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Current Courses

560.101 Anglo-Latin America in Inter-American perspective

Seminar: Christian Cwik

English America started already with John Cabot alias Giovanni Caboto discoveries of North-Eastern North America in 1497. From the very beginning on English ships ignored the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494) and operated illegally in Spanish and Portuguese waters. Many became smugglers and pirates and allied themselves with first natives, runaway slaves, renegades, and other outlaws insofar as they fought against Spain. Over the centuries, this led to the Anglicanization and colonization of the peripheries of Ibero-America. In the Caribbean in particular, British colonies arose in exchange with the British colonies in North America and later with the USA. Finally, the seminar will deal with the current and relevant topic of immigration of Latinos to English-speaking countries in the Americas. Kewords: English Discoveries, Privateering and Piracy, Slave Trade, Scottish and Irish Colonization, Anglicanization, Jamaica, Creolization, British-Protectorates, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama Canal, US-Imperialism, Cuba, US-Latinos

560.102 Afro-America in Inter-American perspective

Lecture: Christian Cwik

Already among the first conquistadors of the Americas have been African people, free and enslaved ones. During the 16th century, transatlantic mass slavery began, which did not end until the 1870s. All European colonial powers, later also almost all nation states, were part of this system. The resistance to slavery and the slave trade has shaped the history of continental America and the Caribbean to this day. New African American cultures and religions developed over the centuries in both Anglo and Latin America. This lecture analyzes the origins of the various Afro-American cultures from an inter-American perspective based on its historical development. Keywords: Iberian maritime expansion, Atlantic West Africa, trade and business connections, slavery, transatlantic slave trade, Christianization, creolization, plantations, runaway slaves, slave rebellions, afro-Latin American religions, abolition, racism, music and dance, civil rights, Black Lives Matter.

560.200 Genres/Periods of American Literature (Narrative Didactics and Digital Storytelling in American Culture)

Lecture: Roberta Maierhofer

This course will discuss storytelling in the context of digitalisation and address how cultural representations reflect material realities. Special focus will be on how lives and interpretations of these are narrated and on the different forms that storytelling can take.

560.400 Inter-American and Hemispheric Mapping (Methods & Theories)

Proseminar: Barbara Ratzenböck

What comes to our mind when we think of America and the Western Hemisphere? How do we conceptualize “the Americas” from a European vantage point? And which literary, cultural, social, economic, and political connections are there between North, Central, and South America? Introducing the field of Western Hemispheric Studies and Inter-American Studies to participants, this class investigates various entanglements of the Americas and Europe. In doing so, it also addresses epistemological foundations of the humanities (in comparison to those of the social sciences and the natural sciences) as well as challenges and benefits of interdisciplinary research. How we see and experience research objects – in our case the Western hemisphere – strongly depends on our theoretical and methodological approaches which are based on our ideas of knowledge production and general purpose of research. This class invites participants to jointly explore different theoretical and methodological approaches to researching the Western hemisphere from a perspective inspired by the humanities and social sciences. Throughout the class, participants will be encouraged to develop their own critical research questions in the emerging fields of Western Hemispheric and Inter-American Studies.


560.401 Media, Culture, Society (Gender & Generations in a Digital World)

Proseminar: Barbara Ratzenböck

Two trends are currently about to change structures of Western societies: demographic shifts and digitalization. This class investigates how different (media) generations experience living in the digital era. What are ‘digital natives,’ ‘digital immigrants,’ and ‘digital divides’ and how can we re-think binary conceptualizations of information and communication technology use? And which role do gender and (media) generations play in using information and communication technologies (ICTs)? This class invites participants to jointly explore different theoretical and methodological approaches to researching (media) generations und their use of ICTs, from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on empirical (qualitative and quantitative) research. Throughout the class, participants will be encouraged to develop their own critical research questions on the topic of media generations und ICTs.


ENL.04462UB Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies (In)justice in American Literature)

Proseminar: Roberta Maierhofer

This course will investigate the cultural representation of justice and injustice in American literature. By discussing different cultural and literary theories, the texts will be positioned within their social and historical contexts. Special focus will be on how cultural representations reflect material realities.

ENK.01412UB  Introduction to Literary Studies I

Proseminar: Roberta Maierhofer

This course offers a theoretical and practical introduction to literary studies and academic discourse on literary texts. Emphasis will be placed on ways of reading and interpreting poetry in English, providing examples of various literary devices and methods of analysing them.


Center for Inter-American Studies
Elisabethstraße 59/II 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8213
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9767

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. M.A.

Roberta Maierhofer

Phone:+43 316 380 - 8198

Please contact me via email. Thank you!

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