link between the United States' national narrative and utopianism by looking at fictional renditions of utopian communities (i.e. 'communes') in the nineteenth century. I am currently turning some of my findings into a book. Further research interests include horror fiction and African American writing, specifically sf, horror, and literary responses to White supremacist discourse. Because I miss going to seminars and lectures, I decided to just get scholars to spill their intellectual beans in this podcast.
6 Episodes
In this episode, Prof. Dr. Elahe Haschemi Yekani , Prof. Dr. Martin Klepper, Emma Kimmell, and  Nisreen Habib,(Humboldt-Universität Berlin) reflect on university politics, racism, structural change and, of course, American Studies. The interview was inspired by a town hall meeting at the American Studies section of the Department of English and American Studies of the HU, organized by Daphne Beers, Julia Dutschke, Kristina Graaff, Nisren Habib, Thao Ho, Lia Kindinger, Martin Klepper, Sophie von Lentzke, and Alina Weiermüller. The episode is hosted by Dr. Verena Adamik and Anja Söyünmez.Arghavan, Mahmoud, et al. Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt? Transcript Verlag, 2019.Bader-Ginsburg, Ruth., Ta-Nehisi., Angela Y. Angela Davis of English and American Studies HU Berlin, W. E. B., Martin., Audre., F.O., Ocean. Yekani, Elahe. promised, podcast recommendations on the topics discussed, curated by yours truly, Anja Söyunmez.Lynching in America -; Witness Black History;; Pod Save the People - ; Seeing White; The Breakdown Music Intro/OutroTitle: pine voc - coconut macaroon; Author: Stevia Sphere; Source: License: Royalty Free Open Music from
 … all about conspiracy theories – Prof. Michael Butter (University Tübingen) talks about the history of conspiracy theories and their status today, about relating academic research to public audiences, and the importance of engaging with so-called unloved subjects. Last but not least - we're talking American Studies! Hosted by Verena Adamik & Anja Söyünmez (University of Potsdam)FeaturingProf. Dr. Michael Butter Verena Adamik Agamben, Giorgio. “Una domanda.” Quodlibet, April 13, 2020., Clare. Knowledge Goes Pop: from Conspiracy Theory to Gossip. Berg,2006.Butter, Michael. Nichts ist, wie es scheint: Über Verschwörungstheorien. Suhrkamp, 2018. Butter, Michael. “Einfache Wahrheiten für eine komplizierte Welt.” Deutschlandfunk Nova Hörsaal, 2008.Butter, Michael. Plots, Designs, and Schemes: American Conspiracy Theories from the Puritans to the Present. de Gruyter, 2014.Butter, Michael; Knight, Peter. Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories. Routledge, 2020. Butter, Michael. The Epitome of Evil: Hitler in American Fiction, 1939-2002. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.Butter, Michael. The Nature of Conspiracy Theories. Polity, 2020.Butter, Michael. “Warum gibt es gerade so viele Verschwörungstheorien?” Politikstunde. bpb, 2020., Mark. Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture. U of Minnesota P, 2008.Fielding, Nigel. “Mediating the Message: Affinity and Hostility in Research on Sensitive Topics”, Researching Sensitive Topics. Sage, 1993.Hofstadter, Richard. “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” Harper's Magazine, 1964. Knight, Peter. Conspiracy Culture: American Paranoia from the Kennedy Assassination to the X-Files. London: Routledge, 2001.Lamberty, Pia. Fake Facts: Wie Verschwörungstheorien unser Denken bestimmen. Bastei, 2020. Thalmann, Katharina.The Stigmatization of Conspiracy Theory Since the 1950s. Routledge, 2019.Turner, Patricia A. I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture. U of California P, 1994. Sanders-Mcdonagh, Erin. “Conducting ‘Dirty Research’ with Extreme Groups” Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, vol 9, no. 3, 2014.Zeit Online – das Politikteil “Was tun, wenn der Nachbar fantasiert?” Intro/OutroTitle: pine voc - coconut macaroon; Author: Stevia Sphere; Source: License: Royalty Free Open Music
