Toward a New Transatlantic Space?

The American Studies Institute at the University of Leipzig and the German Historical Institute Washington hosted the conference entitled “Toward a New Transatlantic Space? Changing Perceptions of Identity, Belonging, and Space in the Atlantic World”, held in Leipzig, 21 June – 23 June 2007.


This conference is meant to bring together young and more established scholars from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to explore in an interdisciplinary fashion how the transatlantic space is evolving, and what this implies for the vital interests of the countries and societies making up the transatlantic space. The diversity of disciplines will help encourage more substantial scholarly results. It is also the aim of this conference to encourage transatlantic education cooperation, including a new transatlantic degree program, and to enable transatlantic dialog involving practitioners, scholars, and the broader public. In addition, all papers will be published in an edited volume that will become the start of a scholarly series on “The Evolving Transatlantic Space”.


  • The full program can be viewed here.
  • For the official conference poster, please click here.

The program has been composed so as to stress the transdisciplinary and transcultural approach to the fundamental question of how perceptions of the transatlantic space are evolving, and thus shaping how member countries pursue key issues in both domestic and international politics.

A public opening lecture will be given by the Polish Ambassador to the United States, Janusz Reiter, on June 21. The conference itself is divided into four sections: Considerations of a Transatlantic Space, Elements of a Transatlantic Space, Contesting the Transatlantic Space, Constructing a Transatlantic Space.


  • The full list of participants can be viewed here.

Participants of this conference come from a variety of different disciplines (eg. Political and Social Sciences; International, German and American Studies; and Literature) and represent a mix of generations (younger scholars along with established scholars), a balance of gender, and a fuller geography of the transatlantic space (from Eastern Europe to the West Coast of the United States) to reflect established and emerging generations actively engaged in an expanding transatlantic space and the pursuit of transatlantic scholarship.

Conference Report

  • To read the final conference report, please click here.


The conference was held in cooperation with the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C., and was kindly supported by the Thyssen Foundation, the Polish Institute Leipzig, and the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig.