Erfolg in Serie VIII

American Studies Graduate Forum

Intersections

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Due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, NamLitCult, like all other academic departments at Saarland University, is now in "restricted functional operation" mode.

You will be able to reach the members of the Department and our teaching staff via e-mail. For general questions, please contact: english_department [at] uni-saarland.de, for NamLitCult-specific questions please write to amerikanistik [at] mx.uni-saarland.de. Office hours are being held on MS Teams.

Please check out our Corona news page on the departmental website to get all updates concering our department's operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please stay healthy and safe!
Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner


 

Upcoming Events

Student Project "Borderland Stories"

register now!!!

Borderland Stories is a multilateral, transnational, interdisciplinary two-class module of Saarland University’s MA Border Studies, which combines ethnographic analysis and creative work in the visual arts to facilitate intercultural communication across two distinct European borderlands. Borderland Stories brings together students of Saarland University and Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University of Mykolaiv (Ukraine) in critical discussions about Border Studies research as well as lived experiences in the borderlands of the Greater Region and the Black Sea.

The module comprises a preparatory phase with online classes taught by experts from both institutions (14-17 and 24 September 2021) and a second phase, wherein students are invited to produce multimedia products (such as podcasts, short films, graphic novels, photo-stories) in small groups (27 September – 19 November 2021). The first part of this two-class module, HS Cultural Encounters in Europe chaired by Prof. Astrid M. Fellner, will provide a theoretical framework as well as a platform for students to engage in serious, productive dialogue about living in borderlands. Students will be invited to exchange subjective experiences and critically reflect upon the idiosyncrasies and similarities of border regions. This will entail a discussion of cross-border or other identity conflicts and power differentials. The practical intercultural knowledge acquired in this course will enable students to learn from each other and empower them to intervene critically in real-life situations. Drawing on that intercultural exchange, the second class, UE Borderland Stories: Ethnography, Film, and Photography chaired by Mag. Klaus Heissenberger, will task students with conducting ethnographic field work and, subsequently, with creating visual products (films, photo series, graphic novels, etc.) reflecting their research. This class employs a hands-on approach to doing Border Studies, encouraging students to get together in small groups of 3-4 participants from both universities, collect data as participant-observers about border experiences, and translate their results into visual art. Students will be guided in both their academic and creative work by a team of experts and supervisors throughout the module.

The finished student media products will be published on a joint website and presented in UdS American Studies Graduate Forum on 2-4 December, 2021.

Borderland Stories is funded by the grant program “MEET UP! Youth for Partnership” by the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) Foundation and the Federal Foreign Office.

To sign up, please send an email to Prof Astrid Fellner or Tobias Schank. You do not have to sign up via LSF for this module.

Podiumsdiskussion in Verbindung mit 2 Ausstellungen zu 9/11

Donnerstag, 9. September 2021, 18:30 Uhr

Vortragssaal der Modernen Galerie im Saarlandmuseum (Bismarckstraße 11–15, 66111 Saarbrücken)

Eintritt frei, Voranmeldung notwendig (Details s.u.)

Es sind inzwischen zwei Jahrzehnte vergangen, seit die Bilder der verheerenden Terroranschläge des 11. September 2001 über die Mattscheiben unzähliger Fernsehapparate auf der ganzen Welt flimmerten: Die brennenden Türme des World Trade Centers in New York City, das beschädigte Pentagon in Washington D.C. und der rauchende Krater auf einem Feld in Pennsylvania haben sich in das kulturelle Gedächtnis eingebrannt, und sind zum Symbol einer Zeitenwende in der jüngeren Weltgeschichte geworden.

Viele der gesellschaftlichen, militärischen oder kulturellen Folgen von 9/11 sind überhaupt erst Jahre später deutlich geworden und lassen sich nun mit zeitlicher Distanz einordnen und aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven diskutieren — etwa die Wirkung der Anschläge als globales Medienereignis, die sozialen oder politischen Paradigmenwechsel der „post-9/11“-Ära oder die patriotisch geprägte Erinnerungskultur in den USA.


Auf dem Podium und mit dem Publikum diskutieren:

•    Astrid M. Fellner, Professorin für nordamerikanische Literatur und Kultur an der Universität des Saarlandes (UdS)
•    Reinhard Karger, Augenzeugenfotograf und Unternehmenssprecher Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI)
•    Bruno von Lutz, Geschäftsführender Direktor des Deutsch-Amerikanischen Instituts Saarland (DAI)

Moderation:
•    Michael Mezödi, Geschäftsführer Radio Salü

Die Podiumsdiskussion begleitet als Finissage das Ende der Ausstellung „9/11: Vom Ereignis zum Gedächtnis“ mit zahlreichen Augenzeugenfotografien von Reinhard Karger und läutet zugleich denBeginn einer neuen Ausstellung im Deutschen Zeitungsmuseum in Wadgassen ein: Dort werden ab dem 10. September zahlreiche Titelseiten zu den historischen Ereignissen des 9. Novembers (1918, 1923, 1938, 1989) und des 11. Septembers 2001 zu sehen sein.

Weitere Informationen zum Projekt: www.uni-saarland.de/fakultaet-p/911

Hinweise: Bitte beachten Sie im Vorfeld die jeweils gültigen Sicherheits- und Hygienehinweise, die auf der Website des Saarlandmuseums abrufbar sind: www.kulturbesitz.de. Aufgrund der Zugangsbeschränkungen und Abstandsregeln ist eine kostenfreie Anmeldung über ein Online-Formular notwendig: https://app.locaboo.com/de/participation/booking?user=42808&code=3cdxs.

Past Events

Here you can find out about the most recent past events (for all past events check our archive).

 

Populism Guest Lecture: Simon Strick

Populism Guest Lecture

Dr. Simon Strick (Freie Universität Berlin)

"Populism is over. Digital Fascism and Trump's Afterlives"

July 21st, 2021 - 6:15 pm CET

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/3tAM4OI

 

This talk argues that the concept of populism, insofar as it is used to describe rightwing opinionmongering on digital platforms, is no longer useful to describe the amorphous actors, algorithmic strategies or neofascist swarm-movements of the present. Analysing so-called memetic warfare, their exploitation of digital attention economies, and the affective strategies of the alt-right, this talk calls for a granular perspective on the contemporary far right. Rather than presenting a top-down authoritarian mindset or digital crowds seduced by aspiring totalitarians, the vernacular fascisms thriving in digital networks constitute bottom-up movements and user-driven dynamics: leaderless, volatile, consumer-oriented and embedded into the ordinary digital lifeworlds afforded by social media. This talk will present an affective model to think about contemporary rightwing agitations and movements, and argue for cultural studies as a prime methodology to explain the current turn to what I call "reflexive fascism".

Simon Strick is a scholar of Cultural, Media and Gender Studies. He received his phD from Humboldt University with a thesis on pain, sentimentalism and biopolitics; the book American Dolorologies was published with SUNY Press in 2014. He has held positions at Humboldt University, Paderborn University, JFK-Institute Berlin, ZfL Berlin and the University of Virginia.  In 2018 he received a grant by the VW-Foundation for his research project Feeling (Alt)Right: Affective and Identity Politics of Online Extremism. The monograph Rechte Gefühle: Affekte und Strategien des digitalen Faschismus is published by transcript in May 2021. He currently works at the ZeM Brandenburg. Together with Susann Neuenfeldt and Werner Türk, he founded the performance group PKRK, which is active in Berlin theatres since 2009.

 

Guest lecture as part of the lecture series "Populism," organized by Astrid M. Fellner, Eva Nossem, Luitpold Rampeltshammer, Thomas Schmidgall, and Erich Steiner. Please register here: https://bit.ly/3vxhZBK.

