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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Voluntariness On Tour – Our Project on the “Neuererwesen” in Jena

On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, Elena from the subproject “Voluntariness and Dictatorship” is invited to give a talk at the Historical Institute at Jena University. We are looking forward to her presentation and to hear about some new aspects of her fascinating research!

Voluntariness Up For Debate – Lecture and Workshop with Sandrine Kott

On June 20, 2022, our teams of the subprojects “Voluntariness and Decolonization” and “Voluntariness and Dictatorship” – Carolyn, Iris, Elena and Christiane – welcome Swiss historian Sandrine Kott (University of Geneva) for a workshop and evening lecture at the Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle Studien in Gotha.

Please Note! – Lecture by Maud Simonet ONLINE

On Wednesday, May 18 2022, we invite you to our fourth talk of the lecture series “The Politics of Voluntariness”. The talk by Maud Simonet from the University of Paris Nanterre, however, will take place digitally only!