Steering Committee  


Tanfer Emin Tunç (Turkey)
Annessa Ann Babic (United States)
Ingrid Gessner (Germany)
Rubén Cenamor (Spain)
Susanne Leikam (Germany)



Annessa Ann Babic Annessa Ann Babic is a freelance writer and college professor. She holds a PhD in American History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and she specializes in women's studies, American social/cultural history, and transnational studies with a particular emphasis on the Modern Middle East and US-Turk relations. She is the author and co-editor of several books, and she has produced numerous book chapters, reference entries, book reviews, and journal articles. Her publications deal extensively on nationalism, women's rights, women's liberation, Turkish-US relations, transnational feminism, and travel literature. Also, she has several publications outside of academia, and she is also the co-chair of the European Association of American Studies Women's Steering Committee. Currently, she is examining cultural diversity, the empowerment of travel literature, and the economic structure of tourism on women in the Aegean Sea region.  Email:


Ewa Antoszek is an Assistant Professor at the Department of American Literature and Culture of Maria-Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. Her interests include American ethnic literatures with a particular focus on Mexican-American and African-American writers, women’s studies and representations of space(s) in literature. Her PhD (2010) analyzed multiple ways of identity construction in Chicana literature. She is the author of Out of the Margins: Identity Formation in Contemporary Chicana Writings (2012) and several articles analyzing issues related to the situation of ethnic minorities in the U.S. She is also the co-editor of Inne Bębny: różnica i niezgoda w literaturze i kulturze amerykańskiej (Different Drums: Difference and Dissent in American Literature and Culture; 2013). Her current research examines Latina authors and artists in the U.S. (re)writing the border. email:


Raffaella Baritono is Associate Professor of U.S. History and Politics at the School of Political Science of the University of Bologna. She graduated at the University of Florence and got her Ph-D. degree at the University of Genoa. She is Vice-President of the Italian Association of North American Studies and co-editor of the Italian journal ‘Ricerche di Storia Politica’. Her publications, research, and teaching focus on US political history and political culture, gender politics, women’s political thought and women’s political movement. Among her recent publications on women and gender issues:  “Double Jeopardy”: Angela Davis tra Black Power, femminismo afro-americano e femminismo postcoloniale(‘Double Jeopardy’: Angela Davis between Black Power and Afro-American and postcolonial feminisms) in Miguel Mellino, ed., La costruzione della soggettività politica nella teoria radicale moderna. Uno sguardo postcoloniale, forthcoming; “We must have eagle eyes”: Eleanor Roosevelt, the United Nations and the World Trips of the 1950s, in F. Fasce, M. Vaudagna, and R. Baritono, eds., Beyond the Nation: Pushing the Boundaries of U.S. History from a Transatlantic Perspective, Turin, Otto editore, 2013; Introduction to the Italian translation of Chandra Mohanty’s Feminism without borders: Chandra T. Mohanty, Femminismo senza frontiere. teoria, differenze, conflitti, ed. R. Baritono, Verona, ombrecorte, 2012; Un nuovo protagonismo delle donne? Dall’Anno delle Donne al Tea Party Movement (Women in a limelight? Women’s activism from the Year of Women to the Tea Party Movement) in Raffaella Baritono ed Elisabetta Vezzosi (eds), Oltre il secolo americano? Gli Stati Uniti prima e dopo l’11 settembre, (Beyond the American Century? The United States before and after 9/11), Roma, Carocci, 2011; Soggetti globali/soggetti transnazionali: il dibattito femminista dopo il 1985, (Global subjects/transnational subjects: the feminist debate after 1985) “Genesis”, VIII/2, 2009; An Ideology of Sisterhood?: American Women’s Movements between Nationalism and Transnationalism, in “Journal of Political Ideologies”, 13, 2, 2008. She is writing a book on Eleanor Roosevelt. Email:


