Friday, November 16




1:30  3:00

Café Engländer

JAAAS editorial meeting

4:00 – 6:00

Foyer (Herbert Hunger Haus ÖAW)


3:00 – 4:30

Alte Burse (Herbert Hunger Haus ÖAW)

Board Meeting

4:30 – 5:15

Theatersaal (Herbert Hunger Haus ÖAW)

Conference Opening

           •        Welcome Addresses

           •        Fulbright Prize 2018   

,                  Honorary Membership Awards   

5:15 – 6:00

Theatersaal (Herbert Hunger Haus ÖAW)


6:00 – 7:30

Theatersaal (Herbert Hunger Haus ÖAW)

Opening Keynote by Heike Paul (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg):
“The Sensation of Rootedness: Mobility Studies Meets Affect Studies”

Chair: Alexandra Ganser


Saturday, November 17

8:00 – 4:00

Department Ground Floor


9:00 – 10:30


Panel Session 1

10:30 – 11:00

Department Ground Floor

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30


Panel Session 2

12:30 – 2:30



12:30 – 2:30

Küche 18

Austria's Young Americanists (AYA) Lunch for Early Career Researchers

2:30 – 4:30


Panel Session 3

4:30 – 5:00

Department Ground Floor

Coffee Break

5:00 – 6:30

Department UR

AAAS General Meeting

7:00 – 8:30

Venue t.b.a.

Keynote Address by Hester Blum (Pennsylvania State University):

“Arctic Dead Letters: Polar Circulation and Ecomedia“

Chair: Leopold Lippert

8:30 – 10:30

Venue t.b.a.

Reception and Party

Dance Performance “POLARIZE” (MUK Vienna)


Sunday, November 18

8:00 – 11:00

Department Ground Floor


9:00 – 10:30

Department UR

Keynote Address by Mimi Sheller (Drexel University):

“American Im/Mobilities and Movements of Mobility Justice“

Chair: Roman Kabelik 

10:30 – 11:00

Department Ground Floor

Coffee Break

11:00 – 1:00


Panel Session 4

1:00 – 2:00

Venue t.b.d.

Meeting of the New Board



Session 1: Sat, 9-10:30

Panel 1: Angry. Crazy. Sad. Smileyface: Aesthetic Mediation, Political Mobilization, and the Im/Mobilities of Gender

Seminar Room 1

Chairs: Sophie Spieler (University of Leipzig), Florian Sedlmeier (University of Hamburg)

Elisabeth Krieber (University of Salzburg): From Panel to Stage – Transmedial Mobilization of Queer Identities

Ralph J. Poole (University of Salzburg): Full Disclosure: Gender*Mobilization and Affective Trans Male Publics

Katja Kanzler (University of Leipzig): #NastyWoman: Vernacular Feminism and the Poetics of Resignification in 21st Century US Popular Culture


Panel 2: Im/Mobilities and Performance

Seminar Room 2

Chair: Ingrid Gessner (PH Vorarlberg)

Martina Koegeler-Abdi (University of Copenhagen): Anna Ascends (1920) – Syrian Immigrants between Social Ascent and Racial Immobility

Hannah Murray (King’s College London): “Almost a citizen”: Performance and Social Mobility in Robert Montgomery Bird’s The Adventures of Robin Day (1839)

Veronika Keller (Independent Scholar): “Here I am in my Mecca” – The Transatlantic Migration of Music Students between 1843 and 1918


Panel 3: Legacies of Cold War Im/Mobilities

Seminar Room 3

Chair: Christian Stenico (University of Innsbruck)

Klaus Rieser (University of Graz): “Going Native” in Bulgaria: Valeska Griesebach’s Film Western

Katharina Wiedlack (University of Flensburg): “Arrested Development:” Trapped in the “Time Loop” of American Cold War Cultures

Barbara Maly-Bowie (University of Vienna): Making connections: Netflix, Cuba and Mobilization


Panel 4: Im/Mobilities and Empire


Chair: Kevin Potter (University of Vienna)

Steffi Wiggins (University of Vienna): Herman Melville’s Work and the Sea: The Experience of Mobility and the Literary Construction of a Place

Mark Rice (St. John Fisher College): The Curious Case of Louis Menage: Science, Law, and Imperialism in American Im/mobilities

Kevin Riordan (Nanyang Technological University): American Circumnavigation; Or, Failure as Foreign Policy


Session 2: Sat, 11-12.30

Seminar Panel 5: African American Im/Mobilities I

Room 1

Chair: Sigrid Thomsen (University of Vienna)

Sunčica Klaas (Potsdam University): The “Incommensurable Distance” between Freedom and Slavery: Displacement and Disenfranchisement in Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave

François d’Assise Khéyane Tine (University of Liège/University Paul Valéry, Montpellier III): Forced Displacement and Its Traumatic Effects in Toni Morrison’s Home and A Mercy

Karin Hoepker (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg): „Black Cargo“: Narratives of Im/Mobility in Barracoon and The Underground Railroad


Panel 6: Im/Mobilities and the Environment

Seminar Room 2

Chair: Steffi Wiggins (University of Vienna)

Timo Müller (University of Konstanz): Natural Automobility? American Road Narratives and the Environment

Tatiana Prorokova (University of Vienna): Mobility, Car Culture, and the Environment in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

Leonardo Nolé (CUNY Graduate Center): Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses: A Chronicle of Im/mobilities


Panel 7: Disability and Im/Mobility

Seminar Room 3

Chair: Judith Kohlenberger (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Susanne Hamscha (Fulbright Austria): Not Going Anywhere: Disability, Civil Rights, and Cultures of Im/mobility

Dorothee Schneider (Kiel University): “But I’m not even in a wheelchair”: Dis/ability, Im/mobility and Social Class in Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (2015)

Juliane Strätz (Mannheim University): Disabling Mobility – Cultures of Work and Ableism in Joshua Ferris’ The Unnamed


Panel 8: Homes on the Move

Seminar Room 5

Chair: Elisabeth Lechner (University of Vienna)

Sarah Heinz (University of Vienna): Mobilizing Homes: Representing Home Spaces in Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing

Alina Stocklöv (University of Konstanz): Urban Mobility in Post 9/11 Manhattan – The City as Liminal Space in Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis and Teju Cole’s Open City

Joshua Parker (University of Salzburg): Austrian Refugees in New York


Panel 9: Interrogations of the American West

Seminar Room 6

Chair: Michael Fuchs (University of Graz)

Burak Sezer (University of Cologne): Slowing Down West: Diminishing Mobility in Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon

Stefan Rabitsch (University of Graz): “I Wear My Hat as I Please, Indoors or Out”: Western Hats: Wearable, Signifying, Mobile Shapes of Americanness


Session 3: Sat, 14.30-16.30

Panel 10: African American Im/Mobilities II

Seminar Room 1

Chair: Hanna Wallinger (University of Salzburg)

Julia Velten (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz): Illusions of Mobility: Reading George Dawson’s Life Is so Good! Against the Grain

Jiann-Chyng Tu (Humboldt University Berlin): “Arise! All who refuse to be slaves!”: W.E.B. Du Bois and Paul Robeson in China

Isabel Kalous (Justus Liebig University Giessen): Navigating Hostile Terrain with the Green Book: Race, Mobility and a Travel Guide for African Americans in the Era of Segregation

Marian Ofori-Amoafo (University of Bayreuth): Coffles, Swamps, Plantations: Im/Mobility and Identity Formation in I Am Not Sidney Poitier and Blonde Roots


Panel 11: Where No (Wo)Man Has Gone Before: Space, Gender, and Mobility in American Science Fiction

Seminar Room 2

Chairs: Stefan L. Brandt (University of Graz), Manuela Neuwirth (University of Graz)

Imola Bülgözdi (University of Debrecen): Distorting Mirror? Gendered Segregation in Le Guin’s “The Matter of Seggri”

Rocío Carrasco Carrasco (University of Huelva): Becoming Digital: Posthuman Subjectivities in American Virtual Reality Films

Elisabeth Schneider (University of Graz): “You Know I Can Take Whatever I want”: Toxic Masculinity, Star Wars, and the (Im-)Possibility of Change

Manuela Neuwirth (University of Graz): Gender-Coding the Extraterrestrial: Asexual Aliens and Hypersexual Hybrids in Star Trek and The X-Files


Panel 12: Maritime Crossings

Seminar Room 3

Chairs: Nadja Gernalzick (University of Vienna)

David Fontanals (University of Barcelona): Pandora and Patagonia: Exploring Domesticity and Mobility in the Short Fiction of Henry James

Arturo Corujo-Hernández (University of Barcelona): A Man-of-War in Labour: The Heterotopic Gestation of the Disorientated Self in Herman Melville’s White Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War


Panel 13: Moving Images: Intersectional Approaches to Im/Mobilities on Screen


Chair: Alexandra Hauke (University of Passau)

Judith Rauscher (University of Bamberg): Interrogating Imperial Feminism: Border Crossing and the Politics of Race and Gender in Star Trek: Discovery

Alexandra Hauke (University of Passau): Horrors of the Sunken Place: Critical Race Theory, Black Mobilization, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out