Lecture Series on Populism

Lecture Series "Populism – Semantic Dimensions, International Perspectives, and Political Realities"

Populism Lecture Series (in DE, EN, FR)

in cooperation with Zentrum für Lebenslanges Lernen (ZelL)

"Populism – Semantic Dimensions, International Perspectives, and Political Realities"

online & on-site (Filmhaus, tbd depending on the current health situation)

Please register here: https://bit.ly/3vxhZBK

Erfolg in Serie: Staffel VIII

Fargo

Talk by Bärbel Schlimbach

Monday, 19 July 2021, 8 pm CEST

Kino Achteinhalb

Fargo is a crime drama anthology series with four seasons so far, the latest of which started to air in the U.S. end of September 2020. The first season premiered in 2014 on FX and was loosely based on the 1996 film Fargo directed by the Coen Brothers. Joel and Ethan Coen act as executive producers for the series along with Noah Hawley who is also the lead writer for all seasons. Typically for an anthology series, each season narrates a concluded story, set in a different time and location. Each season features a different cast of characters, although there are some characters who show up in several seasons which allows for interconnections between the different seasons. Although season 2-4 are not directly based on the movie Fargo, they convey intertextual/interfilmic references to several Coen Brothers movies. Among other aspects, my presentation will investigate these interconnections between movies and series, look at the genre »crime drama« and try to find explanations why this is one of the most popular genres. Moreover, I will consider possible functions of the black humor which is an essential feature of the series. 

more info: https://www.kinoachteinhalb.de/programm/3842/filmtalk-about-fargo-since-2014

 

 

Film Screening

THE GRIZZLIES

Film Screening with Introduction (in German) by Dr Svetlana Seibel.

Friday, 16 July 2021, 8 pm CEST

Kino Achteinhalb

(the movie is screened in the original version with subtitles)

Die unglaubliche aber wahre Geschichte der Grizzlies wurde an Originalschauplätzen und mit Laiendarstellern aus der Region verfilmt. Das Ergebnis ist ein inspirierendes Drama, das bei allem ansteckenden Optimismus nicht die realen Hintergründe beschönigt. (canadanow.de) 
Die Schüler, alle Inuit, waren anfangs skeptisch, als Russ Sheppard, ein Lehrer mit einem einjährigen Vertrag aus dem Süden, zu ihnen kam. Erschüttert vom Tod einer seiner Schüler hatte Sheppard begonnen, seiner Klasse Lacrosse nahezubringen. Während diese anfänglich Widerstand leisteten, näherten sich die Schüler nach und nach dem Sport an und gründeten ihre eigene Lacrosse-Mannschaft, das Team „Grizzlies“. Mit der Unterstützung der gesamten Stadt durften Sheppard und das Team bei der nationalen Lacrosse-Meisterschaft in Toronto teilnehmen. Trotz einer Niederlage erkannten die Schüler den Geist der Gemeinschaft. 

more info: https://www.kinoachteinhalb.de/programm/3840/the-grizzlies

 

Populism Guest Lecture: Giorgia Bulli

Populism Guest Lecture

Dr. Giorgia Bulli (Università di Firenze)

"Rhetoric or reality? Populist parties between communication overpromising and policy making"

July 14th, 2021 - 6:15 pm CET

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/3tAM4OI

 

In September 2018, four months after the creation of the first coalition in Italy between the right wing populist Lega (League) and the “pure populist” Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S - Five Star Movement), the then speaker of the M5S, and Minister of Labour Luigi Di Maio announced the “abolition of poverty”. The resounding statement was pronounced from the balcony of the seat of the Italian government and received an extraordinary media coverage. The declaration announced the new economic course of the Italian government and the introduction of the new "citizens' income" provisions. After less than one and a half years, the coalition with the Lega collapsed, the "citizens’ income" norms can hardly be described as implemented, and the two parties are now supporting the new Cabinet led by Prime Minister Mario Draghi that followed the coalition between the M5S and the Partito Democratico (PD) established after the end of the “pure populist coalition.” The example above can be considered as the representation of the endemic crisis of political representation affecting Italy, as well as other European and non-European countries. Yet, it also can be understood as a typical manifestation of the populist overpromising strategy and of the difficulties that populist parties encounter when they face the passage from opposition to government. Starting from the scientific frameworks adopted to interpret populism and its relationship with the current forms of political communication, the talk will deal with the following questions: i) can populism be described as a communication strategy? ii) how does the populist rhetoric intercept the legitimation crisis that affects contemporary democracies? iii) how far are populist parties able to keep their promises in the policy making when they are in power, and how do they describe their political action in symbolic terms?

Giorgia Bulli is Lecturer in “Political Communication” and “Discourse Analysis” at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Florence, where she teaches “Political Communication” and “Discourse Analysis”. She is the author of publications in the field of poulist and right-wing parties and movements.

 

Guest lecture as part of the lecture series "Populism," organized by Astrid M. Fellner, Eva Nossem, Luitpold Rampeltshammer, Thomas Schmidgall, and Erich Steiner. Please register here: https://bit.ly/3vxhZBK.

Populism Guest Lecture: Till van Rahden

Populism Guest Lecture

Prof. Dr. Till van Rahden (Université de Montréal)

"Democratic Vistas: Transatlantic Anxieties in an Age of Populism"

July 7th, 2021 - 6:15 pm CET

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/3tAM4OI

 

After the Cold War ended, liberal democracy was taken for granted. Now it is in crisis: many citizens distrust parliamentary politics, the people's parties all over Europe are losing members and votes, Twitter and Instagram are crowding out public debates and civility. To invoke Walt Whitman is to challenge the sense of despair that informs recent conversations. “Democratic Vistas”, penned in 1870, against the background of the American Civil War, articulated a conception of democracy as a way of life. It “is only of use there that it may […] come to its flower and fruits in manners, in the highest forms of interaction between men, and their beliefs—in religion, literature, colleges, and schools—democracy in all public and private life.” Like Whitman, I will argue that it might prove useful to explore what keeps democracies alive. Postwar Germany’s democratic miracle provides us with a fascinating case study to think about democracy as a way of life and to better understand the cultural foundations of democracy in aesthetics and everyday life. I contend that no matter how stable a democratic government might appear to be, without forms and spaces that allow for democratic experiences in everyday life it will wither away.

Till van Rahden teaches modern European history at the Université de Montréal where he held the Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies from 2006 to 2016. Since January 2021 he is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the “Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften,” an Institute for Advanced Studies of the Goethe University. In 2018, he was a LFUI-Guest Professor at the University of Innsbruck, and in 2016, he held fellowships at the “Leibniz Institute for European History” and the “Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen.” He specializes in European history since the Enlightenment and is interested in the tension between the elusive promise of democratic equality and the recurrent presence of moral conflicts.In 1993, he received an M.A. in American history from The Johns Hopkins University, and in 1999, he completed his dissertation at the University of Bielefeld which received the “Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History” and was published as Jews and other Germans: Civil Society, Religious Diversity and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860-1925 (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2008). He has co-edited Juden, Bürger, Deutsche: Zur Geschichte von Vielfalt und Differenz 1800-1933 (Mohr Siebeck, 2001), Demokratie im Schatten der Gewalt (Göttingen, 2010), Autorität: Krise, Konstruktion und Konjunktur (Fink, 2016); Emanzipation und Recht: Zur Geschichte der Rechtswissenschaft und der jüdischen Gleichberechtigung (Klostermann, 2021). Recent publications include: “Lumpen sammeln: Siegfried Kracauer und die Geschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts,” in Historische Zeitschrift 307 (2018), pp. 319-340, Demokratie: Eine gefährdete Lebensform (Campus, 2019), Vielheit: Juden und die Ambivalenzen des Universalismus seit der Aufklärung (Hamburger Edition, 2022).

 

Guest lecture as part of the lecture series "Populism," organized by Astrid M. Fellner, Eva Nossem, Luitpold Rampeltshammer, Thomas Schmidgall, and Erich Steiner. Please register here: https://bit.ly/3vxhZBK.

Vortrag: Rebellion der Jugend: Ist amerikanische Populärkultur (noch) cool?

Vortragsreihe Amerikanische Populärkultur

Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner

Die Protestbewegungen und Gegenkulturen der 60er Jahre haben auf allen Gebieten der Kunst, Kultur und Gesellschaft in Europa ihre Spuren hinterlassen. Wo etwa Jugendkulturen sich formieren, Subkulturen sich wandeln oder Gender-Identitäten sich destabilisieren, dort kommt den aus den USA importierten kulturellen Texten, Bildern, Stilen und Praktiken nach wie vor eine entscheidende Rolle zu. Wird Populärkultur von der heutigen Jugend aber immer noch als „amerikanisch“ und „cool“ wahrgenommen? Gibt der Ausdruck ‚Cool’ als Indikator der Stärke des Affekts immer noch Auskunft über den transatlantischen Bogen, den kulturelle Texte, Musik, Produkte und Praktiken in lokalen Aneignungsprozessen in Europa durchlaufen?