Carmen Birkle is Professor of American Studies at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. She has taught at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and as a guest-professor at the University of Vienna and at Columbia University (New York City). Her publications, research, and teaching focus on ethnic and gender studies, inter- and transculturality, literature and medicine, and popular culture. She is the author of Women’s Stories of the Looking Glass (1996) and Migration—Miscegenation—Transculturation (2004), editor of Literature and Medicine: Women in the Medical Profession (Part I and II) [gender forum (Sept. und Dec. 2009)], and co-editor of (Trans)Formations of Cultural Identity in the English-Speaking World (1998), Frauen auf der Spur (2001), Sites of Ethnicity (2004), Asian American Studies in Europe (2006), “The Sea Is History”: Exploring the Atlantic (2009), Living American Studies (2010), Emanzipation und feministische Politiken (2012), Communicating Disease: Cultural Representations of American Medicine (2013), and McLuhan’s Global Village Today: Transatlantic Perspectives. Her current book project focuses on the intersection of literature, gender, and medicine in nineteenth-century America. Email:


Rubén Cenamor is a PhD student at the Universidad de Barcelona. His research focuses on representations of masculinity in American Literature written between 1930 and 1960, with particular interest in the work of Richard Yates. His doctoral thesis is based on the analysis of alternative/counterhegemonic, more egalitarian and pro-feminist suburban, heterosexual, white and middle-class masculinities in U.S. 1950s novels by Sloan Wilson, Richard Yates, Ayn Rand, and Philip K. Dick. He worked as Assistant of Department and Trainee Researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona from 2011 to 2012. Since 2012, he has been working as an external collaborator with the CNM (Construyendo Nuevas Masculinidades/Constructing New Masculinities), a pioneer research group in Spain. He has received numerous awards including the “Premio Extraordinario de licenciatura la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona” (2012) and the “Premio Investigación Joaquim Franch y Batlle: Investigación e Innovación” (2008), and has published on the novelistic representation of 1950s U.S. masculinities. Email:


Antje Dallmann teaches American literature and culture at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and at Leipzig University, and she is a Research Associate with the Department of English and American Studies at Humboldt-Universität, Germany. In her dissertation, she analyzed contemporary urban literature by Auster, DeLillo, Hustvedt, Ellis, and Whitehead with a focus on New York City (ConspiraCity New York, 2009). She has co-edited Envisioning American Utopias (2011), Picturing America (2009), and Toward a New Metropolitanism (2006), and she is the co-editor of Approaches to American Cultural Studies, which is about to come out (in May 2016) with Routledge. In her habilitation Romancing Medicine: Narrating Healing and Difference in Nineteenth-Century US-American Culture, she discusses the intersection of medical, literary, and sentimental discourses in nineteenth-century American literature and culture. Her research interests include the representation and symbolization of medicine and the “medical romance,” urban literature and culture, visual cultures, politics and fictional narration, cooking and food, and the representation and metaphoric appropriation of the American family.


Candela Delgado Marín is a Doctor in American Literature, specializing on southern writers and the short story form. She is a member of the Research Group of American Studies of the University of Seville and she is currently working on a monograph, based on her dissertation, discussing the communicative power of silence in the fiction of contemporary Kentucky writer Bobbie Ann Mason. After having been a lecturer at the University of Seville, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses on American literature, bilingual education, and second language teaching methodologies, she moved to London four years ago to pursue her research as a fellow of the Eccles Center for American Studies at the British Library. In London, she has taught English for academic purposes at The University of Surrey, and she has also delivered workshops on communicative strategies for the London business consultancy The Storytellers.  She has published articles and book chapters with topics ranging from Sandra Cisneros’s border identities, the north/south American divide in literature, or American visual artist Tamar Stone and the representation of female bodies. Her previous book was a co-edited volume on American cultural diversity published by Javier Coy Series. Her latest conference paper was presented in last April’s EAAS Conference in Constanta, Rumania, in the panel Southern Studies Forum network. She is also a member of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies AEDEAN (membership number 2.286).


Dilek Direnc received her BA and MA degrees from Ege University (İzmir, Turkey) and her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in English. She teaches in the Department of English Language and Literature at Ege University and is currently chair of the department. Her area of interest is gender ideology and literature and she has published articles, book reviews, and books in Turkish and English on nineteenth-century writers, women’s literature, and contemporary women writers.


