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Lecture series

Current Issues in North American Studies and Cultural Studies - winter semester 2018|2019


23 October 2018
Prof. Steven Bruns (University of Colorado Boulder)
"Nostalgia and Memory in the Music of George Crumb"

26 October 2018
Prof. Priscilla Layne (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill | American Academy in Berlin)
"Dissecting Race Across the Atlantic: Teaching German Studies in the US"

6 November 2018 - University of Cologne
Panel discussion "Fake News and American Democracy" with Cameron Abadi, Andreas Falke, and Sabine Sielke

8 November 2018
Dr. Andrew Pendakis (Brock University)
"On the Strange Return of Marx"

14 November 2018
Dr. Patrick Horst (Hamburg)
"Nach den Midterms: Was haben wir zu befürchten, was dürfen wir hoffen, womit können wir rechnen?"

20 November 2018 - University of Cologne
Prof. Tracey Owens Patton (University of Wyoming)
"'I don't want to talk about it': Reflections of Memory, Race, Rejection, and Reunion in Post-War Germany"

8 January 2019
Sarah J. Grünendahl, M.A. (Hochschule Düsseldorf/Universität Siegen)
"'Refuge from Militarism': U.S. War Resistors in Canada"

21 January 2019
PD Dr. Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche
"The Making of Americans: How to Remember Martin Luther King and Malcolm X"


Earlier semesters

Summer semester 2018
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17 April 2018
Prof. Glenn Gebhard (Loyola Marymount University)
“Truth, Myth, and Documentation”

24 April 2018
Dr. Matt Sheedy (North American Studies Program)
“White Saviours in Purgatory: Destabilizing Settler Colonial Myths in The Revenant and Idle No More”

8 May 2018
Prof. Lilly Goren (Carroll University | North American Studies Program)
“Politics and Images: Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America”

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29 May 2018
Dr. Juliane Braun (German Historical Institute, Washington, DC) &
Dr. Benjamin Fagan (Auburn University)
"Science, Slavery, and Transoceanic American Studies"

19 June 2018
Prof. Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University)
“Asianfail and the Myth of the Model Minority”

25 June 2018
Prof. Edward Levitas (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
"Does Diversity Drive Innovation? The Impact of Gender and Race in Engineering Teams"

26 June 2018
Prof. Michelle Mart (Pennsylvania State University) 
"Food, Nostalgia, and the Search for Pleasure: Rethinking What to Eat" 

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10 July 2018
Prof. Michelle Boulous Walker (University of Queensland)
"Slow Philosophy in an Age of Haste: What Are Universities for?"

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Winter semester 2017-18 (Download overview)

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Dr. Marcus Pindur (Deutschlandradio)
Planloser Präsident oder neuer Nationalismus? Neun Monate Donald Trump im Weißen Haus

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Prof. Glenn Gebhard (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles)
American Rebels in Cuba – Film screening and Q&A
in cooperation w/ Academy for International Education

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Dr. Christian Klöckner (North American Studies Program | Columbia University)
“Find out what the future will cost you”: Finance’s Postapocalyptic Futures in Nathaniel Rich’s Odds Against Tomorrow

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Dr. Patrick Horst (North American Studies Program)
The End of the Career – and the Beginning of a New One? Strategic Retirements and Political Ambition

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Dr. Timothy Kaposy (Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology)
Vernacular, Mixed and Forensic Images: On the Visual Culture of Climate Change

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Prof. Christopher Newfield (University of California, Santa Barbara)
What Happened to Solar Innovation? Reflections on the Cultural Analysis of Technology Policy

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie (Universität Gießen)
Trump, the Anti-European
in cooperation w/ Amerika Haus e.V. NRW & Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung 

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Jürgen Hardt (Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin)
The Trump White House: An Inside View on Transatlantic Cooperation and Global Issues
in cooperation w/ Amerika Haus e.V. NRW & Forum Internationale Wissenschaft
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Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Prof. Justin S. Vaughn (Boise State University)
Presidential Greatness: How Americans Think about It and How Political Scientists Measure It

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Prof. Dr. Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (Universität Augsburg)
A Dream Denied? The Situation of African Americans 50 Years after the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
in cooperation w/ Amerika Haus e.V. NRW

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Prof. Michael Herron (Dartmouth College)
Polarized America and the Election of Donald Trump

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 5:30-8:00 pm
Prof. Dr. Katrin Hansen (Westfälische Hochschule)
Frauen in Top-Positionen: Von 'Glasdecken' und anderen Hindernissen
(including Gender Prize award ceremony, in cooperation w/ Gleichstellungsbüro)


Summer semester 2017 (Download overview)

May 2, 2017
Prof. Dr. Robin Curtis (Universität Düsseldorf)
"Waiting, Wandering, and Wondering: 'Post-Cinematic' Spaces in the Multiple Present"

May 16, 2017
Prof. Benjamin Fagan (Auburn University)
"Speaking Out in Thunder Tones: Democracy and the Early Black Press"

May 23, 2017
Prof. Claudia Sadowski-Smith (Arizona State University)
"The Work of Global Border Writing"

May 30, 2017
Prof. Gary Cross (Pennsylvania State University)
"Ironies of Modern Nostalgia: An American Perspective"

Mai 31, 2017 - Universität zu Köln
Prof. Dr. Klaus Benesch (LMU München)
"A Matter of Scale: Is Close Reading to American Studies What Place Is to Space?"

