May 24 – Lunch Lecture on Narrative Medicine 🗓

May 24 – Lunch Lecture on Narrative Medicine 🗓

Danielle Spencer

Academic Director, Narrative Medicine Program Columbia University, New York

May 24, 2022, 12-1 p.m., 02.102 (Philo II)

This talk offers an introduction to Narrative Medicine, as well as the concept of metagnosis as the revelation of a longstanding condition. This can occur when an individual is diagnosed with a condition such as ADHD or Asperger Syndrome which was previously present, but undiagnosed; it can also happen when diagnostic boundaries shift. How do these experiences change our knowledge? We will also discuss broader applications of the concept, and ways in which it illuminates the principles and practices of Narrative Medicine.

Danielle Spencer is the author of Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity (Oxford University Press, 2021) and co-author of Perkins- Prize-winning The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (OUP, 2017). Her research interests include retrospective diagnosis, contemporary film and bioethics, and healthcare pedagogy; her creative and scholarly work appears in diverse outlets, from Ploughshares to The Lancet. Formerly artist/musician David Byrne’s Art Director, Spencer holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. She is a 2019 MacDowell Fellow and a 2022 Yaddo Fellow.

You can download the poster for this talk here.

Research Summer 2022

Research Summer 2022

The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies welcomes several internationally renowned scholars in the summer term of 2022. Please join us for their contributions to our course and research program!

May 9
2–4pm, P3, Philosophicum I

Imagined Pasts: Historical Thinking and Black Immigrants
Herman L. Bennett,
City University of New York

May 10
2–4pm, 01-6182–4pm, P5, Philosophicum I

Ethnic Formation Now and the Problem with the Past 
Herman L. Bennet, City University of New York

4–6pm, P 205, Philosophicum I

Visual Arts as Research: Examples from the Studio
Ruth Stanford, Georgia State University, Atlanta

May 16
2-4pm, P3, Philosophicum I

Leaving America: Emigrant Culture When the Dream Is Over 
Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayagüez 

May 17
10am–12pm, P106, Philosophicum I

Juanita Harrison’s “Great, Wide, Beautiful World”
Cathryn Halverson, Minot State University, North Dakota

2–4pm, P5, Philosophicum I

On the Puertoricanization of U.S. Higher Education
Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

May 24
12–2pm, P207, Philosophicum I

From Lemonade to Homecoming: Beyoncé’s Spatial Politics
Patricia Coloma Peñate, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia

4–6pm, P205, Philosophicum I

The Phenomenology of Heinrich Sisstrunk: A Portrait of a First Settler in the New World
Patricia Coloma Peñate, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia

June 13
2–4pm, P3, Philosophicum I

The Muslims Are (Always) Coming!: How Religion as a Category of Analysis Complicates American Immigration Narratives
Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

June 14
2–4pm, P5, Philosophicum I

“It don’t Gitmo better than this”: Why Guantanamo Bay May Be the Best Worst Place for Understanding Transnational American Studies
Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

6–8pm, Online (Zoom, click here for access) Meeting ID: 894 5748 9483 Code: 185247

U.S. Regional Vision and Politics
Wade Turvold, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawai’i

June 15
12–2pm, 14SR01, BKM

Bonds of War: How Civil War Financial Agents Sold the World on the Union
David K. Thomson, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

You can find a poster overview of all events here.

Oliver Scheiding receives Gutenberg Research College “Zielgerade” Fellowship 🗓

Oliver Scheiding receives Gutenberg Research College “Zielgerade” Fellowship 🗓

Oliver Scheiding has been awarded the Gutenberg Research College fellowship “Zielgerade” to finish his book project Print Technologies and the Emergence of American Literary Culture, which is under contract with Wiley-Blackwell. The fellowship includes funding for a one-year substitute position for the 2022–2023 academic year.

The book offers an original and new study of the ways changing print/media businesses, technologies and audiences shaped the emergence of writing in North America. The book sheds new light on reading the literatures of the early Americas as a multilayered network of co-agencies, attachments, and afterlives. In doing so, it provides a new model of literary agency and offers an altered analytical attitude recognizing different cross-temporal comparisons of transnational connections in spaces of colonial encounters.

