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Prof. Dr. Pia Wiegmink

On February 7th, 2024, REAF had the pleasure of welcoming back Prof. Dr. Pia Wiegmink (Bonn University), who gave a compelling guest lecture with the title "Transnational American Studies, German Immigrants, and the Afterlives of Slavery in Queensland." Wiegmink held the position of interim chair of American Studies at the University of Regensburg in 2019 and 2020 and is now Professor of Slavery Studies at Bonn University, more precisely, the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies.


Jonas Empen and Alexander Carstiuc Reading from Annette Wieviorka's 1945: Als die Amerikaner die Lager entdeckten

On July 4, 2023 REAF and the Leibniz ScienceCampus: Europe and America in the Modern World had the honor of hosting this reading by historians and co-translators Jonas Empen and Alexander Carstiuc. Together, they read from their translation of Annette Wieviorka's 1945: Als die Amerikaner die Lager entdeckten.

Dennis Forster, UR alumnus and practitioner, moderated this event which included a discussion between the panelists and audience members. Part of this discussion and panel were PhD candidates Carina Ehrnsperger (Romance Studies), Tamara Heger (American Studies, REAF), and Jon-Wyatt Matlack (American Studies, Leibniz ScienceCampus).

Claudia Sadowski-Smith

REAF was excited to welcome back Prof. Dr. Claudia Sadowski-Smith (Arizona State University) as Leibniz ScienceCampus Visiting Professor! On June 29, 2023, she was part of a Meet & Greet in which she talked about race, migration, and her home university, amongst other interesting topics. 

Jon Pineda

REAF, together with DIMAS, was honored to be part of two events with Jon Pineda, invited and chaired by the Interim Chair of American Studies at UR, Prof. Dr. Julia Faisst.

Pineda is a 2022 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow and faculty member in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. He has taught in their Latin America MFA program in Rio de Janeiro and in Buenos Aires.

During his visit to the UR, Pineda read from his latest novel, Let's No One Get Hurt, on Wednesday, 14 June 2023. On Friday, 16 June, Jon Pineda led a Creative Writing Workshop for students and staff of the UR.

Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Werner Sollors (Harvard University, honorary doctorate UR)

REAF was honored to welcome Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Werner Sollors at the University of Regensburg! On May 10th, 2023, he gave a guest lecture with the title "Goethe and Black America," funded by the Regensburger Universitätsstiftung Hans Vielberth and hosted by the Interim Chair of American Studies Prof. Dr. Julia Faisst before scholars and students had the chance to get to know him more closely in a Meet & Greet. On May 11th, 2023, he led a REAF Roundtable discussion with PhD candidates and Master students. 

Click here for more information on his visit.

Read an article about Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Werner Sollors' visit at the UR here.

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

REAF and the Leibniz ScienceCampus are honored to host Prof. Jones as our visiting professor this semester. On 3 May 2023, Prof. Jones was part of a Meet and Greet with three other visiting scholars: REAF, Leibniz ScienceCampus, and seeffield had the honor to host this event featuring Prof. Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones and international visitors of the project seeFField, Prof. Dr. Daniela Koleva (University of Sofia), Dr. Katarina Damčević (University of Tartu) and Dr. Hikmet Karčić (University of Sarajevo). You can read more about this intriguing Meet and Greet here.

On 17 May 2023, Prof. Jones gave a talk titled "Recent Directions and Approaches in Transnational Area Studies" as part of a REAF and Leibniz ScienceCampus partner event (Brownbag Session).

Unfree Spaces in the Modern World

REAF was honored to be part of the intriguing workshop "Unfree Spaces in the Modern World: Resistant Responses, Empowering Acts." For a glimpse into the workshop's program, read the program flyer here. You can read a German article aobut this event on the UR website.

Coffee with REAF, Leibniz ScienceCampus, and the KU


On January 18th, REAF and the Leibniz ScienceCampus had the pleasure of welcoming our special guests Nishani Frazier and Randal Maurice Jelks from the University of Kansas


Jessica Adam, Fulbright Scholar and PhD Candidate from The Graduate Center CUNY in New York City

REAF was pleased to welcome Jessica Adam, Fulbright scholar and PhD Candidate from The Graduate Center CUNY in New York City! She will be staying in Regensburg until July and we are looking forward to many intriguing conversations and events with her! Jessica Adam's research focus is on Native American representation and performance within U.S./German Interhistories.


