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You can find the third newsletter (July 2019) here. Please send us an email or follow the mailing list link to sign up for (or stop) regular updates.

CITAS Dialog 2019 - Germany's role in European-American Relations. A discussion with Madeleine Schwartz.

Margit Scheid of the University Press Office has kindly written up the discussion with European Press Prize 2019 winner Madeleine Schwartz. Find out more here, in German.


Next CITAS events


CITAS Brownbag Sessions - Lunchtime seminars

WEDS 24 July, 12:15, Sammelgebäude 214 (CITAS)

Robert Priest (London) - The Oberammergau Passion Play: Politics, Faith and Spectacle in Bavaria's Global Village

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The community of Oberammergau has performed the Passion of the Christ since at least 1634. Despite multiple challenges from secular and religious authorities, the play survived into the nineteenth century and, with the birth of international package tourism and the mass media, exploded from a regional tradition into an international phenomenon. Oberammergau was a Catholic ritual that attracted a large Protestant audience, a Bavarian custom that became a symbol of German unity, and a religious performance that shaped the development of secular drama.

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This small community thus offers a springboard onto major historical questions, spanning multiple scales of analysis - from the internal dynamics of the village, to the broader forces of Bavarian and German politics, to the transnational and transatlantic currents of aesthetics, scholarship and tourism. The project explores the evolution of this unique and controversial event from the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth century.

Robert Priest has been Lecturer in Modern European History at Royal Holloway since 2014. He studied at UCL, completed a doctorate in Oxford and was a Research Fellow in Cambridge. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Higher Education Academy. His research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of nineteenth-century Europe, expanding from a focus on France into a broader transnational framework.

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Area Studies in Regensburg receives a significant boost

Leibniz ScienceCampus "Europe and America in the Modern World" approved by the Leibniz Association

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The Leibniz Association has approved an application by the University of Regensburg and IOS - the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies for a ScienceCampus, a format that seeks to strengthen collaboration between universities and research institutions.

"Europe and America in the Modern World. Transformations and Frictions of Globality in Past and Present" will explore the interactions and entanglements in the transatlantic world, drawing on the expertise in Regensburg on Eastern, Southeastern and Western Europe and North America.

The full press release can be found here (in German).

CITAS is pleased to have contributed to this successful application and looks forward to a bright future for comparative area studies in Regensburg.


Pre-Doctoral Workshop: Designing a Doctoral Project, 17-18 Sept 2019

Find out what a doctoral degree in Germany entails and how you can develop a rough idea into a full project proposal.

More information on the ScienceCampus and the call for applications can be found here.


Upcoming area studies events in Regensburg

The following English-language events will take place soon. For all events, including those in German, please visit this page.

TUES, 16. JULY 2019, 13:30-15 UHR, WiOS, Room 109

Josef Montag (Charles University in Prague)
Does homeownership hinder labor market activity? Evidence from housing privatization and restitution in Brno

THUR, 18. JULY 2019, 14-17, Großer Sitzungssaal PT3.0.79

REAF Research Afternoon with a lecture by Alexander Vazansky and a discussion with Jeannette E. Jones, both U-Nebraska Lincoln.

THUR, 18. JULY 2019 14-16 UHR, IOS, Room 017

Mario Katić (Zadar):
Bosnian Croat Pilgrimage Sites: Heritage, Politics and Place-making

TUES, 30. JULY 2019, 13:30-15 UHR, WiOS, Room 109

Yuliya Kosyakova (IAB Nürnberg)
Does facilitated access to the health system improve asylum-seekers’ health outcomes? Evidence from a quasiexperiment


CITAS News and Events


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International cooperation in area studies

New cooperation agreement between UR, IOS and the University of Rijeka

CITAS spokesperson and director of IOS travelled together with the President of the University of Regensburg and a delegation from the Bavarian state to sign a cooperation agreement with the University of Rijeka, Croatia. The aim is to further develop international cooperation, including work in the field of area studies, with Rijeka being a dynamic research centre. The agreement will foster a visiting researcher programme and lead towards a new joint Masters degree in Southeast European Studies focussed on the humanities and social sciences. Rijeka is also European Capital of Culture 2020, with Regensburg also cooperating in this field.


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CITAS Dialog 2019 - summer semester 2019

Europe Between Crisis and Revival

On 16 May at 18:00 in H25, Madeleine Schwartz, a Berlin-based journalist who has written for The Guardian and New York Review of Books, among others, discussed Germany's role in European-US relations with a focus on politics and culture. She will discuss with Tamara Heger (REAF) and Paul Vickers (CITAS) how Germany is perceived in the US as a key actor in relations between the United States and Europe more broadly.

