Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Internat. conference “Obama and Transnational American Studies” in Mainz / Keynote by Dr. Auma Obama

06.10.2014

Conference organized by the JGU American Studies division to be held from October 16 to 19, 2014

The American Studies division at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) plays host to the international conference entitled "Obama and Transnational American Studies" that will take place from October 16 to 19, 2014.

The contributions to the conference will be concerned with the relatively new discipline of Transnational American Studies (TAS), the emergence of which has been attributed to the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and President George W. Bush's controversial decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

The purpose of TAS within American Studies is to analyze the present status of the US from diverse academic perspectives, free of all political bias and contentious issues. "The very biography of the current US President, Barack Obama, represents what Transnational American Studies stands for today," explains Professor Alfred Hornung of the Department of English and Linguistics at Mainz University.

"Against the backdrop of his family ties to Kansas and Kenya, his growing up in multi-ethnic Hawai'i and Jakarta with its largely Muslim population, his studies at Harvard Law School and his engagement as community worker in Chicago, Obama has often emphasized his transnational background both privately and politically."

The organizers in Mainz are thus particularly delighted that the US President's African sister Dr. Auma Obama has agreed to give the keynote speech during the conference opening on October 16, 2014. In her lecture "You are Your Future," the transnational social ambassador will talk about her foundation, Sauti Kuu (Swahili for "Powerful Voices"), which is designed to give hope to children around the world.

The conference agenda includes both the President and his wife Michelle Obama – with a particular focus on her "Let's Move" campaign – as well as the impact of his African family. Speakers from Germany, the US, Canada, China, Australia, and Austria are expected in Mainz.

The conference program is available at www.blogs.uni-mainz.de/obama-tas/2014/09/10/conference-program/ 

The opening ceremony will be held on October 16, 2014, at 3:00 pm in lecture hall RW1 in the ReWi building (Haus Recht und Wirtschaft), Jakob-Welder-Weg 9; all other related events will take place in the faculty hall of the Philosophicum building, Jakob-Welder-Weg 18, on the Gutenberg campus. Interested members of the general public are very welcome to attend.

Further information:
Professor Dr. Alfred Hornung
American Studies
Department of English and Linguistics
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
D 55099 Mainz, GERMANY
phone +49 6131 39-22146
e-mail: hornung@uni-mainz.de
http://www.amerikanistik.uni-mainz.de

Weitere Informationen:

http://www.blogs.uni-mainz.de/obama-tas/

Petra Giegerich | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

More articles from Event News:

nachricht ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future
16.11.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie IPT

nachricht Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing
01.11.2016 | Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.

All articles from Event News >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

Im Focus: Molecules change shape when wet

Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water

In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...

Im Focus: Fraunhofer ISE Develops Highly Compact, High Frequency DC/DC Converter for Aviation

The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses

02.12.2016 | Medical Engineering

Plasma-zapping process could yield trans fat-free soybean oil product

02.12.2016 | Agricultural and Forestry Science

What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?

02.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>