Round Table Discussion

“Perspektiven nach der Promotion: Alternativen zur akademischen Laufbahn”

Saturday, 7.11.2015, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (U7/01.05)

At this year’s PGF, we will have a roundtable discussion in German, entitled “Perspektiven nach der Promotion: Alternativen zur akademischen Laufbahn.” It is intended to be a conversation about career opportunities for American Studies scholars who decide to explore opportunities outside of academia after having earned their doctorates. The discussion will be chaired by Laura Oehme and Theresa Roth. We are honored to welcome Anette Bickmeyer (E.ON), Fatim Boutros (EMAG / Wassenberg PR), and Silke Schmidt (University of Gießen / Gustav Stresemann Institute) as our guests!

BickmeyerDr. Anette Bickmeyer is head of sustainability management at Düsseldorf-based E.ON, one of the world’s largest investor-owned energy service providers. From 2008 to 2010 she was the E.ON CEO’s special assistant for community affairs, serving as his representative on several committees and projects, including the Ruhr Initiative and Ruhr2010 European Cultural Capital. From 2001 to 2008 she developed and administered the Reinhard Mohn Fellowship at Gütersloh-based Bertelsmann, where she also managed projects in areas of HR strategy, corporate culture, and corporate responsibility. In 2000 Anette organized and managed programs for heads of state and high-ranking government officials at the Hannover World Fair EXPO2000.
Bickmeyer studied English, American Studies and History at Universität Hannover and Humanities at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. She earned a doctorate from the Universität Hannover in 2000. From 1996 till 1999 she was a graduate fellow of Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Prior to that she earned a number of research fellowships as well as a DAAD study-abroad fellowship for one year at McMaster University, Canada.

BoutrosDr. Fatim Boutros is project supervisor for a US-American automobile group and head of the department for technical documentation at EMAG, where he started working as technical editor in 2012. Boutros is also a freelance PR-editor for Wassenberg PR since 2012.
Boutros completed his first state examination (Staatsexamen) in English und History and subsequently studied Spanish. In 2004, he started working on his PhD project in American Studies at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, which he completed successfully in 2009. During his dissertation, he worked as a research assistant and lecturer at the FAU, and as a freelance writer and translator for rocket media Dinkelsbühl. After receiving his PhD, Boutros became an associate professor at the university, as well as a communication consultant for executives in companies with international personnel (

SchmidtDr. Silke Schmidt holds a postdoc position in the research team of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at the University of Gießen. In addition, she works as a freelancer in several different fields, e.g. as a seminar facilitator for international political education at the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Bad Bevensen, as a consultant for organizational change and as a career coach. Over the past few years, she has been a visting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, the Birzeit University in Palestine, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Schmidt has also worked as a research management assistant for the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, as well as a junior consultant for business consulting at Vancore Group in Frankfurt. For more information, see her personal website
Schmidt received her master’s degree in American Studies, Mass Communication, and Political Science from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (2010), while also successfully completing a distance study of Public Relations Consulting with the Donau University in Krems, Austria (2010). She received her PhD in English and American Studies from the Philipps University Marburg in 2013.
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