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Remapping Europe: Borders, Landscapes, Communities
East Central European Perspectives

This international lecture series on the formation of the New Europe deals with concepts of space and the related activities of appropriation, which encompass both the condition of globalization and its consequences. The series invites its contributors and audiences to take a closer look at the production of locality, identity politics in the context of supranational political structures, and translocal communities.

"Remapping Europe" alludes to the geographies of a changed economic, cultural, and political environment. The political construction of new boundaries as well as social and economic networks undermining the borders of nation states will be addressed in the lectures. Contributions to this series will take the debate about a renamed street, the public use of a prominent location, or the emergence of new borderlands as a point of departure. As audiences, we will thus look through a geographical lens at a wide range of issues, such as immigration, media politics, consumer culture, and the European Union.

This series will in particular deal with the cultural, economic, and political transformations in post-socialist Europe. It will discuss such issues as the construction of Central Europe, the 'orientalization' of Eastern Europe, and the political framework for the extension of the European Union.

With this interdisciplinary lecture series, the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas welcomes scholars of the newly founded Cultural Studies Center for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Studies at the Europe University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). The series introduces new partners of cooperation: It is part of a bilateral effort of the Viadrina and UT to support international and interdisciplinary intellectual exchange between faculty members and undergraduate and graduate students who conduct research abroad.

The Europe University Viadrina is situated in a new German Polish borderland. In cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, the Viadrina operates the Collegium Polonicum in Frankurt's twin city, Slubice. A bridge, crossing the river Oder, connects both campuses. The Europe University Viadrina is one of the German universities funded in the DAAD-GATE program to support the internationalization of German universities. Thus, the lecture series "Remapping Europe" will allow the guest lecturers and their audiences to discuss East Central European perspectives in the New Europe. The lecturers are themselves engaged in the activities of an academic institution that is a result of the cultural, political, and economic changes in Central Europe and that plays a part in the construction of East Central Europe. In this respect they are also voices of this region of the New Europe.


Dr. Michal Buchowski
Professor of Anthropology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and Professor of Comparative Central European Studies at the Europe University Viadrina, currently visiting professor at The Center of Russain, Central and East European Studies, Rutgers University.
"Shifting Identities, Fixing Borders: Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe"
Tuesday, March 6, 2002, 3.30 p.m., Chicano Room, Texas Union

Dr. Helga Schultz
Chair for Modern Social and Economic History at the School of Cultural Studies, Europe University Viadrina
"Between Self-Determination and Economic Interest: Border Drawing in East Central Europe after the World Wars"
October 2003 (date and time TBA)

Dr. Werner Schiffauer
Chair for Comparative Cultural and Social Anthropology, Director of the Cultural Studies Center of Graduate and Postgraduate Research, Europe University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)"
"Islamism in the German Diaspora"
November 2002 (date and time TBA)

Dr. Karl Schlögel
Chair for East European History at the School of Cultural Studies, Europe University Viadrina
"Remapping East Central Europe: Excavating Modernity in the Urban Landscape"
January 2003 (date and time TBA)

Dr. Christa Ebert
Chair for East European Literature at the School of Cultural Studies, Europe University Viadrina
"The Stranger in Russian Literature"
Fabruary 2003 (date and time TBA)

Spring, 2000, Lecture Series

"Multicultural Germany: Art, Performance, and Media"

The lecture series "Multicultural Germany: Art, Media and Performance" focuses on issues of cultural politics in Germany. It deals with alterity and German identity politics and investigates the public representation of minorities.

The lecture series will be sponsored by the Department of Germanic Studies, the Art History Division of the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of American Studies, the Department of History, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Center for the Study of Modernism and the German Academic Exchange Service. It is organized by Barbara Wolbert.

G.I.s and Fräuleins: American-German Encounters in the Movies
by Annette Brauerhoch, Film Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University, New York, Friday, February 11, 2000 at 3.00-4.30 p.m. in EPS 4.104

As a contested figure of post-war history, the German "Fräulein" and her "foreign affairs" with American occupation soldiers created a large amount of media attention and public discussion. Compared to the range and amount of written material there are only a few films which depict these German-American (love) relationships. The lecture will ask questions about the implications of "showing" rather than "writing" and why in the face of an ubiquitous reality these German-American encounters could not be allowed to be shown "bigger than life" on the screen.

Annette Brauerhoch is film scholar and co-editor of Europe's only feminist filmtheoretical journal Frauen und Film. She has taught at various universities in Europe - Frankfurt, Marburg, Zürich, Utrecht - and is presently teaching as a DAAD Visiting Professor at Columbia University.

Images of Vietnamese in Germany: Political Organizations’ and Artists’ Representation
by Marie Pipo Bui, Institute of Social Anthropology, Free University Berlin, Friday, February 25, 2000 at 3.00-4.30 p.m. in EPS 4.104

Street '94, MAPP, POW: The Migrant Youths of Berlin Perform the Ghetto Narrative on Global Stages
by Levent Soysal, John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, Friday, March 31, 2000 at 3.00-4.30 p.m. in EPS 4.104

Disciples of European Art in China-—Chinese Artists in Germany: Curators, Art Critics and the Representation of Asian Artists in Berlin
by Wolfgang Knapp, Institute for Art in Context, University of the Arts Berlin, Friday, April 14, 2000 at 3.00-4.30 p.m. in EPS 4.104

Jews, Russians, Immigrants: Jewish-Russian Immigration to Germany and its Representation in the Media
by Franziska Becker, Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin, Friday, April 28, 2000 at 3.00-4.30 p.m. in EPS 4.104

Spring, 1999, Lecture Series: "Multicultural Germany"

The lecture series "Multicultural Germany" presents Germany as an Immigration Country. It deals with concepts of integration and with German ideas on a multicultural society. Special attention is given to the perspective of immigrants, ethnic communities and organizations.

The lecture series brings guest speakers from American and European Universities to the UT Austin. It is sponsored by the Department of Germanic Studies, the Department of Anthropology, the Center of Middle Eastern Studies and the German Academic Exchange Service.

Spring, 1999

Fall, 1998

Dr. Barbara Wolbert
Visiting Assistant Professor

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