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Amerikastudien / American Studies



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General Editors

Prof. Dr. Carmen Birkle
Philipps-Universität Marburg
FB 10: Fremdsprachliche Philologien
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Nordamerikanische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft
Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6 F
D-35032 Marburg
Tel. +49-6421-28-24-345

Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes
Europa-Universität Flensburg
Seminar für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Auf dem Campus 1
24943 Flensburg

Associate Editors

Dr. Cedric Essi
Dr. Johanna Heil
Dr. Kathleen Loock
Dr. Connor Pitetti
Johannes Schmid

Editorial Board

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Gessner (Feldkirch, Austria)
Prof. Dr. Anke Ortlepp, Review Editor (Köln)
Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Prof. Dr. Marc Priewe (Stuttgart)
Prof. Dr. Boris Vormann (Berlin)


Advisory Board

Astrid Böger (Hamburg)
Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Stanford)
Paul Giles(Sydney)
Hans-Jürgen Grabbe (Halle-Wittenberg)
Udo Hebel (Regensburg)
Alfred Hornung (Mainz)
Christian Lammert (Berlin)
Deborah Madsen (Genf)
Nina Morgan (Kennesaw, GA)
Katja Sarkowsky (Augsburg)
Oliver Scheiding (Mainz)
Werner Sollors (Cambridge, MA)
Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (Augsburg)
Louise Westling (Eugene, OR)
Hubert Zapf (Augsburg)



until 2020:

Alfred Bendixen (Princeton)
Manfred Brückner (Delaware)
Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Stanford)
Catrin Gersdorf (Würzburg)
Paul Giles (Sydney)
Gudrun Grabher (Innsbruck)
Simon Koschut (FU Berlin)
Ursula Lehmkuhl (Trier)
Philipp Schweighauser (Basel)
Stephen Shapiro (Warwick)
Daniel Stein (Siegen)
Babette Bärbel Tischleder (Göttingen)
Bryce Traister (Western Ontario)

until 2022:

Christine Gerhardt (Bamberg)
Ingrid Gessner (Regensburg)
Martin Klepper (HU Berlin)
Kerstin Knopf (Bremen)
Christian Lammert (FU Berlin)
Alan Lessoff (Illinois State)
Timo Müller (Konstanz)
Greta Olson (Gießen)
Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (Leipzig)
Ralph Poole (Salzburg)
Gabriele Rippl (Bern)
John Carlos Rowe (Southern California)
Ilka Saal (Erfurt)
Kerstin Schmidt (Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
Elizabeth West (Georgia State)
Jutta Zimmermann (Kiel)

until 2024:

Alexandra Ganser-Blumenau (Wien)
Andrew Gross (Göttingen)
Joel Johnson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
Zuzanna Ladyga (Warsaw, Poland)
Ruth Mayer (Hannover)
Tatiani Rapatzikou (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Jane Simonsen (Augustana, Rock Island, Illinois)
MaryAnn Snyder-Körber (Würzburg)
Nicole Waller (Potsdam)
Simon Wendt (Frankfurt)

until 2026:

Hillary Angelo (UC Santa Cruz)
Thomas Austenfeld (Fribourg)
Nassim Balestrini (Graz)
Manfred Berg (Heidelberg)
Samuel Cohen (Columbia, Missouri)
Robert Keith Collins (San Francisco State)
Jeanne Cortiel (Bayreuth)
Susan Gray (Arizona State, Tempe)
Carrie Johnston (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
Janne Lahti (Helsinki)
Charlotte Lerg (München)
Gesa Mackenthun (Rostock)
Marc Maufort (Brussels)
Sabine Meyer (Osnabrück)
Heike Raphael-Hernandez (Würzburg)
Michael Wala (Bochum)


Current Officers of the German Association for American Studies


Prof. Dr. Philipp Gassert
Universität Mannheim
Historisches Institut
Lehrstuhl für Zeitgeschichte
68131 Mannheim

Vice President

Prof. Dr. Karsten Fitz
Universität Passau
Professor of American Studies
Innstraße 41
94032 Passau

Executive Director

Prof. Dr. Catrin Gersdorf
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

Visit for information on the German Association for American Studies (DGfA / GAAS).


Mission Statement

Amerikastudien / American Studies: A Quarterly (Amst) is the official journal of the German Association for American Studies, dedicated to an interdisciplinary and transnational concept of American Studies and covering all areas of the discipline, including literary and cultural criticism, media, history, political science, linguistics, and pedagogy. With issue 64 (2019), the quarterly has successfully completed a transition into a substantially redesigned open-access journal. Amst aims to reach beyond the limitations of analogue accessibility, to offer opportunities for engagement, dialogue, and intellectual exchange to American Studies scholars across disciplines, generations, and nations, and to thus open up new opportunities of global professional exchange. We ensure the high quality of our publications by standards of double-blind peer review, a standing team of distinguished reviewers from around the world, and an international advisory board.

Since 1956, as a forum of scholarly exchange based in Germany, the journal has been deeply invested in exploring transatlantic, and, more recently, transnational connections across and beyond Europe and the United States. Regular issues, featuring a variety of topical articles from different areas of American Studies, alternate with special issues. The forum section includes innovative formats and scholarly opinions on current debates in the field as well as other open formats, such as interviews and short dialogical position papers. Amst publishes reviews with an emphasis on scholarly contributions (not exclusively) from German-speaking countries to the wider field of American Studies. The journal continuously invites suggestions for new formats to allow for cutting-edge scholarship and intellectual debate.


Publication Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted to the editorial offices of Amerikastudien / American Studies at Europa-Universität Flensburg and Philipps-Universität Marburg via

E-Mails regarding books for review should be submitted to our review editors via Hardcopies should be sent to reviewers directly, so we ask publishers to kindly coordinate this process with our review editorial office at the University of Cologne. The journal is under no obligation to review unsolicited books.

In view of the computerized production of the journal, manuscripts of articles and reviews can only be accepted if submitted as computer files (preferably MS Word, .docx, 2010 and higher).

Please note the following formal requirements:

— Article manuscripts—manuscript text, abstract, notes, list of works cited—should not exceed 60,000 to 70,000 characters (including spaces).

— All articles must be preceded by an abstract in English of no more than 200 words.

— Since Amerikastudien / American Studies follows a blind peer-review system, articles should contain no references to the author.

— Upon submission, please confirm explicitly that the article has not been previously published (online or in print) and is not currently under review elsewhere.

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