Centre for Transnational American Studies

The Centre for Transnational American Studies was launched at the beginning of the spring 2010 semester. It is based at the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies (Engerom). The centre was established to provide an institutional focus at Engerom, and at the University of Copenhagen more generally, for teaching and research related to the United States.



The Centre for Transnational American Studies at the University of Copenhagen brings together a cohort of research-active staff whose interests encompass a wide range of American studies topics. Current research being conducted by individual core staff members includes Chinese-American relations; U.S. environmental history; and transnational migration in literature of the U.S. South. For more details of publications and current research by individual staff at the Center, please see the individual staff profiles.

Research projects

Core staff at the Center for Transnational American Studies are also involved in the following collaborative research projects:

Understanding the South

--a research project in collaboration with the universities of Manchester, Florida, and Cambridge, built around a series of four conferences (2008-2010), and resulting in three forthcoming books (2013-14).

"Understanding the South, Understanding Modern America" was an international and interdisciplinary project dedicated to exploring the historical importance of the U.S. South in shaping American culture, and to examining the region's relationship to the rest of the world from the colonial era to the contemporary period. The project was funded between 2008 and 2010, principally by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in Great Britain, with additional support from each of the partner institutions: the universities of Manchester, Cambridge, Copenhagen, and Florida. Research was based around a series of four conferences in Manchester (May 2008), Florida (January 2009), Cambridge (May 2010), and Copenhagen (August 2010). Click here for more details.

The four conferences generated a series of three edited volumes, all of which are contracted to the University Press of Florida. The first volume, Creating Citizenship in the Nineteenth Century South (edited by William Link, David Brown, Brian Ward, and Martyn Bone), is forthcoming in May 2013 (see http://upf.com/book.asp?id=LINKX002); it will be followed by The American South and the Atlantic World, also in 2013 (see http://upf.com/book.asp?id=WARDX002).

For more information on "Understanding the South," see www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/southnetwork/. See also the project discussion board, launched in February 2010: http://understandingthesouth.wordpress.com/

Contemporary America Project (CAP)

To integrate research and teaching, the Contemporary America Project (CAP) originated in 2001 with the goal of publishing an authoritative textbook for use in Scandinavia. By 2005, that goal was broadened to include a global audience. The primary product, Contemporary America, is comprehensively updated and is published now in its 3rd edition. Its original placement in the highly-regarded Contemporary States and Societies Series (London: Palgrave Macmillan) has been complemented by publishing houses in the US (NY: St. Martin's) and China (Beijing: Renmin University). CAP also published Trading Cultures: Nationalism and Globalization in American Studies (2002) and Transnational America: Contours of Modern US Culture (2004). Seven of KUA's American Studies colleagues joined scholars from Africa, Europe, and the United States in contributing essays to these books. Future research and teaching outreach goals will look at the unfolding and sometimes chaotic relationship between nation and globe as it affects political, social, cultural, and economic life.

Engerom students are involved in the project through courses charting contemporary America and its dilemmas which are offered every year at the valgfag level. These courses result in large numbers of BA projects, MA theses and PhD dissertations. To further the project, an annual student study excursion to the United States-Boston, New York and Washington-connects project leaders and student participants to a larger national, transnational and global group of policymakers and activists. More than 350 Engerom students have participated thus far, and several have returned to the U.S. for placements in Congress, with interest groups, the diplomatic corps, and the media.









Name Title Phone E-mail
Bone, Martyn Richard Associate Professor +4535328596 E-mail
Goddard, Joseph Associate Professor +4535328580 E-mail
Siegumfeldt, Inge Birgitte Associate Professor +4523251644 E-mail