Meet & Greet with Vjeran Pavlaković










On November 22nd, REAF and the Leibniz ScienceCampus had the pleasure of hosting a Meet & Greet with Vjeran Pavlaković from the University of Rijeka, Croatia.

Masterclass with Jeffrey Olick

On November 9th, REAF was part of a partner event with the Leibniz ScienceCampus, CITAS, and the Promotionskolleg PUR, hosting a Masterclass with Jeffrey Olick (University of Virginia) with the title "Collective Memory between Ethics, Regret and Manipulation"

Meet & Greet with Christopher Sims

On July 20th, REAF and CITAS had the honor of hosting a Meet and Greet with Christopher Sims from Duke University.
Leibniz ScienceCampus Visiting Fellow

Nishani Frazier, Associate Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Kansas

REAF was excited to welcome Nishani Frazier (KU) at the University of Regensburg! As a Leibniz ScienceCampus Visiting Fellow, she held a lecture at LSC and CITAS's Lecture Series "Frictions and Transformations of Globalization." We also had the pleasure of getting to know her and her work more deeply in a REAF Meet & Greet together with Ben Chappell on June 29, 2022

click here for more information on her visit

Leibniz ScienceCampus Visiting Fellow

Ben Chappell, Professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas

REAF was excited to welcome back Ben Chappell (KU) at the University of Regensburg. As a Leibniz ScienceCampus Visiting Fellow, he held a lecture at LSC and CITAS's Lecture Series "Frictions and Transformations of Globalization." Furthermore, he led a Roundtable discussion and shared more about his work in a REAF Meet & Greet with Nishani Frazier.

click here for more information on his visit

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Claudia Sadowski-Smith, Professor of English and American Studies at the Arizona State University

REAF was excited to finally welcome Claudia Sadowski-Smith (ASU) this semester! She taught a class on "Comparative Approaches to US and Western European Migration," held a guest lecture with the title "Whiteness and Migration Studies," and led a REAF Roundtable discussion.

click here for more information on her visit


Rememberance and Generation Z

On October 26, REAF had the privilege to collaborate in a hybrid, transatlantic conference on "Rememberance and Generation Z: The Cooperation between the University of Regensburg and the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum," organized for the German Campus Week at Arizone State University (Volker Benkert, Christiane Reves, ASU) in collaboration with the Leibniz ScienceCampus (Birgit Hebel-Bauridl, UR).  

Approaching the topic of this conference from the perspectives of educators and researchers, Dr. Birgit Hebel-Bauridl had assembled a diverse panel who contributed ideas and insights into projects which were discussed during the digital event broadcast to members of the ASU and UR. This panel consisted of students and doctoral candidates Tamara Heger, Rye Bittl, Katya Davis, and Carina Ehrnsperger, artist and scholar Andrea Zittlau from Rostock University, and staff members of the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial Dennis Forster and Johannes Lauer.

Read more about this event here


Transnational Perspectives on the Pandemic

The Regensburg European American Forum (REAF), in cooperation with the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies, is honored to invite the Universität Regensburg community to explore our growing collection of “Transnational Perspectives on the Pandemic.” The ongoing project presents videos by international scholars who speak about their take on COVID-19. To view contributions from the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Israel, Taiwan, and the United States, please visit the project on GRIPS.

At the beginning of the first remote semester, REAF and CITAS were saddened by the cancellation of numerous in-person events that would have brought international colleagues and friends to our campus. Quickly, we realized that, in addition to joint research and scholarly discussion, we would miss the interaction in the hallways and over shared meals—conversations about academic and personal perspectives on cultural, social, political, and institutional surroundings. Quickly, the pandemic challenged, sometimes forced, sometimes motivated us to find new ways of communicative engagement and of mutual understanding. Very quickly, it glaringly revealed divisive and heinous invisibilities, inequalities, and injustices inherent in so many of our smaller and larger, social and systemic environments.

With the intention of collecting transnational voices on the pandemic and its repercussions and with the agenda of gathering a free array of academic, scholarly, teacherly, individual, personal, formal, informal, political perspectives, REAF reached out to its inter/national colleagues and partners. We invited them to share with us their experiences and thoughts in short videos and to send them in over the course of this summer.

