North American Studies

Foun­ded in 2008, North Ame­ri­can Stu­dies (NAS) at Leu­pha­na is a gro­wing di­sci­pli­ne that pro­mo­tes the teaching of and re­se­arch on the cul­tu­res and li­te­ra­tu­res of Ca­na­da and the United Sta­tes. With the suc­cess of two in­ter­na­tio­nal con­fe­ren­ces, the White-Indian Relations conference  in 2009 and the Plain People conference in 2015, the idea of North Ame­ri­can Stu­dies at Leu­pha­na took shape. Our in­no­va­ti­ve se­mi­nars are di­rect­ly lin­ked to and pro­fit from our re­se­arch in­te­rests: eco cri­ti­cism and cri­ti­cal ani­mal stu­dies, eth­nic and re­li­gious mi­no­ri­ties as well as in­di­ge­nous stu­dies. Mo­re­o­ver, our in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry cur­ri­cu­lum in­tro­du­ces stu­dents not only to cri­ti­cal scho­lar­ship but also to the art of crea­ti­ve fic­tion and non-fic­tion. Students are encouraged to explore North American Studies in their B.A. and M.A. theses.

See­king to fa­ci­li­ta­te a dia­lo­gue bet­ween aca­de­mia and the pu­blic, NAS of­fers the an­nu­al lec­tu­re se­ries, Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes , which brings ac­com­plis­hed scho­lars and ac­clai­med wri­ters from North Ame­ri­ca as well as Eu­ro­pe to Leu­pha­na. In addition, NAS was a foun­ding mem­ber of the Northern German Network of North American Studies /Norddeutsches Netzwerk Nordamerikastudien, the­r­e­by pla­c­ing Leu­pha­na on the North Ame­ri­can Stu­dies map. In 2014, the Em­bas­sy of the United Sta­tes in Ber­lin selec­ted the mem­bers of NAS as the key crea­ti­ves and edi­to­ri­al board for the American Studies Blog of the American Studies Journal. In the winter se­mes­ter 2018/​19, the In­sti­tu­te of Eng­lish Stu­dies joi­ned forces with the Lan­gua­ge Cen­ter in the area of North Ame­ri­can Stu­dies. As a re­sult of the­se di­ver­se en­dea­vors and joint ef­forts, NAS will con­ti­nue to cont­ri­bu­te to the crea­ti­on and streng­the­ning of lo­cal, na­tio­nal, and trans­at­lan­tic net­works.