CANCELED // Nov 28 – Whitman’s Sexual Politics 🗓

CANCELED // Nov 28 – Whitman’s Sexual Politics 🗓

Russ Castronovo (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

Nov 28, 2018, 4-6 p.m., P 103 (Philosophicum)


Russ Castronovo is Tom Paine Professor of English and Dorothy Draheim Professor of American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, where he is also Affiliate Faculty Member of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture.

You can find the poster for the event here.

Nov 22-23 – Interdisciplinary Symposium: Aging Cultures/Cultures of Aging 🗓

Nov 22-23 – Interdisciplinary Symposium: Aging Cultures/Cultures of Aging 🗓

Aging Cultures – Cultures of Aging

Interdisciplinary Symposium

Nov 22, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Nov 23, 2018, 10.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.

Philosophicum II, room 00.212

Keynotes by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kunow (Potsdam) and
Dr. Scott King (Winchester, VA, USA)

Everybody welcome!

Download the full program here.

We are all, as Margaret Morganroth Gulotte has famously written, “aged by culture.” What this implies is that the meaning ascribed to age is not so much biological, as it is cultural. What does this mean, however, for specific communities within a given culture? What does it mean to speak, for instance, of concepts such as “black aging,” “queer aging,” or “female aging”? And what does all this mean in a transnational context? This workshop seeks to link aging studies on the one hand and fields such as Black Studies, Queer Studies, Diaspora Studies, and Gender Studies on the other.

At the same time, it asks whether culturalist notions of aging have jettisoned the biological, material dimension of aging altogether or whether there is after all a way in which “culture” and “biology” can be fruitfully linked. Moreover, recent research, both in the life sciences and in forms of life writing (such as the boom of centenarians’ autobiographies) may have given rise to a celebration, perhaps even fetishization, of extreme longevity. To what extent has the emphasis on both longevity and “successful aging” tended to pit aging studies against, for instance, disability studies? What other narratives of old age need to be told, which may serve to sabotage mainstream representations of what it means to be old?

The symposium is organized by Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee and Julia Velten, M.A. for the DFG-funded research project “Die Fabrikation der Hundertjährigen,” which is part of the DFG Research Group 1939 “Un/Doing Differences – Praktiken der Humandifferenzierung.”


Nov 22 – Annual Obama Lecture & Award Ceremony 🗓

Nov 22 – Annual Obama Lecture & Award Ceremony 🗓

Gabriele Rippl (University of Bern, Switzerland)

“Picture This! Transcultural American Literature in the Digital Age”

Nov 22, 2018, 12 noon-2 p.m.
Senatssaal (7th floor, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät)


On Nov 22, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl will give the annual Obama Lecture and the Obama Institute’s Executive Board members will award the Obama Dissertation Prize to Argelia Segovia Liga from Missouri State U, USA, who will also give a short talk on her thesis.
Furthermore, the Obama Institute will award the Galinsky Prize to outstanding student papers in the field of Early American Studies.

For further informaton and the full program, please download the flyer here.


Nov 21 – Unternehmen und Akteure (Workshop) 🗓

Nov 21 – Unternehmen und Akteure (Workshop) 🗓

Research Group “Transnational Periodical Cultures”

Unternehmen und Akteure (Workshop II)

Nov 21, 2018, 10 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:

Oct 17, 2018 – Workshop I – Markets, Standardization and Adaptation
Nov 21, 2018 – Workshop II  – Unternehmen und Akteure
Dec 12, 2018 – Workshop III – Zeitschriften und Digitalisierung
Jan 16, 2019 – Workshop IV – Zeitschriften, Gestaltung, Design

You can find the program for the event on Nov 21, 2018 here.

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

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