“Africans, Americans, and Colonial Germany” Symposium, Apr. 29, 2022

“Africans, Americans, and Colonial Germany” Symposium, Apr. 29, 2022


Africans, Americans, and Colonial Germany

An online symposium on Zoom (use meeting code 207060)

April 29, 2022

The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies organizes a symposium on the heritage of Colonial Germany and the presence of people of African descent in German society. This trilateral investigation ranges from Germany to Africa, America and back, addresses the German engagement in the slavery trade and the institution of slavery, the violent effects of colonization still felt on site and visible in the spoils on display in the museums, and the systemic discrimination of Black people. Fellows of the Obama Institute, former and present colleagues will present aspects of their current research involving the relations between Namibia and Germany, the racist treatment of Africans, African Americans and Afro-Germans and the legacy of German colonialism in the Pacific.

We welcome Ruth Stanford (Georgia State University, USA), Heike Raphael-Hernandez (University of Würzburg, Germany), Herman Bennett (City University of New York, USA), Pia Wiegmink (University of Bonn, Germany) and a student presentation by Ahngeli Shivam (University of Mainz, Germany).

Download the poster with program here.

Apply now! Fulbright PhD Scholarships (2023) for German Students 🗓

Apply now! Fulbright PhD Scholarships (2023) for German Students 🗓

Chancen für Nachwuchswissenschaftler:innen: Vernetzen Sie sich mit der Forschung in den USA
Werden Sie Teil der internationalen Community von Fulbright-Stipendiat:innen und Alumni.

Bis zum 1. Juni 2022 können sich deutsche Promotionsstudierende bei Fulbright Germany für ein Doktorandenstipendium bewerben. Wir fördern vier- bis sechsmonatige Forschungsprojekte an einer US-Hochschule, die zwischen dem 1. Januar und 31. Juni 2023 beginnen.

Das Stipendium finanziert Unterhaltskosten von 1.700 Euro/Monat, Nebenkosten in Höhe von 300 Euro, die transatlantische Reise, eine Kranken-/Unfallversicherung und das Fulbright J-1 Visum.

In unserer „Office Hour“ am 3. Mai von 12:30 bis 13:30 Uhr informieren und beraten wir Sie gerne auf Zoom. Registrieren Sie sich bitte hier, damit wir Sie vor dem Termin über die Zoom-Zugangsdaten informieren können.

Detaillierte Informationen zum Stipendienprogramm finden Sie auf unserer Webseite.

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Exhibition: Paperworlds/Blätterwelten in Germersheim 🗓

Exhibition: Paperworlds/Blätterwelten in Germersheim 🗓

Transnational Periodical Cultures Exhibition:

Paperworlds / Blätterwelten

27.04.2022 – 22.07.2022

JGU, Campus Germersheim, Mensa

Als Alternative zum Mainstream wollen unabhängige Zeitschriften, sogenannte indie mags, vieles anders machen. Trotz des oft beschworenen Niedergangs von Print boomt der Indie-Zeitschriftenmarkt seit den 2010ern ungebrochen. Im Independent-Bereich trifft außergewöhnliches Design auf unterrepräsentierte Themen und neue Perspektiven. Zum Beispiel verwenden marginalisierte Gruppen Zeitschriften als Sprachrohr für Anliegen, die im Mainstream-Markt keine Plattform finden. Migrantische und sexuelle Minderheiten nutzen Magazine als gemeinschaftsbildende Darstellungsformen. Andere Indies zielen auf alternative Lifestyles, Hobbies, Sport, Mode und Design. Das Alltägliche und Gewöhnliche wird durch die künstlerische Gestaltung ungewöhnlich.

Die Ausstellung ist als walk-by exhibition konzipiert. Durch Magazine exemplarisch illustriert werden die vier Bereiche Print/Digital, Cover, Zeit/Alltag und Sprache.

Zur Eröffnung erscheinen ein zweisprachiges Begleitheft und englischsprachige Clips.

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