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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What Else Is New?

Research Day Voluntariness

On June 3, 2024, we invite fellow researchers to discuss voluntariness as focus of their research and compare goals and challenges of their projects. The research day will start at 10 am with a casual welcome into a full-day program, completed by an evening lecture by philosopher Jule Govrin.

Voluntariness 2.0 – Local and Global Perspectives

April 2024 has been the official kick-off for another three years of voluntariness research, funded by the German Research Foundation. Seven new or continuing projects will shape the new focus of the research unit’s second funding phase.

We are Hiring…Join our Team!

A position as research assistant within the Research Unit on “Voluntariness” is available at the University of Erfurt. Historians specializing in the field of North American History may apply by May 4, 2024, at the latest.