Welcome to the pgf 2018!

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the PGF 2018 in Essen! The Postgraduate Forum (PGF) of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS) is a loosely organized network of young scholars from different disciplines affiliated with the field of American Studies in Germany. Since its beginnings in 1989, the PGF has not only continuously grown in size; it has also evolved into a forum that enables young Americanists to share, discuss, and publish their own research and to participate in debates concerning the politics and practices of American Studies in general and within the GAAS in particular. The annual PGF conference gives young scholars an opportunity to network, to present their work in progress among peers, and to publish an article in the peer-reviewed online journal COPAS (Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies).


This year, the PGF team consists of eight doctoral candidates from three different universities - Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen. We are honored to jointly co-organize all PGF events in the academic year 2018/2019 for you. Watch this website in the coming weeks for some final updates. We look forward to meeting you soon!