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On July 27, visiting Professor Dr. Jeannette Jones from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln held a guest lecture on "A Proud Yankee in Sultan's Court: White American Manhood, Race, and U.S. Power in the Indian Ocean." After the lecture, interested students and faculty participated in a lively discussion with our guest.

During her four weeks at the University of Regensburg, Prof. Dr. Jeannette Jones furthermore offered a Hauptseminar/Cultural Studies Advanced seminar on "Critical Black Studies: From the Rise of Hip-Hop to the Post-Obama Era." 

Professor Jones's stay was supported by the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst.

For photos of the event, please visit our picture gallery.

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On July 20, Prof. Dr. David Savran from the City University of New York (CUNY) held a guest lecture on "The Globalization of the Broadway Musical" followed by a lively discussion round with students and faculty.

The event was followed by a REAF Open House in honor of Prof. Savran and visiting Professor Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones. Here again, interested students and faculty had the opportunity to casually talk to Prof. Savran and Prof. Jones.

For photos of the event, please visit our picture gallery.

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On May 17, the Regensburg European American Forum launched REAF Career, a new format that will establish connecting points between academia and career opportunities outside of university. UR American Studies alumni whose careers have taken them to a variety of places will talk about their career choices after graduating and answer questions.

At the first REAF Career Conversation, UR American Studies alumna Dr. Susanne Ehrenreich-Blažeković (Linde AG) talked about her career since she left the University of Regensburg, gave advice and helpful tips to current students, and answerd questions from the audience.

For photos of the event, please visit our picture gallery.

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On May 11, REAF opened its Summer 2017 program with a REAF UR@50 Anniversary Lecture and Commentary. Prof. Dr. John Carlos Rowe from the University of Southern California held a guest lecture with the title "'O Carib Isle!' or 'Scattered Moluccas'? Édouard Glissant's Pacific Relations," followed by a response by Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung from Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.

The event was chaired by Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel, REAF Founding Director.

For photos of the event, please visit our picture gallery.

Prof. Dr. Ilka Saal of the University of Erfurt visited the University of Regensburg on 2 February 2017. On this day the Professor held a guest lecture titled "Collusions of Fact and Fiction: A Historiopoetic Approach to American Slavery in the Works of Suzan Lori Parks and Kara Walker."

Read more about Prof. Dr. Ilka Saal

On 20 January 2017 a special event was held to mark the day of the inauguration of the new President of the United States, Donald Trump. During this event there was a panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling, Dr. Gerlinde Groitl and PD Dr. Ingrid Gessner. Following the discussion there was a live TV broadcast of the inauguration ceremony.


This year’s recipient of the American Studies Association’s prestigious Bode-Pearson prize Prof. Dr. George Lipsitz visited Regensburg American Studies together with Prof. Dr. Barbara Tomlinson for two events in December 2016. In their talk on “American Studies as Accompaniment,” the two scholars, in a sweeping disciplinary history, outlined their conception for a future of American Studies that creates, in an integration of academic and cultural processes, ‘insubordinate spaces’ of decolonial thought.

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On 8 November 2016, the day of the U.S. Presidential and Congressional Election, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling will hosted an academic election party at the University of Regensburg. This event included a panel discussion between U.S. Consul General Jennifer Gavito, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling, Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel and Dr. Gerlinde Groitl. Furthermore, there was a live TV broadcast following the panel discussion, as well as a discussion about the results of the U.S. election. 

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On 18 October 2016, the Regensburg American Studies Department was happy to welcome its new cohort in the American Studies and European-American Studies Master programs. The first-year Master students from regional, national, as well as international backgrounds from North America to different parts of Europe were warmly welcomed at the University of Regensburg by Prof. Dr. Timo Müller (Chair) and Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat (Board REAF).

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Prof. Dr. Hubert Zapf of the University of Augsburg visited the University of Regensburg on 23 June 2016 to hold an intriguing talk titled "Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts." He came to Regensburg upon invitation by Prof. Dr. Timo Müller.

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Prof. Dr. Nina Morgan visited Regensburg American Studies as a REAF Fellow for ten days in April/May 2016. We enjoyed the following events:

"Symposium: American Studies Transnational: Perspectives, Politics, Responsibilities" (30 April 2016, 5-7 pm, Altes Finanzamt); "Research Roundtable: Projects in Transnational American Studies" (3 May 2016, 4-6 pm, PT 3.2.73); "Bartleby, the Slacktivist; Citizen-Saboteurs; and Other 'Occupations'" (Lecture and Q&A Session; 4 May 2016, 2-3 pm & 3-4 pm, ZH 5).

