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Popular Seriality

Final Conference of the DFG Research Unit "Popular Seriality" to Take Place June 22 – 24, 2016, at Freie Universität

№ 210/2016 from Jun 14, 2016

The Popular Seriality Research Unit (PSRU), which has been funded for the past six years by the German Research Foundation (DFG), will conclude its work with an international conference to be held from June 22 to 24, 2016, at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies. The participating researchers and their cooperation partners will draw conclusions to their work in the PSRU. This includes changes in TV series, gender research, and research on comics. In addition, they will discuss alternative approaches that seriality research might take in the future. The conference language will be English. It is public, and admission is free. Advance registration via email is requested: Maria.sulimma@fu-berlin.de.

Since 2010, the participating researchers from the fields of North American studies, German language and literature, cultural anthropology, and media studies investigated the series, a narrative type that has essentially been a defining feature of modern culture. The work was undertaken in 13 sub-projects. They addressed questions concerning the wide distribution and broad appeal of series since the 19th century as well as which new narrative formats have emerged through serialization. In addition to its base at Freie Universität Berlin, the PSRU had sub-projects at the universities of Göttingen, Hannover, Siegen, Karlsruhe, and Tübingen and at Duke University.

Time and Location

  • John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Lansstr. 7–9, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Dahlem-Dorf (U3)
  • Wednesday, June 22 (registration starts at 8:15 a.m.) through Friday, June 24, 2016

Links to the Program and More Information about the Research Unit


Maria Sulimma, M.A., Program Coordinator, Popular Seriality Research, Tel.: +49 30 838-62827, Email: Maria.sulimma@fu-berlin.de