Alexandra Glavanakova, PhD: I have been a tenured lecturer at the Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” for over 20 years, during which time I have taught a number of courses on US culture and literature both at the BA and MA level. My main areas of research are transcultural studies; American literature; popular culture of the US and Canada; immigration, race and ethnicity in the U.S.A. and Canada; the history of immigration from Eastern Europe to the U.S.A.; the study of the Bulgarian Diaspora in the U.S. and Canada; the application of the theories of ethnic minorities to the Bulgarian society. I am the author of two books, one exploring the redefinition of the human and literature in the digital age and the other examining transcultural visions of American, Bulgarian, Canadian, French, and Pakistani writers expressing the complexities of cultural transformations in these liquid times.


Ingrid Gessner is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She received her doctorate from the latter institution, and her Master’s Degree from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. In 2014, she completed a book on the cultural dimension and representation of yellow fever in nineteenth-century U.S. literature and visual culture with a special focus on issues of nation, gender, and race. She has edited a special issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies on iconographies of the calamitous in American visual culture (together with Suanne Leikam) and is the author of Collective Memory as Catharsis? The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Public Controversy (2000) and From Sites of Memory to Cybersights: (Re)Framing Japanese American Experiences (2007). Ingrid supports the Gender Studies network at Regensburg University and has participated in its lecture series on Gender and Disease. Further publications include articles on the digital and transnational turns in American Studies, 9/11 memorials, and teaching American Studies. Calling American Studies and the EAAS her academic home, she has attended EAAS meetings since 2008. Email:


Saskia Hertlein is teaching at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Her field is American Studies through an interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies approach. Her research interests include Inter-American and Transnational American Studies; multicultural literature; literature and developmental sciences; literature and philosophy, politics, and religion; and critical diversity studies. Her PhD dissertation is entitled “Tales of Transformation: Emerging Adulthood, Migration, and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Fiction by Women Writers.” Email:


Katherine Hoffman received her B.A. from Smith College and Ph.D. from New York University. She is currently  Professor and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH, USA, where she has worked since 1990, and served as chair of the department for over 20 years. She has been a visiting professor at Richmond University in London, was Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, and served as the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of Excellence at the University of Memphis. She has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist roster by the U.S. Department of State, and recently served as a Fulbright Specialist at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, summer 2014. She speaks German and French. Her area of specialization is Modern Art, particularly early 20th Century Art and Early American Modernism. Her studies include the history of painting, photography, and film. She is also interested in cross-cultural influences between Islamic, Asian, and Western art; she was a fellow at the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan in 2004, and a Hamad Bin Khalifa Fellow in Doha, Qatar, in 2007. She has written 7 books and numerous articles, as well as having given lectures and papers internationally. She has also had a number of her own photographs exhibited and published. Her books include:  An Enduring Spirit: The Art of Georgia O’Keeffe (Grolier Books), Collage: Critical Views ( UMI Research Press), Explorations: The Visual Arts Since 1945 (Harper Collins), Concepts of Identity: Historical and Contemporary Images of Self and Family (Harper Collins), Georgia O’Keeffe: A Celebration of Music and Dance  (George Braziller Books), Stieglitz:A Beginning Light,(Yale University Press, 2004), and Alfred Stieglitz: A Legacy of Light (Yale University Press, 2011). She has received a contract from Yale University Press to work on a new book,  Fighting for the Light: Female Photographic Pioneers in the Alfred Stieglitz Circle and Collection. She resides in Peterborough, NH, USA.



Julia Leida  Julia Leyda is Associate Professor of Film Studies in the Faculty of Art and Media Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, as well as Senior Research Fellow at the Graduate School for North American Studies in the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin. She is the author of American Mobilities: Class, Race, and Gender in US Culture (Transcript, 2016), and her current book projects center on the financialization of domestic space in 21st-century US screen culture and climate change fiction, film, and television. She has edited or co-edited several books, including Todd Haynes: Interviews (UP of Mississippi, 2014), Extreme Weather and Global Media(with Diane Negra, Routledge, 2015), Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film (with Shane Denson, REFRAME, 2016), and The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness (with Joshua Paul Dale, Anthony P. McIntyre, Joyce Goggin, and Diane Negra, Routledge, forthcoming 2016).


