Prof. Dr. Susanne Rohr
Photo: Foto: Niko Kazal
Professor for American Studies
Faculty of Humanities
Department of Language, Literature, and Media II
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Überseering 35, #23
Tel: +49 40 42838-2675
Key aspects of activity
- Literary and cultural theory
- Semiotics and American Pragmatism
- Contemporary representations of the Holocaust in a transnational perspective
- Representations of „madness“ in a transnational perspective
- Winter term 2018/ 19 until winter term 2019/20: opus magnum-research scholarship of the VW-Stiftung
- Oct. 2006 – present: Full professor of American literature and culture at Universität Hamburg
- Sept. 2004 – Oct. 2006: Associate Professor for American literature, Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute
- April 2004 – July 2004: Guest Professor for American literature, Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute
- Oct. 1995 – Oct. 2003: Assistant Professor for American literature, Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute
- Oct. 1994 – Feb. 1995: Instructor in semiotic literary theories, Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute
- Oct. 1986 – June 1994: Instructor in German language, literature and conversation, Stanford University, Study Center Berlin
- Oct. 1983 – June 1984: Research Assistant for Prof. Peter U. Hohendahl, Chairman of German Dept., Cornell University
- Oct. 1995 – May 2002: Postdoctoral degree / Habilitation
Habilitationsschrift (second major book) entitled Die Wahrheit der Täuschung: Wirklichkeitskonstitution im amerikanischen Roman 1889-1989 [True Deception: Reality Constitution in the American Novel 1889-1989]
- Oct. 1987 – Apr. 1991: Doctorate
Dissertation entitled Über die Schönheit des Findens. Die Binnenstruktur menschlichen Verstehens nach Charles S. Peirce: Abduktionslogik und Kreativität [On the Beauty of Discovery. The Internal Structure of Human Understanding According to Charles S. Peirce: Creativity and Logic of Abduction]. Advised by Prof. Jürgen Trabant at Freie Universität Berlin.
Successfully defended, summa cum laude, December 1991
- Oct. 1979 – Mar. 1987: Master's and undergraduate
Study of German (focus on linguistics), American Studies (focus on literature) and Political Science (focus on political philosophy and epistemology) at Freie Universität Berlin and Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y.
Study and Research Abroad
- August 2019 - January 2020 Visiting scholar at New York University, New York City, USA, supported by an opus magnum-scholarship of VolkswagenStiftung and DAAD.
- September 2015 - December 2015: Visiting scholar at New York University, New York City
- August 2014: Visiting professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
- April – Oct. 2011: Visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York City, NY.
- Jan. – Mar. 2011: Visiting scholar at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
- Oct. 10 – Dec. 2010: Research and teaching stay at Smith College, Northampton, Mass., within the framework of the long term faculty exchange-program.
- Sept. 2008: Visiting Scholar at Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
- June 2006 – Oct. 2006: Visiting Scholar at New York University, Dept. of Social and Cultural Analysis
- Feb. 1999 – Feb. 2000: Visiting Scholar at New York University, American Studies Program
- Jul. 1995 – Sept. 1995: Post-doctoral research at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
- Mar. 1989 – June 1989: Research, study and instruction at Stanford University, German Dept., Palo Alto, California
- Oct. 1983 – June 1984: Study at Cornell University, German Dept., Ithaca, New York
Awards, Grants, Honors
- August 2019 - January 2020 opus magnum-scholarship of VolkswagenStiftung and DAAD
- Sept. 2008: Appointed as participant in the short term faculty exchange program of Smith College and Universität Hamburg
- Apr. 1998 – Apr. 2000: DFG (German Research Association) Scholarship for working on the Habilitation (second major book project)
- Jul. 1996 – Aug. 1996: Fulbright grant for participation in the American Studies Institute at New York University
- Oct. 1994 – Oct. 1995: Post-doctoral fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
- Sept. 1989: DAAD-Scholarship for participation in the Charles Sanders Peirce Sesquicentennial International Congress at Harvard University
- Mar. 1989 – June 1989: DAAD-Scholarship for research, study and instruction at Stanford University
- Oct. 1987 – Oct. 1989: Doctoral fellowship for "Promising Scholars"
- Oct. 1983 – June 1984: Direct exchange/Fulbright-Scholarship for graduate studies at Cornell University
- Outstanding teacher award 2005-06 (determined by student vote)
- Goethe-Prize 1984, Cornell University, for an essay on Irmtraud Morgner's Leben und Abenteuer der Trobadora Beatriz nach Zeugnissen ihrer Spielfrau Laura
- Literary and Cultural Theory
- American Pragmatism
- American Literature of the fin de siècle and of the 20th century
- Jewish-American Literature
- American poetry of the modern and postmodern avant-garde
- International representations of the Holocaust at the end of the 20th century
Teaching and Research Interests
American literature and culture from Puritanism to the present time, literary and cultural theory, semiotics, American pragmatism, the modernist und postmodernist avant-garde, gender studies, cultural studies, Jewish American literature, 20th century poetry.
Current Research Projects
- Representations of madness in American literature and culture
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (German Association for American Studies)
- European Association for American Studies
- American Studies Association
- Modern Language Association
Service on Academic Journal Editorial Boards
- Reader for Amerikastudien / American Studies
- June 2019, International conference "U.S.-American Culture als Popular Culture". Universität Hamburg. In cooperation with Prof. Dr. Astrid Böger, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jan D. Kucharzewski, Dr. Christina Meyer, Dr. Florian Sedlmeier, Jolene Mathieson, and Julia Lange.
- June 2010. International conference "Revisioning Pragmatism: William James in the New Millennium." Universität Hamburg. In cooperation with Jun.-Prof. Dr. Miriam Strube of the University of Paderborn.
- June 2008, International Conference “The Holocaust, Art, and Taboo: Transatlantic Exchanges on the Ethics and Aesthetics of Representation.” Universität Hamburg . In cooperation with Sophia Komor and Lars Schmeink.
- Organization of the lecture series „Visions of America: Interdisziplinäre Arbeiten zu USA-Bildern in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften“ within the framework of the Allgemeines Vorlesungswesen at Universität Hamburg in summer term 2007
- with Lars Schmeink: Organization and carrying out of the lecture series „Wahnsinn in der Kunst“ [The Representation of Madness in Art] within the framework of the Allgemeines Vorlesungswesen at Universität Hamburg in winter term 2008/09
- Inauguration and organization of the annual Martin Luther King Day-Lecture at Universität Hamburg in January 2009
- Organization of the contributions of the American Studies at the Open Uni on June 13, 2009
- Co-ordination of the lecture series „Vergegenwärtigungen. Aneignungen der Shoah in Kunst und Wissenschaft“ at Universität Hamburg, coordinated by theGraduiertenkolleg „Vergegenwärtigungen: Repräsentationen der Shoah in komparatistischer Perspektive“. Winter term 2016/17