June 13, 2017 
Prof. Christopher Newfield (UC Santa Barbara)
"Don't Blame Populism: The Cultural Psychology and Technology of Trump's Victory"
(in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb)

June 27, 2017 
PD Dr. Birgit Spengler (North American Studies Program)
"Globalization and Its Others: Spatio-Temporal World-Making in Contemporary Popular Culture"

July 4, 2017 
Prof. Sarah Wasserman (University of Delaware)
"Black Lives and Matter: Policing Harlem in Himes and Ellison"

July 10, 2017 
Prof. Elizabeth M. Dillon (Northeastern University)
"Performance and Materiality in the Atlantic World: From Jonkonnu to Yankee Doodle Dandy"


Winter semester 2016-17 (Dowload overview)

November 22, 2016
Dr. Jonas Bens (FU Berlin)
"When the Cherokee Became Indigenous"

November 29, 2016
Dr. Jörg Vianden Ed.D. (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)
"White Men on U.S. Campuses: Stories and Counterstories about Privilege, Diversity, and Responsibility for Social Change"

December 13, 2016
Dr. Jared Sonnicksen (Technische Universität Darmstadt)
"Dementia and Democracy in North America: Two Approaches to a Growing Challenge"

Martin Luther King Day Lecture 2017
January 16, 2017
Prof. Dr. Anke Ortlepp (Universität Kassel)
"Air Travel, Black Consumers, and U.S. Citizenship: The Struggle for Desegregation of American Airports"

January 31, 2017
Prof. Dr. Stefani Engelstein (Duke University)
"Split Genealogies: The History of Philology between Natural Sciences and Humanities"


"The Road to the White House: Die USA vor den Präsidentschaftswahlen" (2016)

in cooperation with the US Consulate General (Düsseldorf), the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Center for International Security and Governance (CISG)

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Festsaal, Main building
Prof. Jackson Janes · Johns Hopkins University
"Challenges and Choices: The Presidential Election and Its Significance for German-American Relations"
Welcome address: Consul General Michael R. Keller
Talk followed by a reception (See pictures from the event)

Monday, May 2, 2016 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Lecture hall XVII, IAAK
Prof. Dr. Andreas Falke · FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
"Economic Issues in the 2016 Election"
Response: Prof. James D. Bindenagel (CISG)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Festsaal, Main building
Dr. Henrike Viehrig · North American Studies Program
"Economy, Ecology, Elections: Energy in US-American Politics"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Lecture hall XVII, IAAK
Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke · North American Studies Program
"Engendering the Race: How Gender Matters in the US Presidential Election"

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Medienzentrum der bpb
Dr. Torben Lütjen · Universität Göttingen
"Donald Trump und was zuvor geschah: Geschichte und Anatomie des amerikanischen Konservativismus"
Welcome address: Thomas Krüger (President, bpb)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Festsaal, Main building
Prof. Christopher Newfield · University of California, Santa Barbara
"Is the United States Post-Democratic? Mobilizing Economic and Racial Grievances in the 2016 Campaign"

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Lecture hall XVII, IAAK
PD Dr. Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche & Christian Klöckner, M.A. · North American Studies Program
"Politics of Celebrity: The Case of Donald Trump" (Read full script)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Festsaal, Main building
Dr. Marcus Pindur · Deutschlandradio
"Präsidentschaftswahlkampf in Zeiten des Populismus"
Columbus Day Lecture 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Lecture hall IV
PD Dr. Thomas Greven · John F. Kennedy Insititute, FU Berlin
"Richtungswahl in den USA: Zur Gegenwart und Zukunft der Republikanischen Partei"

Summer Semester 2016

May 12, 2016
Prof. Vivien Green Fryd (Vanderbilt University)
"Kara Walker's About the Title: Reenacting the Trauma of Colonialism and Slavery"

June 7, 2016
Ethan Rafal (Photographer)
"Shock and Awe: A Presentation|Performance"

July 5, 2016
"Ready for Boarding: Der CIA-Folterreport als Live-Hörspiel" (Poster)


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