Montag, 05. Juli 2021, 18:30 CET

Zoom:us02web.zoom.us/j/81130651635 , Meeting-ID: 811 3065 1635

Organisation: Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Saarland (DAI Saarland), Kooperationspartner: Auswärtiges Amt

Vortragsreihe "Amerikanische Populärkultur"

 

 

UniGR-Center for Border Studies Guest Lecture: Daniela Johannes

UniGR-Center for Border Studies Guest Lecture

Dr. Daniela Johannes (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

"Dust and Death: Politics of Nature at the U.S.-Mexico Border"

June 29th, 2021 - 4:15 pm CEST

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/3gJCRjT

 

Dust and death coexist in the Mexico-U.S. border region, a desert landscape that has become a signifier for remoteness, fear and fatality. This presentation draws attention to the agency of the Sonoran desert environment as a crucial aspect of U.S. securitization that begins a “nature politics” mode of sovereignty, a politics that controls death by natural causes as a way of conserving the life of the nation; this modern sovereignty finds ways of excluding bodies that are deemed unassimilable or unqualifiable for the nation without undertaking responsibility for deaths or disappearance. In this presentation I first show how the state in its nature politics relies on the presumably fixed equation of illegal-equals-brown-equals-deserving of death, to then exemplify representations of nature politics in literary accounts and determine whether literature holds the capacity contest the discourses of sovereign power by denouncing and dismantling official discourses.

Please register here: https://bit.ly/3gJCRjT

Contact:

Dr. Daniela Johannes | daniela.johannes(at)extern.uni-saarland.de

Eva Nossem | e.nossem(at)mx.uni-saarland.de | Tel.: +49 681 302-3573.

Erfolg in Serie: Staffel VIII

Don't miss Dr. Svetlana Seibel's presentation on Bones.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 8 pm CEST

Kino Achteinhalb

You'll need a negative coronatest to get in and please register in advance!

https://www.kinoachteinhalb.de/programm

PS Corona Discourses: Guest Lecture Stodolinska

Populism Guest Lecture

Dr. Yulia Stodolinska (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University)

"Corona Discourses in the US: Multimodal Representation on University Websites"

June 26th, 2021 - 2:15 pm CET

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/3xteZqp

 

Guest lecture as part of the Proseminar "Of Anti-Maskers, Front-Line Workers, and Superspreaders: Critically Analyzing Corona Discourses," organized by Eva Nossem. Please register here:https://bit.ly/3xteZqp
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Populism Guest Lecture: Ruth Wodak

Populism Guest Lecture

Prof. Dr. Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University)

"The Politics of Fear. The shameless normalization of far-right discourse"

June 16th, 2021 - 6:15 pm CET

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/3tAM4OI

 

Many context-dependent socio-political, economic, cultural, and historical factors, apart from the performance of allegedly charismatic leaders, lead to the rise of the populist farright, supported by conservative mainstream parties and the (social) media (Bevelander & Wodak 2019). Recently, huge scandals (such as in Austria – “Ibizagate”; Wodak 2019) illustrate that formerly taboo subjects and expressions in mainstream discourse are being accepted more and more (‘normalization’) and  have become part and parcel of mainstream politics. Such normalization goes hand in hand with a certain shamelessness’: the limits of the sayable are shifting regarding both the frequency of lies (Block 2019) and the violating discourse and politeness conventions – as well as regarding repeated attacks on salient democratic institutions. Discursive strategies of provocation, blame avoidance, denial, Manichean division, victim perpetrator reversal as well as eristic argumentation and conspiracy theories dominate official communication, accompanied by ever more nativist nationalism and the racialization of space.

In this vein, I claim that such rejection of dialogue relates to a ‘post-shame era’ rather than merely to a ‘post-truth era’ (e.g., Scheff 2000; Hahl et al 2018). For example, normalizing the assessment of migrants and refugees (all labeled as “illegal migrants”) as a threat to inner security, a burden on the welfare state and education system must be perceived as an international development – generally instrumentalizing a “politics of fear” and reinforcing a “coarse civility” [rohe Bürgerlichkeit] (Heitmeyer 2019; Wodak 2021).

 

Guest lecture as part of the lecture series "Populism," organized by Astrid M. Fellner, Eva Nossem, Luitpold Rampeltshammer, Thomas Schmidgall, and Erich Steiner. Please register here: https://bit.ly/3vxhZBK.

Erfolg in Serie: Staffel VIII

We're back!

Don't miss Isis Luxenburger's presentation on Modern Family.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 8 pm CEST

Kino Achteinhalb

You'll need a negative coronatest to get in and please register in advance!

https://www.kinoachteinhalb.de/programm

Filmscreening

Don't miss Dr. Lisa Johnson's introduction to If Beale Street Could Talk.

Wednesday, 09 June 2021, 8 pm CEST

Introductory talk in German, followed by screening of the original version of the film (English).

Kino Achteinhalb

You'll need a negative coronatest to get in and please register in advance!

https://www.kinoachteinhalb.de/programm

Populism Guest Lecture: Julia Roth

Populism Guest Lecture

Prof. Dr. Julia Roth (Universität Bielefeld)

"Right-Wing Populism and Gender (Not Only) in the USA"

June 9th, 2021 - 6:15 pm CET

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/3tAM4OI

 

In current struggles over cultural hegemony, right-wing populist discourse is marked by an omni-presence of topics related to gender and sexuality. With particular focus on actors in the USA and the Americas, the talk thus discusses the ways in which diverse actors of what will be called the ‘right-wing populist complex’ use gender in order to catapult a variety of arguments into the public sphere. Suggesting a first set of Right-Wing Populist Patterns of Gendering, the talk pursues the question how seemingly emancipatory arguments function in right-wing populist discourse, especially in performing a modernization paradigm, while simultaneously, and in often paradoxical ways, promoting a program of re-traditionalization. Therefore, often, gender arguments – like the sexual freedom of  “autochtonous” women – are used to justify anti-immigration and racist politics, most famously Donald Trump with his claim to keep the “Mexican rapists” out of the US through his wall. One’s own society can thus be depicted as “already fully emancipated” in contrast to the alleged “backward” social order of (immigrant) Others. Through this ethnosexist twist, the talk argues that gender provides right-wing populist discourse a useful tool for affectively bridging seemingly paradoxical arguments around belonging, access to resources and welfare, anti-immigration and demography, and transferring them onto the gender hierarchy. Simultaneously, following the populist logic of polarization, feminists, gender scholars and LGBTQI activists are turned into “internal enemies” who allegedly provide a threat to children and the heteronormative family. Since they presumably keep the “right” women from reproducing, feminists and “gender ideology” are furthermore made responsible for endangering the (reproduction and homogeneity of) the nation and thus turn into an existential threat.

Julia Roth is Professor of American Studies with a focus on Gender Studies and Inter-American Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the research project "The Americas as Space of Entanglements" in Bielefeld and in the interdisciplinary network "desiguALdades.net - Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America" at Freie Universität Berlin, as well as a lecturer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität Potsdam, and Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. Her research focuses on postcolonial, decolonial and gender approaches, intersectionality and global inequalities, anti-racist feminist knowledge from the Caribbean and the Americas, gender and citizenship, and right-wing populism and gender. In addition to her academic work, she organizes and curates cultural and political events (e.g., the theater festival “Women/Images of the Americas on the Move" in Berlin 2010; 2014 and 2016 BE.BOP - Black Europe Body Politics with Alanna Lockward, "De-Heimatize Belonging" at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin).  

 

Guest lecture as part of the lecture series "Populism," organized by Astrid M. Fellner, Eva Nossem, Luitpold Rampeltshammer, Thomas Schmidgall, and Erich Steiner. Please register here: https://bit.ly/3vxhZBK.

