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Inaugural Lecture: “Muscle Beach and the History of American Bodybuilding” 🗓

Inaugural Lecture: “Muscle Beach and the History of American Bodybuilding” 🗓

Florian Freitag (Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz)

July 2, 2019
JGU Campus Gemersheim

 

On 2 July, Dr. habil. Florian Freitag delivered his inaugural lecture (Antrittsvorlesung), entitled “Muscle Beach and the History of American Bodybuilding” at the Department of Translation Studies (Germersheim). With this talk, Dr. Freitag completed his habilitation and officially received the venia legendi from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. The Obama Institute congratulates Dr. Freitag.

July 5 – Developing a Local University Ecosystem: Transdisciplinary, Collaborative Local Scholarship 🗓

July 5 – Developing a Local University Ecosystem: Transdisciplinary, Collaborative Local Scholarship 🗓

Brennan Collins (Georgia State University)

July 5, 2019
9-11 p.m.,  (Fakultätssaal 01-185, Philosophicum)

Transdisciplinary collaboration between local universities can thrive when
scholars combine resources and begin to create projects with a local
audience in mind. The Atlanta Studies Network supports an interdisciplinary group of scholars, students, instructors, professionals, and community members who engage with the Atlanta metro area as a space for research, teaching, and activism. Through the development of digital resources, events, methods, projects, and platforms this network seeks to promote research and understanding of Atlanta’s past, present, and prospective future. Over the past 8 years, the network has created a geospatial storytelling platform that combines thousands of maps from multiple institutions, a teaching site where k-12 and college instructors can share assignments and syllabi focused on our city, an online journal with
thousands of readers, digital museums about historically significant spaces in the city, and may other events, projects, and resources. This presentation will provide an overview of the Atlanta Studies Network with a particular focus on mapping, 3D visualization, and digital curation.

Brennan Collins is the Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Georgia State University for Digital  pedagogy and Atlanta Studies. The interdisciplinary nature and technology focus of these program allows him to work with a diverse faculty in exploring inventive pedagogies. He is particularly interested in creating transdisciplinary and interinstitutional projects and platforms that explore the urban landscape to develop student critical thinking and create opportunities for community engagement. This work explores the intersection of the Humanities with the emerging fields of mapping, digital heritage, data visualization and curation, and immersive learning. He teaches courses in Multiethnic U.S. Literature and comics.

 

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4th of July Events – Keynote “Loyalty, Patriotism, and Nationalism in Times of Crisis”, Student Presentations, and Lecture 🗓

4th of July Events – Keynote “Loyalty, Patriotism, and Nationalism in Times of Crisis”, Student Presentations, and Lecture 🗓

4th of July Events at the Obama Institute

July 4, 2019, 2–8 p.m., Philosophicum

2-4 p.m. (P4, Philosophicum) ………………………………

Guest Lecture
“Loyalty, Patriotism, and Nationalism in Times of Crisis”

Prof. Richard King
(University of Nottingham, UK)

What might the 4th of July mean to Americans and us in general? From America’s Frederick Douglass to German American Hannah Arendt and on to Jürgen Habermas, the nature of loyalty, patriotism and nationalism have proven to be elusive but still necessary.

 

4-6 p.m. (Fakultätssaal 01-185, Philosophicum)

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(Graduate) Student Project Presentations

Project pitches by Frederick Billmeier, Neslihan Bulut, Jacqueline Dagdadan, Josephine Koennecke, Frank Newton, Daniel Scott, Johanna Seibert, Filiz Touchton, Katharina Weygold
Performance presentation “Streaming America” (Niklas Müller, Maike Schiffler, Anna Sophie Ullmann)

 

6-8 p.m. (Fakultätssaal 01-185, Philosophicum)

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Öffentliche Antrittsvorlesung
“Reading and the Futures of Literary Studies”

Dr. Tim Lanzendörfer
(JGU, Obama Institute)

 

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July 2 – Decolonizing the Garde: Avant-Garde Canadian Writing and the Indigenous Renaissance 🗓

July 2 – Decolonizing the Garde: Avant-Garde Canadian Writing and the Indigenous Renaissance 🗓

Gregory Betts (University College, Dublin/Brock University, Canada)

July 2, 2019
4-6 p.m., P 207 (Philosophicum)

Indigenous art has always been interconnected with the avant-garde, and it is increasingly fallacious to speak of the difference between Indigenous and avant-garde art. My talk will highlight some of the achievements and dynamics of avant-gardism in the contemporary Canadian context, including highlighting some of the implications of the Indigenous Renaissance on the category of avant-garde art and literature. The first part of my talk will elaborate on the idea of avant-gardism, especially in Canada, while the second half will focus on what happens to this category when we attend to Indigenous art and culture.

Gregory Betts is the current Craig Dobbin Professor of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin. While he is a poet, with six books to his name, he is primarily known for his research into the Canadian avant-garde. On that subject, Betts wrote the definitive study called Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations (University of Toronto Press) and recently, just this year, published an essential status-update of contemporary avant-garde writing called Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries (co-edited with Christian Bök, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press). He is the former Director of Canadian Studies at Brock University, where he is a Professor of Canadian Literature.

 

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June 27 – Race and Anti-Imperialism in Merze Tate’s International Thought 🗓

June 27 – Race and Anti-Imperialism in Merze Tate’s International Thought 🗓

KEYNOTE:
Race and Anti-Imperialism in Merze Tate’s International Thought

Barbara Savage (University of Pennsylvania)

Thursday, June 27, 2019
6 p.m. (s.t.)

Helmholtz-Institut Mainz – Staudingerweg 18 Conference Ground Floor II – Room 1395-00-133

This keynote is part of the Workshop “The Black Diaspora and African American Intellectual History”.

Professor Merze Tate (1905-1996), an African American woman, pioneered in the fields of diplomatic history and international relations during her tenure at Howard University from 1942 to 1977. Trained at both Oxford and Harvard, Tate was one of the few black women academics of her generation. A prolific scholar with a wide-range of interests, her works covered the fields of disarmament, the diplomatic and political histories of the Pacific, and the role of railways and mineral extraction industries in the colonization of Africa.

Professor Barbara D. Savage is Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought in the Department of Africana Studies of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the prize-winning books Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (Harvard University Press, 2008) and Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War, and the Politics of Race, 1938-1948 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999). She is currently at work on an intellectual biography of Professor Merze Tate.

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June 18 – ‘Thinking against the Grain’: Challenging the (Emerging) Liberal Consensus 🗓

June 18 – ‘Thinking against the Grain’: Challenging the (Emerging) Liberal Consensus 🗓

‘Thinking against the Grain’: Challenging the (Emerging) Liberal Consensus

Richard King (University of Nottingham, UK)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
4-6 p.m.
P 207 – Philosophicum

After World War II, there was an emerging consensus on matters of race, including racial equality, which not only elicited opposition from conservatives and segregationists but also from legal realists and other liberals. In particular, two prominent intellectuals also expressed discomfort with the new consensus, novelist Zora Neal Hurston and political thinker Hannah Arendt. It is their thinking on these matters that I will explore in my talk.

Richard King is Emeritus Professor in American Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham.

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