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E Pluribus Unum? Ethnic Identities in Transnational Integration Processes in the Americas



Abstracts and Conference program for the Symposium "Multiculturalism and Beyond: Identity Politics, Cultural Difference, and Hybridity in the Americas" (July 22-25, 2009)

Current Events

Phase I "The Field of Identity Politics: Theoretical Foundations"

Inaugural Conference of the Research Group: E Pluribus Unum? - Ethnic Identities in Processes of Transnational Integration in the Americas
Call for Papers
Further information [List of Lectures, Abstracts]

Thursday, 2-6pm, Long Table Room, ZiF

16.10.</ br> Constitutional Session of the Research Group E Pluribus Unum?
23.10. Introduction to Citavi and Wiki
Conflict and Violence in the Field of Identity Politics
Peter Imbusch (Marburg)
The Field of Politics and the Field of Identity Politics
Heinrich Schäfer and Adrián Tovar
Critique on "From the Flap of a Butterfly's Wing in Brazil to a Tornado in Texas?: Approaching the Field of Identity Politics and Its Fractal Topography" by Sebastian Thies and Olaf Kaltmeier
Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (Bielefeld)
Inter-American Studies and Transnationalism in the Field of Identity Politics
Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez
Intersections of Gender and Ethnicity
Elisabeth Tuider
Paul Ricoeur and Michel de Certeau
Jens Gurr
Niklas Luhmann: Wissenschaft als Passion
Salvador Millaleo
Self-Reflection through Video Footage
Libia Villazana
De- and Reconstructions of Identities
Alfonso de Toro (Leipzig)

Phase II "Media and Ethnic Identity Politics"

Symposium "Ethnicity Under (Visual) Construction in the Americas: Workshop on Communication Analysis"
[Further information]
Theory Reading Session: Mapping Media Theory
Daniela Opitz, Sebastian Thies
29.01. Wikiworkshop
05.02. Canceled!
Quantitative Methods in Media Analysis
José Carlos Lozano (Monterrey); Moderator: Libia Villazana
Etnicidad y el sujeto transnacional en el cine
Libia Villazana; Moderator: Adrián Tovar
Theory Reading Session: Mapping Media Theory
Annete Rukwied, Madalina Stefan; Moderator: Astrid Haas
Ethnicity, Media Participation and Cultural Citizenship
Lorena Frankenberg (Monterrey); Moderator: Alexander Greiffenstein
Theory Reading Session: Mapping Media Theory
David Wood (México D.F.); Moderator: Annete Rukwied
Conference "Mediating Ethnic Identity in the Americas: Ethnic Filmmaking and Film Politics in Globalizing Markets"
with Iván Sanjinés and Marta Rodriguez; Organisation: Sebastian Thies and Libia Villazana
[Call for Papers]
[Preliminary Program]

Phase III "Ethnicity in Urban Spaces"

Conference "EthniCities: Metropolitan Cultures and Ethnic Identities in the Americas" (funded by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung)
Organisation: Olaf Kaltmeier, Jens Gurr, Martin Butler
Urban Imaginaries in the Americas
Maria Herrera Sobek (Santa Barbara) & Alicia Ortega (Quito)
02.04 Wiki-Workshop
06.-13.04. Osterferien
18-20 h Hörsaal 16
The autonomy of the own gaze. A mestizo methodology for a mestizo society (Colloquium of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology)
Sarah Corona Berkin (Guadalajara)
Intercultural Education in the Americas
International Workshop (Org. Olaf Kaltmeier & Juliana Ströbele-Gregor)
18-20h (S2-147)
Berufliche Integration von Migrantinnen aus Lateinamerika in der Schweiz (In cooperation with the Research Colloquium InterAmerican Studies)
Yvonne Riaño (Bern)
Theory Reading Session: Urban Studies
Stephan Lanz
18-20h (S2-147)
To be announced (In cooperation with the Research Colloquium InterAmerican Studies)
Stephan Lanz
Doing research in multi-local contexts: Methodological implications. Potentials and limitations of multi-sited ethnography
Yvonne Riaño (Bern)
05.-07.05. Symposium "Selling EthniCity. Urban Cultural Politics in the Americas"
[further information]
18-20h (S2-147)
Crisis económica, crisis social y su impacto en la niñez mexicana (In Kooperation mit dem Forschungskolloquium InterAmerikanische Studien)
Ricardo López Santillan (Mérida) & Sylvia Meichsner (London)
Ethnic Identities in Urban Spaces
Ricardo López Santillan (Mérida) & Sylvia Meichsner (London)
Symposium "'Cornbread and Cuchifritos': Ethnic Identity Politics, Transnationalization, and Transculturation in American Urban Popular Music"
[further information]
Architecture of Fear and Urban Violence
Sofia Mendoza & Ulises Zarazúa (Guadalajara) Juliana Ströbele Gregor (Berlin)