With gratitude to our international colleagues, partners, and friends and with genuine anticipation of many in-person conversations in the future, we cordially invite you to keep visiting the project’s GRIPS platform, as we will add more videos and voices successively.

Cooperation with CITAS: Brownbag Session with Christiane Reves

REAF Visiting Professor Christiane Reves from Arizona State University (School of International Letters) presented examples from research and teaching on 28 June in her talk titled Innovation, Interconnection, Interdisciplinarity: Examples from ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures.

Students and faculty heard about "ecologizing" the curriculum, virtual internships, community partnerships to interdisciplinary and transnational research. Christiane Reves also talked about ideas on local and regional history (Landes/Regionalgeschichte) in the transnational context and introduced the interdisciplinary research project on faith-based responses to migrants and refugees in comparative urban spaces, a comparison between Phoenix, AZ and Berlin, Germany. We thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and the following discussion.

Artist photo by Brent Reaney

REAF Artist's Roundtable

REAF was honored to host Theodore Harris for an Artist's Roundtable Discussion on June 22.

Theodore A. Harris, Philadelphia based author (Thesentür: Conscientious Objector to Formalism), collagist, poet, curator, founding director of The Institute for Advanced Study in Black Aesthetics, and essayist shared his expertise on the intersection of art and politics with faculty and students.

The roundtable discussion covered Theodore Harris' work, which has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums, as well as his co-authored books Our Flesh of Flames, Malcom X as Ideology (with Amiri Baraka), and i ran from it and was still in it (with Fred Moten).

Roundtable Discussion

REAF had the honor of hosting Andrea Zittlau from the University of Rostock on June 15 for a talk titled: 

"The Fruits of Memory: Discussing Apple Chutney and an Overgrown Former Concentration Camp Site."

The discussio

n centered around Andrea Zittlau's crossing of boundaries between academia and art.


On February 10, the chair of American Studies had the honor of hosting an online lecture by Nathalie Aghoro from the University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, titled "The Location of Justice: Placemaking and Commemoration from Octavia Butler to Black Lives Matter." Furthermore, we had the pleasure of getting to know her and her research better at a Coffee with REAF event.


Outreach Symposium: "Your (Hi)story Matters: Das Projekt 'ReMember' der KZ-Gedenkstätte Flossenbürg."

How do we frame the future of memory? How can we permanently fight racism, antisemitism, and ideologies of injustice? And: in which society do we really want to live? On December 8th, 2020, we dealt with these and more questions in a digital film screening and roundtable for the project "ReMember."


Collab.: Regensburg European American Forum / Regensburg Leibniz ScienceCampus / KZ-Gedenkstätte Flossenbürg. Virtual Screening & Panel Discussion, 8. Dec. 2020.

Org. Dennis Forster, Birgit Hebel-Bauridl. 

Speakers: Aziz Hosseini, Larisa-Maria Lucaci, Paulo Jorge Alexandre Epalanga, Bilind Ezden Shamo (Participants Project ReMember); Ahmad Mansour (MIND Prevention); Prof. Dr. Jörg Skriebeleit, Dennis Forster, Burak Yilmaz (Flossenbürg Memorial); Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel (President UR); Hermann Josef Eckl (Campus Asyl e.V.); Thalia Prokopiou, Vita Zelenska (Doctoral Candidate LSC); Prof. Dr. Meike Munser-Kiefer (UR Center for Education and Migration); Dr. Birgit Hebel-Bauridl, Prof. Dr. Anne Steigemann (UR) 

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Cooperation with CITAS: Brownbag Session with Pia Wiegmink

On January 15th, Interim Chair of the American Studies Department at UR Pia Wiegmink shared with students and other scholars her work regarding "Transatlantic Affective Communities in the Abolitionist Gift Book The Liberty Bell (1839-1859)". This talk was a part of the Brownbag Session Series organized by our partner CITAS.



REAF Participation in University Podium Discussion on Antisemitism

On January 22nd, the University of Regensburg hosted a podium discussion on the topic of Antisemitism. Moderated by REAF Co-Director Stephan Bierling, Ludwig Spaenle (Bavarian Antisemitism Commissioner), Sandra Simovich (Israel's consulate-general) , as well as UR’s Ursula Regener and Henning Ernst Müller discussed the multilayered forms and consequences of antisemitism, the need for a vivid memory culture as well as the future of an open-minded global society.