Populism Guest Lecture: Paula Diehl

Populism Guest Lecture

Prof. Dr. Paula Diehl (Universität Kiel)

"Populismus und Massenmedien" (in German)

May 19th, 2021 - 6:15 pm CET

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/3tAM4OI

 

Wie erklärt sich, dass der Populismus so viel Aufmerksamkeit in den Massenmedien bekommt, und welche Konsequenzen hat dies für die Demokratie? Und was sind die Folgen? Ein wichtiger und doch weniger beachteter Faktor für den Erfolg des Populismus liegt in seiner Medienkompatibilität. Wer populistisch agiert inszeniert sich als schrille Gestalt, bricht mit Tabus und produziert Skandale. Populismus weckt Emotionen und dramatisiert Zusammenhänge, die zugleich als Schwarz-Weiß-Malerei präsentiert werden. Dadurch haben politische Akteure, die sich des Populismus bedienen, höhere Chancen, Medienaufmerksamkeit zu erzeugen. Es geht hier um eine systemische Begünstigung der populistischen Logik durch die Massenmedien. Dies kann auch im Fall des Rechtspopulismus beobachtet werden.

Paula Diehl ist Professorin für Politische Theorie, Ideengeschichte und Politische Kultur an der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel und assoziierte Professorin von Sciences Po in Paris. Unter anderen war sie Gastprofessorin an der Washington University (St. Louis), Sciences Po (Paris), École des Hautes Études, and Institute for Advanced Studies (Bologna). Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Demokratietheorie, Populismus, Politische Inszenierung und politische Repräsentation. 

 

Guest lecture as part of the lecture series "Populism," organized by Astrid M. Fellner, Eva Nossem, Luitpold Rampeltshammer, Thomas Schmidgall, and Erich Steiner. Please register here: https://bit.ly/3vxhZBK.

IRTG Guest Lecture: Lee Francis

IRTG Guest Lecture

Dr. Lee Francis IV

"Indians in Space: Native Americans and Indigenous Representations in Sci-Fi and Pop Culture"

May 17th, 2021 - 6 pm CET

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/2Qfo4mI

 

Dr. Lee Francis 4 (Pueblo of Laguna) is the Head Indigenerd and CEO of Native Realities, the only Native and Indigenous pop culture company in the United States with the hope to change the perceptions of Native and Indigenous people through dynamic and imaginative pop culture representations. He has been published in multiple publications ranging from poetry to short stories. His first comic book Sixkiller which debuted June 2018 and Ghost River, which was published in 2019, have both been lauded throughout the US and abroad. He is a strong advocate for Native youth, with a focus on community literacy and entrepreneurship. He lives in Albuquerque with his family.

IRTG Guest Lecture: Benjamin Hoy

IRTG Guest Lecture

Dr. Benjamin Hoy

"Reaching into the Heavens: Creating the Canada-U.S. Border"

May 14th, 2021 - 5 pm CET

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/2QmmajQ

 

Between 1775 until 1939 Canada and the United States set out to build an international border across Indigenous lands. Federal administrators used deprivation, starvation, and coercion to displace Indigenous communities and undermine their conceptions of territory and sovereignty. The border they created never aimed to treat people equally. Instead, Europeans, African Americans, Chinese, Cree, and Haudenosaunee all experienced the border closure process at different times and in different ways. By reconstructing and mapping the spread of federal power across a continent, this talk showcases how regional conflicts, political reorganization, and social upheaval created the Canada-US border and remade the communities who lived in its shadows. 

Benjamin Hoyis an Associate Professor of History and the director of the Historical GIS Lab at the University of Saskatchewan. He has published on a wide range of topic including Indigenous history, borderlands, game-based learning, Indigenous representations in board games, and extradition policy. His first book, A Line of Blood and Dirt: Creating the Canada-United States Border across Indigenous Lands, examines the creation and enforcement of the Canadian-United States border between 1775 and 1939 and its impacts on the Indigenous residents whose land the border was created across.

Populism Guest Lecture: Arlie Russell Hochschild

Populism Guest Lecture

Prof. Dr. Arlie Russell Hochschild (University of California, Berkeley)

"The Surprising Journey of Grievance"

May 12th, 2021 - 6:15 pm CET

live on zoom: https://bit.ly/3tAM4OI

 

In the talk I would like to explore the “journey” of a grievance. Based on the reports of ardent Louisiana Trump supporters whom I’ve followed over a long period of time, I trace the various steps through which grievance can be transformed from

  1. a local complaint to
  2. a publicly legitimized grievance, mobilized by Donald Trump to
  3. a legitimized and empowered grievance (at the time of January 6th, 2021)
  4. de-legitimized (at the time of Trumps second impeachment) to
  5. a state of de-mobilization  or re-assembly. There has been, for example, a decline in one right wing group, the KKK, but a rise in  another, the Three Percenters.

In this period of fractionalization, some believers intensify their anger and paranoia while others to varying degrees detach from their grievance. Can we think of these five stages as ways of holding grievance, and therefore as modes of emotion management in a changing context of feeling rules? 

Arlie Russell Hochschild is a professor (emerita) at the Sociology Department and the Graduate School of the University of California, Berkeley, USA. She has become widely known to a German readership through her book "Strangers in Their Own Land (2016)", translated into German by Ulrike Bischoff and published as "Fremde in ihrem Land. Eine Reise ins Herz der amerikanischen Rechten" (Campus). Work on the book took her to Louisiana during 5 years of intensive interviews with Tea Party enthusiasts. These encounters brought to light  feelings of frustration, exclusion and antagonism towards the state and its "elites" - part of the emotional "deep story" of the political Right in the US. This perceived reality is an important factor to be aware of, particularly in the context of any attempts at overcoming the extreme divisions of (US-)culture. Arlie R. Hochschild's recent sociological work has focused on various areas of culture, politics and emotionality. Further topics include the structure of families, public and private culture, global developments in care work and  in social psychology more widely. She is a prominent social scientist, and above all one who is willing and uniquely able to enter into dialogue with people beyond academia.

 

Guest lecture as part of the lecture series "Populism," organized by Astrid M. Fellner, Eva Nossem, Luitpold Rampeltshammer, Thomas Schmidgall, and Erich Steiner. Please register here: https://bit.ly/3vxhZBK.

Live Chat - Master in Border Studies

Online Event for Prospective Students

Live Chat - Master in Border Studies

May 10, 2021 - 4:00 pm CET

in English, German, and French

live on Zoom: https://bit.ly/2NGHY8W

 

Borders are now more important than ever. Why not study Border Studies?! Join us online to find out more about our trinational & trilingual Masters in Border Studies. Here is your opportunity to talk to your future teachers who will tell you about our unique program and answer any questions you may have.

For further information see http://www.uni-gr.eu/en/Master_Border_Studies.

Applications for our MA Border Studies program 2021 are open until:

  • May 7, 2021 for non-EU students
  • June 15, 2021 for EU students.

 

Vortrag: Western

Faszination und Problematik eines „typisch amerikanischen“ Genres

Vortrag Bärbel Schlimbach:

Western: Faszination und Problematik eines „typisch amerikanischen“ Genres

Western gelten als „typisch amerikanisches“ Genre, das zunächst in der Literatur, später als Film und Fernsehserie äußerst populär war. Seit den 1960er Jahren wurde das Genre immer wieder für tot erklärt, doch trotzdem entstehen weiterhin Western. Mein Vortrag führt in typische Merkmale ein, thematisiert Aspekte, die heute kritisch gesehen werden müssen, beleuchtet aber auch, warum weiterhin eine Faszination besteht und das Genre heute noch produktiv (und innovativ?) sein kann.

Mittwoch, 14. April 2021, 18:30 CET

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87872680394 ; Meeting ID: 878 7268 0394

Organisation: Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Saarland (DAI Saarland), Kooperationspartner: Auswärtiges Amt

Vortragsreihe "Amerikanische Populärkultur"

weitere Informationen: https://www.dai-saarland.de/veranstaltungen/kalender/detailansicht/?uid=724

Eröffnungsvortrag der Reihe "Arbeit - Industrie - Alltag"

"Der Mensch 'am Tor zur Blut sprühenden Hölle'. Die Darstellung von Arbeitern und Alltag der Völklinger Hütte im Film"

Eröffnungsvortrag der Öffentlichen Ringvorlesung "Arbeit - Industrie - Alltag. Kulturwissenschaftliche Annäherungen an die Industriekultur im Saarland."

Isis Luxenburger, M.A.

