Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

American Studies

Our research and teaching investigates the multi-faceted character of North American (U.S. and Canadian) literature and culture, its dynamic history, and its theoretical frameworks. In particular, it focuses on the ways in which North American culture is shaped by social hierarchies and how, in turn, it contributes to reproducing and reformulating them. In our work, we try to be mindful of our own social positions. The intersectional, transnational, and (post) colonial dimensions of North American cultural productions are of particular interest to the program.

We understand ourselves as part of an interdisciplinary field encompassing Literary Theory, Cultural Studies and Cultural History, investigating both the political effects and the aesthetic dimensions of cultural productions.

Works of art and other manifestations of culture respond to, reflect, and affect their historical contexts. Our program pays special attention to the North American media landscapes in their various forms (orality, print, film and social media), as well as their production and reception.

In addition to research and teaching, our activities in American Studies include international exchange and events such as conferences, guest lecture series, and other formats of engaging with a broader public.

Research and Teaching

  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Gender and Queer Theory
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Native American Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Latinx Studies
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies and Decolonization
  • Popular Culture Studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Fat Studies
  • Regional Studies
Exchange and Events

W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Marker



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- Photo by Martin Ibold


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