Program

Symposium Networks in American Culture/America as Network

University of Mannheim, March 16-17, 2012

 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Schloss, Ostflügel O 138 (Fuchs-Petrolub Saal)

 

 

 

12.00-13.00

Registration

Schloss, Ostflügel O 138 (Fuchs-Petrolub Saal)

 

13.00-13.45

 

Opening and Welcome

Prof. Dr. Annette Kehnel (Dean, School of Humanities, University of Mannheim)

 

Introductory Remarks

Prof. Dr. Ulfried Reichardt (American Studies, University of Mannheim)

 

13.45-14.45

Keynote I

"Imagined Networks, Glocal Connections"

Prof. Dr. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University)


14.45-15.15

Coffee Break

 

15.15-16.35

 

Session I - Network as Metaphor

 

Chair: Carrie Khou

 

"Work and Net-Work: Reflections on a Global Metaphor"

PD Dr. Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche (American Studies, University of Mannheim)

 

"America as Network. Ideologies, Conceptions, Representations"

Dr. Regina Schober (American Studies, University of Mannheim)

 

16.35-17.05

Coffee Break


17.05-18.25

Session II - Conceptualizing Networks

 

Chair: Dr. Stella Butter

 

"The Ethics of Networking and the Indifference of Seriality: Conceptualizing 'Connection'"

Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke (American Studies, University of Bonn)

 

"Déjà-vu": Serres after Latour, Deleuze after Harman, nature writing ‛after network theory'.
Prof. Dr. Hanjo Berressem (American Studies, University of Cologne)

 

19.15

Conference Dinner

 


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Schloss, Ostflügel O 138 (Fuchs-Petrolub Saal)

 

9.00-10.00

Keynote II

 

"Social Media and the Disintegration of American Political Narrative"

Prof. Dr. Jay D. Bolter (Department of New Media,
Georgia Institute of Technology)

 

10.00-10.20

Coffee Break


10.20-11.40

Session III - Networks and Seriality

 

Chair: Dr. John Miller Jones

 

"Serial Machines: Aesthetics, Ideology, and the Logic of Spread"

Prof. Dr. Ruth Mayer (American Studies, University of Hannover)

 

"Networks of Mediation: Serial Figures as Mediators of Change"

Dr. Shane Denson (American Studies, University of Hannover)


11.40-12.40

Lunch Break  (Catering)


12.40-14.00

Session IV - Network as Narrative

 

Chair: Prof. Dr. Christa Grewe-Volpp

 

"Networked Narratives"

PD Dr. Heike Schäfer (American Studies, Universities of Mannheim and Halle)

 

"'The Irreducible Complexity of the Analog World': Nodes, Networks, and Connections in Contemporary American Fiction"

Dr. Jan Kucharzewski (American Studies, University of Hamburg)

 

14.00-15.00

Keynote III

 

"Encyclopedic Novels and Network Aesthetics"

Dr. Patrick Jagoda (Department of English, University of Chicago)


15.00-15.30

Conclusion

 

 

 


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