Call for Papers, Conference “The Failure of Knowledge – Knowledges of Failure”

May 4-6, 2023, University of Mannheim  Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Jack Halberstam (Columbia University), Heather Houser (University of Texas at Austin)   Knowledge is prone to failure. The shortcomings of knowledge production and dissemination are on display in a host of unfolding crises, from the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine to … Read more

2. (Online) Workshop: Dec. 10 &11, 2020

Queer / New Media: Rethinking Knowledge and its Failure Due to the current pandemic, the second workshop of the network will also take place virtually. Those interested are therefore invited to participate in the guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Robert Payne (American University, Paris) via zoom. Prof. Payne will speak on December 10th at 4.00 … Read more

Three tweets on the failure of knowledge

In addition to the workshops and individual research projects of the network members, the Blog Section is another focus of the network’s attention. Essays by members of the network on current topics related to the overarching focus “Failure of Knowledge – Knowledges of Failure” will be regularly published. Dr. Simon Strick (Berlin) starts off the … Read more

Police Brutality against Black People in the United States

In light of the police brutality against Black people in the United States, which has become newly visible over the last days, but which is actually linked to a centuries-long history of structural racism against People of Color, we feel compelled to take a stance as a network of American Studies scholars based in Germany, … Read more

The Failure of Knowledge – Knowledges of Failure

In the research network “The Failure of Knowledge – Knowledges of Failure,” fifteen scholars of American Studies and related disciplines are investigating the nexus of failure and knowledge, addressing such timely concerns as ‘the postfactual,’ climate-science denial, or the digital divide as well as historical questions such as the suppression of Indigenous knowledge systems. This … Read more