BIFAS promotes and coordinates research activities with a focus on North America and the Caribbean. Projects originate in single disciplines or are interdisciplinary in character. In both cases the goal is to create synergies through cooperation between the disciplines.

BIFAS research concretizes in international conferences, publications, and individual and joint projects.

For his dissertation “Postblack Aesthetics: The Freedom to Be Black in Contemporary African-American Fiction,” Dr. Christian Schmidt has won both the Lilli Bechmann-Rahn Prize of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Dissertation Award of the Bavarian American Academy awarded to “an outstanding dissertation accepted at a Bavarian university.” The book publication of the same title is forthcoming in the “American Studies—A Monograph Series” with Winter Verlag Heidelberg.











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