Muggenthaler Hebel 10-12-19

Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel underlining the importance of political engagement and responsibility of academia - one of REAF's core interests and inspiration for this event series. Guests were grateful to Thomas Muggentaler for talking the time to discuss various aspects of the film with them after the screening.

Film Screening and Discussion: Todeszug in die Freiheit

On December 10th, in the second official event of REAF's Political Engagment and Responsiblity Event Series, we were delighted to be able to screen the documentary "Todeszug in die Freiheit" by Andrea Mocellin and Thomas Muggenthaler in cooperation with IOS. Co-creator Thomas Muggenthaler was available after the screening for questions and discussion, which was greatly appreciated by all in attendance.

For more information, please read the event's press release.

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Prof. Dr. Frank Mehring during his CITAS Brownbag Session in cooperation with REAF. Here, Prof. Dr. Mehring was giving a talk titled "Transnational Life Writing: Re-Mapping the Life and Oeuvre of the German-American Painter, Designer and Teacher Winold Reiss."

Guest Scholar: Frank Mehring

REAF was delighted to have REAF Fellow Frank Mehring, who was sponsored by Erasmus, at UR this November. During his time here, he gave a CITAS Brownbag Session talk on Winold Reiss, hosted a Roundtable with graduate students, and gave a lecture titled ""Media, Memory, and Liberation: Marketing American Heroism in Transnational Contexts?", which focussed primarily on how American Heroism is marketed in areas of the Netherlands.

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Prof. Dr. Joy Castro listening to Prof. Dr. Ursuala Regener reading from the German translation of her book.




Guest Scholar: Joy Castro

On Tuesday, 29 October visiting author Joy Castro read from a variety of her works to a captivated crowd. She was accompanied by Ursula Regener (UR), who read from a German translation of one of the works.
The next day, Prof. Dr. Joy Castro led a roundtable on the subject “Writing Memoir, Writing Crime: Creative Vision as Sociopolitical Intervention”. The well-attended events were greatly enjoyed by all those who participated.

Read more here.

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Students were able to discuss their ongoing projects with Prof. Jones and receive valuable feedback during the Research Roundtable portion of the afternoon.

REAF Research Afternoon

On July 18th, REAF was delighted to have Alexander Vazansky and Jeannette E. Jones from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln be a part of its research afternoon. After hearing Prof. Vazansky's talk titled "I'll Bleed for Myself:' Black Power and Anti-Vietnam Activism in the U.S. Army in Germany", those in attendance were able to participate in a research roundtable lead by Prof. Jones.  

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Partner Event: CITAS Dialog Series

On Thursday May 16, REAF Adminstrative Manager, Tamara Heger and CITAS Manager Paul Vickers had a lively discussion with their guest, journalist Madeleine Schwartz, as a part of the CITAS Dialog Series.

Read more here.

Democrats Who Flipped

These were the candidates who Molly Selvin and David Rubenson canvassed for in the state of California.

Citizen Volunteers Share Their Experiences

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.

Read more here.

Citas Conference

Full Program here.

CITAS Conference

On May 2-4, CITAS hosted its first conference, which was entitled "Obsolete, Resilient, Resurgent: The Nation State in a Globalized World". We greatly enjoyed experiencing and participating in some of the latest research in the field of Area Studies at this conference.


Dr. Leonard Schmieding shared his experiences of working on two of his projects, one located in Münster and the other in Charlottesville, VA. 

New Series Launch

This past semester REAF launched its new series, the Lecture in Political Engagement and Responsibility.

To kick off this new series, Leonard Schmieding talked about "Populism and Public History: Current Challenges in a Transatlantic Perspective" on January 30.


Read more here.


Students greatly appreciated hearing from General ret. Ben Hodges and his thoughts on the current state of transatlantic relations.

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. 

Read more here.


Regensburg University has a long tradition of having US-Consul Generals come and speak with students.

International Politics Panel

On November 27, REAF Co-director 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 Gerlinde Groitl, Volker Depkat, and Udo Hebel who also shared their perspectives of the current state of the transatlantic relationship from their various areas of study.

Read more here.


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Director Dr. Birgit Bauridl at the beginning of the interesting discussion.

REAF Career with Ulrike Strauss

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.

Read more here.

