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

Jan 16–18 – Keeping the Faith: Glaube und Journalismus – Conference Room, Helmholtz Institute. Organized by Prof. Oliver Scheiding and Anja-Maria Bassimir 🗓

Jan 16–18 – Keeping the Faith: Glaube und Journalismus – Conference Room, Helmholtz Institute. Organized by Prof. Oliver Scheiding and Anja-Maria Bassimir 🗓

Religious media are part of the knowledge production of faith communities. As producers, disseminators and archivists they play important roles for perpetuating a certain faith tradition. In this workshop, we will analyze how religious journalists and others involved in producing religious online and print media work and thus nourish and support religious affiliation. For this purpose, we will look at three areas of religious journalism: content, technology, and the larger religious network.


Religiöse Medien sind Teil der Wissensproduktion einer Glaubensgemeinschaft. Als Produzenten, Verteiler und Archivare spielen Medien eine wichtige Rolle bei der Erhaltung und Weiterführung einer Glaubenstradition. In diesem Workshop setzen wir uns damit auseinander, wie religiöse Journalisten und andere, die an der Produktion von religiösen online Inhalten und Printmedien beteiligt sind, arbeiten und so religiöse Zugehörigkeit pflegen und unterstützen. Daher werden wir uns mit drei Bereichen des religiösen Journalismus auseinandersetzen: Inhalten, Technologien und dem Netzwerk.


Download the program for the workshop here.