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.


Recently completed PhD theses:

Claudia Deetjen: "Re-Imagining Nature’s Nation: Native American and Native Hawaiian Literature, Environment, and Empire"

Christian Schmidt: "Postblack Aesthetics: The Freedom to Be Black in Contemporary African-American Fiction" (Dissertation Award of the Bavarian American Academy; Lilli Bechmann-Rahn Prize of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Şemsettin Tabur: "Reading for Space: Contested Spaces in Contemporary North American Novels"

Matthias Klestil: "Reading Green in Black: Environmental Knowledge, Race, and African American Literature, 1830s to 1920s"









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