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Jiann-Chyng Tu


room: PT 3.2.83
phone:+49(0) 941 / 943 - 3507
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American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany

Email: Jiann-Chyng.Tu@ur.de

Office hours during summer semester 2021 (via Zoom):

Wednesdays, noon - 2 p.m.

Please register here.

My personal meeting room.


Academic Appointments 

Lecturer (wiss. Mitarbeiter), American Studies, Universität Regensburg (since May 2020)

Adjunct Instructor (Lehrbeauftragter), American Studies, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg (SoSe 2019)

Adjunct Instructor (Lehrbeauftragter), American Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2014-2019)

Lecturer (Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben), American Studies, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (April 2016 - September 2017)


Doctoral Candidate in American Studies (Nordamerikanische Literatur und Kultur) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (since 2013)

M.A. in Amerikanistik (American Studies), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2013)

B.A. in German and English, Wake Forest University (2008)

Research Interests and Current Projects

Research Interests

Transnational American Studies, African American literature and culture, Internationalisms, Afro-Asian solidarity, American Studies in Germany, W.E.B. Du Bois and Shirley Graham Du Bois, Paul Robeson and Eslanda Goode Robeson, Critical Food Studies

Current Projects

  • Dissertation project: (working title) Black American Romance: Negotiating Genre, Blackness, and Nation in Contemporary African American Novels
  • "A Beautiful Woman of the New World": Eslanda Goode Robeson, Colored Cosmopolitanism, and World Citizenship
  • Paul Robeson and Eslanda Robeson in the German Democratic Republic
  • Craig Santos Perez's food poetry

Awards and Grants 

Modern Language Association of America (MLA) Professional Development Grant for Part-Time Faculty Members (Fall 2019)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Travel Grant (Kongressreisen), American Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference 2019, Honolulu, HI (2019)

German Association for American Studies (DGfA/GAAS) Conference Travel Stipend (2019)

The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and Americas (MESEA) Travel Grant, Graz, AT (2018)

Modern Language Association of America (MLA) Graduate Student Travel Grant (2018)

Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI), The New School, Travel Grant (2017)

Modern Language Association of America (MLA) International Symposium Graduate Travel Grant (2016)

Selected Summer Institutes and Workshops 

Universität des Saarlandes American Studies Graduate Forum (November 2019)

The Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, Eric Lott Seminar (June 2018)

Heidelberg Spring Academy, Heidelberg Center for American Studies (March 2018)

Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, The New School, Kwame Anthony Appiah Seminar (June 2017)


American Studies Association (ASA)

Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS)

Collegium for African American Research (CAAR)

German Association for American Studies (DGfA/GAAS)

The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)

The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA)

Modern Language Association of America (MLA)


Reviewer, Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies (COPAS)

"Encounter on the Spree: Post-Wall Reunified Berlin and Negotiating Diasporic Blackness in Paul Beatty's Slumberland." Manuscript in preparation.

(Co-edited with Helen Gibson, Anne Potjans, and Simon Rienäcker) Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, 2018.

(Co-authored with Helen Gibson, Anne Potjans, and Simon Rienäcker) “On Doing American Studies Today: The 2017 Postgraduate Forum.” Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, 2018. http://dx.doi.org/10.5283/copas.305



(Co-organized with Helen Gibson, Anne Potjans, and Simon Rienäcker) "Shifting Paradigms in the Age of Trump? Current Perspectives on Doing American Studies," Postgraudate Forum (PGF) of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS/DGfA), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Nov. 10-12, 2017

(Co-organized with Chloé Faux and Jasper Verlinden) "Approaching Blackness: Beyond the Limits of Representation," 13th Annual Students and Graduate Conference, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,Berlin, Nov. 11-13, 2014

(Co-organized with Viola Amato, Silvia Chirila, Katharina Christ, Pierre Monot, Marta Neüff, and Isabel Scholz) "American Wars: Material and Ideological Battlegrounds, 12th Annual Students and Graduate Conference," Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Nov. 7-9, 2013

(Student co-organizer, along with Mirza Besirovic, Nadine Birner) "Rural Frontier Communities, Global Challenges? The American West, the European East, and the Resurgence of National Mythologies, 10th Transatlantic Student’s Symposium," Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, Mar. 24-31, 2012


(Co-organized with Maria Katharina Wiedlack) “Transnational Citizenships: Alliances, Solidarities, and Internationalisms.” 33rd Biannual European Association for American Studies Conference: 20/20 Vision: Citizenship, Space, Renewal, Warsaw University, Warsaw, April 30 - May 2, 2021

(Co-organized with Alexandra Hauke) “Forms, Features, Facets: Genre in American Popular Culture.” 66th Annual Meeting of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS/DGfA): U.S.-American Culture as Popular Culture, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Jun. 13-15, 2019

(Co-organized with Anne Potjans, Christine Voigt-William, and Jasper Verlinden) “Fictions of Belonging: Negotiations of Citizenship, Kinship Formations, and Racialization in a Transnational Perspective.” 11th Biennial MESEA Conference: Ethnicity and Kinship: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Family, Community and Difference, Karl-Frazen-Universität Graz, Graz, May 30 – Jun. 2, 2018

