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  • The seminar "Off With Their Heads" – The Dark Side of Disney has no spots left. Due to the still on-going Covid-19 pandemic, please refrain from showing up to the class if you are not on the official course list. In general, we do not appreciate students just showing up to get a spot but especially in the current situation with strict hygiene regulations, we will not tolerate such a behavior. Only students on the list will be allowed to participate in this course. No exceptions.

Contact Information

Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt

Responsibilities/Research Interests

  • The 1940s
  • Transnational American Studies, Film and Media, Gender Studies, Memory Studies, Transpacific Relations
  • Read the Interview with RUBIN magazine: Sushi American Style

Office Hours

WS 20/21
  • Digitally or via phone after email

Semester Break SS 20
  • To schedule office hours, please contact me via email.

Courses in the WS 20/21

Courses in Past Semesters

  • A list of courses in past semesters can be found here.

Curriculum Vitae

Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt unterrichtet seit dem WS2006/2007 in der Amerikanistik der TU Dortmund. Zuvor arbeitete und unterrichtete sie als Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft und Lehrbeauftragte an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Sie studierte an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum Amerikanistik, Anglistik, Film- und Fernsehwissenschaften sowie Japanisch. Von August 2013 bis Juni 2014 forschte und unterrichtete sie als Fulbright Scholar in Residence an der University of Virginia Wise, USA.

Research Projects

  • Narratives of No Return: Indochinese-American Refugee Narratives
  • The 1940s: Culture and Literature
  • "Erleuchtung Garantiert: Illuminating Japanese Influences in Germany" - Projekt am Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies am Cluster for Excellence Asia and Europe in A Global Context, Universität Heidelberg. (abgeschlossen)
  • Embracing Differences: Transnational Flows of Culture and Images Between Japan and the United States (Doktorarbeit, abgeschlossen)


  • Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya and Randi Gunzenhäuser. “Romance and Gothic.” Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century. Christine Gerhardt (Ed.) Berlin: Walter de Gruyter (2018). 34-57.
  • Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya. “Kill White People and Get Paid for It? What’s Not to Like? – Violence and Space in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.” Violence and Open Spaces. The Subversion of Boundaries and the Transformation of the Western Genre. Stefanie Müller, Christa Buschendorf, Katja Sarkowsky (Eds.) Heidelberg: Winter Verlag (2017). 151-165.
  • Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya. “From Outer Space to Paradise? Remapping Hawai’i in Lilo & Stitch.” In: Weltentwürfe des Fantastischen. Erzählen – Schreiben – Spielen. Laura Muth, Annette Simonis (Eds.) Berlin: Christian A. Bachmann Verlag (2014). 91-101.
  • Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya. Embracing Differences: Transnational Cultural Flows between Japan and the United States. Bielefeld: transcript. (2013)
  • Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya "Trying to Recapture the Front": A Transnational Perspective on Hawaii in R. Kikuo Johnson’s Night Fisher. Daniel Stein, Christina Meyer, and Shane Denson (eds.): Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads. p. 83-94. London: Bloomsbury. (2013)
  • Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya. "Riding Blackships to Iwo Jima? Transnational Exchanges and Changing Images of Japan in the United States." In:T/rans/American, Trans/oceanic, Trans/lation: Issues in International American Studies. / Susana Araujo, Joao Ferreira Duarte, Marta Pacheco Pinto (Eds.) Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 323-333.
  • Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya: "Imagining the Taste: Transnational Food Exchanges between Japan and the United States." The Japanese Journal of American Studies Vol. 21. 231 – 250. (2010)
  • Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya: "Mini Conquers Hollywood. Der Imagewandel des Minis im Film." J. Kramer, A. Pankratz, C. Viol (eds.): MINI & Mini. Ikonen der Popkultur zwischen Dekonstruktion und Rekonstruktion. Bielefeld: transcript, 2009. 89-102.
  • Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya. “‘The Tiger’s Eyes Are Like My Own’: Depictions of Japaneseness in Contemporary American Movies.” COPAS Vol. 8. (2007) (als Hypertext)