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Published on Jul 11, 2012
The German Association for American Studies [Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien] held its 59th Annual Conference in late May/early June 2012 at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The topic of the 2012 conference, "American Lives," has held a central position in American Studies since the beginnings of the discipline. Theoretical developments in the past decades have continued to emphasize the critical assessment of representations of American lives in all forms of cultural production and from a multitude of different perspectives.
The conference coincided with the 60th anniversary of American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Throughout the past six decades, Mainz has been one of the centers of American Studies in Germany. With the 2012 annual convention, Mainz American Studies once again served as the crossroads for stimulating academic and personal exchange and for cutting-edge scholarship.