"Der Mensch 'am Tor zur Blut sprühenden Hölle'. Die Darstellung von Arbeitern und Alltag der Völklinger Hütte im Film"

Die Völklinger Hütte war schon immer ein faszinierendes Motiv – nicht nur für Kunst und Fotografie, sondern auch für den Film. Anhand von sieben ausgewählten Filmbeispielen (1935-2019) wird die Darstellung der Völklinger Hüttenarbeiter und ihres Alltags in den Bewegtbildern des letzten Jahrhunderts untersucht. Dabei werden Bezüge zwischen den Filmen beleuchtet und die Entwicklung der Darstellung des Menschen „am Tor zur Blut sprühenden Hölle“ nachgezeichnet. Anschließend sollen die Ergebnisse der Untersuchung vor dem Hintergrund von Filmwissenschaft, Industriekultur und Kulturwissenschaft in einem größeren Kontext verortet und diskutiert werden.

Donnerstag, 15. April 2021, 18:15 Uhr | MS Teams

Gemeinschaftsveranstaltung von Zertifikat Industriekultur - Kulturmanagement; Bachelor Optionalbereich und Historische Anthropologie / Europäische Ethnologie

BMBF Verbundvorhaben "Linking Borderlands: Dynamiken grenzregionaler Peripherien", Teilprojekt "Hybrid Borderlands"

Anmeldung:
Um an der Ringvorlesung teilzunehmen, senden Sie einfach eine formlose Email an rv-industriekultur(at)uni-saarland.de .

Border Realities Lecture Series / RV Europäische Grenzdiskure

Judith Kohlenberger: Beyong Push and Pull: (Flucht)migration als Verteilungsfrage am Beispiel des Herbst 2015

Border Realities Guest Lecture within the framework of the UdS lecture series "Europäische Grenzdiskurse", in cooperation with UniGR-Center for Border Studies

Border Realities

Judith Kohlenberger: Beyong Push and Pull: (Flucht)migration als Verteilungsfrage am Beispiel des Herbst 2015 (in German)

November 30, 2020 - 4-6 pm CET

live on MS Teams. Please contact Dr. Stephanie Blum to register

 

Gastvortrag von Dr. Judith Kohlenberger
(Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

 

Während Europäer*innen Personenfreizügigkeit im Schengenraum genießen und (pre-COVID) mit wenigen Auflagen und häufig visafrei in die meisten Länder der Welt reisen können, fristen Millionen Vertriebene in Flüchtlingslagern in Entwicklungsländern ihr Dasein. Schätzungen der UNHCR zufolge sind rund 40 % aller Geflüchteten in Camps untergebracht, in ländlichen Gegenden sogar um die 80%. In absoluten Zahlen ist die transnationale Mobilität in Europa zwanzigmal höher als in Afrika, trotz der wesentlich größeren Bevölkerung des südlichen Kontinents. Mobilität ist also eine Verteilungsfrage. Auch der Zugang zu (irregulären) Fluchtmöglichkeiten, vulgo Schleppern, ist im Kern eine ökonomische Frage: Wer über die nötigen Mittel verfügt, um sich die nicht nur gefährliche, sondern auch teure Reise von Syrien, Afghanistan oder Pakistan nach Europa leisten zu können, hat höhere Überlebenschancen als jene, deren Erspartes lediglich für Binnenmigration im Kriegsland reicht.
Basierend auf Daten aus dem Displaced Persons in Austria Survey (DiPAS), eine der europaweit ersten Studien zum Fluchtherbst 2015, geht der Vortrag auf zentrale Dynamiken im Bereich der Fluchtmigration und des globalen Grenzmanagements ein. Welche Rolle spielen finanzielle Ressourcen für die Menschen der großen Fluchtbewegung? Wie selektiv wirken Bildung und Kapital, und welche Folgen hat das für Aufnahmeländer? Welche Forderungen ergeben sich daraus für das derzeitige Grenzmanagement auf nationaler und europäischer Ebene?

Dr. Judith Kohlenberger ist Kulturwissenschafterin und wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Sozialpolitik der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. Sie forscht zu Migration, Flucht und Integration und leitet derzeit das Forschungsprojekt WIN zur sozialen Inklusion geflüchteter Frauen.

For further information see borderrealities.org

Lecture series: Get in the Game

This winter semester:

Lecture series:

Get in the Game: Berufsbilder in der Gamesbranche

Wednesday 6 pm

Border Realities Lecture Series

Julia Schulze Wessel: Über Grenzen. Wie Geflüchtete demokratische Ordnungen herausfordern

Border Realities Guest Lecture, in cooperation with UniGR-Center for Border Studies

Border Realities

Julia Schulze Wessel: Über Grenzen. "Wie Geflüchtete demokratische Ordnungen herausfordern" (in German)

November 26, 2020 - 4-6 pm CET

live on Zoom, click here to register

 

Gastvortrag von PD Dr. Julia Schulze Wessel
(anDemos - Institut für angewandte Demokratie- und Sozialforschung e.V.)

 

Obwohl politische Ordnungen ohne Grenzziehungen nicht gedacht werden können, gehören sie dennoch bislang nur selten zu den Themen politischer Theoriebildung. Vor allem in den Zeiten einer begrenzten Nationalstaatlichkeit haben sie lange Zeit den Rahmen vorgegeben, in dem über zentrale politische Begriffe wie Freiheit, Gleichheit oder auch wohlfahrtstaatliche Solidarität nachgedacht und diskutiert worden ist. In ihrer Selbstverständlichkeit blieben sie meist unsichtbar. Grenzen werden jedoch
spätestens dann sichtbar, wenn sie verletzt werden – dafür kann das Jahr 2015 paradigmatisch stehen. Heutige Grenzverletzer*innen, wie Geflüchtete und (andere) undokumentierte Migrant*innen verweisen dabei auf tiefgreifende Transformationen der Grenze, die in den letzten Jahrzehnten vollzogen worden sind. Grenzen können nicht mehr als statische Linien verstanden werden, die feste Orte der Kontrollen haben. Grenzen zeichnen sich vor allem durch ihre Beweglichkeit und Ortlosigkeit aus, die konstitutiv für die heutige Flüchtlingsfigur sind.

PD Dr. Julia Schulze Wessel ist Geschäftsführerin und Vorstandsmitglied von anDemos - Institut für angewandte Demokratie- und Sozialforschung e.V. in Dresden. Davor hatte sie Lehrstuhlvertretungen (Politische Theorie) an den Universitäten Leipzig und Dresden inne. Zu ihren Forschungsschwerpunkten gehören Demokratietheorie, Grenzen der Demokratie, Partizipation und (Staats-)Bürgerschaft sowie Politische Theorie des Flüchtlings.

For further information see borderrealities.org

Lecture Series on Populism

Massimiliano Demata: Discourses of Brexit and Post-Brexit. National Identity and Nativism

Populism Guest Lecture, in cooperation with Zentrum für Lebenslanges Lernen (ZelL)

Border Realities

Massimiliano Demata: "Discourses of Brexit and Post-Brexit. National Identity and Nativism"

November 26, 2020 - 12-2.00 pm CET

live on Zoom

 

Guest lecture by Prof. Massimiliano Demata, PhD
(University of Turin)

Drawing from the vast and ever-increasing textual (including visual) production regarding the Brexit referendum and its aftermath, Massimiliano Demata will analyse the most important discourse topics and strategies underlying the political and media narratives around Brexit in the light of a critical approach to
discourse analysis.

Prof. Massimiliano Demata is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin, Italy. He is originally an Oxford graduate and was a Fulbright Scholar at Yale and Indiana University. In 2019-20 he was a visiting professor at Saarland University with a fellowship awarded by DAAD. His main specialisation is Critical Discourse Analysis, focusing specifically on the use of language for ideological purposes in politics and the media in the UK and the USA.

For further information please contact schluesselkompetenzen@uni-saarland.de

ASGF 2020 "Distance and Diversity"

"Distance and Diversity in Times of Crisis: Literary Expressions and Artistic Responses"

UdS American Studies Graduate Forum 2020

October 15-17, 2020   |   hybrid: on-line and on-site

In cooperation with the German-American Institute Saarland, the Chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University (UdS) will hold a 3-day UdS American Studies Graduate Forum (on-site and online) that invites advanced Master students, doctoral candidates, as well as junior and senior scholars to present their papers in a workshop-style setting. The forum will also offer participants a chance to discuss their research with peers as well as with more advanced scholars. This year, we invite submissions dealing with issues of diversity, distance, and crisis.

