Workshop Report | Narrated Lives, Remembered Selves: Emerging Research in Life Writing Studies

How are life writing studies positioned in relation to the spatial, transnational and global turns in cultural studies and area studies? Tamara Heger and Verena Baier discuss these questions in their workshop report.
IMAGO / alimdi

Kicked out of Krapina (Croatia): Emigration Agents and Habsburg Bureaucrats

Was a kosher butcher with a US passport in small-town Croatia part of an international human trafficking ring? Or was he really enjoying the healthy waters? Ulf Brunnbauer explores a life story to consider migration, border and identity regimes in modern Europe and the Americas.
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Impressions from the Workshop “Unbuilding binaries: Exploring affective and analytical responses to binary divisions as encountered in the field”

How can binaries be effectively unbuilt? How does this impact constructions of identity, conceptual frameworks and scholarly fields? These are some questions explored by the graduate researcher team behind the workshop “Unbuilding binaries”
Kirill Kukhmar/TASS

Racial Capitalocene Binaries: Approaching environmental destruction in the Russian context

Sasha Shestakova explores intersections of climate change, extractivism and the destruction of indigenous cultures in Russia’s Far North, querying human/nature and North/South binaries while tracing colonialism’s long-term legacies.
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Rorschach, Anna Habaschy aka Minaechx, Wien 2020 (www.minaechx.at)

Deutschland-Analysen: seeing Germany from inside and outside. An interview with Marcus Hahn and Frederic Ponten by Tamara Heger

Must Germany be studied as a nation-state? Or could it be viewed as an area, through lenses positioned on the inside and outside? How does the Nazi past affect the analytical and conceptual frameworks open to researchers today? Marcus Hahn and Frederic Ponten discuss their efforts to reconfigure German studies as transregional or trans-imperial area studies with Tamara Heger.
IMAGO / agefotostock

Transatlantic Circulations of Conspiracy Fiction: From Europe to the United States

Conspiracy theories are often in the (fake) news today. Although they are closer to fiction than reality, Chloé Chaudet, a recent visiting researcher at the ScienceCampus, shows that cultural and literary studies lack the tools to develop a transmedial narratology of conspiracy discourses which could investigate them in their historical and transatlantic dimensions.
IMAGO / Kolvenbach

Operation Barbarossa 2021: Practices (Re)Rendering the Myth of the ‘clean’ Wehrmacht in Contemporary Grand Strategy Computer Gaming

How does it feel to change history? Is it right to play out fantasies of Nazi-German military success? Jon Matlack explores how strategy-based computer games such as Hearts of Iron IV make this possible for millions of players and what this means for public history.
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IMAGO / agefotostock

We will be alright. Some encouragement for those in the starting gates and those who will be

In this thought-provoking text, Jana Stöxen reflects on her experiences of developing her research topic for her master's thesis. She explores the social, disciplinary and material barriers she faced before outlining how she overcame them to produce an innovative piece of research. Her words offer encouragement to her peers - and others - who might be struggling with similar challenges.
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Jana Stöxen

Post-socialism in Passing: Impressions from field research conducted off the beaten track | Postsozialismus im Vorbeigehen: Eindrücke einer Feldforschung abseits der großen Straßen

Jana Stöxen, winner of the inaugural Regensburg Prize for Prize for Outstanding Master's Theses, presents a photo essay based on her ethnographic field research conducted in Bucharest. She traced the ways post-socialism forms part of everyday life, shaping the community in a block of flats in the Berceni district of the Romanian capital. The texts are in English and German.
IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

The Post-Dialogic Imagination: Brexit Friction, Brexit Fiction

Dirk Wiemann explores recent British fiction, including the works of Jonathan Coe and Ali Smith, to consider how novels have approached Brexit and its impact on the ability to conduct dialogue and form national imaginaries. Adopting a Bakhtinian lens, he considers the ways novels negotiate the polarized agonism that threatens to undo social cohesion with models of meaning-making rendered ineffective in new conditions.

Workshop Report: Migration, Mediality, Liminality

In collaboration with international partners from U Michigan and U Arizona, the ScienceCampus explored how migration experiences, in the past and today, are mediated through a variety of formats, giving expression to the liminality of global and regional mobilities.
IMAGO / Shotshop

The Nation-State, Liberal Global Orders, and Freedom of Movement

In an illuminating essay, Jannis Panagiotidis argues that even before the Covid19 crisis forcefully reminded us of the state’s power to regulate and restrict the movement even of its own citizens, a scholar of migration would have found little reason to believe the notion that the nation state could become obsolete anytime soon. While migrations transcends the confines of the nation-state perhaps nowhere is the nation-state more present than in migration matters.
IMAGO / alimdi

