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Current Issues in North American Studies and Cultural Studies

The White House Embattled? The U.S. Election 2020

Lecture Series in cooperation with the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) and AmerikaHaus e.V. NRW

Summer Semester 2020


Tuesday | 28 April 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Dekanatssaal | Universität Bonn

Dr. Philipp Adorf | Institut für Politische Wissenschaft und Soziologie | Universität Bonn

“Comeback or Continuation? The Relevance of Race in the Trump Era”


Tuesday | 5 May 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Medienzentrum | bpb

Dr. Alexander Görlach | Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

“Empathie gegen Ressentiment: Der Kampf um das Weiße Haus”


Tuesday | 12 May 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Medienzentrum | bpb

Dr. Ying Huang & Dr. Hendrik W. Ohnesorge Center for Global Studies | Universität Bonn
"Neuer Kalter Krieg? Trump und die amerikanisch-chinesischen Beziehungen"


Tuesday | 26 May 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Festsaal | Universität Bonn

Andrea Rotter | Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung

“U.S. Foreign Policy and the Presidential Race”


Tuesday | 9 June 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Dekanatssaal | Universität Bonn

PD Dr. Simone Knewitz | North American Studies Program

“‘A Campaign of, by and for Working People’: Populism and the 2020 Election”


Tuesday | 16 June 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Festsaal | Universität Bonn

Dr. Gerlinde Groitl | Universität Regensburg

“Disruptor-in-Chief or New Normal? The Trump Presidency and the Erosion of the Transatlantic Alliance”


Tuesday | 23 June 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Medienzentrum | bpb

Prof. em. Dr. Andreas Falke | FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

“Trump und die Demokraten zu Wirtschaft und Handel”


Thursday | 25 June 2020 | 4:00-6:00 pm | Raum A, IAAK | Universität Bonn

Candice Kerestan, M.A. | Democrats Abroad

Americans Abroad - the Key to a Democratic Victory in 2020?


Thursday | 25 June 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Dekanatssaal | Universität Bonn

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie | CASSIS | Universität Bonn

“The Foreign Policy Agenda of the Next President”


Tuesday | 30 June 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Dekanatssaal | Universität Bonn

Ralph C. Freund | Republicans Overseas Germany

“Entering the Battleground: A Republican Perspective on the Election Year 2020”


Tuesday | 7 July 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Medienzentrum | bpb

Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke | North American Studies Program

“Engendering the Race: How Gender Matters in the 2020 Presidential Election”



Winter Semester 2019/20


Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm • Festsaal
Columbus Day Lecture 2019
Prof. Dr. Hanjo Berressem (Dept. of American Literary and Cultural Studies, Universität zu Köln)
"Transatlantic Ecologies in the Shadow of Donald Trump"

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Dr. Rosary O’Neill (Playwright, New York City)
"Degas in New Orleans: Harnessing History to Create Entertainment"

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Dr. Matt Sheedy (North American Studies Program, University of Bonn)
"Are Ex-Muslims Atheists? Rethinking Secular Identities in the Age of the Alt-Right"

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:15 pm • Lecture hall I
Dies academicus 2019
"Climate Change and Technology Innovation: How Can We Reduce Emissions Massively?"
Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Peter Schniering

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 6:00-8:pm Room A, IAAK
Natalie J. Hungate (Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn)
"LGBTQ+ Couples in Europe and the US: Not all Rainbows and Sunshine, but Skies are Clearing"

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Dr. Dominik Schrey (Dept. of Media Culture Studies, University of Freiburg)
"The Next Best Thing to Going Home: A Mimesis Theory of Nostalgia"

Monday, January 20, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Martin Luther King Day Lecture 2020
Prof. em. Dr. Michael Zeuske (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, University of Bonn)
"American Slaveries as Capitalism and the African-Iberian Atlantic"


Earlier semesters

Summer Semester 2019


9 April 2019
Prof. Michael C. Herron (Dartmouth College)
"Contemporary Controversies in American Elections: Fraud and Allegations of Voter Suppression"

30 April 2019
Dr. Adrian de Silva (University of Luxembourg)
"Trans and Social Change: Developments in the Federal Republic of Germany and Beyond"

7 May 2019
Dr. Josch Hoenes (Independent scholar)
"'You're the best of both worlds' - 'You don't belong here': Visual Politics of Trans* Visibility in US-American Culture"

13 May 2019
Forum Beruf North American Studies

28 May 2019
Dr. Adam Hjorthén (John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin)
"What's the Use of Ancestry? Mormonism, Tourism, and Genealogy in Swedish-American Relations"

4 June 2019
"Changing the World One Poem at a Time": A Reading & Discussion with Canadian Writer Gary Geddes

25 June 2019
Prof. Lilly J. Goren (Carroll University)
"'What News, What News, In this Our Tottering State?' Political Theory, Superhero Narratives, and Dystopian Imaginaries in an Unstable World"

2 July 2019
Dr. Regina Schober (Universität Mannheim)
"From Spiderweb to Neural Nets: The Network Model in US-American Literature"


Winter Semester 2018/19 (download overview)

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 Resisters in Canada"

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


Summer semester 2018
(download overview)

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"

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