Thank you, Professor Morgan for insightful talks, productive discussions, and most valuable support for our graduate students! Professor Morgan's visit to Regensburg was made possible by the friendly support of: Hans Vielberth University Foundation. Image: Prof. Morgan meets UR American Studies graduate students and PhD candidates.

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On 30 April 2016, Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz visited the University of Regensburg with an intriguing and topical talk on "Transnational Journeys of Life: En Route to Refuge."
On 29 April 2016 Prof. Dr. Anne Koenen (Universität Leipzig) presented a keynote lecture on  "Wings and Roots: Migrating Academics." A large audience enjoyed her engaging talk at the University of Regensburg's historic downtown location, the Haus der Begegnung.
Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes, Europa-Universität Flensburg, visited REAF on 1 February 2016. Regensburg American Studies faculty and graduate students enjoyed her engaging lecture on "Flickers of Vision: Notes on the Culture of Surveillance.
On 26 January 2016, U.S. Consul General Jennifer Gavito (Munich) visited Regensburg for a panel discussion. Together with Regensburg panelists - Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling and PD Dr. Ingrid Gessner - she engaged in the topic "Decision 2016: The US Presidential Elections 2016." She came to Regensburg upon invitation by Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling, International Politics and Transatlantic Relations.


On 14 October 2015, the Regensburg American Studies Department was happy to welcome its new cohort in the American Studies and European-American Studies Master programs. The first-year Master students from regional, national, as well as international backgrounds ranging from North America to Eastern Europe were warmly welcomed in the Haus der Begegnung in Regensburg’s old town. Read more here.

On Thursday, 23 July, 2015, Prof. John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California, met with graduate and PhD students to discuss current trends in American Studies as well as Regensburg students' individual projects. Professor Rowe visited Regensburg American Studies upon invitation by the DFG Research Network (DFG # BA 3567/4-1) "Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies" for the network's openin conference. The roundtable war organized with the friendly support of the Chair of American Studies.

Professor Ben Chappell returned to Regensburg in July and continued the U of Regensburg–U of Kansas American Studies cooperation. Prof. Chappell taught a graduate seminar on “US Ethnography.” His visit was sponsored by the prestigious program "Internationalisierung der Hochschulen: Förderung der Gewinnung internationaler Gastprofessoren" of the Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst (Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts).

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After its successful launch in Regensburg in 2013, the Augsburg-Regensburg American Studies Symposium continued in Augsburg in 2015. On 27/28 June, Augsburg and Regensburg American Studies scholars introduced and discussed their current research project.

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On 11-13 June 2015, REAF, in cooperation with the KZ-Gedenkstätte Flossenbürg / Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Museum, hosted an international conference. We sincerely enjoyed thought-provoking keynote lectures by Prof. Dr. Werner Sollors (Harvard U), Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (UR), Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat (UR), and Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) as well as multiple conference papers and intriguing discussions. Our heartfelt thanks go to all speakers and chairs, contributors to the conference opening, all conference participants, our sponsors, everybody who helped make this conference possible, and especially to the Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Museum.

Prof. Dr. Karsten Fitz, now University of Passau, returns to Regensburg American Studies for a guest lecture.


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Semester Opening 2014: Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel and American Studies graduate students Tina Flemmerer and Imani Wadud welcome the new American Studies graduate students to Regensburg. At the Haus der Begegnung, a historic downtown venue, Regensburg’s new American Studies graduate students discuss a presentation by former grad student Claudia Trotzke and meet Regensburg American Studies faculty and fellow graduate students.

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Professor Randal Maurice Jelks, University of Kansas, teaches a graduate seminar sponsored by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research, and the Arts. He continues the KU-RU American Studies cooperation after visits by KU’s Prof. Dennis Domer, Prof. Sherrie Tucker, Librarian Tami Albin, Prof. Nicole Hodges Persley, and Prof. Ben Chappell.

Erasmus Visiting Professor Esra Öztarhan, Ege University, Izmir, discusses American Studies with students, faculty, and Regensburg Haber journalists.

Elena Bryan, Senior Trade Representative at the U.S. Mission to the European Union visits the University of Regensburg for a lecture and discussion. A joint event of: Professur für Internationale Politik und transatlantische Beziehungen; Chair of American Studies; Regensburg European American Forums (REAF)

Visiting Fulbright Professor Jane Simonson, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois meets UR American Studies faculty and graduate students at an American Studies Reception.

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