Guest Lectures

  • Khalid Zekri (November 27, 2012)
    In his lecture "Panarabism and Globalization" Prof. Zekri from Meknès University talked about the development of the postcolonial arabic states under the influence of intergovernmental and transnational forces. He referred to the 'mediascapes', connected to globalization, that weaken the arabic national identity, and  pointed out how the religious discourse has replaced this national identity by a transnational ideology. Read more.

  • Vittoria Borsò (May 16, 2012)
    Prof. Vittoria Borsò from the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf talked about the problems of post-modern concepts like network-theory and communitarism in relation to a globalized society. She illustrated these problems with the help of the novels by Roberto Saviano and Roberto Bolano. For more information please consult the flyer.

  • Eleftheria Thanouli (May 9, 2012)
    Dr. Eleftheria Thanouli from the Aristotle-University in Thessaloniki discussed in her lecture the concept of "classical Cinema" by David Bordwell and introduced her own concept of a "post-classical Cinema". For more information please consult the flyer.

  • Gesa Mackenthun (March 1, 2012)
    The Rostock Scholar for American Literature Gesa Mackenthun presented in her lecture the two novels "Land of Marvels" by Barry Unsworth and "The Winter Vault" by Anne Michaels. These two post-colonial texts were discussed against the theoretical background of the novel as "imperial genre". For more information please consult the flyer.

  • Martina Steber (December 2, 2010)
    Martina Steber from the German Historical Institute London (GHIL) discussed the 'West' - one of the central terms during the Cold War. She mainly focused on the different definitions and usage of the term by British and German conservatives in the 1960s and 1970s. For more information on the lecture please consult the flyer.

  • Doris Bachmann-Medick (November 25, 2010)
    To most of us the renowned cultural scientist Bachmann-Medick will be well-known for her book Cultural Turns, which was first published in 2006 and reached its 4th edition in July. Her lecture in Mannheim focused on one of the turns discussed in this book, namely the translational turn, which she applied to the question of human right. Read more.

  • Thomas Elsaesser (May 27, 2010)
    Our notions of non-Hollywood filmmaking are generally tied to some version of a realist aesthetics. At the same time, world cinema also partakes in the increasing realization that in the cinema, we can no longer trust our eyes. In his talk "World Cinema - Realism, Evidence, Presence" Thomas Elsaesser, Professor at the University of Amsterdam, discussed today's realism and its concepts. Read more.

  • Hall Gardner (April 22, 2010)
    Hall Gardner, Professor at the International and Comparative Politics Department of the American University of Paris, discussed the question "Obama's Foreign Policy: Surmounting Nightmarish Scenarios?". Gardner argued the case for finally putting an end to the Cold War policy of "containment" and for the establishment of a new Euro-Atlantic Confederation. flyer

  • Daniel Drache (November 19, 2009)
    Prof. Daniel Drache (York University, Canada) gave a highly topical lecture on "Globalization after Neoliberalism: Read the message in the bottle". The announcement can be found here.

  • Oliver Boyd-Barrett (October 29, 2009)
    At the international symposium "Theories of international and intercultural communication" of the "Network Intercultural and International Communication", supported by the graduate program 'Formations of the Global', Prof. Dr. Boyd-Barret (Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA) gave the keynote address on the topic "International communication in an unequal world: New directions for theory and research".

  • Christian Wilmsen (May 28, 2009)
    Ministerialrat a.D. Christian Wilmsen (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development & director of 'Aktion Gemeinsinn') gave a presentation on the topic "Deutsche Entwicklungszusammenarbeit im globalen Zusammenhang" (German Development Cooperation in a Global Context). The announcement can be found here. The presentation is available here.

  • Kiran Klaus Patel (May 14, 2009)
    Prof. Dr. Kiran Klaus Patel (Professor for History at the European University Institute in Florence) gave a guest lecture on the topic "Homo Europaeus: Die wissenschaftliche Konstruktion des Europäers" (Homo Europaeus: The scientific construction of the European). The announcement can be found here.

  • Marina Münkler (April 28, 2009)
    Prof. Dr. Marina Münkler (Professor for Medieval Literature at the Humboldt-University Berlin) gave a lecture on "Faszination des Fremden in der Vormoderne. Marco Polos Neubewertung des mongolischen Imperiums" (Fascination of the Alien in the Premodern. Marco Polo's Re-evaluation of the Mongolian Empire). The event was a co-operation with the University of Mannheim's History Department. The announcement can be found here.

  • Thomas Hanitzsch (March 26, 2009)
    Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch (Oberassistent at the 'Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research', University of Zurich) presented his current research project "Journalismuskulturen in einer globalen Welt: Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede in der beruflichen Selbstwahrnehmung von Journalisten in 18 Ländern" (Cultures of Journalism in a Global World: Similarities and Differences in the Professional Self-perception of Journalists in 18 Countries). The announcement can be found here.

  • Ulrike Bergermann (March 19, 2009)
    Prof. Dr. Ulrike Bergermann (HBK Braunschweig, Institut für Medienforschung) discussed the „Standpunkte des Planetarischen" (Positions of the Planetary). The announcement can be found here.

  • Susan Pedersen (March 12, 2009)
    Prof. Dr. Susan Pedersen (Columbia University, NY) gave a presentation on the 'Mandate System' of the League of Nations with the title "Getting out of Iraq (in 1932)". The event was organized in co-operation with the Baden-Württemberg-Seminar of the American Academy in Berlin and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. The announcement can be found here.

