English – as language, as ‘cultural heritage’ – is deeply connected to past and continuing processes of migration, as well as imbalances of political and economic power. The study of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures means considering the political and cultural weight of the transformations of large parts of the globe in conjunction with the changes brought about by the spread of the English Empire, historically, and the influence of English language cultures today.
Anglophone Literatures and Cultures in Germersheim means investigating cross-cultural negotiations, tracing migrations, hybridizations, colonising and decolonising processes through all sorts of cultural texts. Literary texts are examined alongside and together with audio-visual media such as film, television series, music videos; visual media such as paintings and photographs; and other written texts, such as cookbooks, advertisements, magazine and newspaper articles.
A conference on Visualsing Australia will be held together with Prof. Dr. Renate Brosch (Universität Stuttgart) in September 2012. A link to the website, including the CfP, can be found here.