4th AYA Workshop American Studies in Europe Post-9/11: Is It All Different Now?

4th Annual Austria’s Young Americanists Workshop

American Studies in Europe Post-9/11: Is It All Different Now?

October 8-10, 2010, Vienna

Call for Papers

Already on the day after the collapse of the Twin Towers, two major German newspapers (FAZ and Bild) claimed on their respective title pages: “Nothing will ever be the same.” This phrase has since reverberated everywhere, yet it is hardly ever further elaborated. While the events of 9/11 and their aftermath have definitely become the locus of creative output in the arts and media, we might still investigate what has actually changed since the televised images of that Tuesday morning became what Jean Baudrillard has referred to as “the mother of all events.” “What if, precisely, nothing epochal happened on September 11?” wonders Slavoj Žižek, and Dutch cultural critic Wim Peeters even goes one step further by suggesting that 9/11 has had no influence on our everyday lives at all.

By reflecting on research currently conducted by young academics, this workshop seeks to look at current trends in academic discourse, the arts and media, politics, and everyday life. We encourage PhD students, advanced M.A. students, and other young academics (max. 3 years since defense) to submit proposals on the practice of American Studies post-9/11.

Martha H. Patterson, Associate Professor of English at McKendree University, who is currently Fulbright Professor at University of Agder in Norway, is this year’s invited Fulbright Scholar. She is the author of Beyond the Gibson Girl: Reimaging the American New Woman, 1895–1915 (Illinois UP, 2005) and the editor of The American New Woman Revisited (Rutgers UP, 2008). Martha has also contributed to journals such as Studies in American Fiction, African American Review, MELUS, and American Quarterly.


Friday, October 8, 2010

20.00 Workshop Warming @ Restaurant Selina (Laudongasse 13, 1080 Wien)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

09.00-11.00 Academic Discourse After 9/11
Martha H. Patterson (McKendree): “American Studies Post-9/11”
Leopold Lippert (Vienna): “The Trouble with Transnational: American Studies in the Age of Empire”
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.45 The Meaning of 9/11
Rutger Schuil (Groningen): “The 9/11 Brand: Politics and the Spectacularization of Trauma after 9/11”
Judith Kohlenberger (Vienna): “Hot ‘n’ Cold: The Affective Value of Post-9/11 America”
13.00-14.20 Lunch @ UniBräu (on campus)
14.30-16.00 Urbanity Post-9/11
Dawn Kremslehner-Haas (Vienna): “Urban Minortiy Poverty after 9/11”
Georg Drennig (Vienna): “Imaginaries of Utopian Urbanity”
16.00-16.15 Coffee Break
16.15-17.45 9/11 in Literature
Petra Eckhard (Graz): “Pre-9/11: Literary Foreshadowings”
Katharina Steinbrecher (Graz): “Outside – Rampaging Reality: Global and Individual Disaster in Neil LaBute’s Play The Mercy Seat
18.00-20.00 Dinner at Café Berg (Berggasse 8, 1090 Wien)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

09.00-11.15 Post-9/11 Cinema (Studies)
Carina Lesky (Innsbruck): “Touching on Celluloid: A Cinematic Phenomenology”
Cornelia Klecker (Innsbruck): “‘Are You Watching Closely?’ Mind-Tricking Narrative in Contemporary Hollywood Film”
Michael Fuchs (Graz): “Documenting Horrors: Post-9/11 Horror, National Trauma, and the Return of the 1950s”
11.15-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-13.00 Other Media Post-9/11
Maria Katharina Wiedlack (Vienna): “‘I don’t give a shit where I spit my phlegm’: Rejection and Anger in Contemporary Queer Feminist Punk Rock”
Angelika Tsaros (Graz): “Torture’s Getting a Bad Rep: BDSM Pornography and Prisoner Abuse”
13.15-15.00 Farewell Lunch @ Stiegl Ambulanz (on campus)