Universität Leipzig, Germany
April 26-27, 2012
The international symposium Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective aims at exploring various processes of shaping (and contesting) trans/national and cultural identities in the United States between the 1770s and the 1840s. Contributions focus on questions like the impact of the Haitian Revolution, the importance of economic relations between the U.S. and the Caribbean, the rivalry with Spain for territories and profits, slavery, the development of African American and other collective ethnic identities and other issues related to the ties between the U.S. and other regions (in the Western Hemisphere as well as Europe and North Africa) and their manifestation in cultural and literary discourses of the period.
Participants: Raúl Coronado (University of Chicago), Michael J. Drexler (Bucknell University), Kirsten Silva Gruesz (University of California, Santa Cruz), Vera M. Kutzinski (Vanderbilt University), Wil M. Verhoeven (University of Groningen), Gretchen J. Woertendyke (University of South Carolina), Stefan Brandt (University of Vienna), Barbara Buchenau (Universität Bern), Astrid Fellner (Universität des Saarlandes), Astrid Haas (Bielefeld University), Markus Heide (Humboldt-Universität Berlin),
Gesa Mackenthun (Universität Rostock), Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez (University of Leipzig), Dietmar Schloss (Universität Heidelberg), Hannah Spahn (Freie Universität Berlin)
Sponsored by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
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Organizers: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (American Studies, Leipzig University) and Dr. Markus Heide (American Studies, Humboldt University Berlin)