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Guest Lectures der Amerikanistik im Januar

Brian Doucet am 8. Januar und Nicole Perry am 15. Januar in Dortmund.


Brian Doucet, Utrecht University

‘Can’t Forget the Motor City’: Detroit in Ten Buildings

Detroit is the most intensely scrutinised city in America today: We all know about its bankruptcy, abandonment, arson and the small-scale creative revival of Downtown. But there is so much more to understanding what has happened to Detroit and what it means for the rest of the urban world. The aim of this talk is to go beyond the normal discourses on the city to challenge what we think we know about Detroit. By addressing three key themes – the history of Detroit, the so-called ‘renaissance‘ of the city, and its regional context in Southeast Michigan – this talk will explore lessons from Detroit, visions from this city, and how Detroit matters for other places as well.


Dr. Brian Doucet (1980) is Professor of Urban Geography at Utrecht University. Originally from Toronto, Canada, he has lived in the Netherlands since 2004 and obtained his PhD from Utrecht University in 2010. His teaching and research covers a broad range of topics within urban geography. He regularly leads field trips for his students to Toronto and Detroit. Currently he is working on an edited book on the city of Detroit and its path to the future.

Thursday, 08 January 2015, 5 pm | George McGovern Foyer Amerikanistik, Emil-Figge-Str. 50



Nicole Perry, Universität Wien

Post-Indian Warriors: Contemporary Native American Reappropriations of the German "Indianer" Image

Anishinaabe scholar Gerald Vizenor in his 1998 book Fugitive Poses writes of the absence rather than the presence of Native Americans in the dominant cultural discourse. In coming more abruptly to the point, Cherokee writer Thomas King calls it the "Dead Indian" image. Today Native Americans are still confronted with this loaded image and artists are beginning to reclaim and reframe it - forcing the audience to address their normalized Dead Indian ideas of Native Americans. This paper examines the multimedia work of two Native American artists and their engagement with the dead "Indianer" image, most convincingly propagated by Karl May’s Winnetou.


Dr. Nicole Perry graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD   in Germanic Languages and Literatures in 2012, and now holds a Lise-Meitner-Fellowship at the University of Vienna, Austria, where she currently works on a research project, examining the German depiction of Aboriginals in North-America. Her project is called “Performing Germanness, Reclaiming Aboriginality”, which examines the historical and contemporary reactions of North-American Aboriginals on the German depiction of indigeneity.

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 5 pm | George McGovern Foyer Amerikanistik, Emil-Figge-Str. 50