U.S. Studies Online is pleased to introduce Katharina Donn, the new Assistant Editor for European Relations. Find out more about Katharina’s plans for the role and the rationale behind the creation of the position in this post.
What is the new Assistant Editor role at U.S. Studies Online? Why was it created?
Jade and Todd, Co-Editors of U.S. Studies Online: The Assistant Editor for European Relations role centres on extending and establishing relationships with European networks and scholars. Through this position we are hoping to build on the success of past collaborations
and to widen the scope of research, and the geography of our readership. It will play an important part in amplifying the European voice, which has become even more crucial in the post-referendum climate. We envision that U.S. Studies Online will use these relations and links to feature regular posts from across Europe, further supported by a specific ‘Euro-centric’ series later on in our publishing calendar.
Katharina brings extensive trans-European experience to this position, which is further complimented by her astute and creative thinking, and editorial talent. We hope that this marks the beginning of the next stage of U.S. Studies Online’s outreach, and will help to establish our position within wider European scholarly frameworks whilst also strengthening the voice of Postgraduates and ECRs.
Katharina, what are your short-term and long-term plans for the role?
Katharina Donn: My role centres on commissioning posts written by an international researcher or related to a European topic, and contributing to a USSO strand at the next BAAS and EAAS conferences. The position was launched with a call for contributions on the topic of transnationalising American Studies, enquiring how to define key concepts central issues such as the ‘border’, ‘cosmopolitanism’, ‘centre’ and ‘periphery’, both within and beyond the Americas. Graduate representatives of American Studies associations across Europe have been invited to contribute, with colleagues in Cadiz writing as we speak.
While awaiting responses, the European contribution to USSO in July will focus on current events. In a Brexit interview, Professor Leif Johan Eliasson, author of America’s Perceptions of Europe (2010), offers his evaluation of the EU referendum, his expectations on the impact of transatlantic ties, and a comparison with similar populist tendencies in the US. Where research resources are concerned, I am also in the process of putting together a list of exchange and research opportunities in Europe.
With an eye to the future, the focus will be on the BAAS 2017 and particularly the EAAS 2018 conference. These will offer opportunities to initiate international dialogues beyond the USSO blog, whilst developing the USSO spirit of collaborative enquiry in a conference setting.
Katharina Donn is a lecturer and post-doctoral academic fellow at the University of Augsburg, and currently a visiting research fellow at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies. This summer, term she will be joining the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin as Visiting Professor. Her research focuses on trauma studies, and her first book, A Poetics of Trauma after 9/11: Representing Vulnerability in a Digitized Present ( Routledge) is forthcoming this year. She is also defining a post-doctoral project, “Risking Thought. Modernist Practices of Experimental Prose Writing,” exploring textualities on the borderlines between genres as practices of critique. Her work in public outreach includes a co-editing role with the literary magazine Litro, and she is a post-doctoral tutor with the Charity “Brilliant Club.”