Upcoming Publication

My most recent publication will soon appear:

Astrid HAAS, “Prairie Promises, Lone Star Limits: Depictions of Texas in German Travelogues of the Vormärz Era.” Publication in: Die USA im Vor- und Nachmärz: Imagologien in Politik—Literatur—Wissen­schaft. Jahrbuch Forum Vormärz Forschung 23. Ed. Birgit Bublies-Godau and Anne-Rose Meyer (Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2018).


The essay addresses the depictions of Texas in three German travelogues from the Vormärz Era. Eduard Ludecus’s Reise durch die mexikanischen Provinzen (1837) paints critical picture of German settlement in South Texas. The geologist Ferdinand Roemer’s Texas (1849) combines a scientific interest with the purpose of informing about German opportunities in the region. Christiane Haun’s emigration account Mit dem Paketsegler 1853 nach Texas provides a singular female perspective on German settlers in Texas.

About the Book:

Das Jahrbuch 23 des Forum Vormärz Forschung untersucht die vielfältigen Transfer- und Austauschprozesse zwischen den USA, deutschen Auswanderern und den deutschen Staaten. Untersuchungszeitraum ist die Epoche zwischen Restauration und Reichsgründung. Es werden aber auch die Auswirkungen dieser Prozesse bis in die Gegenwart beleuchtet. http://www.vormaerz.de/

Biographical Note

I am a researcher, educator, and academic activities manager. Currently, I teach American Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. I hold a doctorate in English (University of Münster, Germany, 2007) and a postdoctoral degree in North American Studies (Bielefeld University, 2016) – see also my CV page: https://astrid-haas.net/curriculum-vitae/

I have previously taught at the universities of Münster, Bielefeld, and Wuppertal (all Germany) – see also: https://astrid-haas.net/teaching/. From 2007-2010 I co-coordinated the Research Group „E Pluribus Unum“ in Bielefeld. Before that, I had co-organized several scholarly and cultural events in Münster.

My research and teaching interests include the literary genres of autobiography, travel writing, and drama; Ethnic, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Science Studies as well as popular culture. I have published the monograph Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (2011). I have edited several journal issues, most recently The Harlem Renaissance from an Inter-American Perspective (2014). My new book, to appear soon, is titled Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in US American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861. See also: https://astrid-haas.net/research/

Recipient of IAS Thesis Award 2016

In 2016 I received the IAS Thesis Award of the International Association for Inter-American Studies. The association thereby honored my postdoctoral thesis / book manuscript „Lone Star Vistas: Constructions of Texas in U.S. American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives, 1821-1861.“ The volume comparatively analyses narrative constructions of Texas as a geographic and social space from 1821-1861 in selected works of travel writing by members of the three major non-indigenous populations of Texas at the time. For more information on my project, see: https://astrid-haas.net/research/

For more information on the volume and my research in general, see: https://astrid-haas.net/research/ . For more information on the association and the award, see: http://www.interamericanstudies.net/

IAS Thesis Award for Astrid Haas. Text: Alexia Schemien. Fotos: Astrid Haas, Saskia Hertlein

Astrid Haas receives the 2016 Thesis Award of the International Association of Inter-American Studies.