Europa – Unistiftung-vielberthquo vadis?! What comes next after the European Elections and Brexit
On Thursday 13 June
, the third CITAS Dialog will took place at Evangelisches Bildungswerk Regensburg, Am Ölberg 2, at 19:00. The head of the education centre, Dr Carsten Lenk, chaired a discussion involving Rainer Liedtke (UR), Jochen Mecke (UR), Ulf Brunnbauer (IOS) and Joanna Rostek (JLU, Giessen) discussing the outcome of the European Elections and

the significancImg 9947e of Brexit, providing insight into multiple European regions, from the UK through France and Spain to Central and Southeastern Europe. We would like to thank the Vielberth Foundation for its generous support, the EBW and Carsten Lenk for the inspring cooperation, and the audience for attending in large numbers on a lovely summer evening. A report on the event is available here.

Warum schlechte Regierungsführung so stabil sein kann. Beispiele aus Italien und Südosteuropa
How does bad governance prove so stable? Examples from Italy and Southeast Europe
On 10 July at 18:00 in H26 (Vielberth Building), Andrea Lorenzo Capussela (author of The Political Economy of Italy’s Decline, OUP), a political scientist specializing on his home country of Italy and Kosovo, and Klaus Buchenau (historian of Southeast Europe in Regensburg) will discuss with Prof. Rainer Arnold the issue of how corruption and clientelism can, despite undermining governments, generate a degree of economic and political stability.


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CITAS Dialog. 10 July: Andrea Capussela, Klaus Buchenau and Rainer Arnold

How does poor governance lead to stability? Case studies from Italy and Southeastern Europe

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On 10 July, CITAS in cooperation with the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, hosted the fourth CITAS Dialog of the 2019 summer semester. The Milan-based political scientist Andrea Lorenzo Capussela came to Regensburg to engage in a discussion with the Klaus Buchenau on why poor governance can provide stability, drawing on examples from Italy and Southeastern Europe. Both discussants drew on their disciplinary and regional specialisms to explore the intersections of political, economic and cultural factors, with the law scholar Rainer Arnold chairing the discussion ably.

Ultimately, clientelism and corruption account for the way in which relatively inefficient economies engender stability in both Italy and Southeast Europe. The inefficiency tends to benefit a small group in society, limiting the benefits of economic growth, ensuring that many ordinary citizens adapt to get by in these systems, rather

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than offering a challenge. However, the causes of this situation, the discussants argued, differ in each case with former Yugoslavia experiencing a much greater variety than Italy of political orders and regimes throughout which clientelism and corruption have proved common. The discussants were keen, though, to avoid suggesting that cultural determinism or path dependency can explain the equilibrium of inefficiency and corruption that seems to pertain.
An engaged audience offered examples from other parts of Eastern and Central Eastern Europe to suggest that corruption and clientelism must not necessarily prove immutable. The dialogue between the discussants, chair and audience certainly laid the grounds for more transnational comparison of the longue-durée and present-day manifestations of corruption, clientelism, social upheaval and structural stability.
CITAS looks forward to more Dialog events in winter semester 2019 with the kind support of the Vielberth Foundation.


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CITAS Brownbag Session. 3 July

Goran Musić. Self-Managing in Africa.

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Goran Musić (Sarajevo) - Self-Managing in Africa: A Yugoslav Automotive Enterprise in Zambia

The first CITAS Brownbag Session took place on 3 July with Goran Musić, who works for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Sarajevo and is currently a visiting research fellow at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS). The Brownbag Sessions provide guest researchers in Regensburg with a forum to discuss their ongoing project with colleagues and students from across the university while enjoying lunch together. We are grateful to Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer for his support with this event.

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Pizza Room And Music 3Goran Musić presented his work on the expansion of the Priboj Automotive Factory (FAP) into Zambia in the 1970s. He positioned his work among current research that addresses “second” and “third” world globalizations, while also addressing their intersections with capitalist or “first” world economies. FAP also collaborated with Mercedes-Benz, while at the same time serving the ideological mission of expanding Yugoslavia’s geopolitical influence through the Non-Aligned Movement.

For a more extensive report see the page on CITAS events.


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2-4 May 2019, CITAS Conference

Obsolete, Resilient, Resurgent. The Nation-State in a Globalized World

Is the current resurgence of unilateral thinking and nationalist discourse unprecedented? Was a teleological faith in the obsolescence of the nation-state a contributing factor to today's situation? Are globalization and the nation-state really opposites? These are some of the questions that were explored at the first CITAS conference. It featured papers and panel discussions with invited guests, as well as contributions from doctoral students.

