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REAF Lecture with Chris Sims

On Thursday May 23, REAF was delighted to host
our first lecturer of the semester, Chris Sims, who gave a facinating lecture titled "Photographing America's Post  9/11 Wars: From Guantánamo Bay to Mock Training Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan."

We are so grateful to Chris for sharing his passion of photography, his personal journey and philosophy concerning war photography, and demonstrating how academia and art can coincide with great harmony.

Christopher Sims is the Undergraduate Education Director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he oversees the undergraduate curriculum and teaches photography and multimedia. He has an M.F.A. in studio art from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has worked as a photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and for advocacy organizations working with migrant farmworkers.

Sims was selected as the recipient of the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers and was named one of the “New Superstars of Southern Art” by the Oxford American magazine. He has exhibited at SF Camerawork, the Houston Center for Photography, the Noorderlicht Photofestival, and the XIV Bienal de Fotografia in Mexico City. His photography project based at Guantánamo Bay was featured in the Washington Post and is part of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project organized by Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.


REAF Partner Event: CITAS Dialog 2019 “Europe between Crisis and Revival”
Germany’s Role in European-American Relations: Politics and Culture

Thank you for joining us on Thursday May 16 in H25 at 6:15pm for the second installment of the CITAS Dialog 2019 series. 

The Berlin-based journalist Madeleine Schwartz, who is shortlisted for the 2019 European Press Prize for her Guardian article "The End of Atlanticism: Has Trump killed the ideology that won the Cold War?" discussed Germany's role in European-American relations. She elaborated on recent shifts in political dynamics, while also considering whether culture might offer an alternative realm for maintaining successful transatlantic exchanges. The event was a collaboration with REAF, with REAF Administrative Manager Tamara Heger and CITAS Manager Paul Vickers co-chairing the discussion.

To read a press release about the event, please click here.

For further information regarding the rest of the series please visit www.ur.de/citas.


"Did We Make a Difference? Citizen Volunteers and the 2018 US-Congressional Election Outcome"

On Tuesday May 14th,  inviting host and REAF Co-Director, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling, was delighted to welcome citizen volunteers Molly Selvin and David Rubenson to UR. With this international politics event, students were given the opportunitiy to hear about the couple's first hand experiences working in various regions of the US canvasing for Democratic party candidates in the 2018 US- Congressional elections.

The stimulating discussion was well recieved by all in attendance. REAF would like to thank Molly Selvin and David Rubenson for making the trip to UR and for sharing their experiences with us.


CITAS Conference

On May 2-4, CITAS hosted its first conference, which was entitled "Obsolete, Resilient, Resurgent: The Nation State in a Globalized World". REAF was delighted to participate in this conference as Co-Director Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat gave the Welcoming Address on Thursday May 2, and spoke on Saturday May 4 in the "Beyond the Nation: From Localism to Cosmopolitanism" Roundtable Discussion Session. We greatly enjoyed experiencing some of the latest research in the field of Area Studies at this conference.

For the full program please click here.

Citas Conference


"Europe and America in the Modern World"- REAF to Participate in Bavaria's First Leibniz ScienceCampus

Starting in May 2019, an interdisciplinary Leibniz ScienceCampus will be established in Regensburg as a joint endeavor of the Regensburg Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and the University of Regensburg. This 1.14 million euro project is funded by the distinguished Leibniz Association.

The ScienceCampus will build on UR's strong research base in the field of Area Studies. The UR organizations Regensburg European American Forum (REAF), Center for Spanish Studies, and the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS), are particularly involved with this project. A non university research facility, the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies produces high-caliber Area Studies research. The head of the IOS, Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer, will act as the speaker of the ScienceCampus.

The goal of the ScienceCampus is to foster a better understanding of the transatlantic world. With its theme "Europe and America in the Modern World: Transformations and Frictions of Globalization in the Past and Present," it will address political, social, and cultural transformations, migrations and trade relations, among other topics.

Not only will researchers from the University of Regensburg and the IOS participate in this project, but up to seven new doctoral candidate positions will also be made available. In addition, an extensive international fellowship program will be included. The ScienceCampus was able to secure prestigious partnerships with institutions such as the University of California (Berkeley), the University of Kansas (Lawrence), the Central European University (Budapest), and the University College London.

