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DFG Research Network (wissenschaftliches Netzwerk DFG # BA 3567/4-1) "Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies" 2014-2018 (36 months + extension)

This network explores the potential of an integration of Performance Studies approaches into the field of (transnational) American Studies. It investigates how, which, and with what outcome issues that, in the wake of the transnational turn, have become central to the American Studies agenda can be addressed more adequately by the study of ‘cultural performances.’ Based on the idea of culture as a corporeal, communal, and dynamic event rather than a stable textual product, the individual projects arranged in three culturally and spatially specific clusters--the city, the nation, the globe—position the local particularities of cultural performance vis-à-vis the dynamics of global mobility. Firstly, they examine the role and impact of ‘cultural performances’ as particular acts of cultural expression (like daily rituals, festive occasions, or theatrical events) in transnational contact zones—sites in which cultures meet, grapple with each other, and inevitably negotiate questions of socio-political agency, representation, and power. Secondly, they develop and evaluate ‘cultural performance’ as a methodological approach for the study of transnational processes. In sum, the network scrutinizes the benefits and limitations of a deeper and more reflective integration of a Performance Studies approach into American Studies. By bringing together scholars of Performance and American Studies from the US, Europe, and Asia, it constitutes an exemplary site of transnational collaboration and establishes a dialogue across disciplinary boundaries.

Project Directors

Dr. Birgit M. Bauridl
Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik / American Studies
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Universität Regensburg
93040 Regensburg
E-Mail: birgit.bauridl@ur.de
Dr. Pia Wiegmink
Department of English and Linguistics
American Studies
Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Colonel-Kleinmann-Weg 2 (room 04-455)
55128 Mainz
E-Mail: wiegmink@uni-mainz.de

Network Staff

Carolina Giavedoni, B.A. (Regensburg European American Forum UR)
Katharina Sherman, B.A. (Regensburg European American Forum UR)


Network Directors

Dr. Birgit M. Bauridl & Dr. Pia Wiegmink



Network Administration / Mittelverwaltung

American Studies

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg / Germany

E-Mail: american.studies@ur.de

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