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Lecture series

Current Issues in North American Studies and Cultural Studies - summer semester 2017

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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"


Earlier semesters


Winter 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)

Winter Semester 2015-2016 (download overview)

October 27, 2015
Prof. Christopher E. Forth
University of Kansas | Universität Erfurt
“Fat American or Fattened American? Corpulence, Consumption and Animality”

November 3, 2015
Dr. Juliane Braun
North American Studies Program
“‘Strange Beasts of the Sea’: Captain Cook’s Last Voyage and the Transoceanic American Empire”

November 4, 2015
Martha Bayles
Boston College
“Dancing in Chains: Why Music Cannot Keep the World Free”

November 10
Columbus Day Lecture
Consul General Michael Keller
U.S. Consulate General, Düsseldorf
“TTIP, Trade, Diplomacy”

November 17, 2015
Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke
North American Studies Program
“‘Der Mensch als ‘Gehirnmaschine’: Kognitionswissenschaft, visuelle Kultur, Subjektkonzepte”

November 24, 2015
Ian Robinson, Ph.D.
North American Studies Program
“Toronto on Screen: Cinema and Politics of Place since the 1980s”

December 1, 2015
Prof. Glenn Gebhard
Loyola Marymount University | AIB, Bonn
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution (Film Screening and Q&A)

December 8, 2015
Prof. Dr. Hubert Zapf
Universität Augsburg
“Cultural Ecology and the Transdisciplinary Knowledge of Literature”

January 18, 2016
Martin Luther King Day Lecture
PD Dr. Carsten Junker (Universität Bremen | Universität Leipzig)
“The Ambivalences of Early Abolitionism: A Reevaluation”

January 26, 2016
George Thomas, M.A.
University of California, Davis | Universität Mainz
“Telling Time in the Twentieth-Century American Novel”

February 2, 2016
Kelly Kawar, M.A.
North American Studies Program
“The Ethics of Life in Saul Bellow”


Summer Semester 2015 (download overview)

April 21, 2015
Prof. Arthur Gross-Schaefer, J.D.
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles | AIB, Bonn
“The History, Necessities, and Abuses of Academic Freedom”

May 5, 2015
Prof. Dr. Joyce Goggin
University of Amsterdam
“Flirting with Disaster: Hollywood Film and the Shock Doctrine”

May 12, 2015
Ellen Hinsey
Skidmore College, Paris | DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program
“What Poetry Knows: Tyranny, Freedom and the Mystery of Art”

May 19, 2015
Dr. Sabine N. Meyer
University of Osnabrück | Käte Hamburger Center “Law as Culture”
“Conceptualizations of Sovereignty in Postmodern Native American Literature”

June 16, 2015
Prof. Dr. Barbara Lüthi
University of Cologne
"Fighting Jim Crow: The Freedom Riders of 1961 and the Dilemma of Mobility"

June 30, 2015
Prof. Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis
Saint Martin’s University, Lacey, WA
"The Rhetoric of Invisible Victimage: Obama’s 21st Century Wars"

July 7, 2015
Dr. Philipp Löffler
University of Heidelberg
"After Literary History: 21st Century American Literature and the
Idea of the Contemporary"