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Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 4 - 6 p.m.
Lecture in Eichstätt
Plane Queer: What We Can Learn From the Male Flight Attendant
Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, American Studies, Universitätsallee 1, KGA-106
||Phil Tiemeyer is Assistant Professor of History and has taught at Philadelphia University since 2007.
His first book, Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants (2013) examines how flight attendants have combated sexism and homophobia to create a more just and equal workplace through the last 80 years.
Focusing on men in this profession deepens pre-existing understandings of how gender discrimination operates, forces consideration of homosexuality into the foreground, and highlights how advocacy for disability rights - as in the battle against AIDS phobia in the workplace - are also central to America"s civil rights legacy.
Organizers: American Studies - Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Bavarian American Academy
Monday, 20 May - Monday, 3 June 2013
Fifth International Summer Academy
American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective:
Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture
Munich and Nuremberg, not public, only for the accepted circle
The summer academy addresses historical and current debates about American
regions and regionalism from an interdisciplinary perspective. This focus on a "critical regionalism"
highlights the connections between regional identities and global (power) structures, the
construction of specific regions in and beyond the United States, micro- and macro-structures of
space and place as well as processes of cultural contact and mobility at play in the formation of
regions. Such an approach covers aspects of cultural identity, political participation, and economic
developments that will be discussed in a comparative perspective on regions as seemingly distant
from each other as the Midwest and Ireland, the Greater Detroit and Greater Berlin areas, or Toronto
and Jamaica. Drawing on various case studies, the summer academy also seeks to reflect on the
theoretical and methodological problems of "critical regionalism."
Organizers: Bavarian American Academy, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Augsburg University, LMU Munich, and Wayne State University
Wednesday, 22 May 2013, 10 a.m.
Ruins in American Cities
Munich, Amerika-Institut of LMU, Schellingstr. 3 VG
Miles Orvell is Professor of English and American studies at the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.
In his talk he argues that, over the last 25 years, the view on ruins in American cities has changed from a negative notion of destruction to a positive understanding of the spatial change.
Organizers: Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Bavarian American Academy