The UdS American Studies Graduate Forum 2020 offers a setting in which a decidedly humanities-driven, cultural studies and literature studies approach to issues of distance and diversity in times of crisis will be discussed. Focusing on literary and artistic expressions of and reactions to various forms of crises, ecological crises as well as health crises, this workshop seeks to highlight cultural representations that call for gender and racial equity, and a commitment to LGBTIQ issues.

We are very happy and honored that 3 renowned keynote speakers have accepted our invitation:

  • Takeo Rivera (Boston University): “The Raced Interface: Tao Lin, Tan Lin, and the Racialization of Affective Distance”
  • Phillip Ayoub (Occidental College): “When States Come Out: Movements & the Diffusion of LGBTI Rights in Europe and North America”
  • Susanne Hamscha (Fulbright Europe): “From A Distance: Feminist and Disability Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic”

The preliminary program will be online soon! Stay tuned!

For further information see ASGF2020.

Closing Conference 2020

"Border Nightmares, Border Dreams: The Bio-Politics of Borders in Times of Crisis"

Closing roundtable of the DAAD Eastpartnership (2018-2020) project

"Border Nightmares, Border Dreams: The Bio-Politics of Borders in Times of Crisis"

July 6, 2020   |   9:30 am-12:00 pm; 1:00 pm-4:00pm CET

Roundtable discussion between scholars from Saarland University and Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University

live on Zoom, click here to register

 

In 2018 two groups of scholars from Saarland University (Germany) and Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University (Ukraine) initiated the project “The Bio-Politics of Borders in Times of Crisis.”
Three years into our project, we can definitely say that the borders are still in crisis. At the moment we are all witnessing the process of closing borders because of the coronavirus pandemic going hand in hand with other threats such as economic crises, social inequality, migration, populism, and nationalism, the erosion of democracy, disinformation, terrorism, and cyber security.
What can participants of two research groups bring to the table from their investigations to battle new challenges? What did they work on and what are their findings? What are the future prospects of Border Studies in Europe and Ukraine? Which new topics might be of common interest? How does distant teaching and learning transform the idea of a border? What are the new interpretations of isolation and distance?

For further information see borderrealities.org

Border Realities Lecture Series

Claudia Polzin-Haumann: Sprachenwirklichkeiten im Grenzraum: Politiken und Praktiken

Border Realities Guest Lecture, in cooperation with UniGR-Center for Border Studies

Border Realities

Prof. Dr. Claudia Polzin-Haumann: "Sprachenwirklichkeiten im Grenzraum: Politiken und Praktiken" (in German)

July 6, 2020 - 4-5:30 pm CET

live on Zoom, click here to register

 

Gastvortrag von Prof. Dr. Claudia Polzin-Haumann
(Universität des Saarlandes)

Der Beitrag thematisiert das Spannungsfeld von Sprach(en)politiken und sprachlichen Praktiken, das besonders in Grenzräumen manifest wird. An ausgewählten Beispielen wird gezeigt, wie Politiken auf europäischer, nationaler und regionaler Ebene ineinandergreifen, um auf dieser Grundlage das komplexe Verhältnis von Sprachenpolitik und alltäglicher Praxis der Nachbarsprache besonders im Saarland und in Lothringen zu beleuchten. Abschließend werden weiterführende Überlegungen formuliert.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Polzin-Haumann ist Professorin für Romanische Sprachwissenschaft und Vizepräsidentin für Europa und Internationales an der Universität des Saarlandes. Sie arbeitet zu synchroner und historischer französischer und spanischer Sprachwissenschaft, unter anderem in den Feldern Sprachpolitik, Sprachpflege, Mehrsprachigkeit und
Interkomprehension. Unter ihrer Leitung entstand das Sprachenkonzept Saarland 2019, das für die Mehrsprachigkeit im Saarland und das schulische Sprachenlernen richtungsweisend ist.

For further information see borderrealities.org

Border Realities Lecture Series

Kirsten Sandrock: Der Brexit und seine Grenzen

Border Realities Guest Lecture, in cooperation with UniGR-Center for Border Studies

Border Realities

PD Dr. Kirsten Sandrock: "Der Brexit und seine Grenzen" (in German)

June 29, 2020 - 4-5:30 pm CET

Roundtable discussion in German and French

live on Zoom, click here to register

 

Gastvortrag von PD Dr. Kirsten Sandrock
(Georg-August Universität Göttingen)

Grenzen sind ein zentrales Brexit-Thema. Konzepte des rebordering und debordering waren ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Referendumskampagne in 2016 und bestimmen seitdem maßgeblich die Verhandlungen mit der EU. Der Konflikt um die Grenze innerhalb Irlands zeigt, wie stark die Thematik historisch verankert ist. Die demokratische Entscheidung von 51.9% der Wählerinnen und Wähler stellt nicht nur das Vereinigte Königreich sondern auch Irland und die gesamte EU vor die Herausforderung, die Grenzproblematik friedlich und dauerhaft zu lösen um ein Aufkeimen möglicher Konfliktherde zu vermeiden.
Der Vortrag diskutiert Grenzwirklichkeiten und Grenzfiktionen des Bexit. Er führt ein in die vorherrschenden politischen Grenzdiskurse und zeigt, wie Grenzen in zeitgenössischer Kunst und Kultur verhandelt werden. Anhand von Beispielen aus Literatur und Medien, Populärkultur und Installationskunst wird deutlich, dass Grenznarrativen im Vereinigten Königreich hoch emotionalisierend sind und stark mit ökonomischen, territorialen und nationalen Debatten um Ressourcen verknüpft sind. Kunst und Kultur bieten Raum für öffentliche Debatten über Dynamiken des rebordering und debordering im Vereinigten Königreich und eröffnen mitunter neue Perspektiven auf die Grenzthematik in ungewissen Brexit-Zeiten.

PD Dr. Kirsten Sandrock ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Seminar für Englische Philologie in Göttingen und derzeit Gastprofessorin am Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik der Universität Wien. Als Literaturwissenschaftlerin mit Schwerpunkten auf britischer und transatlantischer Literatur interessiert sie sich unter anderem für das Verhältnis zwischen Literatur, Kultur und Politik sowie für Grenznarrativen in unterschiedlichen Medien und Genres.

For further information see borderrealities.org

IRTG Guest Lecture

Travel and Transformations: Investigating Transcultural Memory in Anglophone Literatures

IRTG Guest Lecture

Dr. Nadia Butt

"Travel and Transformations: Investigating Transcultural Memory in Anglophone Literatures"

June 22nd, 2020 - 4 pm CET

live on zoom: https://umontreal.zoom.us/j/365688569

 

This talk is part of the IRTG 2020 Spring Lecture Series, a series of transatlantic online talks on the topic of Memories of Diversity - the Diversity of Memories. Dr. Nadia Butt will give her talk on "Travel and Transformations: Investigating Transcultural Memory in Anglophone Literatures."

IRTG Guest Lecture

IRTG Guest Lecture

Michela Baldo

"Queering Food, Home and Memory in Italian-Canadian Women’s Writing"

June 8th, 2020 - 4 pm CET

live on zoom: https://umontreal.zoom.us/j/365688569

 

This talk is part of the IRTG 2020 Spring Lecture Series, a series of transatlantic online talks on the topic of Memories of Diversity - the Diversity of Memories. Michela Baldo will give her talk on "Queering Food, Home and Memory in Italian-Canadian Women's Writing."

Michela Baldo is an honorary fellow in Translation Studies at the University of Hull and holds a PhD in translation Studies from the University of Manchester. Her research revolves around two strands. One is the written and audio-visual translation into Italian of Italian-Canadian works. On the topic she has published various articles and authored a book, Italian-Canadian Narratives of Return: Analysing Cultural Translation in Diasporic Writing (2019). Her second strand of research concerns Italian queer drag performances and the role of translation in Italian queer transfeminist activism. On this topic she has published various articles and coedited a book, Il re Nudo. Per un archivio drag king in Italia (2014). She has also co-translated into English with Elena Basile the book Queer Theories, by Italian scholar Lorenzo Bernini, and is now coediting a special issue of TIS (Translation and Interpreting Studies) on translation and LGBTQ+ activism.