The Regensburg European American Forum (REAF) is looking forward to collaborating with its partners within the first Leibniz ScienceCampus in Bavaria!

For more information, please click here.


REAF Program Summer 2019

Date Event
14 May

International Politics Panel

Molly Selvin and David Rubenson, Citizen Volunteers

"Did We Make a Difference? Citizen Volunteers and

the 2018 US-Congressional Election Outcome"

Venue: 10:30-12pm in H21

16 May

Partner Event: CITAS Dialog Series

Madeleine Schwartz, Journalist

"Transatlantic Political and Cultural Relations: A Conversation"

Chaired by CITAS Manager Dr. Paul Vickers and REAF Administrative Manager Tamara Heger

Venue: 6-8pm in H25

Organizer: CITAS

23 May

REAF Lecture

Chris Sims (Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University)

"Photographing America's Post 9/11 Wars: From Guantánamo Bay to Mock Training Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan"

Venue: 2-4pm in PT 2.0.3A

4 June

International Politics Panel

Stefan Kornelius (Außenpolitikchef der Süddeutschen Zeitung)

"Krisen, Kriege und Konflikte: Die Welt aus den Fugen"

Venue: 4-6pm in H2

25 June

International Politics Panel

Sebastian von Einsiedel (United Nations University Europe)

"Die UN in einer schwierigen Welt"

Venue: 4-6 pm in H2

1 July

REAF Lecture

Prof. Dr. Timo Müller (University of Konstanz)

"European Whips: Hip Hop's Transatlantic Mobilities"

Venue: 4-6pm in ZH 4

16 July

International Politics Panel

Eric Gujer (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

"Die Weltlage aus Schweizer Sicht"

Venue: 4-6pm in H2

18 July

REAF Research Afternoon

Prof. Dr. Jeannette E. Jones and Prof. Dr. Alexander Vazansky (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Venue: 2:15-5:15pm in PT 3.0.79 (Großer Sitzungssaal)

Preliminary Schedule

2:15- Welcome

2:30- Guest Lecture Prof. Dr. Vazansky

3:45- Coffee Break

4:00- Research Roundtable Prof. Dr. Jones

5:15- Reception


REAF Program Winter 2018/2019

Date Event                                                                
5 November

REAF Participation in CITAS Lecture Series

Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat (University of Regensburg, REAF Co-Director)

"American Exceptionalism und die Traditionen U.S.-amerikanischer Außenpolitik"

Venue: 6-8pm in H4

Organizer: CITAS

14 November

REAF Roundtable

Dr. Jennifer Reimer (Lise-Meitner Fellow at the University of Graz)

"Perspectives and Politics of (Transnational) American Studies"

Venue: 2-4pm in ZH 5

26 November

REAF Career

Ulrike Strauss (Senior Manager Outreach & Engagement Munich Security)

Ms. Ulrike Strauss will provide insights into her work and will answer questions students may have about her field.

Venue: 6pm-8 in PT 3.0.79 (Großer Sitzungssaal)

27 November

International Politics Panel

US-Consul General Meghan Gregonis in discussion with Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling and students

"Die US-Kongresswahlen und die Zukunft der transatlantischen Beziehungen"

Venue: 4-6pm in H24

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

15 January

International Politics Panel

"Transatlantic Relations Today"

General ret. Ben Hodges (former Commander of the US Army in Europe/USAEUR 2014-2017) in discussion with Prof.Dr. Stephan Bierling, Dr. Gerlinde Groitl, and students

Venue: 4-6pm in H24

Inviting Host: REAF Co-Director Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

21 January

REAF Participation in CITAS Lecture Series

Dr. Birgit Bauridl (University of Regensburg, REAF Co-Director)

"Erinnerung als transnationales Event: Deutsch-amerikanische  Verhandlungsräume in Bayern nach 1945"

Venue: 6-8pm in H4

24 January

REAF Lecture

Dr.Katharina Gerund (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

"Army Wives and the Unit: Military Spouses in U.S.-American TV Series" 

Venue: 2-4pm in ZH 6

January 30

REAF Lecture

Dr. Leonard Schmieding (Münster)

"Populism and Public History: Current Challenges in a Transatlantic Perspective"

Venue: 4-6pm Room TBA
Further Events - International Politics and Transatlantic Relations
6 November

Guest Lecture in International Politics

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Meier-Walser (Leiter der Akademie Politik und Zeitgeschehen der Hanns-Seidel Stiftung)

"Krisenherd Iran. Der Westen und Teheran nach der Kündigung des Atomabkommens durch die USA"

Venue: 4-6pm in H2

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

4 December

Guest Lecture in International Politics

Dr. Margarete Klein (Russland-Expertin der Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik)

"Russland-Rückkehr als Großmacht?"