Susanne Leikam is assistant professor of American studies in the American Studies Department at the University of Regensburg, Germany. In her research, she focuses on visual culture studies, memory studies, ecocriticism, and currently works on entangling the environment closer with Transnational American Studies. She has also engaged in the study of the intersection of gender and environmental disasters in American popular culture and the global media. Her dissertation Framing Spaces in Motion: Tracing Visualizations of Earthquakes into Twentieth-Century San Francisco (Winter; 2015) analyzes the development of the visual repertoires and interpretive framings of earthquakes from early modern Europe into the twentieth-century United States. Further publications include, among others, Iconographies of the Calamitous in American Visual Culture (spec. issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies; co-edited with Ingrid Gessner; 2013), “‘Transnational Tales’ of Risk and Coping: Californian Disaster Narratives in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries” (Transnational American Studies, ed. Udo J. Hebel; 2012), "Environ­mental Imaginations of the California Channel Islands and Ecological Crisis in T.C. Boyle’s When the Killing's Done” (Ecozon@; 2014), and “Picturing High Water: The 2013 Floods in Southeastern Germany and Colorado” (Extreme Weather and Global Media, eds. Julia Leyda and Diane Negra; 2015). E-mail:


Isabel Oliveira Martins is an Assistant Professor in the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, New University of Lisbon, Portugal). She holds a PhD in Contemporary American literature. Her main research and teaching interests are Anglo-Portuguese Studies (mainly British and American travelers in Portugal), Portuguese-American Studies, North American Literature, and Literary Translation. She has published and taught in these areas since 1983. She is a member of CETAPS (Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies) and of ULICES (University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies) as well as of other international associations of literature, languages, translation and American Studies, such as ESSE, EAAS, ACLA, and PSA. Email:


Clara Machín is a student at the Universidad de Barcelona. Her interests lay in radical women of color and in representations of women loving women on literature. She focuses on writers such as Audre Lorde, Pat Parker, Toni Morrison, and is also interested in other artistic disciplines and how narrative can be used to subvert canonical structures, as in the work of Jenny Holzer. On 2015 she won the prize for the project La UB contra la Violencia de Genere with a documentary on micro-violences in the university environment with two of her colleges


Elisabetta Marino is a tenured Assistant Professor of American and English literature at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. She has published three monographs: Tamerlano dalla letteratura inglese alla letteratura Americana (Tamerlane in English and American literature) in 2000, Introduzione alla letteratura bangladese britannica (An introduction to British Bangladeshi literature) in 2005, and Mary Shelley e l’Italia, in viaggio, il Risorgimento, la questione femminile (Mary Shelley and Italy) in 2011. She has also translated poems by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, collected in a volume entitled Talismans/Talismani (2006). She has edited numerous collections of essays, including selected papers from the “Asia and the West Conference” (an event she has co-organized nine times with Lina Unali, at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata), Transnational, National, and Personal Voices: New Perspectives on Asian American and Asian Diasporic Women Writers (2004, co-edited with Begoña Simal González), and Positioning the New: Chinese American Literature and the Changing Image of the American Literary Canon (2010, co-edited with Tanfer Emin Tunc). In 2010, she edited the second volume of an e-book: Una città tra Oriente e Occidente. Istanbul Shanghai (A City between East and West. Istanbul Shanghai). Two edited collections of essays are forthcoming: Europe Facing Inter-Asian Cultural, Literary, Historical and Political Situations (2014), and The West and Asia/Asia and the West (2015). She has published extensively on Italian American literature, Asian American and Asian British literature, travel literature, and on the English Romantic writers. Email:


