HU200: American Economies Connvention 2010

From Thursday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30, the 57th annual convention of the German Association of American Studies (DGfA Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien) will be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Each year, the conference puts a different topic into focus. In the face of the global economic crisis - which has recently culminated in Greece’s economic collapse - renowned experts will discuss "American Economies"; and this is meant in a very broad sense: the economy, in literal terms, but also economies of exchange, of literature, of symbols and of culture, to mention only a few.

Traditionally the conference hosts four distinguished American keynote-speakers: This year, the economists James K. Galbraith and Julie A. Nelson, the law professor Patricia Williams as well as the sociologist Mary Pattillo will speak in the framework of the event thereby addressing the following topics: The Great Crisis and the American Response (Galbraith), Gender and the Economy (Nelson), The Economies of Misfortune: Explosion, Implosion and the Meltdown of American Exceptionalism (Williams), and Race, Class, and Crime in the Redevelopment of American Cities (Pattillo).

"American Economies"
57th annual conference of the DGfA
from May 27 until May 30, 2010
at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin, Audimax (Main Building)

In addition to the keynotes, the writer Richard Price, reading from his novel "Lush Life" in the context of the American Embassy Literature Series, will take part in a panel discussion on the HBO series ’The Wire’ as a response to America’s economic situation. Moreover roundtables, workshops and receptions will offer participants the opportunity to share ideas, to network, and to engage in discussions.

The keynotes are public lectures which one does not have to register for. However, please register, if you wish to participate in the workshops, Price’s reading or other events. For further details on registration procedures, the convention program, as well as fees, please click:

The conference is the convention of the German Association of American Studies (DGfA), which assembles about 860 scholars, teachers, and students of American Studies in Germany. The DGfA supports activities and study programs in the context of American Studies and especially tries to assist young academics. It also publishes Germany’s leading academic journal on American history and culture "Amerikastudien/American Studies". This year - on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Humboldt-Universität - the convention is organized by the Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The Institute employs 8 full professors and 2 junior professors, various lecturers and academic as well as non-academic staff and serves 1350 students. The department of American Studies offers a BA and an MA program in American Studies and supports several PhD students in the field. A brochure on the department can be downloaded from the website:

Carina von Krosigk
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department of English and American Studies
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Phone: 030 2093-2766
Email: krosigkc [a] (p) de

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