Venue:4-6pm H2

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

22 January

Guest Lecture in International Politics

General Martin Schelleis (Inspekteur der Steitkräftebasis)

"Die Bundeswehr in einer unsicheren Welt"

Venue: 4-6pm in H24

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

29 January

International Politics Panel

Helga Schmid (Generalsekretärin des Europäischen Auswärtigen Dienstes) in discussion with Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling and students

"Die EU in einer Welt der Krisen und Konflikte"

Venue: 4-6pm in H24

Inviting Host: Prof.Dr. Stephan Bierling


REAF Program Summer 2018

Date Event
12 June

Book Project Presentation

"American Exceptionalism" by Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat in discussion with Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (Universität Regensburg), Prof. Dr. Ben Chappell (University of Kansas), and Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel (Universität Regensburg).

Venue: 6 pm Kunsthalle (upper level of the Audimax foyer)

28 June

REAF Roundtable

Dr. Jennifer Reimer (Lise Meitner Fellow at the University of Graz)

"Academic Freedom? The Politics and Practice of Transnational American Studies in Turkey and around the Globe"

Venue: 3-4 pm PT 2.0.4

28-29 June

REAF@10 Conference

Please see our official program!

Venue: PT 3.0.79 (Großer Sitzungssaal)

4 July

Lecture

Prof. Dr. David Savran (City University of New York)

"Playwriting and the American Apocalypse"

Venue: 2-4 pm ZH 6


REAF draws your attention to a conference organized by REAF Board member Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling and Prof. Dr. Reinhard Meier-Walser (Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung) .


7-8 June

Conference

Expertenkonferenz "Außenpolitik in einer instabilen Welt: Deutschland nach den Bundestagswahlen"

Venue: Großer Sitzungssaal des Philosophikums (PT 3.0.79)

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (REAF Board, International Politics and Transatlantic Relations) and Prof. Dr. Reinhard Meier-Walser (Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung)

Thursday

10.00 Uhr Begrüßung: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling/Prof. Dr. Reinhard Meier-Walser

Panel I:

10.15 Uhr Globalisierung in Schwierigkeiten?

Prof. em. Dr. Wolfgang Wiegard, langjähriger Vorsitzender des Sachverständigenrats/Universität Regensburg, Mod. Prof. Bierling

Panel II:

14:00 Uhr Der globale Wandel und die Rolle Deutschlands in der internationalen Politik

Prof. em. Dr. Joachim Krause, Direktor des Instituts für Sicherheitspolitik/Universität Kiel, Mod. Alexander Schuster MA

Panel III:

16.00 Uhr Deutschlands Ziele in einer neuen EU-Außen-und Sicherheitspolitik

Dr. Anja Opitz, Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing, Mod. Susanne Prechtl MA

Friday

Panel IV:

10.00 Uhr Amerika auf Isolationskurs?

Grußwort von Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel/Präsident der Universität Regensburg

Eröffnungsgespräch mit Jennifer Gavito, Generalkonsulin der USA/München, gefolgt von einer Podiumsdiskussion mit Dr. Opitz, Prof. Krause, Dr. Groitl, Prof. Meier-Walser, Mod. Prof. Bierling


REAF Program Winter 2017/18

Date   Event
26-28 October

Conference Workshop

"Nation, Nationalism, and Transnationalism Revisited"

Venue: Seminarraum Altes Finanzamt, Landshuter Str. 4, Regensburg

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat (American Studies)

5 December

REAF UR@50 Anniversary Lecture

Dr. Jörg Skriebeleit (Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum)

"Taten und Orte - Tatorte: Flossenbürg, München, Fürstenfeldbruck"