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REAF Participation in CITAS Ringvorlesung

REAF Co-Directors Volker Depkat and Birgit Bauridl gave lectures within the fascinating series "Jenseits der Nation? Internationale und transnationale Ordnungen und Identitäten" on November 5,2018 and January 21, 2019 respectively.


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Prof. Dr. David Savran gives keynote lecture at REAF @ 10 Conference. Here pictured with the other conference speakers: Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Dr. Leopold Lippert, Dr. Jennifer Reimer, and Prof. Dr. Ben Chappell.

Vielberth Fellow David Savran

This semester, REAF was fortunate enough to be able to bring accomplished Performance Studies scholar David Savran (CUNY) to UR as a REAF Fellow with the generous support of the Vielberth Foundation. In addition to his keynote lecture for our anniversary conference, Prof. Savran gave two additional talks and hosted a research roundtable together with Regensburg American Studies students.

Read more here.

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REAF Managing Dir. Dr. Birgit Bauridl; Conference Speakers Dr. Jennifer Reimer, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Prof. Dr. David Savran, Prof. Dr. Ben Chappell, Dr. Leopold Lippert; REAF Co-Directors Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling, Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel

REAF@10 Conference

On June 28 and 29, the Regensburg European American Forum celebrated its tenth anniversary with a conference touching on the core issues and interests that have been shaping REAF since its inception in 2008.

Feel free to read about the details of the event here.

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Dr. Jennifer Reimer shares her experiences of her time as an educator in Turkey. 

Roundtable with Dr. Jennifer Reimer

On Thursday, 28 June 2018, REAF hosted a roundtable with Dr. Jennifer Reimer (University of Graz, Lise-Meitner Fellow) titled “Academic Freedom? The Politics and Practice of Transnational American Studies in Turkey and around the Globe.”

In an engaging and critical manner, Dr. Reimer spoke from a biographical perspective about her experiences as an American Studies scholar in Turkey during the political upheavals specifically during and after the mid-2013 Gezi Park protests.

Read more here.

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Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat receives responses to his work from the panel: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (UR) and Prof. Dr. Ben Chappell (KU), moderated by Prof. Dr. Hebel (UR).


REAF Book Project Presentation

In the evening hours of 12 June 2018, Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat (REAF Board of Co-Directors) presented his forthcoming book project titled “American Exceptionalism” to an interested crowd at the University of Regensburg’s Kunsthalle.  After presenting his theses and chapters, Prof. Depkat received responses from an interdisciplinary panel. 

Read more here.

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Conference Organized by REAF Co-Director

REAF members enjoyed attending a conference organized by one of our Co-Directors which took place on June 7 and 8, 2018: "Außenpolitik in einer instabilen Welt: Deutschland nach den Bundestagswahlen"

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

Full program available here.

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UR students gather around Helen Albert and her daughter Sarah after their generation talk at Flossenbürg; also with Sonja Sczech, guide at the memorial, Julius Scharnetzky, from the memorial’s educational department (left), as well as REAF Board Member Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat and REAF Managing Director Dr. Birgit Bauridl (right).


REAF Excursion to Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial for Generation Talk

On Friday, 20 April 2018, a group of 22 UR American Studies, European American Studies, and Political Science students joined REAF for an excursion to the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial. After an informative guided tour of the former camp grounds led by Sonja Sczech, the group had the chance to explore the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the memorial before receiving the unique opportunity of a generation talk with the daughter and granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor.

Read more here.



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REAF Fellow: Prof. Dr. Ben Chappell

We had the privilege of having Prof. Chappell as a REAF Fellow and Fulbright Visiting Professor for the summer term at UR.

Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas, he is the author of Lowrider Space: Aesthetics and Politics of Mexican American Custom Cars as well as numerous articles and essays on ethnography and cultural politics.

We greatly enjoyed having this prolific and wonderful scholar with us for an entire semester! 

Read more here.



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REAF Exec. Dir. Dr. Birgit Bauridl; former REAF Visiting Scholars Prof. Dr. Randal Jelks (U of Kansas), Prof. Dr. Jean Pfaelzer (U of Delaware), Prof. Dr. Barry Shank (Ohio State U), Dr. Leopold Lippert (U of Salzburg); REAF Founding Dir. Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel

ASA Panel in Chicago

From November 9th to 12th, 2017, the American Studies Association gathered for its Annual Meeting in Chicago, this year on the topic of “Pedagogies of Dissent.” REAF was happy to see so many former REAF Visiting Scholars in Illinois! REAF Executive Director and ASA International Committee Member Dr. Birgit Bauridl organized and chaired a workshop on “Whose Protest Is It Anyway? Transnational Performances, Practices, and Responsibilities of Dissent”.

