Master of Arts in American Studies (MAS) program

The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for its newly designed four-semester Master of Arts in American Studies (MAS) program.

The MAS is an interdisciplinary program taught in English and aimed at qualified graduate students from Germany and around the world. It provides students with in-depth knowledge about the United States of America from an outside perspective.

The curriculum includes classes in human geography, history, literary and cultural studies, political science, economics and religious history. The unique design of the MAS gives students ample opportunity to choose an individual configuration for their course of study, including multiple combinations of disciplines. Individual study plans may concentrate on disciplines from the humanities or the social sciences, or combine both. MAS students benefit from both excellent academic teaching by internationally renowned scholars and an interdisciplinary approach that meets the needs of professional and academic careers.

The program is tuition free for EU-citizens. For non-EU students, the state of Baden-Württemberg charges a fee of 1,500 Euro per semester.

We would like to ask you for your support in making the MAS program known to students in your department who might be interested in the program. We would be very grateful if you could forward the attached poster and flyer to your colleges within the related fields and to students who might be interested in the program and/or display them in a prominent location in your department or institute.

International applications for the winter semester 2020 will be accepted from May 1 to June 15, 2020.

Further information on the HCA and its MAS program, as well as application forms, are available at in a flyer, or on the web or

2020 Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies

Friday, 31 January and Saturday, 01 February 2020 at Ruhr-University Bochum and TU Dortmund University

Invitation and Call for Papers
The doctoral colloquium Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies offers PhD candidates in American Studies from the University Alliance Ruhr (UAR) a forum to present their dissertation projects as work in progress. The UAR consists of the Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen.
We welcome contributions focusing on the study of American history, culture, media, and literature. Presentations will be discussed by peers, American Studies professors of the three universities, and further senior scholars with a comprehensive perspective on American Studies. Commentators will provide advice and ideas on contents, theoretical foundations, as well as methodology.
If you are interested in participating, please submit your proposal to by 30 November 2019 including
• title of your presentation
• abstract (max. 300 words)
• a short biographical note (max. 5 sentences)
• technical requirements (notebook, projector, loudspeakers, Internet connection, etc.).

Presentations should not exceed 15–20 minutes and will be followed by a discussion.
The final program for the 2020 Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies as well as further information on the conference will be posted at the RuhrCenter of American Studies website http://www.amstudies-

Organizing Committee:
Rafael Alves Azevedo (Duisburg-Essen) Anna Bongers (Bochum) Sandra Danneil (Dortmund) Elisabeth Haefs (Duisburg-Essen) Zohra Hassan-Pieper (Duisburg-Essen) Chris Katzenberg (Bochum) Hannes Koberg (Bochum) Laura Kost (Dortmund) Johannes Maria Krickl (Bochum) Hanna Rodewald (Dortmund)
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2020 Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies!

Call For Submissions to a Special Issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal

International Dickinson: Scholarship in English Translation

Because English is the dominant language in Dickinson studies, the flow of ideas tends to move in one direction, even while excellent scholarship is published in other languages. WIth the goal of promoting scholarly dialogue across languages and cultures, we invite submissions for a special issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal devoted to translations into English of recent critical work on the poet published in other languages. As Domhnall Mitchell and others have noted, interest in Dickinson’s writing continues to grow in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and other parts of the world: currently there are major translation projects underway in places like Japan, Taiwan, China, and Brazil. Global interest in Dickinson’s work, however, has surpassed global scholarly communication networks, which tend to be restricted by national and linguistic boundaries.

Seeking to represent a nationally diverse range of critical perspectives on Dickinson’s work, the editors invite scholars to submit abstracts in English of no more than 500 words of published, peer-reviewed essays and book chapters published in other languages in the last five years. We will then review the abstracts and extend invitations to scholars to translate their work into English in full or in part for publication in the fall 2020 issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal. To maximize the diversity of the scholarly work presented in the issue, a second section will feature abstract-length presentations of books, chapters and articles. We therefore also invite scholars interested in this section to send 500-word summaries of recent publications or work in progress in the last five years, to be published in abstract form. For a third section, we seek abstracts (250-300 words) of PhD dissertations on Dickinson defended in the last five years or still in progress. It is our hope that this issue will bring new perspectives to an international readership. The issue offers a unique opportunity for international scholars to make their work more widely available, and for English-speaking scholars to enrich their critical perspectives on Dickinson. Please submit abstracts to all 3 editors of this issue, Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau (, Li-hsin Hsu ( and Eliza Richards ( Provide the bibliographical information for the original publication or contextual information for the work in progress, along with a short cv. Deadline for submission: January 15, 2020.


Heidelberg Center for American Studies 17th Spring Academy Conference:

The CFP for the BAAS 2020 conference at the University of Liverpool is now open. Full details here:

Terra Foundation for American Art Academic Awards

Apply now for Terra Foundation for American Art Academic Awards, Fellowships and Grants.
These grants enable scholars outside the United States to consult resources and visit collections within the United States. The foundation accepts proposals from doctoral students and postdoctoral and senior scholars working on American art and visual culture prior to 1980. More
These grants offer US-based scholars working on American art and visual culture prior to 1980 the opportunity to conduct research abroad. Grant funding is available for doctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior scholars, whose projects require the study of materials outside the United States. More
The Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American Art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in the historic village of Giverny, France. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists to foster reflection and debate. More
Three eight-month visiting professorships will aim at fostering the cross-cultural, trans-disciplinary scholarly engagement with North American Art at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin and the art history departments of Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität, respectively. Visiting professors will offer two specialized seminars per semester in American Art History (B.A. and M.A. levels) and participate in the larger academic community of the Kennedy Institute for the duration of their stay. More
A new postdoctoral teaching fellowship program, hosted jointly by the Université Paris Nanterre and the Université Paris-Diderot, will begin in fall 2018. Fellows will be nominated for a two-year period (2018–20 and 2020–22) and will instruct American art history and visual culture to graduate students in art history and American cultural history in combination with personal research. More
Terra Foundation for American Art Digital Publication Initiatives are innovative projects that promote the use and application of computational technology and data in the study of the visual arts of the United States and the dissemination of the resulting research. More
The editors of the online journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide are currently accepting proposals for articles addressing art and visual culture of the Americas in the long nineteenth century, from the American Revolution to World War I as part of the series "American Art History Digitally". More
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