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel (President UR; REAF Founding Director)

Venue: 6 pm, Großer Sitzungssaal PT

7 December 

REAF Lecture

Dr. Allison Stagg (JFK Institute, Berlin)

"James Akin and 'A Philosophic Cock': Caricature Prints in America, 1800-1820"

Venue: 12-2 pm, ZH 6

Events - International Politics and Transatlantic Relations
21 November

Lecture

Stefan Kornelius (Leiter Redaktion Außenpolitik/Süddeutsche Zeitung)

"Deutsche Außenpolitik in einer Zeit der Krisen und Konflikte"

Venue: 4-6 pm, H2

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (International Poltics and Transatlantic Relations)

12 December

Lecture and Panel Discussion

"Die Krise um Nordkoreas Atom- und Raketenprogramm"

Einführungsreferat: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Harnisch  (U Heidelberg)

Podiumsdiskussion with Dr. Saskia Hieber, Dr. Gerlinde Groitl, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (Moderation)

Venue: 4-6 pm, H2

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (International Poltics and Transatlantic Relations)

In cooperation with the Akademie für Politische Bildung in Tutzing

16 January

Lecture

General Dr. Erich Vad (ehemaliger Militärberater von Bundeskanzlerin Dr. Angela Merkel)

"Deutsche Sicherheitspolitik zwischen Afghanistan und Baltikum"

Venue: 4-6 pm, H2

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (International Poltics and Transatlantic Relations)

30 January

Lecture and Discussion

General Martin Schelleis (Inspekteuer der Streitkräftebasis)

"Die Bundeswehr im Auslandseinsatz"

Venue: 4-6 pm, H2

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (International Poltics and Transatlantic Relations)


REAF Program Summer 2017

Date Event
11 May

REAF UR@50 Anniversary Lecture

Prof. Dr. John Carlos Rowe (University of Southern California)

"O Carib Isle!" or "Scattered Moluccas"? Édouard Glissant's Pacific Relation

Followed by a Response by Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Venue: 12 pm (s.t.), Großer Sitzungssaal PT

Chair: Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel (REAF Founding Director)

17 May

Launch: REAF Career

Dr. Susanne Ehrenreich-Blažeković (Linde AG)

Dr. Ehrenreich-Blažeković will talk about her career after she left the University of Regensburg and will answer questions.

Venue: 4.30-6 pm, ZH 6

30 June -1 July

Conference

Forschungstage American Studies Regensburg - Augsburg 2017

Research symposium of the departments for American Studies at the University of Regensburg and the University of Augsburg

Venue: Altes Finanzamt - Room 017, Landshuter Str. 4, Regensburg

in cooperation with the Regensburg European American Forum (REAF)

Organization: Dr. Johanna Hartmann (U Augsburg) and Florian Weinzierl (U Regensburg)

20 July

REAF Lecture

Prof. Dr. David Savran (CUNY)

"The Globalization of the Broadway Musical"

Venue: 12-2 pm, ZH 6

27 July

REAF Lecture

Prof. Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

"A Proud Yankee in the Sultan's Court: White American Manhood, Race, and U.S. Power in the Indian Ocean"

Venue: 12-2 pm, ZH 6

Sponsored by: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst.


REAF Program Winter 2016/17

 

Date Guest Lecture
8 November 2016

U.S. Consul General Jennifer Gavito

Academic Election Party including a discussion between the Consul General, Prof. Dr. Bierling, Prof. Dr. Depkat and Dr. Gerlinde Groitl; Live TV broadcast

Venue: 7.30 pm - 2.30 am, Audimax

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling 

29 November 2016

Dr. Sebastian Herrmann (Leipzig University)

"Post-Fact Elections? Reality, Postmodernism, and the US Presidency"

Venue: 12 - 2 pm, ZH 5

29 November 2016

Dr. Margarete Klein (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin)

"Russland - Abkehr vom Westen, Wende nach Osten?"