Dana Mihăilescu is an Assistant Professor of English/American Studies, at the University of Bucharest, Romania, where she earned her Ph.D. in January 2010 with a dissertation entitled Ethical Dilemmas and Reconfigurations of Identity in Early Twentieth Century Eastern European Jewish American Narratives. Her main research interests include Jewish American Studies, trauma and witnessing, ethics and memory, and oral and written testimonies of Holocaust survivors. She has published articles on these topics in international journals such as American Imago, European Review of History, East European Jewish Affairs, and Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture. Her most recent project is a co-edited volume, Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2014). Her research to date has centered on how memory and the ethics of remembrance function for immigrant generations of Eastern European Jews, how memory works for Holocaust survivors, and how its complex paths and gendered dimensions influence fiction writing and history-making. Email:


Eulalia Piñero-Gil is Associate Professor in American Literature and Gender Studies at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. She has published extensively on American women’s literature, gender studies and, music and literature. She has translated and edited selected works by Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe and Marianne Moore. In 2002, she co-edited Voices and Images of Women in 20th Century Theater. Anglo-American Women Playwrights. She has also co-edited Women and Art: Visions of Change and Social Development (2010) and Breaking a Sea of Silence: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Gender Violence (2013). Recently, she has translated and edited Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (Cátedra, 2012) and as a result of her contribution to Kate Chopin Studies, she has been appointed as a member of the Kate Chopin International Society Website Advisory Committee.

She has been a member of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies, as well as a member of the Board of the “European Association for American Studies.” In addition to her activities as a teacher and researcher, she is director of the UAM English Department Gender Studies Seminar. She is currently at work on a monograph on Kate Chopin’s Short Stories.


Mihaela Precup is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest, Romania, where she teaches American visual and popular culture, film studies, and American literature. Her main research interests include American graphic narratives, trauma and autobiography studies, and family photography. Her most recent publications are The Graphic Memoir. An Introduction (2013) and Mourning Women. Post-mortem Dialogues in Contemporary American Autobiography (The University of Bucharest Press, 2014). Email:


Sara Prieto García-Cañedo holds a BA in English Studies from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and a PhD in English Studies from the University of Alicante (Spain), where she was an FPI scholar from the Spanish Ministry of Research and Innovation. She has taught at the University of Alicante, the State University of New York and she is currently working as an assistant professor at the Catholic University of Murcia (Spain). Her research focuses on literary journalism during the First World War, but she is also interested in other fictional and non-fictional representations of war by marginal voices throughout the first half of the 20th century. She has coedited the volume Literary Journalism and World War I: Marginal Voices (Editions PUN, 2016) and she has published articles and book chapters on different eyewitnesses experiences on the First World War, such as Edith Wharton, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Richard Harding Davis or May Sinclair.  She is a member of the web team of the International Assocation for First World War Studies since 2012 and she has been awarded the AEDEAN "Catalina Montes Award" in 2013 and 2014. 

Gönül Pultar has taught at Middle Eastern Technical University, and Bilkent, Boğaziçi, and Bahçeşehir Universities in Turkey, and was a fellow at Harvard University. She is the founding president of the Cultural Studies Association of Turkey. One of her areas of specialization is fiction by twentieth-century US ethnic women authors. She was the founding editor of Journal of American Studies of Turkey, and in 2006 guest-edited a special issue of Comparative American Studies on American literature in languages other than English. The author or editor of eleven books in English or Turkish including On the Road to Baghdad; or, Traveling Biculturalism: Theorizing a Bicultural Approach to Contemporary World Fiction. She has also published two novels in Turkish. Her latest book, a collection of essays entitled Imagined Identities: Identity Formation in the Age of Globalization, was published by Syracuse University Press in 2014. Email:


