5th AYA Workshop American Studies and/as/vs. Media Studies

5th Annual Austria’s Young Americanists Workshop

American Studies and/as/vs. Media Studies

December 9-11, 2011

Call for Papers

Nearly half a century ago, Marshall McLuhan, the godfather of Media Studies, claimed that the media were the “extensions of man.” However disdained by his contemporaries, the “print-oriented bastards,” over the years, McLuhan’s idea has become accepted in the humanities. Today, as Frank Kelleter and Daniel Stein put it in their introduction to American Studies as Media Studies (2008), “there is no denying that the media have a powerful effect on our social, cognitive, and emotional realities” — just think of the so-called “social networks” on the World Wide Web. Especially as European Americanists, a question that underpins our daily work is in how far our understanding of America relies on the study of media, not to speak of the question to what extent American media practices influence global media practices. With that in mind, we invite PhD students, advanced M.A. students, and other young academics to submit paper proposals on

  • institutional/theoretical aspects (American Studies and/as Media Studies, American Studies and/as Film Studies, American Studies and/as Television Studies, American Studies and/as Literary Studies, New American Studies as New Media Studies, etc.)
  • (transnational) representations of American history
  • the mediality of … (literature, film, painting, comics, video games, etc.)
  • the globalization of American popular culture
  • race, class, and gender in American media
  • America and its myths as transmedia narratives
  • etc.

We are honored to announce that this year’s workshop will be conducted by Jason Mittell, author of Genre and Television (Routledge, 2004) and Television and American Culture (Oxford UP, 2009) and a number of important articles, such as “Narrative Complexity in Contemporary American Television” (Velvet Light Trap 58, 2006). Jason is Associate Professor of American Studies and Film & Media Culture at Middlebury College and 2011/12 Lichtenberg-Kolleg Fellow at the University of Göttingen.


Friday, December 9, 2011

19.00 Conference Warming @ Gasthaus Anich (Anichstraße 15, 6020 Innsbruck)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

09.00-09.45 Opening Lecture
Jason Mittell (Middlebury): “American Television (Studies) and American Studies”
09.45-11.15 American Studies and/as Media Studies
Leopold Lippert (Graz/Vienna): “‘It’s very American to say, ‘This is not right!'”: Stonewall Uprising and the Pedagogy of National Fantasy”
Michael Fuchs (Graz): “We’re Not Even in America!’ Citing the U.S. in Supernatural
11.15-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-13.00 The U.S. and Europe: A Comparative Approach
Jasmin Kulterer (Salzburg): “From ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ to ‘Reality Shows Killed the Video Star’: Music Television, Reality Shows, and Adolescents”
Patrick M. Sadjak (Klagenfurt): “Run-Up to the Iraq War: Critique of U.S./U.K. Policy in U.S. and European Newspapers”
13.00-15.00 Lunch @ Gasthof Gruber (Innrain 22, 6020 Innsbruck)
15.00-16.30 African American Studies
Simone Puff (Klagenfurt): “The Straight, the Curly, and the Afro: Hairstories in Black Media”
Saskia Fürst (Innsbruck): “Are there Wrinkles? Older African-American Women in Film and Literature”
16.30-16.45 Coffee Break
16.45-19.00 Narrative in Film and Television
Cornelia Klecker (Innsbruck): “‘Hollywood Is Not So Dumb’: How Avant-Garde Becomes Mainstream”
Johannes Mahlknecht (Innsbruck): “‘Based on Entirely Coincidental Resemblances’: Claims, Disclaimers, and Truth Status in Hollywood Cinema”
Rachel Pole (Innsbruck): “Making the Case, Telling the Story: Police Work in The Wire
19.30 Dinner @ Restaurant Krahvogel (Anichstraße 12, 6020 Innsbruck)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

09.30-11.00 Film in the Late 20th and Early 21st Century
Carina Lesky (Innsbruck): “Stepping into the Street: Cinema as Practice of Public Space”
Barbara Laner (Innsbruck): “Long Live the Camera; Or Not? The Age of the Found-Footage Film”
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.45 The Impact of Electronic Media
Christof Diem (Innsbruck): “‘Hello? Is There Anybody in There?’ Electronic Media as a Means of Ontological Multiplication in the Psychotic Subject”
Petra Ederer (Vienna): “The Virtually Recentered Videogame Player and Her Playing Experience”
13.00 Farewell Lunch @ Pizzeria Salute (Innrain 35, 6020 Innsbruck)