Venue: 4 - 6 pm, H 2

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

With the friendly support of the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung

6 December 2016

Prof. Dr. George Lipsitz & Prof. Dr. Barbara Tomlinson (University of California, Santa Barbara)

"American Studies as Accompaniment: Why We Can't Wait"

Venue: 2 - 4 pm, ZH 4

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Timo Müller

With the friendly support of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA)

6 December 2016

Dietmar Ossenberg (Ex-ZDF-Korrespondent Kairo)

"Krisenherd Mittlerer Osten"

Venue: 4 - 6 pm, H 24

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

7 December 2016

Prof. Dr. George Lipsitz (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Roundtable: "American Studies Today: Projects, Politics, Perspectives"

Venue: 10 am - 12 pm, PT 3.2.73

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Timo Müller

13 December 2016

Dr. Theo Waigel (Bundesfinanzminister a.D.)

"Die USA - Ein Eckpfeiler deutscher Außenpolitik. Eine persönliche Bilanz"

Venue: 4 - 6 pm, H 24

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

With the friendly support of the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung

10 January 2017

Dr. Saskia Hieber (Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing)

"Die USA und der Aufstieg Chinas"

Venue: 4 - 6 pm, H 2

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

With the friendly support of the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung

17 January 2017

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Meier-Walser (Akademie Politik und Zeitgeschehen, Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung)

"Die USA im Spannungsfeld zwischen Riad und Teheran"

Venue: 4 - 6 pm, H 2

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

20 January

2017

Inauguration of the new U.S. President

Discussion with Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling, Dr. Gerlinde Groitl and PD Dr. Ingrid Gessner; Live TV broadcast

Venue: 5 - 8 pm, H 24

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

2 February 2017

Prof. Dr. Ilka Saal (University of Erfurt/University of Toronto)

"Collusions of Fact and Fiction: A Historiopoetic Approach to American Slavery in the Works of Suzan Lori Parks and Kara Walker"

Venue: 10 am - 12 pm, PT 2.0.3A

7 February 2017

Prof. Dr. Birgit Hans (University of North Dakota)

Roundtable: "Native American Studies--Projects, Politics, Perspectives"

Venue: 6 - 8 pm, PT 3.2.73


REAF Program Summer 2016

Guest Lecture
29 April 2016

Prof. Dr. Anne Koenen (Universität Leipzig)

"Wings and Roots: Migrating Academics"

Venue: 5:30 pm, Haus der Begegnung

30 April 2016

Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung (Johannes Gutenberg-

Universität Mainz)

"Transnational Journeys of Life: En Route to Refuge"

Venue: 3:30 pm, Altes Finanzamt

30 April 2016

Prof. Dr. Nina Morgan (Kennesaw State University), REAF Fellow

"Symposium: Panel: American Studies Transnational: Perspectives, Politics, Responsibilities"

Venue: 5-7 pm, Altes Finanzamt

With the friendly support of: Hans Vielberth University Foundation.

3 May 2016

Prof. Dr. Nina Morgan (Kennesaw State University), REAF Fellow

"Research Roundtable: Projects in Transnational American Studies"

Venue: 4-6 pm, PT 3.2.73

With the friendly support of: Hans Vielberth University Foundation.

4 May 2016

Prof. Dr. Nina Morgan (Kennesaw State University), REAF Fellow

"Bartleby, the Slacktivist; Citizen-Saboteurs; and Other 'Occupations'"

Venue: 2-3 pm & 3-4 pm (Lecture and Q&A Session), ZH 5

With the friendly support of: Hans Vielberth University Foundation.

16 June 2016        

Prof. Dr. John David Smith (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

"You turned us loose to the sky....to the wrath of our infuriated masters: Emancipation and Reconstruction Reconsidered"

Venue: 12-2 pm, ZH 6

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

With the friendly support of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA)

23 June 2016

Prof. Dr. Hubert Zapf (Universität Augsburg)

"Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts"

Venue: 10 am-12 pm, H 22

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Timo Müller

29 June 2016

Dr. Leopold Lippert (Universität Salzburg)

"The Neoliberal Charms of America Abroad, or: Playing Indian in Austria"

Venue: 2-4 pm, ZH 6

In cooperation with the DFG Research Network "Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies"

5 July 2016

Prof. Dr. Gary Jacobson (University of California, San Diego)

"And the next president is... Reflections on the US election campaign 2015/16"

Venue: 4-6 pm, H 2

Inviting Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

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