Daniela Rossini is Full Professor of American History at the University of Roma Tre (Rome, Italy), where she teaches North American History and Women’s History. She spent three years at Harvard as Fulbright scholar in the History Department and as fellow of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Her research interests include World War I, Italian-American relations and international women’s history in the first decades of the 20th century. During the last years, she authored two volumes: Woodrow Wilson and the American Myth in Italy: Culture, Diplomacy and War Propaganda, Harvard University Press, Cambridge 2008, and Donne e propaganda internazionale. Percorsi femminili tra Italia e Stati Uniti nell’eta’ della Grande Guerra [Women and International Propaganda. Women’s Paths between Italy and the United States in the Great War Era], Franco Angeli, Milan 2015; and edited the two following books: La propaganda nella Grande Guerra tra nazionalismi e internazionalismi [Great War Propaganda between Nationalisms and Internationalisms], Unicopli, Milan 2007, and Le Americane. Donne e immagini di donne tra Belle Époque e fascismo [The American Women. Women’s Images Between Belle Époque and Fascism], Biblink, Rome 2008. She published also several essays, including “Feminism and Nationalism: the Italian National Council of Women, the World War and the Rise of Fascism, 1911-1922”, Journal of Women’s History, vol. 26, n.3, Fall 2014.


Sirpa Salenius, native of Finland, received her M.A. (Laurea) in Foreign Languages and Cultures from the University of Florence and her Ph.D. in English Studies (American Literature) from the University of Eastern Finland. She holds the title of Docent in English-language literature and culture at the University of Eastern Finland where she taught in 2012. She is presently working as a Project Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, Centre for Global Communication Strategies, Tokyo, Japan. Her previous teaching experience includes courses in English and American literature at American study abroad programs in Rome and Florence, Italy. Her publications examine the nineteenth-century American Grand Tour and the influence of Italy in the lives and works of such authors as James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and Henry James. She is editor of American Authors Reinventing Italy: The Writings of Exceptional Nineteenth-Century Women (2009) and Sculptors, Painters, and Italy: Italian Influence on Nineteenth-Century American Art (2009). Her most recent publications include Rose Elizabeth Cleveland: First Lady and Literary Scholar. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and a forthcoming essay collection edited with Beth L. Lueck, and Nancy Lusignan Schultz (Transatlantic Conversations: Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Encounters with Italy and the Atlantic World, 2017).


Sabine Sielke is Chair of North American Literature and Culture, Director of the North American Studies Program and the German-Canadian Centre, and Spokesperson of the Zentrum für Kulturwissenschaft|Cultural Studies at the University of Bonn as well as member of the Advisory Board of the Center of Modernist Studies at Zheijang University, Hangzhou. Her publications include Reading Rape (Princeton 2002) and Fashioning the Female Subject (Ann Arbor 1997), the series Transcription and over a dozen (co-)editions, among them American Studies Today: New Research Agendas (2014) and Beyond 9/11: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture (2013), as well as more than 100 essays on poetry and poetics, modern and post-modern literature and culture, literary and cultural theory, gender and African American studies, popular culture, and the interfaces of cultural studies and the sciences. Her current book projects interrogate narratives of science in fiction and phenomena of memory, mediation, and seriality at the crossroads of the cognitive sciences and cultural studies. She has initiated and engages in collaborative projects on knowledge ecologies North America, on modes, functions, and effects of nostalgia, on mimicry as communication, and on the nexus of violence and security. Email:


Silvia Schultermandl is an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Graz, where she teaches courses in American literature/culture studies. Silvia is the author of a monograph on the representation of mother-daughter conflicts in Asian American literature and the (co)editor of five collections of essays which explore various themes in transnational studies, American literature and culture, as well as family and kinship studies. Since 2009, she has served as series editor for Contributions to Transnational Feminism (currently finishing volume 6). She is currently at work on a monograph on the aesthetics of transnationalism in American literature from the revolution to 9/11 and is developing a new book series entitled Mediating Family: Representation, Technology and Difference.


Dr. Silvia Schultermandl, Department of American Studies,

University of Graz, Attemsgasse 25/ II, 8010 Graz, Austria.




