Trans-Atlantic American Studies Seminar: Transatlantic Popular Culture

Trans-Atlantic American Studies Seminar: Transatlantic Popular Culture
Universität Wien / University of Texas at Austin
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Ganser / Prof. Dr. Steven Hoelscher

June 8, 2017

Amerika Haus
Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2
1010 Wien

This is a joint seminar with students from the University of Texas at Austin. Students from Vienna with an interest in American Studies/Cultural Studies are welcome to join!
Please register by May 31 with

Student’s Conference for Linguistics

After more than 10 years, the StuTS, Student’s Conference for Linguistics (Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft) is returning to Switzerland. From the 25th to the 28th May 2017, students and PhD students of linguistics from Germany and the rest of Europe are meeting at the University of Zurich. The 61st StuTS conference includes keynote speeches from respected professors as well as a very promising panel discussion. The most important part of the conference are however the students’ presentations. Come, listen, and present your own research! Meet, connect, and exchange ideas with linguists from all over Germany and Europe!

StuTS conferences have been taking place since 1987, each time at a different host university, and is organised independently by students. Find out more about StuTS at

Included in the StuTS conference is the German Federal Student Representatives’ Conference (Bundesfachschaftentagung, BuFaTa) for all linguistic fields. Visitors of the StuTS conference are invited to participate in the BuFaTa.

Deadline: 14.05.2017

For registration click here.


Young Scholars Conference

You are cordially invited to the Young Scholars Conference organized by the young scholars’ forum of the Austrian Association for American Studies. The conference, entitled “The Future(s) of American Studies,” for which you may have seen posters around the department, will take place May 18-19, 2017 at the U.S. Embassy’s Amerika Haus (Friedrich Schmidt Platz 2, 1010 Vienna) and will feature 21 talks by young scholars in American Studies and beyond, among them some of our colleagues from the department.

All infos including the conference program can be found on the conference website:

Please register if you’d like to attend at:

Romeo and Juliet Play



Welcome to the first play held at our department, sponsored by the STV! We’re happy to inform you that on May 20th and 21st, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed in our courtyard (Hof 8) by students of the English department. Bring all you friends (it’s free, though small donations are welcomed) and relive the classic tragedy while you picnic and enjoy your weekend.


your student representatives





Yay for Breakfast in May!

Yay for May! Still more than a month to go until finals week and ensuing exam craziness! Still time to write all thos essays that just won’t write themselves! Still time for a coffee break!

So come on over on May 15 from 9 to noon to grab some beverage and snack and get your strength back before heading back to class or the library.

WHERE: Student Lounge (1st floor) at the English department

WHEN:  May 15, 9 am to noon

Guest lecture: Unreliability in Film and Tevision, May 4

Dear students,

you are cordially invited to a guest lecture by Dr. Philip Jacobi (University of Passau) on “Matters of Trust: Unreliability in Film and Tevision,” which will take place in my Critical Media Analysis class “Screening America/American on Screen: Critical Perspectives on/from TV and Film” on May 4, 2017 at 10am c.t. in Unterrichtsraum (Institut für Anglistik).

In his talk, Dr. Jacobi will draw on a variety of narrative concepts in literature and/vs. film and TV to discuss such prominent examples as The Twilight Zone (1959-64), American Psycho (2000), and Search Party (2016-).

Gastvortrag Dr. Philip Jacobi_Aushang

Win tickets for Ardashir Vakil’s Writing Workshop

Now is your chance to win tickets for Ardashir Vakil’s Writing Workshop: Writing for Life. We’ll be raffling four tickets! Just send us an email with the subject line Writing Workshop and maybe you’ll be drawn in our raffle. Best of luck!Write now

Course description:

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, Ardashir Vakil will host a workshop for twelve people, examining how to take one’s own life story, experience and memories, and work it into your writing to enrich plot and characters in novels and short stories. Vakil’s own best-selling novel, ‘Beach Boy’, is a coming-of-age story dealing with his own childhood in ‘60s and ‘70s Bombay, which won the Betty Trask Award.

The workshop will consist of writing exercises when all participants, including Vakil, will write for anything from 5 to 20 minutes. All participants will get a chance to read to the group and receive feedback from Vakil and their peers. Questions on issues such as plot, character, narrative technique and voice will be discussed throughout the workshop, and Vakil will make room to address any outstanding questions participants may wish to discuss during intervals in each session and lunch afterwards.

The workshop is being kept small, with twelve participants, to maximise direct interaction and close-in access to the host. The workshop will be held in the Arts Centre below the Cafe Korb, five minutes’ walk from Stephansdom.

Coming up: English Dep. Breakfast, April 26

English Dep. Breakfast

The break’s already over? You know what you need? Coffee! And carbs!

Date: April 26, 2017, 9 a.m. – noon

Take a well-earned break and have a bite! Our monthly feast offers you a pause from studying in order to socialize and mingle with your fellow students over a tasty bite or sip. The buffet consists of bread/roles, spreads, fruits/veggies, tea/coffee/juices, salty snacks and sweet pies/muffins.

Where: Student Lounge (1st floor) at the English department

When: 9 am to noon.