Read more here. And view our picture gallery here.

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Berkeley’s Vice Provost and Senior International Officer Prof. Dr. Tsu-Jae King Liu and UR President Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel (front) sign an agreement; Dr. Birgit Bauridl (REAF Exec. Dir.), Prof. Dr. Jeroen Dewulf (Dir. Institute of European Studies, Berkeley) and Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer (Dir. Regensburg Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies) (back) 

UR delegation at the University of California, Berkeley

In November 2017, a delegation of the University of Regensburg—Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel (President UR), Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer (Director of Regensburg’s Leibniz Institute for East and South East European Studies), and Dr. Birgit Bauridl (REAF Executive Director)—visited the University of California, Berkeley. President Hebel and Berkeley’s Vice Provost and Senior International Officer Prof. Dr. Tsu-Jae King Liu signed an agreement between the two institutions. REAF met with former REAF guest Prof. Dr. Jeroen Dewulf, Director of Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies. We look forward to our future collaboration.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Allison Stagg

On 7 December, Dr. Allison Stagg from the JFK Institute Berlin gave a lecture on "James Akin and 'A Philosophic Cock': Caricature Prints in America: 1800-1820". See our photo gallery here.

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REAF UR@50 Anniversary Lecture with Dr. Jörg Skriebeleit, Director Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial

Anlässlich des 50-jährigen Jubiläums der Universität Regensburg lud das Regensburg European American Forum (REAF) herzlich ein zu einem Vortrag von Dr. Jörg Skriebeleit, Direktor der KZ-Gedenkstätte Flossenbürg, zum Thema „Taten und Orte—Tatorte: Flossenbürg, München, Fürstenfeldbruck.“

Die Veranstaltung wurde moderiert von Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel, Präsident der Universität Regensburg und REAF Founding Director
und fand am Dienstag, 5. Dezember 2017, um 18.00 (s.t.) im Großen Sitzungssaal des Philosophikums (PT 3.0.79) statt.

A picture gallery is available here.

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YO/UR Future: American Studies Day with REAF

On 26 October 2017, the Regensburg European American Forum hosted an American Studies workshop for Dr. Susanne Auflitsch’s W-Seminar “The U.S. South: Perspectives on History, Culture, Literature” (Gymnasium Neutraubling) as part of REAF Outreach. The high school students were greeted by REAF Executive Director Dr. Birgit Bauridl, who introduced the students both to Regensburg American Studies and to REAF. This was followed by a meet and greet with Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat (Professor, American Studies), who shed light on how to become a professor and answered the seminarians’ questions about their current research projects.

Read more here.

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Sabine Kirmayer at KU

From September 30th until October 9th 2017, the Department for American Study’s office manager, Sabine Kirmayer, received the opportunity to go abroad to our American Studies partner department at Kansas University in Lawrence, KS. This exchange was sponsored by the staff mobility program of the University of Regensburg’s initiative “Internationalisierung der Verwaltung,” designed to facilitate intercultural University exchanges at the staff level.

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Graduate Student Semester Opening 2017

On 16 October 2017, the Regensburg European American Forum was happy to welcome the new cohort in the European-American Studies Master program. The first-year Master students from regional, national, as well as international backgrounds were warmly welcomed at the Haus der Begegnung in Regensburg’s historic center by Dr. Birgit Bauridl (REAF Executive Director), Prof. Dr. Timo Müller (Chair, American Studies), and Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat (Professor, American Studies).

Read more here.

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On July 27, visiting Professor Dr. Jeannette Jones from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln held a guest lecture on "A Proud Yankee in Sultan's Court: White American Manhood, Race, and U.S. Power in the Indian Ocean." After the lecture, interested students and faculty participated in a lively discussion with our guest.

During her four weeks at the University of Regensburg, Prof. Dr. Jeannette Jones furthermore offered a Hauptseminar/Cultural Studies Advanced seminar on "Critical Black Studies: From the Rise of Hip-Hop to the Post-Obama Era." 

