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Tamara Heger


room: PT 3.2.86
phone:+49(0) 941 / 943 - 3510
fax:+49 (0) 941 / 943 - 3590

American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany

email: Tamara.Heger@ur.de

Office hours during the semester break summer 2023:

Tuesday, July 25, 1:30-2:30pm
Tuesday, August 15, 10-11am
Tuesday, September 19, 1-2pm 

Please send me an email at least two days prior to the office hours if you want to come see me, thank you!


Research Interests

  • Memory and Life Writing Studies
  • Holocaust Studies, History of World War II
  • Public History
  • German-American and European-American Relations
  • Cultural History of the United States
  • German and European History of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Current Position

Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin TZ) Department of American Studies, UR (since 10/2018)

Academic Service

Administrative Manager of the Regensburg European American Forum (REAF)

Member of the Editorial Board of “Frictions”, Blogjournal of the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Europe and America in the Modern World”


Doctoral Candidate in American Studies, UR. Project: “The Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Liberation in US Soldiers’ Life Narratives” (WT). Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Prof. Dr. Jörg Skriebeleit. (Since 04/2019)

State Exam in English, History and Social Studies, UR, 2018.


Travel Grant 'Verein der Freunde der Universität Regensburg' for participating in the Annual Conference of the Historians in the German Association of American Studies, 2020.

Travel Grant for a conference participation and research stay in New Orleans, LA, and Washington, D.C from the "Finanzielles Anreizsystem zur Förderung der Gleichstellung, Universität Regensburg"/Fund for Gender Equality, University of Regensburg, 2019.

Preis der Dr. Katharina Sailer-Stiftung für die Abschlussarbeit zum Thema „Deutsch-Amerikanischer Kontakt in Grafenwöhr“, 2017.

Travel Grant for the “Summer School in Modern Jewish History” (UR Depmartment of European History, Penn State University Jewish Studies Program), in New York, NY, State College, PA, USA, 2016.


Baier, Verena and Tamara Heger. “Workshop Report | Narrated Lives, Remembered Selves: Emerging Research in Life Writing Studies.” Frictions (02.09.2021), doi: 10.15457/frictions/0013.

“Deutschland-Analysen: seeing Germany from inside and outside. An interview with Marcus Hahn and Frederic Ponten by Tamara Heger.” Frictions (28.07.2021), doi: 10.15457/frictions/0009.

Heger, Tamara. "Die biografische Relevanz des deutsch-amerikanischen Kontakts in Grafenwöhr." ForAp 1.1 (2018), 83-98.



(with Verena Baier, UR) International Workshop “Narrated Lives – Remembered Selves. Emerging Research in Life Writing Studies” with keynotes by Prof. Dr. Sidonie Smith (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Prof. Dr. Julia Watson (Columbus, Ohio) and Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee (Mainz), May 2021. For further information see https://lifewriting.wixsite.com/workshop

(with Dr. Paul Vickers) CITAS Dialog, Panel discussion with European Press Prize 2019 winner Madeleine Schwartz titled “Germany’s Role in US-European Relations: Politics and Culture”.

Papers Presented

““To make sure all are informed correctly” – US Soldiers’ Life Narratives of the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Liberation between Narrative Construction and Truthfulness”, International Workshop Narrated Lives – Remembered Selves. Emerging Research in Life Writing Studies, Regensburg, 13 and 14 May 2021.

“The Absence of US-American Soldiers’ Memories in Collective Memories of Concentration Camp Liberations (with special focus on the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp)”, 67th Annual Meeting of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA), Heidelberg, June 17-19, 2021.

“Liberators: US Soldiers' Memories of Flossenbürg”, North American History Research Colloquium, John F. Kennedy Institute Berlin, 3 May 2021. 

"Challenges (and Opportunities) of Working with a Diverse Sample: US-Soldiers’ Life Writings about the Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp Liberation", Tag des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs, University of Regensburg, 13 Nov 2020

"Experience and Memory of the Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp Liberation from the Perspective of U.S. Soldiers", Young Scholar Forum at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Historians in the GAAS, Bad Bevensen, 14-16 Feb 2020

"Experience and Memory of the Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp Liberation from the Perspective of US Soldiers" Postgraduate Forum, Passau, 5-7 Dec 2019

"US-Soldiers' Memories of the Liberation of the Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp", 101st Annual Reunion of the 90th Division Association, New Orleans, LA, 25-28 July 2019

"Remembering the Liberation of the Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp – The Perspective of the U.S. Soldiers",New Pathways in North American Studies: Paradigms, Strategies, Developments, Masaryk University Brno, CZ, 12-13 Oct 2018


American Cultural History, multiple times

Introduction to English and American Literature, multiple times

Proseminar American Literature I: From the Beginnings through the 19th Century

Proseminar American Literature II: The 20th and 21st Centuries, multiple times