Call for Papers of the Ruhr PhD Forum 2016

Call for Papers
Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies 2016
Friday, 29 January 2016, and Saturday, 30 January 2016, at the Ruhr-University Bochum and TU Dortmund

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, and the University of Duisburg-Essen. This year we are again extending our invitation to advanced master’s students and graduates from universities outside the UAR to discuss their projects with both young and experienced scholars. 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 6 November 2015 including
• title of your presentation
• abstract (max. 300 words)
• a short biographical note (max. 5 sentences)
• technical requirements (notebook, projector, loudspeakers, Internet connection, adapters, etc.).

Presentations should not exceed 15–20 minutes and will be followed by a discussion. A travel subsidy will be offered to the selected students applying from outside the UAR.