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Saturday 14 May - Saturday 28 May 2011

Third international Summer Academy 2011
Transatlantic American Studies: Democratic Cultures, Past and Present
Munich and Erlangen, only for accepted doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars


Ever since the publication of Alexis de Tocqueville's De la Democratie en Amerique (1835/40) scholars on both sides of the Atlantic have discussed American democracy as both a specific manifestation of US-American historical and political developments and as a model for others. In this context, the program of our Summer Academy addresses both historical and current debates about American democracy and democratic cultures in various discourses across the academic disciplines. The plural used in the title of our event refers not only to semantic changes in a diachronic perspective, but also to the synchronic pluralism of perspectives on democracy in national, subnational and transnational contexts. Fields of interest include the role of the media and various forms of 'representation' (in the double sense of the term). Finally, we will discuss the contemporary rhetoric of crisis of democracy in the U.S. against the background of domestic and foreign political and social developments. Along those lines our summer academy seeks to address related issues in American history, politics, culture, and literature.


The Summer Academy is generously funded by the German Academic Exchange Service

Organizers: Bavarian American Academy in cooperation with the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Wayne State University, Detroit, and the University of Warsaw, Poland


Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 7.30 p.m.


Poetry Reading

Munich, Junior Year in Munich an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Richard-Wagner-Str. 27


Carla Harryman and Donna Stonecipher, both from Detroit, are reading from their works.


Organizers: Junior Year in Munich an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bayerische Amerika-Akademie


Friday, 20 May 2011, 10 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.


Lectures at the BAA Summer Academy

Munich, Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3


The Radicalization of Recent American Political Culture

Prof. Horst Mewes teaches Political Science at University of Boulder, Colorado.


Translating Democracy: From The Authoritarian Personality to The Baader-Meinhof Complex

Prof. Barrett Watten is a "language-centered" poet and critic of modern cultures. His study The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics, received the René Wellek Prize in 2004. His creative work has taken the form of experiments in and between genres: a collected poems, Frame: 1971-1990; Bad History, a nonnarrative prose poem "including history"; and Progress/ Under Erasure, a combined edition of two long poems. He has collaborated on multi­authored experimental works: Leningrad: American Writers in the Soviet Union and The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975-80. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Universität Tübingen, Germany, in 2005, and is Professor of English at Wayne State University, Detroit.


Organizers: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bayerische Amerika-Akademie


Monday, 23 May 2011, 7.30 p.m.


An Agonistic Model of Democracy

Nuremberg , Deutsch-Amerikanisches-Institut, Gleißbühlstr. 9


Prof. Dr. Chantal Mouffe, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster, UK, is best known for Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, which she co-authored with Ernesto Laclau and which is considered as central to post-Marxist political theory.

According to Mouffe, Western societies tend to favor postmodern concepts of the "Third Way" which advocate a consensual form of democracy beyond the political opposition of left and right. These concepts, however, ignore the antagonistic dimension of „the political" and the conflicting ambivalences which are fundamental to human nature. Mouffe's „agonistic model of democracy" aims at amending this lack.


Orgganizers: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, DAI-Nürnberg, Bayerische Amerika-Akademie


Wednesday, 25 May 2011, 7 p.m.


Lecture in the Levi-Strauss lecture series in American Culture and Civilization
Democratic Consumption?: The Cultural History of Mail Order

Erlangen, Castle Erlangen, Schloßplatz 4


Prof. Anne Koenen teaches AMerican Literature at LeipzigUniversity .


Organizers: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bayerische Amerika-Akademie


Monday, 30 May, 2 - 4 p.m.



The Intrepid Mariner Simão: Portraits of the Atlantic World at the End of the Slave Trade

Munich, Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Schellingstr. 3 VG


Prof. Daryle Williams, University of Maryland.


Organizer: Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Bayerische Amerika-Akademie