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REAF Research Afternoon
REAF cordially invites you to join us for our Research Afternoon on 18 July 2019, in Room PT 3.0.79 (Großer Sitzungssaal) from 2-5pm!
REAF is delighted to welcome back Professor Dr. Jeannette E. Jones and Professor Dr. Alexander Vazansky from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for this Research Afternoon.


We are looking forward to Prof. Dr. Alexander Vazansky's talk, titled "'I'll Bleed for Myself:' Black Power and Anti-Vietnam Activism in the U.S. Army in Germany."
Acls Picture _002_ We are also looking forward to a Research Roundtable with Prof. Dr. Jones. In a conversational setting, she will introduce her own research and discuss the state, role, and future of American Studies and academia in current political climates. Students will also be given the chance to informally talk about their own research interests.

The Research Afternoon Program is as follows:




Prof. Dr. Alexander Vazansky—“’I’ll Bleed for Myself:’ Black Power and Anti-Vietnam Activism in the U.S. Army in Germany.”

3:45 Coffee Break
4:00 Research Roundtable with Prof. Dr. Jeannette E. Jones
5:15 Reception

REAF Lecture with Prof. Dr. Timo Müller

REAF was delighted to host Prof. Dr. Timo Müller of the University of Konstanz on MondayTimo M _ller 2019, 01 July 2019 from 4-6pm in ZH4 for his lecture titled "European Whips: Hip Hop's Transatlantic Mobilities."

Timo Müller is Professor of American Studies at the University of Konstanz. His research interests include modernism, Environmental Studies, and African American Studies. He is the author of The Self as Object in Modernist Fiction: James— Joyce— Hemingway (Königshausen & Neumann, 2010) and The African American Sonnet: A Literary History (UP of Mississippi, 2018), and has edited several collections and special issues on environmental topics. His work has appeared in journals including Arizona Quarterly, American Literature, and Atlantic Studies. He coordinated the DFG-funded research network “Environmental Crisis and the Transnational Imagination” (2015-2018) and held a one-year research fellowship at Harvard University (2012-2013).

REAF was delighted to welcome Professor Müller back to Regensburg and to see so many of you there!

"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


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


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)


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


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


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


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

REAF Program Winter 2016/17

REAF Program Summer 2016

  1. Forschergruppen und Forschungszentren

Regensburg European American Forum


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