Phase IV "Ethnicity, Hybridity, and Plural Identities"

Arte indigena en Chiapas (en Español)
Luca d' Ascia (Pisa)
4.-7.06. DGfA Conference
11.06. Corpus Christi Day - No jour fixe
Language, Ethnicity, and Identity Politics
Stephan Gramley (Bielefeld), Judith Carvajal Mora, Paloma Coatlicue Rodríguez Villarruel, Antonio Magaña Macias (all three: Guadalajara)
Engendering Ethnicity - The Biographical Approach in Defining Identities
Cornelia Giebeler (Bielefeld)
Identity Politics in the Works of Sigrid Nuñez
Luz Angélica Kirschner (Bielefeld)
Symposium "Beyond Borders: Reconceptualizing Fine Lines, Fences, and Frontiers in the Americas"
Organisation: María Herrera-Sobek (UC Santa Barbara) & Josef Raab (Univ. Duisburg-Essen)
[Preliminary Program]
[Poster of the Symposium]
Art exhibit Las Mujeres Nobles de la Frontera/ Noble Women of the Borderlands of the Mexican-American artist Santa Barraza
Opening lecture by Santa Barraza on June 29
Further Information [pdf] and [MS Word]
Intercultural Education and Citizenship: The Cases of USA, Canada and Bolivia
Juliana Ströbele-Gregor (Berlin)
9-12h: Discussion of dissertation projects (Mansfeld, Greiffenstern, Boens)
14-16h: Asian Americans, the "Model Minority"?
Ruth Hsu (Hawai'i)
16-18h: Indigeneity and Identity Politics in the Andes
Guillaume Boccara (Paris)
Founding Conference of the International Association of Inter-American Studies:
Multiculturalism and Beyond: Identity Politics, Cultural Difference, and Hybridity in the Americas
[More Information]
[Preliminary Program]
Currents events as pdf for download

Past Activities

Research projects

2004-2008: "Ethnization and de-ethnization of the political. Negotiations on inclusion and exclusion in Andean and south asian spaces"; geleitet von Christian Büschges und Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka
Project of the SFB 584 "The Political as communicative space in history"
[further information]


Jan. 2008: Conference: "Latina/o Images for the 21st Century" (organized by Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez/ Josef Raab/ Sebastian Thies)
funded by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
[further information]

Jun. 2007: DFG-Conference: "Colonialisms and the Culture of Writing: Language and Cultural Contact in Colonial Discourse Traditions" (organized by Sebastian Thies/ Barbara Job/ Rosa Yáñez)
[further information]

Dec. 2006: DFG-Conference: "Of Fatherlands and Motherlands: Gender and Nation in the Americas" (organized by Sebastian Thies/ Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez/ Luzelena Gutiérrez)
[further information]

Nov. 2005: DFG-Conference: "ImagiNations: Documentaries and the Narration of Nation in the Americas" (organized by Sebastian Thies/ Josef Raab)
[further information]

Apr. 2005: Conference: "E pluribus unum?: National and Transnational Identities in the Americas" (organized by Sebastian Thies/ Josef Raab)
[further information]

Oct. 2002: Conference: "Hybrid Americas: Contacts, Contrasts, and Confluences in New World Literatures and Cultures" (organized by Josef Raab)
funded by VolkswagenStiftung
[further information]

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