In this episode we are talking White Supremacy in American Studies: Cedric Essi ( and Samira Spatzek ( are discussing the newest issue of COPAS – Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, which features the work of early career scholars, this time on Whiteness and White Supremacy.Works Cited and RecommendedThe special issue White Supremacy in the USA, with articles by Axelle Germanaz, Cord-Heinrich Plinke, Nele Sawallisch, Rahab Njeri, Mariya Dimitrova Nikolova andTill Kadritzke is now available under Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. 2012.Anderson, Carol. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. 2016.Applebaum, Barbara. “Critical Whiteness Studies.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. 2016.Arghavan, Mahmoud, Nicole Hirschfelder, and Katharina Motyl. “Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt? Facing Problems of Race, Racism, and Ethnic Diversity in the Humanities in Germany:  A Survey of the Issues at Stake.” Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt? Facing Problems of Race, Racism, and Ethnic Diversity in the Humanities in Germany. Transcript, 2019, pp. 9-42.Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. 2008. Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Racism without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States. 2010.Broeck, Sabine. White Amnesia – Black Memory? Women's Writing and History. 1999.Bruce-Jones, Eddie. Race in the Shadow of Law: State Violence in Contemporary Europe. 2017.De Lillo, Don. Zero K. 2016. Deloria, Philip J. Playing Indian.1998.DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility. 2018.Easy Rider. Dir. Dennis Hopper, 1969.Haney-López, Ian. White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race. 1996.Harris, Cheryl I. “Whiteness as Property.” Harvard Law Review, vol. 106, no. 8, 1993.hooks, bell. “Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination.”1992. Displacing Whiteness. Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism. 1997.Ignatiev, Noel. How the Irish Became White. 1995.Jones-Rogers, Stephanie. They Were Her Property. White Women as Slave Owners in the American South. 2019.Kuppan, Viji. “Crippin’ Blackness: Narratives of Disabled People of Color from Slavery to Trump.” The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicity Racial Violence. 2018.McRae, Elizabeth Gillespie. Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy. 2018. Mills, Charles W. The Racial Contract. 1997.Mitchell, David, and Sharon Snyder. “The Eugenic Atlantic: Race, Disability, and the Making of an International Eugenic Science, 1800-1945.” Disability and Society, vol. 18, no. 7, 2003.Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.1992.Paul, Heike. Kulturkontakt und Racial Presences: Afro-Amerikaner und die deutsche Amerika-Literatur, 1815-1914. 2005.
Black Canada - Dr. Nele Sawallisch and Rahab Njeri are talking American Studies: about the long history of Black people in the 'great white north,' about slavery in Canada, about what happens once people reached the final destination of the underground railroad, and about oversights and erasure in archives and academia."There is a well-rehearsed, confident American master narrative; there is that series of regional and national novella accounts that, with appropriate diffidence, diffusion, and non-assertion, make up a great Canadian narrative, on that often seems to attain its most solid credentials as a counter narrative to the American one." (Healy 6)"Northrop Frye once noted that all societies, in the process of developing an identity, draw a magic circle of mythological language around themselves, giving them an account of who they want to be - distinctive, particular, often touched by divine approbation" (Healy 6)Clarke, George Elliott. Africadian History: An Exhibition Catalogue. 2001.Cooper, Afua. Breaking Chains.1984.Davis, Angela Y. Angela Davis: An Autobiography. 2008.Frye, Northrop. The Bush Garden. Ananasi, 1971.Healy, J.J. "From Adam to Multi-Ethnic Cowboy: The New History, Politics, and Geography of North America in a Canadian - American Context" Context North America. Canadian/U.S. Literary Relations. ed. Camillie R. la Bossiére. 1994.Hill, Lawrence. The Book of Negroes. Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority, Library, 2017.Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. Holt, 1970.Nelson, Charmaine A. Towards an African Canadian Art History: Art, Memory, and Resistance. 2018.Rhodes, Jane. Mary Ann Shadd Cary: the Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century. 1999.Sawallisch, Nele. Fugitive Borders: Black Canadian Cross-Border Literature at Mid-Nineteenth Century. Transcript, 2019.Siemerling, Winfried. The Black Atlantic Reconsidered: Black Canadian Writing, Cultural History, and the Presence of the Past. 2015.Smallwood, Thomas. A Narrative of Thomas Smallwood, (Coloured Man:) Giving an Account of His Birth--The Period He Was Held in Slavery--His Release--and Removal to Canada, etc. Together With an Account of the Underground Railroad. Written by Himself. Toronto: James Stephens, 1851. Documenting the American South. 2001. Online.Trudel, Marcel, et al. Canadas Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage. Véhicule, 2013.Walcott, Rinaldo. Black like Who?: Writing Black Canada. 2018.Winks, Robin W. The Blacks in Canada: A History. 2008.Music Intro/OutroTitle: pine voc - coconut macaroon; Author: Stevia Sphere; Source: License: Royalty Free Open Music from
