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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities

Conference Contributions and Organization

Talks, Lectures, Presentations


"Laboring Bodies and the Quantified Self," Conference of the DFG-funded project 'Probing the Limits of the Quantified Self: Human Agency and Knowledge in Literature and Culture of the Information Age,' Universität Mannheim, 5-6 October 2018. [accepted]

  • Kristina Graaff: "12 Steps to an Optimized Self: Early Forms of Self-Monitoring in Self-Help of the 1920s/'30s."
  • Simon Rienäcker: "Bodies as Instruments of Labor and Leisure: African American Cinema and Mass Culture in the 1930s"

"Open Covenants: Pasts and Futures of Global America," Annual Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies, Stockholm, September 2018. [accepted]

  • Kristina Graaff: "Adjusting to Modernity: Self-Help in the Early 20th Century."

American Studies Research Colloquium, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 15 May 2018

  • Simon Rienäcker: "Self-Reflexivity and the Black Experience of Modernity in 1930s African American Cinema"

Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, 10 May 2018

  • Martin Klepper: "The Emergence of American Mass Cultures from the Spirit of Self-Help" (Guest Lecture)

American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, 9 May 2018

  • Martin Klepper: "Race, Eugenics, and Mass Cultures in the United States"

"Foreign Bodies and Native Sons," Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies, University College Dublin, 28. April 2018

  • Kristina Graaff: "Narratives of In/Exclusion: U.S. Self-Help Literature and Modern Capitalism."


"Bewegende Körper / Bodies in Motion," Jahrestagung der Kulturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft, Ghent University, 16-18 November 2017

  • Simon Rienäcker: "Mobilizing Bodies: Swing, Tanz und die (mediale) Repräsentation von Körpern im afroamerikanischen Film der 1930er Jahre"

Managing Racial Capital: International Workshop Symposium, Freie Universität Berlin, 30 June - 1 July 2017

  • Simon Rienäcker: “Mobilizing Bodies: Dance and 1930s U.S. Mass Culture” (Workshop Presentation)

American Studies Research Colloquium, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 20 June 2017

  • Simon Rienäcker: "Bodies of Leisure/Labor: Dance and 1930s U.S. Mass Culture"

The Interwar Years: Cultural, Political, and Aesthetic Perspectives (International Workshop), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 22-24 February 2017

  • Martin Klepper, Kristina Graaff, and Simon Rienäcker: "Building US Mass Culture: Robert S. Abbott and Edward L. Stratemeyer"


Fictions of Management: An International Conference, Freie Universität Berlin, 8-10 December 2016

  • Martin Klepper and Kristina Graaff: "Self-Help: Black and White?"


Conferences and Workshops


Organization: "Body & Mind: Self-Help in 1920s/30s US Mass Cultures," KOSMOS International Workshop, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 15-17 November 2018

Panel Organization: "Early Mass Cultures as Counter/Publics," 65th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA), John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, 24-27 May 2018