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

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

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.

You can download the poster for the event here.

July 15-19 – Interdisciplinary Workshop: U.S. Indian Law and Policy 🗓

July 15-19 – Interdisciplinary Workshop: U.S. Indian Law and Policy 🗓

Interdisciplinary Workshop

“History of United States Indian Law and Policy”

Prof. Lindsay G. Robertson (University of Oklahoma)

Faculty Director, Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy
Chickasaw Nation Endowed Chair in Native American Law

July 15-19, P 109a (Philosophicum)

This course will trace the development and political and cultural impact of British colonial and United States policy towards indigenous peoples in North America from the Seventeenth Century through the present day. Among other topics, we will explore Treaty-making, Indian Removal, the Reservation System, late-Nineteenth Century Assimilation and Allotment, mid-Twentieth Century Indian Reorganization, and modern Tribal Self-Determination.

For course registration and further information, please contact Dr. Sonja Georgi.

You can find the workshop poster here.

June 7 – WORKSHOP: From Confucius to Mickey Mouse 🗓

June 7 – WORKSHOP: From Confucius to Mickey Mouse 🗓

“From Confucius to Mickey Mouse”

June 7
11.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
02.102 (Philosophicum II)

Alfred Hornung (OI), Florian Freitag (OI), and Chang Liu (U of Heidelberg) invite you to a workshop on U.S.-Chinese Transcultural Dynamics.

Please see below for the program and further info or download the flyer here.


11:30 MAOdonna: On Madonna’s Star Image in China
Chang Liu (Heidelberg)

12:15 Decoding Female Elites: Commodities and Commodified Women in Contemporary Asian TV Dramas
Ruxin Jia (Heidelberg)

14:00 Middle Magic Kingdoms: The Theme Park in China
Florian Freitag (OI)

14:45 The Belt and Road Initiative and Transcultural Communication
Alfred Hornung (OI)

15:30 Survivors or Returnees? Writer Identity Developed in Li-Young Lee
Mohan Ding (Göttingen)

16:15 The Lost Utopia – Photographs of Mount Huang in 1920s and 1930s China
Qiuzi Guo (Heidelberg)


During the late eighteenth century, the Founding Fathers’ adaptation of Confucian ethics of conduct played a pivotal role in the formation of the American democracy and its public life, as taken up in Ezra Pound’s embracement of Confucius’ ideas and in his Cantos. In the twentieth century, the reception of the aesthetics, politics, and economic strategies of Disney theme parks had a similar impact on the “Disneyfication” of public space in China. These examples illustrate the longevity, the variety, but also the multi-directionality of U.S.-Chinese cultural relations. Within the various transnational networks spanning the Pacific Rim, relations between the U.S. and China have always played a special role, inspiring such concepts as “Chimerica” (Ferguson/Schularick; with an emphasis on economic and political aspects) and “ChinAmerica” (Hornung; with a focus on intercultural relations). The two cannot be easily separated, however, as politics and the economy have provided the legal framework and the material resources for cultural interactions and culture has profoundly determined the protocols of political and economic encounters. “From Confucius to Mickey Mouse: U.S.-Chinese Transcultural Dynamics” therefore inquires not only into particular instances of cultural exchanges between China and the United States, but also into their legal, economic, logistical and infrastructural, as well as medial underpinnings and consequences.Issues addressed during the workshop thus include: Who were the actors and interpersonal networks behind these transcultural dynamics and what motivated and drove, but also hindered their various ventures? Which media sustained U.S.-Chinese transcultural relations and how did their specific (im)materiality, media logics, and regulation impact these cultural exchanges? What was the reception and the impact of transcultural dynamics between China and the U.S. in China, America, and elsewhere? And finally, what is the role of the Confucius Institutes and how does the Trump administration promote Chinese leadership in the 21st century?

June 20-23 – Conference “Cultures of Medicine” & Workshop “Narrative Medicine” 🗓

June 20-23 – Conference “Cultures of Medicine” & Workshop “Narrative Medicine” 🗓

The Obama Institute and the “Narrative Medicine” program at Columbia University, New York invite everyone to a conference (June 20 & 21) and a workshop (June 22 & 23) on “Cultures of Medicine” and “Narrative Medicine” (co-organized with the Center of Continuing Education at JGU).

For the full schedule, further details, and registration, please visit zww.uni-mainz.de/tagungen-und-workshops/narrative-medicine/.

You can also download the flyer here.

Conference participation is free of charge.
For remission or reimbursement of the workshop fee, please contact Prof. Banerjee.

May 8 – Periodicals and Globalization (Workshop) 🗓

May 8 – Periodicals and Globalization (Workshop) 🗓

Research Group “Transnational Periodical Cultures”

Periodicals and Globalization (Workshop V)

May 8, 2019, 9:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Campus Germersheim (Raum 117, Sitzungsraum)

The research group “Transnational Periodical Cultures” (Jutta Ernst, Dagmar von Hoff, Bjørn von Rimscha, Oliver Scheiding) holds a series of workshops on the following dates:

May 8, 2019 – Workshop V – Periodicals and Globalization
June 5, 2019 – Workshop VI  – Translation and Transnational Periodical Cultures
June 26, 2019 – Doktorandenworkshop – Aktuelle Theorie- und Methodenprobleme der Zeitschriftenforschung

You can find the program for the event on May 8, 2019 here.

If you are interested in attending one of the workshops or specific talks, please contact one of the organizers mentioned above.

For further information, please visit www.transnationalperiodicalcultures.net.

Feb 8 – Career Workshop: American Art 🗓

Feb 8 – Career Workshop: American Art 🗓

Career Workshop: American Art

February 8, 2019

Helmholtz Institute Mainz
Staudingerweg 18
55128 Mainz

Conference Room 1395-00-133/135 (Ground Floor), 10 a.m.–11 a.m.


Interested in studying American art, working in museums, applying for research funding, or pursuing an academic career? In this unique workshop, speakers from the symposium International Perspectives on American Art will share their varied career paths in an informal discussion with students.

Dr. Christian Berger, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz/The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Prof. Dr. Winfried Fluck, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Eleanor Harvey, Ph.D., Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Anna O. Marley, Ph.D., Curator of Historical American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Susanne Scharf, M.A., Frankfurt am Main

Space is limited. Please register by email to Dr. Allison M. Stagg: allstagg@uni-mainz.de by February 1.

You can download the poster for the workshop here.

Title image: George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811–1879; The Wood-Boat, 1850; oil on canvas mounted on board; 25 1/8 in. × 30 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase 14:1951