Voluntariness On The Road – June 21 & 22

In June 2022, the subproject “Voluntariness as Political Practice: The Emerging United States and American Citizenship,” welcomes distinguished American scholars in Erfurt and beyond.

On June 21, you have the chance to meet Deirdre Cooper Owens (University of Nebraska–Lincoln) at the Carl-Schurz-Haus in Freiburg for her talk “Why History Matters in Understanding American Medicine: From the Black Birthing Crisis to COVID-19” and the role of voluntariness.

On the same day you can join Van Gosse (Franklin & Marshall College) at the DAI in Heidelberg for his talk regarding voluntary political participation: “The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War”.

On June 22, Deirdre Cooper Owens will additionally be in Bonn for a Juneteenth Special: “Reshaping Freedom: Harriet Tubman’s Abolitionism and the Path to Citizenship” and you can sign up for this talk via info@amerikahaus-nrw.de to zoom in.

Otherwise, we are looking forward to seeing many of you in Erfurt on June 23 and 24 for our workshop “Dis-Cover Fellow Citizens: Voluntary Civic Engagement in the Early Republic and Antebellum America” with our American and German colleagues. Find the detailed program for the workshop here. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please send an email directly to Pia

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Programm Konferenz in Graz

Conference on Solidarity and Volutnariness in Graz

On September 12 and 13, 2023, two co-investigators from the research unit will be speaking at the conference “Solidarity and Voluntarism in State-Socialist Societies” at the University of Graz, Austria. For a panel on Friday Carolyn Taratko and Elena M. E. Kiesel will be presenting aspects of their research projects on voluntariness in Ghana and the GDR.

Workshop – Reflect Yourself!?

On July 13 and 14, 2023, the workshop titled “Reflect yourself!?” will take place at the University of Erfurt. Exploring the research field of public history and its potential for (self)reflection in historical scholarship, both established scholars, junior researchers and students come together to discuss the topic in regard to their daily work and historical research.

We Welcome Mitchell Dean as Mercator Fellow 2023!

In summer 2023, we welcome Professor Mitchell Dean as Mercator Fellow of the Research Unit on Voluntariness. The political sociologist will support the projects of the research unit from April to July 2023 as a renowned expert in the field of governmentality studies.