Professor Jones's stay was supported by the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst.

For photos of the event, please visit our picture gallery.

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On July 20, Prof. Dr. David Savran from the City University of New York (CUNY) held a guest lecture on "The Globalization of the Broadway Musical" followed by a lively discussion round with students and faculty.

The event was followed by a REAF Open House in honor of Prof. Savran and visiting Professor Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones. Here again, interested students and faculty had the opportunity to casually talk to Prof. Savran and Prof. Jones.

For photos of the event, please visit our picture gallery.

2017 Reaf Career Dr. Susanne Ehrenreich-Blazekovic

On May 17, the Regensburg European American Forum launched REAF Career, a new format that will establish connecting points between academia and career opportunities outside of university. UR American Studies alumni whose careers have taken them to a variety of places will talk about their career choices after graduating and answer questions.

At the first REAF Career Conversation, UR American Studies alumna Dr. Susanne Ehrenreich-Blažeković (Linde AG) talked about her career since she left the University of Regensburg, gave advice and helpful tips to current students, and answerd questions from the audience.

For photos of the event, please visit our picture gallery.

Alfred Hornung, John Carlos Rowe and Udo Hebel

On May 11, REAF opened its Summer 2017 program with a REAF UR@50 Anniversary Lecture and Commentary. Prof. Dr. John Carlos Rowe from the University of Southern California held a guest lecture with the title "'O Carib Isle!' or 'Scattered Moluccas'? Édouard Glissant's Pacific Relations," followed by a response by Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung from Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.

The event was chaired by Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel, REAF Founding Director.

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Prof. Dr. Ilka Saal of the University of Erfurt visited the University of Regensburg on 2 February 2017. On this day the Professor held a guest lecture titled "Collusions of Fact and Fiction: A Historiopoetic Approach to American Slavery in the Works of Suzan Lori Parks and Kara Walker."

Read more about Prof. Dr. Ilka Saal

On 20 January 2017 a special event was held to mark the day of the inauguration of the new President of the United States, Donald Trump. During this event there was a panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling, Dr. Gerlinde Groitl and PD Dr. Ingrid Gessner. Following the discussion there was a live TV broadcast of the inauguration ceremony.


This year’s recipient of the American Studies Association’s prestigious Bode-Pearson prize Prof. Dr. George Lipsitz visited Regensburg American Studies together with Prof. Dr. Barbara Tomlinson for two events in December 2016. In their talk on “American Studies as Accompaniment,” the two scholars, in a sweeping disciplinary history, outlined their conception for a future of American Studies that creates, in an integration of academic and cultural processes, ‘insubordinate spaces’ of decolonial thought.

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On 8 November 2016, the day of the U.S. Presidential and Congressional Election, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling will hosted an academic election party at the University of Regensburg. This event included a panel discussion between U.S. Consul General Jennifer Gavito, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling, Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel and Dr. Gerlinde Groitl. Furthermore, there was a live TV broadcast following the panel discussion, as well as a discussion about the results of the U.S. election. 


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On 18 October 2016, the Regensburg American Studies Department was happy to welcome its new cohort in the American Studies and European-American Studies Master programs. The first-year Master students from regional, national, as well as international backgrounds from North America to different parts of Europe were warmly welcomed at the University of Regensburg by Prof. Dr. Timo Müller (Chair) and Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat (Board REAF).

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Prof. Dr. Hubert Zapf of the University of Augsburg visited the University of Regensburg on 23 June 2016 to hold an intriguing talk titled "Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts." He came to Regensburg upon invitation by Prof. Dr. Timo Müller.

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Prof. Dr. Nina Morgan visited Regensburg American Studies as a REAF Fellow for ten days in April/May 2016. We enjoyed the following events:

"Symposium: American Studies Transnational: Perspectives, Politics, Responsibilities" (30 April 2016, 5-7 pm, Altes Finanzamt); "Research Roundtable: Projects in Transnational American Studies" (3 May 2016, 4-6 pm, PT 3.2.73); "Bartleby, the Slacktivist; Citizen-Saboteurs; and Other 'Occupations'" (Lecture and Q&A Session; 4 May 2016, 2-3 pm & 3-4 pm, ZH 5).