The IRTG at Saarland University is happy to welcome Michela Baldo, PhD, as an IRTG visiting scholar in June/July 2020 (COVID-19 permitted).

Live Chat - Master in Border Studies

Online Event for Prospective Students

Live Chat - Master in Border Studies

June 4, 2020 - 11:00 am CET

in English, German, and French

live on Zoom: https://bit.ly/2XqFf4l

 

Borders are now more important than ever. Why not study Border Studies?! Join us online to find out more about our trinational & trilingual Masters in Border Studies. Here is your opportunity to talk to your future teachers who will tell you about our unique program and answer any questions you may have.

For further information see http://www.uni-gr.eu/en/Master_Border_Studies.

The deadline for application for the Master in Border Studies is June 18, 2020.

"Border Realities in the Greater Region in Pandemic Times," Roundtable discussion on 5/28, 4-5:30 pm

Border Realities Guest Lecture, in cooperation with UniGR-Center for Border Studies

Border Realities

"Border Realities in the Greater Region in Pandemic Times"

May 28, 2020 - 4-5:30 pm CET

Roundtable discussion in German and French

live on Zoom, click here to register

 

Die COVID-19-Pandemie und die ergriffenen Maßnahmen haben das Zusammenleben der Menschen schlagartig verändert. Besonders in den europäischen Grenzregionen zeichnen sich Konsequenzen ab, in denen im März 2020 Grenzübergänge geschlossen, Grenzkontrollen verstärkt und die Einreise deutlich eingeschränkt wurden. Vor allem in der Großregion mit ihren EU Binnengrenzen mit Deutschland, Frankreich, Belgien und Luxemburg wurden diese Akte staatlicher Souveränität schnell spürbar. Die neuen Grenzwirklichkeiten standen hier im Widerspruch zu den eng verflochtenen Lebenswelten und zertrennten die bereits als selbstverständlich geglaubten grenzüberschreitenden Beziehungen.
Das Rundtischgespräch greift die Erfahrung der geschlossenen Grenzen in der Großregion auf und will sie rückblickend kritisch und ausblickend produktiv diskutieren. Dafür werden Alltagsrealitäten und Protestinitiativen diskutiert, grenzüberschreitendes Krisenmanagement und politische (interregionale) Abstimmungsprozesse bis hin zur Frage, wie die Zukunft der grenzüberschreitenden Kooperation mit oder nach COVID-19 aussehen soll.

  • Patrick Barthel, Vizepräsident der Universität Lothringen für deutschfranzösische Beziehungen und Leiter des deutsch-französischen Zentrums Lothringens (CFALor)
  • Martina Kneip, Mitinitiatorin der Initiative „Schengen is alive“ und Direktorin des Centre Européen Schengen
  • Philipp Krämer, Vertretungsprofessur für Sprachgebrauch und Sprachvergleich (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Viadrina-Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION)
  • Florian Weber, Jun.-Professor für Europastudien, Schwerpunkt Westeuropa und Grenzräume (Universität des Saarlandes, UniGR-Center for Border Studies)
  • Astrid M. Fellner, Professorin für Nordamerikanische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft (Universität des Saarlandes, UniGR-Center for Border Studies)
  • Christian Wille, Grenzraumforscher und Leiter des Netzwerks UniGR-Center for Border Studies (Universität Luxemburg)

Das Rundtischgespräch ist öffentlich und richtet sich an Studierende, Wissenschaftler*innen und Praktiker*innen der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit.

Eintritt frei, Arbeitssprachen Deutsch und Französisch (ohne Verdolmetschung).

Anmeldung erforderlich: bit.ly/2ApYtz6

Diskussionsrunde im Rahmen der interregionalen Vortragsreihe „Grenzwirklichkeiten: Herausforderungen und Perspektiven in ungewissen Zeiten“ (2019-2020).
Organisation

  • Dr. Christian Wille (Universität Luxemburg),
  • Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner (Universität des Saarlandes),
  • Dipl.-Üb. Eva Nossem (Universität des Saarlandes),
  • Dr. Anett Schmitz (Universität Trier)

For further information see borderrealities.org

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture, in cooperation with UniGR-Center for Border Studies

Yosimar Reyes

"We Never Needed Documents To Thrive"

May 22nd, 2020 - 18-20 pm CET

live on Zoom, click here to register

 

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed Poet and Public Speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of "13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World" and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of "10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know." His first collection of poetry, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly… was self-published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. He is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow as well as the recipient of the Undocupoets Fellowship. Reyes previously served as Artist-in-Residence at the media and culture organization, Define American. Reyes has toured and presented at university campuses across the United States. He is currently working on his one-man show, "Prieto," to premiere in the near future. Reyes holds a B.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

IRTG Visiting Scholar

IRTG Visiting Scholar

Ewa Macura-Nnamdi (University of Silesia, Poland)

Ewa Macura-Nnamdi is assistant professor at the Institute of Literary Studies (University of Silesia, Poland). She holds a doctorate in English literature (New Woman fiction of the late-Victorian period). Currently, her main research interests include postcolonial Anglophone literatures of Africa and African diaspora, postcolonial theories as well as refugees and migration in cinema and literature. She has published articles on, among others, Dambudzo Marechera, Rawi Hage, Abdulrazak Gurnah and Omar Khadr. Her recent publications include “Mouthwork” (ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature) and “Omar Khadr, Guantánamo and Carceral Gastronomy” (European Journal of English Studies). She has just been awarded a research grant from the National Science Centre for her project on Fictions of Water: Refugees and the Sea.

Prof. Ewa Macura-Nnamdi will join the IRTG Diversity and North American Literary and Cultural Studies in Saarbrücken in January/February. During her stay from January 26 till February 16, 2020, she will give a lecture on “Fictions of Water: Refugees and the Sea” on February 4, 2020.

IRTG Guest Lecture

IRTG Guest Lecture

Ewa Macura-Nnamdi (University of Silesia, Poland)

"Fictions of Water: Refugees and the Sea"

February 4th, 2020 - 18-20 pm

Saarland University, bldg. A5 3, 2.03

 

This talk is about Ewa Macura-Nnamdi's current project tentatively titled Fictions of Water: Refugees and the Sea which aims to examine the aesthetic and political dimensions and effects of the relationship between refugees and the sea as it is represented in selected postcolonial literary and cinematic texts of the 21st century. In this talk she will briefly sketch the methodological underpinnings of her research, namely, some of the most important assumptions and lines of inquiry of oceanic studies, on one hand. On the other, she will discuss/present some of the primary texts, literary and cinematic, in an attempt to unpack the encounter between the sea and the refugees and delineate the theoretical and interpretative aims of the project.

Atelier Bordertextures

Guest Lecture Atelier Bordertextures

Luca Greco (Université de Lorraine)

"Borders as Assemblages: Some Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives"

Februar 6th, 2020 - 4 - 6 pm

Saarland University, Building A 5 3, room 2.03

Vorlesungsmarathon 2019

In der diesjährigen Vorweihnachtszeit lädt euch der AStA am 11.12. ab 10 Uhr morgens zum Vorlesungmarathon ein!

Die Reise durch die Fachrichtungen unserer Universität führt euch durch ein buntes Sammelsurium unserer Fachrichtungen. Selbstverständlich ist der Eintritt frei und es erwarten euch leckere Getränke, Snacks und Speisen zur Erquickung der Physis.

Los geht der Tag mit Herrn Gluting aus der Mediävistik und seinem spannenden Vortrag über "Das deutsche Sprachsystem - ein historischer Abriss" - Wer Ihn kennt, weiß, dass Sprachgeschichte auch humorvoll sein kann. Im Anschluß dürfen Frau Prof.in Dr.in Diester-Haaß (Geographie), Frau Prof.in Dr.in Dr.in h.c. Chiusi (Rechtswissenschaft), Herr Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Schmidt (Rechtsmedizin), Frau M.A. Froese-Kuhn (Stabsstelle Chancengleichheit), Frau Savelkouls und Herr Rainer Hartz (Studentenwerk / Kulturwissenschaft), Frau Dr.in Stephanie Blum (Germanistik), Frau Prof.in Dr.in Catani (Germanistik), Frau Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in phil. Schäfer (Sportwissenschaft) und Frau Prof.in Dr.in Fellner (Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Anglophone Kulturen) einen Mix aus Wissen und Spannung verbreiten.

Den krönenden Abschluss dieses breitgefächerten Tages bildet ab 20 Uhr ein kritischer Vortrag von Wolfgang M. Schmitt zum Film "Die Feuerzangenbowle" und dessen Aufführung. Selbstverständlich wird die namensgebende Bowle kostenlos ausgegeben solange der Vorrat reicht.

19:00
Arte Fronterizo - Performance-Kunst an der U.S.-Mexiko Grenze; Frau Prof.in Dr.in Fellner

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Erfolg in Serie VII

The final talk will be by

Svetlana Seibel

on

Outlander

Tuesday, Dec. 03, 2019
7.30 p.m.

Kino Achteinhalb (Nauwieserstraße 19)

ASGF 2019: Liquid Trajectories

American Studies Graduate Forum 2019 - Liquid Trajectories:Flight, Mobility, and Migration

29-30 November 2019

For more infos see ASGF 2019: Liquid Trajectories!

 

Erfolg in Serie VII

The next talk will be by

Latifah Cengel

on

Seven Seconds

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
7.30 p.m.

Kino Achteinhalb (Nauwieserstraße 19)

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Prof. Dr. Paul Morris (Université de St. Boniface / Winnipeg)

"Canadian Multiculturalism"

Thursday, 4 July 2019
12 - 2 p.m.

Building B 3 1, Lecture hall I

 

IRTG Visiting Scholar

IRTG Visiting Scholar

Dr. Tetiana Ostapchuk (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, Mykolaiv, Ukraine)

Tetiana Ostapchuk is an Associate Professor of Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. She teaches courses in Literary Theory, Comparative Literature, Theory and Practice of Translation, and ESL. She earned her PhD from the Shevchenko Institute of Literature, the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. She actively participates in Ukrainian and International conferences, workshops and schools. In 2007/08, she was the Fulbright Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University; in 2016 she participated SSASA Symposium on “Images of America: Reality and Stereotypes” (Salzburg); in 2017 she presented lectures “The image of Ukraine in American Popular Culture” in the frame of Erasmus+ KA 107 Mobility Program in Cadiz University, Spain. Her publications include articles in the fields of Ukrainian American literature, Diaspora Studies, and Memory Studies. She has also been an organizer of the number of conferences, the latest among them is the international workshop “B/Orders of Ukrainian Diasporas Cultural Representations” launched by by the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen and hosted by Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University. She is a co-editor and one of the contributors to the book “(Pop) Cultures on the Move: Transnational Identifications and Cultural Exchange Between East and West” (Saarbrücken, 2018). She will join the IRTG Diversity in Saarbrücken from 24 June-7 July 2019.

 

Intersections 2019 - Stonewall 50: Getting out of the Gender and Sexuality Box

12-30 June 2019

Film screenings, talks, lectures, workshops, and a performance!

For more infos see intersections-sb.de

Atelier Bordertextures

Guest Lecture Atelier Bordertextures

Markus Heide (Uppsala University)

"Border Aesthetics: Visibility and Invisibility at the US-Mexico Divide"

June 26th, 2019 - 4 - 6 pm

Saarland University, Building A 5 3, room 2.03

IRTG Guest Lecture

IRTG Guest Lecture

Dr. Tetyana Ostapchuk (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, Mykolayiv, Ukraine)

"Displacement Experiences and Changes of Identity in Irene Zabytko’s When Luba Leaves Home"

June 25th, 2019 - 12-2 pm

Saarland University, bldg. A2 2, 2.02

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Dr. des. Sabrina Mittermeier (University of Augsburg)

"Seeing Ourselves in Other People - LGBT* Representation on Screen"

June 19th, 2019 - 4-6 pm

Saarland University, bldg. A5 3, 2.03

--- as part of Intersections 2019 ---

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Prof. Bronwyn Winter (The University of Sidney, AUS)

"Feminist utopias and dystopias: the future is now?"

June 11th, 2019 - 12-2 pm

Saarland University, bldg. A2 2, 2.02

IRTG Visiting Scholar

IRTG Visiting Scholar

Prof. Lynn Mie Itagaki (University of Missouri, Columbia, USA)

Lynn Mie Itagaki is Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA. Her research focuses on interracial ethics, comparative race studies, women of color feminism and twentieth- and twenty-first-century U.S. literature by writers of color. She recently published a book that examines the post–civil rights era in terms of the 1992 Los Angeles crisis, Civil Racism: The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion and the Crisis of Racial Burnout, and has published articles and reviews in African American Review, Amerasia Journal, Feminist Formations, MELUS and Prose Studies. Her next book projects examine the aesthetics and politics of the media bystander in the post-9/11 era and race and economics in literature after the Great Recession. She will join the IRTG Diverstiy at Saarland University May to June 2019.For more information on Lynn Mie Itagaki, see: https://english.missouri.edu/people/itagaki

 

IRTG & CEUS Guest Lecture

IRTG & CEUS Guest Lecture

Prof. Lynn Mie Itagaki (University of Missouri, Columbia, USA)

"Fleeing Bodies and Fleeting Performances: Race, Memory, and Migration at US and EU Borders"

June 6th, 2019 - 4-6 pm

Saarland University, bldg. A5 3, 2.03

 

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

NamLitCult Guest Lecture

Jennifer Volkmer, M.A. (LMU Munich)

"Women Love that Shit" - Women-Centered Road Movies Challenging the Male Gaze

May 27th, 2019 - 2-4 pm

Saarland University, bldg. B3 1, HS3 (0.12)

Abstract:

With women increasingly entering formerly predominantly male areas, such as politics and police departments, the film industry caught up in 1991 with two female protagonists in the male-coded genre of road movies. In this talk, I will be embedding the movie in its historical context, draw parallels to the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), and discuss how the male gaze applies to these, and other TV shows and movies. In doing so, I will focus on how these female protagonists are perceived in the world they act in, especially in relation to the male characters, as well as look at how these women use violence and why, as opposed to the violence enacted by men in these stories. I will also discuss the Bechdel-Wallace test and examine the relationships between different women, including both rivalries and supportive bonds. Furthermore, I will address the development of the roles of women in film and television, and how the male gaze has been challenged and the options and limits of doing this.

 

IRTG Guest Lecture

IRTG Guest Lecture

Dr. Lee Francis (IndigeCon, Native Realities Press)

"Native Americans in Popular Culture and the Rise of the Inidigenerd!"

May 23rd, 2019 - 12-2 pm

Saarland University, bldg. B3 1, 0.14

For more info on Lee's guest lecture click here.

 

IRTG Visiting Scholar

IRTG Visiting Scholar

Dr. Lee Francis (Laguna Pueblo, USA)

Lee Francis IV is currently the CEO of Native Realities, the only Native and Indigenous pop culture company in the United States. Native Realities is also the host of the Indigenous Comic Con and Red Planet Books and Comics. Native Realities has published 9 titles to date with more on the way. The hope is to change the perceptions of Native and Indigenous people through dynamic and imaginative pop culture representations. Dr. Francis is also the writer for Sixkiller and the upcoming Ghost River: An Account of the Paxton Massacre in Pennsylvania. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Pueblo of Laguna Education Foundation and the Youth Development Coordinator for Laguna Partners For Success. In his career, Dr. Francis has had the distinct pleasure to work as a classroom instructor at Laguna-Acoma High School, the University of New Mexico, and the Native American Community Academy. In 2014, he received his PhD in Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. His work as a poet and scholar has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He will join the IRTG Diversity in Saarbrücken from 22-25 May 2019.

 

Soldier Songs

Musiktheater von David T. Little
Europäische Erstproduktion

15. März 2019, 19.30 Uhr
16. März 2019, 19.30 Uhr
24. März 2019, 19.30 Uhr

Alte Feuerwache (Saarbrücken)

Am 16. März findet nach der Vorstellung ein Publikumsgespräch mit dem Komponisten David Little und Prof. Fellner statt.

Hier finden Sie weitere Informationen zum Stück.

 

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