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Remembering: Transnational Memory Cultures and American Studies

10. November 2022, 13:30 - 21:00

If you are interested in attending this year’s PGF conference virtually or in-person, please send an email to Jiann-Chyng Tu at

Zoom-Link Keynote (19.00-20.30 h):

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022

13:30 – 14:30 Registration

14:30 – 15:00 Conference Opening

Welcome Address:
Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel (Chair of American Studies, President of Universität Regensburg) and Prof. Dr. Julia Faisst (Interim
Chair of American Studies, Universität Regensburg)

Introduction: Verena Baier, Tamara Heger, and Thalia Prokopiou

15:00 – 16:30
Panel 1: Environment and Cultural Memory
Chair: Tamara Heger (Universität Regensburg)

Hanna Masslich (Leibniz-Universität-Hannover): Salvage Watery Memory: Materiality and Memory in Jesmyn Ward‘s Salvage the Bones

Fritz Bommas (Universität Augsburg): Chronicling the Anthropocene: History, Capital, and the Deforestation of the American North in Annie Proulx‘s Barkskins and Michael Christie‘s Greenwood

Katerina Steffan (Leibniz-Universität-Hannover): „England Hath Seene Her Best Dayes, and Now Evil Dayes Are Befalling Us“: Nostalgia in Puritan Culture

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break

17:00 – 18:45

Panel 2: Cinematic Memories
Chair: Lea Espinoza Garrido (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

Alejandra Bulla and Stefan Dierkes (DFG-Funded Research Group „Hollywood Memories“, Leibniz-Universität Hannover): Beyond „Hollywood“ Borders: Audiences‘ Memories and Identities

Jana Rosebrock (Europa-Universität Flensburg): „Stuck in a Cycle We Can‘t Fucking Break“ – African American Cultural Memory in the Short Film Two Distinct Strangers (2020)

Johannes Vith (Universität Innsbruck): Cinematic Memories of Columbine

Katharina Röder (Universität Regensburg): Memory as Identity in Janelle Monáe‘s Dirty Computer

18:45 – 19:00 Refreshment Break

19:00 – 20:30 Conference Keynote and Q&A

The Politics of Regret Revisited
Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Olick (University of Virginia)
Chairs: Verena Baier (Universität Regensburg) and Thalia Prokopiou („Europe and America in the Modern
World,“ Leibniz Science Campus Regensburg)

20:30 Reception