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REAF Lecture in Political Engagement and Responsibility

REAF has launched its new series, the Lecture in Political Engagement and Responsibility.

To kick off this new series, Dr. Leonard Schmieding talked about Populism and Public History: Current Challenges in a Transatlantic Perspective on January 30, 2019, at 4-6 pm in PT 1.0.2.

January 27th, 2019, marked the thirteenth International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Remembering the Holocaust means looking at its many roots in history and countering anti-democratic, antisemitic, and genocidal practices in the present so that we can prevent it from ever happening again in the future. In his talk, Leonard Schmieding presented two public history projects that address the current challenges of right-wing populism from a transatlantic perspective.

Leonard Schmieding

Leonard Schmieding is an independent history provider working at the intersections of Germany and America, museums and memorial culture, and research and public engagement. He received his PhD from the University of Leipzig in 2011 with a dissertation on the history of hip-hop culture in East Germany. After stints in California and Washington, DC, he is currently based in Münster, where he is working on a history education project connecting the rise of right-wing populism in the Weimar Republic with ways to defend, bolster, and innovate our present democracy.

 


REAF Lecture

O January 24, REAF was fortunate enough to welcome Dr. Katharina Gerund (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg), who gave a lecture titled:

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

Dr. Katharina Gerund is an assistant professor of American Studies at Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuernberg. She has published in the fields of transGerund Bildatlantic cultural mobility, diaspora studies and gender studies, and American popular culture. Katharina is the author of Transatlantic Cultural Exchange: African American Women's Art and Activism in West Germany (2013) and the co-editor of Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives: Figures of Mobility in the US and Beyond (2012), Revealing Tacit Knowledge: Explication and Embodiment (2015), and Reeducation Revisited: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf "America's Germany"(2015). Her current book project is tentatively entitled "Happy Home Front Heroines? Military Spouses in the Cultural Imaginary of the US." She is a member of two research networks (funded by the German Research Foundation):"Narrative Liminality and/in the Formation of American Modernities" and "Parallel and Alternative Societies in Contemporary Literature and Culture." Together with Heike Paul and Fabian Schäfer, she heads an interdisciplinary research project on "Reeducation Revisited: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives on the Post-World War II Period in the US, Japan, and Germany," which is funded by the German Research Foundation. Katharina has presented her work at conferences in the US, the UK, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, and she regularly offers workshops at schools, teacher training seminars, and public lectures.


International Politics Panel: Transatlantic Relations Today

On January 15 from 4-6 pm in H24, Lieutenant General ret. Ben Hodges (former commander of the US-Army in Europe/USAEUR 2014-17) had a lively discussion with Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (REAF Co-Director and inviting host), Dr. Gerlinde Groitl and students about the state of “Transatlantic Relations Today” and the US (military) presence in Europe. The event was opened with a welcome by Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel (UR President and REAF Founding Director), who stressed the current challenges but also chance of transatlantic relations.


International Politics Panel

On November 27 from 4-6pm in H24, REAF Co-director Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling and US-Consul General Meghan Gregonis had an open discussion concerning  "The US-Midterms and the Future of the transatlantic Relationship". Prof. Bierling and the US-Consul were then joined by Dr. Gerlinde Groitl, Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, and Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel who also shared their perspectives of the current state of the transatlantic relationship from their various areas of study: international politics, history, and cultural studies respectively. Students were then allowed to ask their own questions. The fascinating discussion certainly demonstrated that the transatlantic relationship remains of significant importance to both Europe and the US.

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REAF Career with Ulrike Strauss, Senior Manager Outreach & Engagement, Munich Security Conference.


On November 26, REAF was fortunate enough to continue their REAF Career series by inviting Ulrike Strauss, Senior Management Outreach & Engagement for the Munich Security Conference to speak with graduate students. The REAF Career series allows students the opportunity to engage with UR American Studies alumni whose careers represent the breadth of potential industries and fields of work, post-graduation.

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During the informative Q&A section of her talk, Strauss shared the importance of avoiding complacency and always maintaining a desire to learn and improve. Additionally, she stressed networking, engaging in dialogue and seeking connections as a way to advance not only one’s career but their overall success within each position. REAF appreciates Ms. Strauss returning to the University of Regensburg campus to share her career progression and enlighten prospective graduates with the multitude of professional options after graduation.


REAF Roundtable: "Perspectives and Politics of (Transnational) American Studies: A Conversation"

Following the success of her roundtable this summer, Dr. Jennifer Reimer returned to the University of Regensburg for another lively discussion with American Studies students.

In her signature conversational style, Dr. Reimer opened with a brief summary of her work as an American Studies scholar. From earning her PhD at the University of Berkeley in California, Dr. Reimer gained teaching experience at San Diego State University before ultimately moving to Ankara, Turkey to challenge herself with a cross-cultural class environment. These special insights helped provide a solid basis for students to ask questions relating to our role as American Studies scholars within a transnational environment. Dr. Reimer was able to discuss the dialogue in which she engaged with her students to bring about a more comprehensive understanding of American Studies abroad.

The conversation soon turned to an engaged discussion of how American Studies might integrate its research and scholarly work into an increasingly political situation within universities. The Roundtable ended with suggestions and deliberations on the intersection of public discourse and our research as American Studies scholars. REAF thanks Dr. Reimer for leading such an interesting and important discussion for students at the University of Regensburg. 

   


CITAS Ringvorlesung

Citas Ringvorlesung 18-19

REAF would like to draw your attention to a lecture series organized by the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS) titled "Jenseits der Nation? Internationale und transnationale Ordnungen und Identitäten". REAF Co-Directors Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat and Dr. Birgit Bauridl will be giving lectures within this series on November 5,2018 and January 21, 2019 respectively. For more information, please click here for the full program.

 


REAF Book Publication

German-american Encounters Rand

REAF is proud to announce the publication of "German-American Encounters in Bavaria and Beyond, 1945-2015". Rooted in Transnational American Studies, this collection explores German-American Encounters in Bavaria since 1945. Spanning a trajectory from the end of World War II to the contemporary American presence in the region, the articles and visuals discuss the impact of the transnational contact zone on negotiations of democratization, historical guilt, cultural diplomacy, identity politics, Military cooperation, economic interaction, pop and folk culture, literature, memory, museums, and tourism. For more information on this publication, please click here.

    


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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