(Co-organized with Helen Gibson and Viola Huang) “Self-Determination and Non-Alignment: Cars, Schools, and Cosmopolitanism as Sites of Transgression of the Colour Line.” The Joint 32nd European Association for American Studies & 63rd British Association for American Studies Conference, King’s College London, London, Apr. 4-7, 2018


"The Rise and Fall of Bon Appétit's YouTube Channel: Food Media and the Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion." 67th Annual Meeting of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA), "Participation in American Culture and Society," Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg University, Jun. 17-19, 2021

“‘A Beautiful Woman of the New World’: Eslanda Goode Robeson, Colored Cosmopolitanism, and World Citizenship.” 33rd Biannual European Association for American Studies Conference: 20/20 Vision: Citizenship, Space, Renewal, Warsaw University, Warsaw, April 30 - May 2, 2021

“Reading Carig Santos Perez’s food poetry as a critical history of SPAM (with)in the Unincorporated Territories of the United States.” American Studies Graduate Forum 2019: Liquid Trajectories: Flight, Mobility, and Migration, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Nov. 29-30, 2019

“Reading Craig Santos Perez’s food poetry as a critical history of SPAM (with)in the Unincorporated Territories of the United States.” Annual meeting of the American Studies Association (ASA) 2019: “Build as We Fight”, Honolulu, HI, Nov. 7-10, 2019

“First Ladies: Eslanda Goode Robeson and Shirley Graham Du Bois in Maoist China.” Traveling Ideologies: Du Bois in Germany, the USSR, and the People’s Republic of China, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Oct. 15, 2019

“‘Arise! All who refuse to be slaves!’: W.E.B. Du Bois and Paul Robeson in Maoist China.” 45th Austrian Association for American Studies 2018: American Im/Mobilities, Universität Wien, Vienna, Nov. 16-18, 2018

“Black American Romance: Berlin and the Postwar African American Novel.” Swiss Association of North American Studies (SANAS) Biennial Conference: The Genres of Genre: A Conference on Form, Format, and Cultural Formations, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Nov. 2-3, 2018

“W.E.B. Du Bois and China.” The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois: Interdisciplinary Responses, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Oct. 31, 2018 

“From Souls of Black Folks to Internationalism: W.E.B. Du Bois and Afro-Asian Solidarity.” 11th Biennial the Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA) Conference 2018: Ethnicity and Kinship: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Family, Community and Difference, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Graz, May 30 – Jun. 2, 2018

“From Souls of Black Folks to Internationalism: W.E.B. Du Bois and His Comrades of Color.” The Joint 32nd European Association for American Studies & 63rd British Association for American Studies Conference, Kings College London, London, Apr. 4-7, 2018

“An Alliance with the ‘other America’: A Genealogy of African American Literature in the German Democratic Republic, 1949-1990.” 44th Austrian Association for American Studies 2017: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” The Changing Nature of American Studies, Universität Salzburg, Salzburg, Nov. 3-5, 2017

“Black American Berlin? Postwar Balck American Literature and the Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois’s ‘Cosmopolitan Nationalism’.” Austria’s Young Americanists: Young Scholars Conference 2017, Universität Wien, Vienna, May 18-19, 2017

“Black American Berlin: Berlin and Darryl Pinckney’s Black Deutschland.” Postgraduate Forum (PGF)of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS/DGfA), Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Oct. 6-8, 2016

“Germany and William Gardner Smith’s Postwar Cosmopolitan Novel Last of the Conquerors.” MLA International Symposium: Other Europes: Migration, Translations, Transformation, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Jun. 23-25, 2016

“‘Someday I will go back to Germany’: Transnational Cosmopolitanism and William Gardner Smith’s Last of the Conquerors.” The Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Biennial Conference 2015: Mobilising Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, Jun. 24-28, 2015

“An Alliance with the ‘other America’: East German Solidarity with the African American Civil Rights Struggle.” Alliances: Un/Common Causes and the Politics of Participation, GSNAS, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, May 7-9, 2015


Universität Regensburg

SoSe 2021

D-35756 Introduction to English and American Literary Studies

D-35832 Political Institutions of the United States

WiSe 2020/2021

D-35756 Introduction to English and American Literary Studies

D-35832 Political Institutions of the United States

SoSe 2020

D-35820 American Literature I: From the Beggings through the 19th Century

D-35825 American Literature II: The 20th and 21st Centuries

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

20th Century American Drama

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

Academic Skills I

Communicating Texts and Theories: Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk

Communicating Texts and Theories: James Baldwin and Paul Beatty

The Transnational Self and the Cosmopolitan Imaginary

Rereading the Black Atlantic: New Texts and Theories

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

American Literary History I: Beginnings to 1918

American Literary History II: World War I to the Present

American Cultural Studies

Gis and "Fräuleins": American Novels of Occupied Germany

The Transnational Cosmopolitan: African Americans and Germany