Welcome to the PGF 2016

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the PGF 2016 in Hamburg! The Postgraduate Forum (PGF) of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS) is a loosely organized network of young scholars from different disciplines affiliated with the field of American Studies in Germany. Since its beginnings in 1989, the PGF has not only continuously grown in size; it has also evolved into a forum that enables young Americanists to share, discuss, and publish their own research and to participate in debates concerning the politics and practices of American Studies in general and within the GAAS in particular. The annual PGF conference gives young scholars an opportunity to network, to present their work in progress among peers, and to publish an article in the peer-reviewed online journal COPAS (Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies).

The PGF team 2016/2017 consists of six doctoral candidates of the University of Bremen and the University of Hamburg. We are honored to jointly co-organize all PGF events in the academic year 2016/2017 for you.

As many of you know, organizing a conference is a challenge. Therefore, we extend our warmest gratitude to the following individuals and institutions that made the PGF 2016 possible and have successfully guided us through the maze:

  • the German Association for American Studies
  • the Embassy of the United States of America and the U.S. Consulate General in Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Rohr and Prof. Dr. Astrid Böger, Institute of English and American Studies, University of Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Broeck, American Studies / Enslavism Studies, University of Bremen
  • the Society for the Promotion of Academic Inter–Cultural Activities at the University of Hamburg
  • the Hamburgische Wissenschaftliche Stiftung
  • the Amerikazentrum Hamburg
  • Peter Lang and Winter Verlag
  • the professionals who will generously share their expertise with us at the PGF Café
  • the staff at the University of Hamburg and Bremen who supported us in making this conference possible
  • our student assistants Marleen Wrage and Tim Peetz
  • and you, the speakers, chairs, and audience of the PGF


We wish you all an inspiring conference.

The PGF Team 2016

Marius Henderson, Jasmin Humburg, Julia Lange (Hamburg)

Paula von Gleich, Samira Spatzek (Bremen)

Mariya Nikolova (Bremen/Potsdam)


Postgraduate Forum (PGF) of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA/GAAS)


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The organizers of the 2016 Postgraduate Forum (PGF) of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA/GAAS) are delighted to announce this year’s conference to be held at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Hamburg from October 6–8, 2016, in cooperation with the University of Bremen.

The PGF is an annual forum where young scholars working in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies who have completed their MA (or equivalent) can present their current research as work in progress and discuss it among their peers. Participants are welcome to give an overview of their (post)doctoral project, discuss case studies, or focus on methodological or theoretical questions as well as present essays or dissertations. We welcome traditional paper presentations as well as alternative formats from the various disciplines affiliated with the field of American Studies without topical restriction.

Please visit our website regularly for further information on the conference, its venue, accommodation options, and more: https://pgf2016blog.wordpress.com/. We also kindly ask all participants (presenting and non-presenting) to register for the conference in Hamburg no later than August 31, 2016 via this website.

Your PGF-Team 2016

Mariya Nikolova, Samira Spatzek, Paula von Gleich (Bremen)

Marius Henderson, Jasmin Humburg, Julia Lange (Hamburg)