Kicked out of Krapina (Croatia): Emigration Agents and Habsburg Bureaucrats

Was a kosher butcher with a US passport in small-town Croatia part of an international human trafficking ring? Or was he really enjoying the healthy waters? Ulf Brunnbauer explores a life story to consider migration, border and identity regimes in modern Europe and the Americas.
IMAGO / Kolvenbach

Operation Barbarossa 2021: Practices (Re)Rendering the Myth of the ‘clean’ Wehrmacht in Contemporary Grand Strategy Computer Gaming

How does it feel to change history? Is it right to play out fantasies of Nazi-German military success? Jon Matlack explores how strategy-based computer games such as Hearts of Iron IV make this possible for millions of players and what this means for public history.
IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

The Post-Dialogic Imagination: Brexit Friction, Brexit Fiction

Dirk Wiemann explores recent British fiction, including the works of Jonathan Coe and Ali Smith, to consider how novels have approached Brexit and its impact on the ability to conduct dialogue and form national imaginaries. Adopting a Bakhtinian lens, he considers the ways novels negotiate the polarized agonism that threatens to undo social cohesion with models of meaning-making rendered ineffective in new conditions.
IMAGO / Shotshop

The Nation-State, Liberal Global Orders, and Freedom of Movement

In an illuminating essay, Jannis Panagiotidis argues that even before the Covid19 crisis forcefully reminded us of the state’s power to regulate and restrict the movement even of its own citizens, a scholar of migration would have found little reason to believe the notion that the nation state could become obsolete anytime soon. While migrations transcends the confines of the nation-state perhaps nowhere is the nation-state more present than in migration matters.
Kirill Kukhmar/TASS

Racial Capitalocene Binaries: Approaching environmental destruction in the Russian context

Sasha Shestakova explores intersections of climate change, extractivism and the destruction of indigenous cultures in Russia’s Far North, querying human/nature and North/South binaries while tracing colonialism’s long-term legacies.
IMAGO / agefotostock

Transatlantic Circulations of Conspiracy Fiction: From Europe to the United States

Conspiracy theories are often in the (fake) news today. Although they are closer to fiction than reality, Chloé Chaudet, a recent visiting researcher at the ScienceCampus, shows that cultural and literary studies lack the tools to develop a transmedial narratology of conspiracy discourses which could investigate them in their historical and transatlantic dimensions.
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Jana Stöxen

Post-socialism in Passing: Impressions from field research conducted off the beaten track | Postsozialismus im Vorbeigehen: Eindrücke einer Feldforschung abseits der großen Straßen

Jana Stöxen, winner of the inaugural Regensburg Prize for Prize for Outstanding Master's Theses, presents a photo essay based on her ethnographic field research conducted in Bucharest. She traced the ways post-socialism forms part of everyday life, shaping the community in a block of flats in the Berceni district of the Romanian capital. The texts are in English and German.
Verena Baier

Sometimes the Past is Just Around the Corner: Impressions from Berkeley

In the 1980s Berkeley was one of the centers of US-Americans’ Nicaragua solidarity work, which supported the Sandinista Revolution. Today remnants from back then can not only be found in UC Berkeley’s extensive archives but also hidden throughout the city. PhD researcher Verena Baier explored them while on a research fellowship there in 2019/20.

Workshop Report | Narrated Lives, Remembered Selves: Emerging Research in Life Writing Studies

How are life writing studies positioned in relation to the spatial, transnational and global turns in cultural studies and area studies? Tamara Heger and Verena Baier discuss these questions in their workshop report.
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Impressions from the Workshop “Unbuilding binaries: Exploring affective and analytical responses to binary divisions as encountered in the field”

How can binaries be effectively unbuilt? How does this impact constructions of identity, conceptual frameworks and scholarly fields? These are some questions explored by the graduate researcher team behind the workshop “Unbuilding binaries”
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Rorschach, Anna Habaschy aka Minaechx, Wien 2020 (www.minaechx.at)

Deutschland-Analysen: seeing Germany from inside and outside. An interview with Marcus Hahn and Frederic Ponten by Tamara Heger

Must Germany be studied as a nation-state? Or could it be viewed as an area, through lenses positioned on the inside and outside? How does the Nazi past affect the analytical and conceptual frameworks open to researchers today? Marcus Hahn and Frederic Ponten discuss their efforts to reconfigure German studies as transregional or trans-imperial area studies with Tamara Heger.
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IMAGO / agefotostock

We will be alright. Some encouragement for those in the starting gates and those who will be

In this thought-provoking text, Jana Stöxen reflects on her experiences of developing her research topic for her master's thesis. She explores the social, disciplinary and material barriers she faced before outlining how she overcame them to produce an innovative piece of research. Her words offer encouragement to her peers - and others - who might be struggling with similar challenges.

Workshop Report: Migration, Mediality, Liminality

In collaboration with international partners from U Michigan and U Arizona, the ScienceCampus explored how migration experiences, in the past and today, are mediated through a variety of formats, giving expression to the liminality of global and regional mobilities.