The forum for inter-american research (fiar) is the official electronic journal of the International Association of Inter-American Studies (IAS). fiar was established by the American Studies Program at Bielefeld University in 2008. We foster a dialogic and interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Americas. fiar is a peer-reviewed and open access online journal. Articles in this journal undergo a double-blind review process and are published in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Current Issue

Vol. 11 No. 2 (Sep. 2018):

Encounters in the ‘Game-Over Era’: The Americas in/and Video Games

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Mahshid Mayar, Bielefeld University:
A game (simulation) is a game (interactive technology) is a game
(lifestyle) is a game (live archive): An Introduction
Daniel Giere, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich:
Let’s Play the Boston Tea Party – Exemplary Analysis of Historical
Events in Digital Games
Eugen Pfister, Hochschule der Künste Bern:
“In a world without gold, we might have been heroes!” Cultural
Imaginations of Piracy in Video Games
Stefan Schubert, Leipzig University:
Columbian Nightmare: Narrative, History, and Nationalism in
BioShock Infinite
Mahshid Mayar, Bielefeld University & Stephen Joyce ,Aarhus University:
The Post-Apocalyptic and the Ludic: An Interview with
Dr. Stephen Joyce
Naima Shaheen, Bielefeld University:
Book Review “Cultural Code: Video Games and Latin America”
Leonid Moyzhes, Russian State University for the Humanities:
Book Review “Digital Games as History”
Phillip Penix-Tadsen, Bielefeld University:
Afterword: Regional Game Studies and Historical Representation”

Issue 11.1 Open Issue (Apr. 2018)

Vol. 11 No. 1 (Apr. 2018):

Open Issue

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Rhonda Frederick, Boston College:
‘Stories of What If’: Brown Girl in the Ring and Literary Fantasy as Theory

Renée de la Torre, CIESAS Occidente:
Videogracy and the recompositions on Contemporary Religiosity in Latinamerica.

Julia Engelschalt, Bielefeld University:
Straddling the Crystal Frontier Reworkings of the U.S.-Mexican Border in the Lyrics of Calexico

Roberto Breña, Centro de Estudios Internacionales, El Colegio de México:
Independence movements in the Americas during the Age of Revolution

Sylvère Seraphin, Université des Antilles et Pascal Saffache, Université des Antilles:
Le dengue: état des lieux à l’échelle mondiale, et enjeux aux Antilles et à la Martinique

Lynn Manijean, Université des Antilles et Pascal Saffache, Université des Antilles:
The Caribbean: A possible energy transition, but complex!

Kirsten Kramer, Bielefeld University:
Narratives of Mobility: The (Living) Dead as Transcultural Migrants in Bolaño’s 2666

Ketaki Datta, Bidhannagar Government College:
Book Rewiew “The Routledge Companion to Inter-American Studies”

Sonny Angelo Castro Yáñez, Universidad de Guadalajara:
Book Review “Insights in the Research of English, Nahuatl and Spanish: Languages and Cultures in Mexico”