Justine Tally specializes in African American Literature, with an emphasis on contemporary black women writers, specifically Toni Morrison. She teaches an MA level course on “The Battle for History: African Americans in Literature and Film,” which looks at the contentious “dialogue” between white writers/directors and African Americans in an attempt to control the discourse about black people in the U.S. She is currently working on a project entitled “Sexualities and New Gender Identities in Contemporary Culture,” which analyzes the representation of contemporary sexualities in a number of cultural documents (by Morrison, Paule Marshall, Gloria Naylor, and the South African writer Rozena Maart) from five English-speaking countries with the help of Foucault’s notions of heteronormativity and the punishment of dissident sexualities. Email:


Meldan Tanrısal is a Professor in the Department of American Culture and Literature at Hacettepe, University, Ankara, Turkey. In 1988, she received her PhD from the same department with her dissertation entitled “New Journalism and the Nonfiction Novel: Creating Art through Facts.” Dr. Tanrısal’s areas of specialization are Native American and Asian American Studies. Her research interests lie in ethnic literatures and cultures, literary nonfiction, biography, autobiography and the American novel, on which she has published numerous articles. In 1993, she was awarded a Fulbright visiting scholarship to study Native Americans in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She recently co-edited an issue of the Journal of American Studies of Turkey on Native American Studies. Her article titled “Borrowed Visions: American Indian and Anglo American Uses of Each Other’s Visions” appeared in the Journal of the West in Fall 2007. In 2012, she completed a book (in Turkish) on the novels of Amy Tan and in 2014 the proceedings for the 2012 EAAS Izmir Conference (co-edited with Tanfer Emin Tunc). She served as Vice President of the European Association for American Studies between 2011 and 2014, and is currently the President of the American Studies Association of Turkey. Email:


Tanfer Emin Tunc is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Culture and Literature at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. She holds a PhD in American History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and specializes in women’s studies, American social/cultural history, and transnational American studies. She is the co-editor of five books and author of two books and numerous book chapters, reference book entries, and book reviews. Her journal articles have appeared in internationally-renowned publications such as Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, Foreign Literature Studies, Women’s History Review, and Journal of Women’s History. She has published extensively on women writers, including essays and book chapters on Willa Cather, Lucille Clifton, Caroline Gordon, Lillian Hellman, Ruthanne Lum McCunn, Margaret Mitchell, L.M. Montgomery, Paisley Rekdal, Alice Randall, and Wendy Wasserstein, as well as on the history of medicine, sexuality, and reproduction. She is currently the Vice President of the American Studies Association of Turkey and a Board Member of the European Association for American Studies . Email:


Kirsten Twelbeck is an Assistant Professor of American Literature and Culture at Leibniz-University in Hanover, Germany. Her dissertation was published under the title No Korean Is Whole–Wherever He Or She May Be (2001). She has worked on women in the Christian missionary movement in the United States, on South-African literature, and on the representation of the Holocaust in America. Her general research and teaching interests include the historical relationship between the United States and Asia, postcolonial studies, gender studies, medical history, photography, and questions of nation building and citizenship in nineteenth and twentieth century American culture. She has just completed a research project that investigates how white American women and men imagined the future nation during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. Email:


Simon D. Whybrew is a Master’s student in North American Studies at the University of Marburg. He participated in a student exchange program with the Radboud University Nijmegen and published a paper on the destructive effects of hetero- and homonormativity in Djuna Barnes’ seminal novel Nightwood. Recently, he participated in the 2014 EAAS conference in Den Haag on “America: Justice, Conflict, War” where he presented a paper that evaluated the CIA’s justifications for its participation in the 1953 coup against Mosaddeq. His research interests include contemporary fiction, popular culture, and cultural and literary theory with a focus on gender studies, masculinity, queer studies, and poststructuralism. Email:


Andrea Zittlau is Assistant Professor at the department of North American Studies at the University of Rostock, Germany. Additionally, she coordinates the Graduate School “Cultural Encounters and Discourses of Scholarship,” also at the University of Rostock. Her PhD thesis entitled “Packaging Culture. How Ethnographic Museums Challenge their Past, Present, and Future” deals with the representation of Native Americans in museum environments. Her research interests include museums, disability and representation, and most recently nineteenth-century American trial reports. Email: