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I'm currently on a one-person study tour through the US to research the ongoing presidential elections. I will post larger, in depth-pieces to American Studies Leipzig's election blog and will use my personal blog below to report on the everyday encounters. More information on my journey is also available in this news item. Please enjoy reading, and please comment or ask questions.

201920Nov

Eleonora Ravizza Defends Her Doctoral Thesis

On Thursday, October 24, ASL instructor Eleonora Ravizza successfully defended her doctoral thesis in front of a dissertation committee and an audience of about 20 people. This process is part of receiving a doctorate degree at Leipzig University's Philological Faculty.

201919Nov

Room Change in SHPII-Seminar "Sources of Wealth and Roots of Power"

Due to the high number of participants, the seminar "Sources of Wealth and Roots of Power - United States Economic and Social History in an International Context" will now take place in room S302 in the seminar building (NSG) at the central campus (Universitätsstraße 5), starting this week.

 

201914Nov

“Die Indianer konnten die Einwanderung nicht stoppen“ – Panel Discussion at Grassi Museum on Nov. 21, 2019, at 7 pm

The Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde cordially invites to a panel discussion on the cultural and political impact of constructed “images of Indians”.

Grassi director Léontine Meijer-van Mensch and curator Frank Usbeck will talk to James Mackay, professor of American Literature specializing in indigenous literature, and Johanna Cree Summers, daughter of the indigenous author John Blackbird. The discussion will especially focus on the question how “images of Indians” are used – and instrumentalized – nowadays in Europa and the US, e. g., in the immigration debate. Cree Summers will also share her personal experience with the German “enthusiasm for Indians” (thinking of Karl May or Buffalo Bill) and cultural prejudices.

The event takes place at Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde, Johannisplatz 5-11, 04103 Leipzig.
It will be held in German and entrance is free.

20198Nov

APPLY NOW: Transatlantic Leadership Program 2020

Applications for the Transatlantic Leadership Program (TLP) 2020 are now open until 30 November 2019. The TLP gives young professionals of the European Union the opportunity to work on transatlantic relations first-hand by offering an internship of three months at the United States Congress. The working experience will be from September to December 2020.

Requirements:

20191Nov

Narrative Liminality Network Culminates in Conference Looking 'Beyond Narrative'

For the past two years, researchers from around Germany have investigated and discussed 'narrative liminality' in a network funded by the German Research Foundation. As part of their collaboration, they have explored and theorized the boundaries and interrelations between the symbolic forms of narrative, play, data, ritual, spectacle, and others.

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