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 Richard A. Bachmann 

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Richard A. Bachmann
Adjunct Assistant Lecturer
Room GWZ 3 5.01 | Phone:
Office Hours: By appointment. Just contact me via email.


An offspring of American Studies Leipzig, I received both my BA (2012) and MA (2016) in American studies from Leipzig University while spending time at Ohio University in 2010-11 as a BA Plus Fellow. In 2013-14, I spent a year at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Detroit as a Service for Peace Fellow, awared by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace.

During that year, Detroit got a hold of me so that I could not let go off the city even after my return. One result of this is Growing Together Detroit, an alternative summer break program I helped to set up with activists from Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, Repair the World (Detroit), and the Eden Gardens Block Club. Also academically the Motor City has developed into my spatial focal point. Bringing together intellectual history with urban studies, political economy and cultural history, I wrote my MA thesis about Detroit philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs, and papers about the 1967 Detroit Riot and the Motor City as a spatial asset for symbolic consumerism.

My teaching has revolved around the process of deindustrialization and its social and economic consequences in Detroit-Windsor region and the North Atlantic, as well as the 1967 Detroit Riot. 

My current research is concerned with the 1950s/60s debates in the U.S. and Europe about the social and economic repercussions of automation, cybernation, and the fundamental restructuring of the labor market that accompanied it.  




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