Thank you, Professor Morgan for insightful talks, productive discussions, and most valuable support for our graduate students! Professor Morgan's visit to Regensburg was made possible by the friendly support of: Hans Vielberth University Foundation. Image: Prof. Morgan meets UR American Studies graduate students and PhD candidates.

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On 30 April 2016, Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz visited the University of Regensburg with an intriguing and topical talk on "Transnational Journeys of Life: En Route to Refuge."

On 29 April 2016 Prof. Dr. Anne Koenen (Universität Leipzig) presented a keynote lecture on  "Wings and Roots: Migrating Academics." A large audience enjoyed her engaging talk at the University of Regensburg's historic downtown location, the Haus der Begegnung.



Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes, Europa-Universität Flensburg, visited REAF on 1 February 2016. Regensburg American Studies faculty and graduate students enjoyed her engaging lecture on "Flickers of Vision: Notes on the Culture of Surveillance.



On 26 January 2016, U.S. Consul General Jennifer Gavito (Munich) visited Regensburg for a panel discussion. Together with Regensburg panelists - Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling and PD Dr. Ingrid Gessner - she engaged in the topic "Decision 2016: The US Presidential Elections 2016." She came to Regensburg upon invitation by Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling, International Politics and Transatlantic Relations.




On 14 October 2015, the Regensburg American Studies Department was happy to welcome its new cohort in the American Studies and European-American Studies Master programs. The first-year Master students from regional, national, as well as international backgrounds ranging from North America to Eastern Europe were warmly welcomed in the Haus der Begegnung in Regensburg’s old town. Read more here.

On Thursday, 23 July, 2015, Prof. John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California, met with graduate and PhD students to discuss current trends in American Studies as well as Regensburg students' individual projects. Professor Rowe visited Regensburg American Studies upon invitation by the DFG Research Network (DFG # BA 3567/4-1) "Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies" for the network's openin conference. The roundtable war organized with the friendly support of the Chair of American Studies.


Professor Ben Chappell returned to Regensburg in July and continued the U of Regensburg–U of Kansas American Studies cooperation. Prof. Chappell taught a graduate seminar on “US Ethnography.” His visit was sponsored by the prestigious program "Internationalisierung der Hochschulen: Förderung der Gewinnung internationaler Gastprofessoren" of the Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst (Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts).

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After its successful launch in Regensburg in 2013, the Augsburg-Regensburg American Studies Symposium continued in Augsburg in 2015. On 27/28 June, Augsburg and Regensburg American Studies scholars introduced and discussed their current research project.

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On 11-13 June 2015, REAF, in cooperation with the KZ-Gedenkstätte Flossenbürg / Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Museum, hosted an international conference. We sincerely enjoyed thought-provoking keynote lectures by Prof. Dr. Werner Sollors (Harvard U), Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling (UR), Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat (UR), and Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) as well as multiple conference papers and intriguing discussions. Our heartfelt thanks go to all speakers and chairs, contributors to the conference opening, all conference participants, our sponsors, everybody who helped make this conference possible, and especially to the Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Museum.

Prof. Dr. Karsten Fitz, now University of Passau, returns to Regensburg American Studies for a guest lecture.



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Semester Opening 2014: Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel and American Studies graduate students Tina Flemmerer and Imani Wadud welcome the new American Studies graduate students to Regensburg. At the Haus der Begegnung, a historic downtown venue, Regensburg’s new American Studies graduate students discuss a presentation by former grad student Claudia Trotzke and meet Regensburg American Studies faculty and fellow graduate students.



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Professor Randal Maurice Jelks, University of Kansas, teaches a graduate seminar sponsored by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research, and the Arts. He continues the KU-RU American Studies cooperation after visits by KU’s Prof. Dennis Domer, Prof. Sherrie Tucker, Librarian Tami Albin, Prof. Nicole Hodges Persley, and Prof. Ben Chappell.


Erasmus Visiting Professor Esra Öztarhan, Ege University, Izmir, discusses American Studies with students, faculty, and Regensburg Haber journalists.


Elena Bryan, Senior Trade Representative at the U.S. Mission to the European Union visits the University of Regensburg for a lecture and discussion. A joint event of: Professur für Internationale Politik und transatlantische Beziehungen; Chair of American Studies; Regensburg European American Forums (REAF)

Visiting Fulbright Professor Jane Simonson, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois meets UR American Studies faculty and graduate students at an American Studies Reception.

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