Panel 14: Gendered Im/Mobilities

Seminar Room 5

Chair: Stefanie Schäfer (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Züleyha Çetiner-Öktem (Ege University): Ripley: A Woman’s Journey

Katharina Gerund (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg): The Im/Mobilities of Military Spouses in Post-9/11 America

Grazia Micheli (University of Nottingham): Im/mobility and In-betweenness in Contemporary Migrant Literature

Ranthild Salzer (University of Vienna): Superheroes as Fantasies of Mobility


Panel 15: Minor Mobilities

Seminar Room 6

Chair: Alexandra Ganser (University of Vienna)

Astrid Fellner (Saarland University): Running the Medicine Line: Minor Mobilities on the Canada/US Border

Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (Leipzig University): “Following the Path of Stanley”: Mobilities and Immobilities in US Gulf Coast Tourism

Steffen Wöll (Leipzig University): Inertia and Movement: The Spatialization of the Native Northland in Jack London’s Short Stories

Marietta Messmer (University of Groningen): Detained, Deported, Deterred: The  Current Challenges Faced by Under-Age Migrants and Refugees in the U.S.


Session 4: Sun, 11-13

Panel 16: Versifying Im/Mobility: Poetry as Dance

Seminar Room 1

Chair: Nassim Balestrini (University of Graz)

Nassim Balestrini (University of Graz): The Delicate pas de deux of Dual Citizenship: Language as History’s Violent Choreography in Layli Long Soldier’s Poetry

Margit Peterfy (Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg): “Dancing Out of Rhythm”: Juan Felipe Herrera’s Anthropoetry as Expressive Commentary

Philipp Reisner (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf): Trinity as Dance: Li-Young Lee’s Poetry Cycle The Undressing (2018)

Jennifer A. Reimer (University of Graz): Towards a Transa-national Poetics: Mobilities within Difference and the Ethnic Avant-Garde


Panel 17: Intersectional Im/Mobilities of Gender and Race

Seminar Room 2

Chair: Martina Koegeler-Abdi (University of Copenhagen) 

Silvia Schultermandl (University of Graz): Precarious Intimacies and the Im/Mobility of Transnational Care

Nasrin Babakhani (Goettingen University): Mobility and the Re-imaginings of Identity in Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine

Isabel Treviño (University of Zaragoza): Unlicensed Drivers: Gendered and Racialised Im/Mobilities in Learning to Drive 


Panel 18: Moving in/across/through America in Video Games (and Digital Culture)

Seminar Room 3

Chair: Stefan Rabitsch (University of Graz)

Emir Bektić (University of Klagenfurt): A Virtual Walk on the American Frontier: Mapping a Native American Tribe’s Experience through Assassin’s Creed III

Michael Fuchs (University of Graz): You, Too, Can Become a Star: Upward Mobility in Sports Video Games

William Tate (James Madison University): The Garage Phenomenon: The Start-up Revolution: A New Mobility


Panel 19: Queer Im/Mobilities


Chair: Susanne Hamscha (Fulbright Austria)

Simon Whybrew (University of Graz): Disappearing into the Future? Reclaiming Transgender Experiences in Contemporary US Science Fiction

Ben Robbins (University of Innsbruck): Queer Exile and the Mobility of Narratives across the Modernist Writing of Djuna Barnes and Robert McAlmon

Rodrigo Andrés (University of Barcelona): Coming out as a Threat to the Immobilities and Chrononormativities of Domestic Life in Herman Melville’s “The Apple-Tree Table”


Panel 20: Deportation and Detainment

Seminar Room 5

Chair: Barbara Maly-Bowie (University of Vienna)

Louis J. Kern (Hofstra University): “The Remnant of Barbarism…[in] the Civil Code of the Country”: “Freemmagemmed in Queer Street” – Imprisonment for Debt in the United States

Julia Lange (University of Hamburg): “We Were Victims, too”: German American Internment Autobiographies and the (Re-) Construction of Citizenship

Baltasar Jesús López Ruiz (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia): Enemy Aliens: Contributions of Refugees and Displaced Persons to Canada


Panel 21: Modern-Day Pilgrimages in the US and Beyond

Seminar Room 6

Chair: Sabrina Mittermeier (Independet Scholar)

Mareike Spychala (University of Bamberg): Honor Flights, Veterans, and Military Pilgrimages in American Popular Culture

Jennifer Volkmer (LMU Munich): A Man Went Looking for America and Couldn’t Find It Anywhere – Motorcycle Riding as Modern-Day Pilgrimage

Sabrina Mittermeier Independet Scholar): (Un)Conventional Voyages: Fan Tourism as Pilgrimage?

Clara Reiring (Cologne University): Blue Highways and Emersonian Circles – American Mobility from Transcendentalism to Travel Literature