We’re talking American Studies, Black Canadian Studies, Postcolonial studies, subjectivity and agency, HBCUs, Monticello, Sally Hemings, Zora Neale Hurston, Dawn, --- and that’s just the beginning. Featuring Chet'la Sebree (Bucknell University), Erik Redling (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg), Michael Drexler (Bucknell University), Nele Sawallisch (Obama Institute, University of Mainz), Nicole Waller (University of Potsdam) and Niya Bates (International Center for Jefferson Studies). Hosted by Yasmin Künze & Verena Adamik (University of Potsdam). Homepage Symposium CitedDrexler, Michael. The Traumatic Colonel: The Founding Fathers, Slavery, and the Phantasmatic Aaron Burr. 2014.Drexler, Michael. The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States. 2016.Goodman, Nelson. Ways of Worldmaking. 2013.Redling, Erik. Translating Jazz into Poetry: From Mimesis to Metaphor. 2017.Redling, Erik. “Speaking of Dialect”: Translating Charles W. Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales Into Postmodern Systems of Signification. 2006.Risser, James. Heidegger toward the Turn: Essays on the Work of the 1930s. 1999.Sawallisch, Nele. Fugitive Borders: Black Canadian Cross-Border Literature at Mid Nineteenth Century. Transcript, 2019.Sebree, Chet’la. Mistress. New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2019.Siemerling, Winfried. The Black Atlantic Reconsidered: Black Canadian Writing, Cultural History, and the Presence of the Past. 2015.Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty, et al. Imperative Zur Neuerfindung Des Planeten = Imperatives to Re-Imagine the Planet. 2013.Ward, Samuel Ringgold. Autobiography of a Fugitive Negro: His Anti-slavery Labours in the United States, Canada, & England. London: John Snow, 1855. Documenting the American South. 2001. Web. 25 Aug. 2012.Warren, Richard. Narrative of the Life and Sufferings of Rev. Richard Warren, (A Fugitive Slave). Written By Himself. Hamilton: Christian Advocate, 1856. Internet Archive. Edmonton. Web. 4 March 2013. Music Intro/OutroTitle: pine voc - coconut macaroon; Author: Stevia Sphere; Source: License: Royalty Free Open Music from
Our very first episode features the two editors of the current special issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies on Digital Humanities. They are talking about the challenges and advantages of DH, bring up some of their favorite projects that merge computational methods and North American Studies, and even give some advice for complete beginners.Listen in, and let me know what you think!FeaturingDr. Alexander Dunst: Dennis Mischke Adamik Projects and Papers mentionedArcGIS (mapping tools):, Timothy. “The Digital Humanities Bust,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2017. Geobrowser: Maps (mapping tool): Narrativity (research group on Graphic novels with Dr. Alexander Dunst): Electronic Library: Stanford Literary Lab:, Manfred. “Geleitwort.” Digital Humanities. Grundlagen und Technologien für die Praxis, by Susanne Kurz. Springer, 2016. vii – viii. The Viral Texts Project: (word cloud and concordance tool): Music Intro/OutroTitle: pine voc - coconut macaroon; Author: Stevia Sphere; Source: License: Royalty Free Open Music from All links were last checked on Dec. 15, 2018. They are provided as an information service. The creator of this podcast and the parties involved in creating the podcast have no control over third party sites and are not responsible or liable for any content or material on such sites, do not endorse the linked sites or resources or the respective contents thereof, nor are they responsible or liable, whether directly or indirectly, for any damages or loss caused or sustained in connection with any use or reliance on information or material obtained from third party sites.​
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