This conference began with Unistiftung-vielbertha keynote lecture by Matthias Middell (Leipzig) on 2 May, followed by a second keynote lecture by Joanna Bockman (George Mason University) on 3 May. The conference was supported by the Vielberth Foundation and IOS - Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European studies. The programme is available here.

A conference report will follow. For now we would like to thank all the participants for the stimulating discussions across regions and disciplines that will shape the way transnational area studies develop in Regensburg in the years to come.

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Workshop with Johanna Bockman, 6 May, 14:00, IOS Room 109

Obsolete, Resilient, Resurgent. The Nation-State in a Globalized World

As part of her visit to Regensburg for the CITAS conference, Johanna Bockman (George Mason University) led  a workshop on 6 May at 2 p.m. in Room 109 at IOS on Neoliberalism as a paradigm for exploring social and economic change in Eastern Europe and beyond. Adopting a comparative perspective, she considered how Eastern Europe can provide a prism through which to explore shifts in other world regions.

The workshop offers doctoral and postdoctoral researchers an opportunity to present their research and discuss key analytical questions with a leading interdisciplinary and transregional scholar. Thank you to IOS for hosting.

 More information on the event is available here.



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Panel Discussions on Russia and international law, European-American relations and more

CITAS is grateful to the Vielberth Foundation for funding a series of public discussions and events exploring current he significant processes and events shaping the world, Europe, Germany and the local region today. These spheres are interconnected in a globalized world, one where borders are being crossed but also reinforced. The impact is evident on the global, national and local scales in the economy, the environment, the shifting political and cultural landscape, and migration.

The first event in the series was held on 25 April in cooperation with the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (GSOSES) and the Regensburg Lectures, organized by IOS. Lauri Mälksoo (Professor of International Law, Tartu) and the journalist Gesine Dornblüth engaged in a lively discussion chaired by Cindy Wittke (IOS, and CITAS Advisory Board member) on the subject of Russia’s stance towards international law and its neighbours. With over seventy people in attendance, including many students and members of the public, the speakers engaged with the audience’s questions, offering a balanced assessment of the extent to which Russia is an aggressor as well as in some cases potentially a peacekeeper.

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The second event on 16 May saw the European Press Prize nominated journalist Madeleine Schwartz discuss Germany's role in European-American relations. She explored the misunderstandings, tensions and misplaced expectations that have shaped Atlanticism or Transatlanticism. She traced its shift from a set of concrete measures and institutions that helped restore multilateral relations in the West after World War Two to a more nebulous set of values that is not always communicated successfully either in the political or public realms. The lively disucssion with the audience indicated the ongoing relevance of the struggle to adapt the transatlantic partnership to the multi-polar twenty-first century.

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Friday 12 April 2019

Nacht.Schafft.Wissen: Regensburg Global at Altes Finanzamt

Together with colleagues at IOS and GSOSES, CITAS contributed to a long evening of lectures, discussion and fun exchanges as part of the Nacht.Schafft.Wissen event where Regensburg’s research institutions and businesses open their doors to the public.

The programme at IOS (Altes Finanzamt) complemented the events taking place on campus with a focus on area studies, offering insight into the innovative work on Eastern and Southeastern Europe together with the Americas and other parts of Europe being conducted in Regensburg. The opening family-friendly section covered subjects such as research on vampires, socialist automobility, space exploration and cartoons, and night workers in Regensburg, which led into a discussion of the imPubquizpact of the end of the Cold War and EU expansion on the economic boom in this region. A series of five(ish)-minute lectures took listeners on a trip about the globe, covering revolutions from the USA and Latin America to Greece and Ukraine. The evening concluded with a pub quiz, kindly sponsored by Bischofshof, that offered a chance learn more about Eastern Europe in its global contexts. We look forward to doing it all again in 2021!


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Winter Semester 2018/19, Mondays 18-20:00, H4 Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude

Lecture Series: Beyond the Nation? International and Transnational Oders and Identities

In Winter Semester 2018/19, CITAS coordinated a lecture series titled “Jenseits der Nation? Internationale und transnationale Ordnungen und Identitäten” (Beyond the Nation? International and Transnational Orders and Identities). The lectures were held on Mondays at 18.15 and presented multidisciplinary perspectives with contributions from cultural studies, history, linguistics, political science, law and economics.

Here you will find an oCitas Rv Infoscreen Jpegverview of the past lectures of the CITAS Lecture Series and the respective speakers.

CITAS would like to express its sincere gratitude to all the lecturers who participated in the series, taking their time to provide stimulating talks and lead lively discussions afterwards.

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