  • Winfried Fluck (December 4, 2008)
    Prof. Dr. Winfried Fluck (Chair of American Studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the FU Berlin) in his presentation dicussed the question "Where Is ‘America' in Transnational American Studies?". The announcement can be found here.

  • Jens Badura (November 14, 2008)
    Dr. phil. habil. Jens Badura gave a presentation on 'Theorie der globalen Welt: globale und mondiale Modernität' (Theory of the global world: global and mundial modernity). Jens Badura is teaching at the University of Witten/Herdecke. He is Chercheur associé at the Centre d'études et de recherches sur l'espace germanophone (CERG) and at the "Internationales Zentrum für Kultur und Technikforschung" of the University of Stuttgart (IZKT). The announcement can be found here.

  • Heide Fehrenbach (November 6, 2008)
    Prof. Dr. Heide Fehrenbach (Presidential Research Professor of History at Northern Illinois University) gave a 'public lecture' on the topic " Toward a Transnational History of 'Race': Thoughts on the U.S., Germany, and Europe after 1945". The event was organized in co-operation with the Baden-Württemberg Seminar of the American Academy in Berlin and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. The announcement can be found here.

  • John Urry (June 12, 2008)
    Prof. John Urry (Lancaster University, U.K.) delivered the keynote address "Would Standing Still Save the Planet?" at the Graduate Program's 2nd International Conference: "The Thrill of the Still - Analyzing Global Processes Between Immobility and Mobility". Further information on John Urry's address and on the conference can be found here.

  • Thomas Fillitz (May 28, 2008)
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Fillitz (cultural and social anthropologist, University of Vienna) gave a lecture on "Globale Kunst - multiple Verläufe" (Global art - multiple processes). The announcement can be found here.

  • Ottmar Ette (March 13, 2008)
    Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette (Romance Literature, University of Potsdam) spoke about "Europäische Literatur und globaler Kontext. Plädoyer für TransArea Studies" (European Literature and global context: A plea for TransArea Studies). The announcement can be found here.

  • Robert Stockhammer (December 15, 2007)
    Prof. Dr. Robert Stockhammer (Comparative Literature, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) gave a lecture on 'Das Schon-Übersetzte. Auch eine Theorie der Weltliteratur' (The yet translated. A theory of World literature).

  • Susanne Klengel (December 14, 2007)
    Prof. Dr. Susanne Klengel (Romance Languages and Literature, Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz) gave a lecture on 'Babylonische Räume? Zur Dynamisierung des Kulturbegriffs im Zeichen der Globalisierung am Beispiel des Films Babel von Alejandro González Iñárritu' (Babylonian Spaces? The dynamics of the concept of culture in the context of globalization using the example of the film Babel by Alejandro González Iñárritu).

  • Walter Pfannkuche (December 14, 2007)
    PD Dr. Walter Pfannkuche (Philosophy, University of Mannheim) discussed 'Probleme einer Ethik der Globalisierung' (Problems of an ethics of globalization).

  • Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink (November 22, 2007)
    Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink (Romance Cultural Studies and Intercultural Communication, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken) gave a lecture on "Frankophonie und Globalisierung".

  • Ian Tyrrel (September 27, 2007)
    Prof. Dr. Ian Tyrrel (Historian, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) gave a lecture on „In the Company of Emires: American Moral Reformers and the Origins of American Empire in the Nineteenth Century and after". Announcement

  • Mel van Elteren (May 22, 2007)
    Prof. Dr. Mel van Elteren (Sociologist, Tilburg University, NL) gave a lecture on "Reconstructing Americanization Abroad: American Culture in the Context of Enhanced Globalization". He presented his latest book "Americanism and Americanization", in which he developed a theoretical framework for the understanding of the American influence in the world with reference to cultural globalization. Announcement

  • Bernd-Stefan Grewe (May 8, 2007)
    Dr. Bernd-Stefan Grewe is head of the junior research group „Dynamik Transnationalen Handelns (18.-20. Jh.)" (Dynamics of transnational actions) at the University of Konstanz. In his presentation "Die Macht des Goldes: Südafrika und der Weltmarkt" (The power of gold: South Africa and the world market) Bernd-Stefan Grewe analyzed the impact of the gold standard, its abolishment and the consequences of its breakdown in South Africa. Announcement

  • Ulrike Lindner (May 4, 2007)
    Dr. Ulrike Linder is research assistant at the Institute of History at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. In her presentation "Koloniale Begegnungen europäischer Imperialmächte: Großbritannien und Deutschland in Afrika 1890 - 1914" Ulrike Lindner discussed which colonial practices amount to a European ‚imperial consensus', the constraints of this consensus and the national differences of these practices. Announcement

  • Urs Stäheli (March 2, 2007)
    At the Symposium III Prof. Dr. Urs Stäheli (Sociologist, University of Basel) gave a lecture on "Visualizing the Improbable in Financial Advertisements".

  • Lars Engman (July 13, 2006)
    In his lecture „Multidimensional Innovation" IKEA's chief designer Lars Engman discussed 'global design' as well as the corporate philosophy and global design strategies of the world-famous furnishing house. Press Release.

  • Edward W. Soja (May 18, 2006)
    Prof. Dr. Edward Soja (University of California, L.A. & London School of Economics) gave the keynote address "Globalizing the Urban / Urbanizing the Global" at the Graduate Program's 1st International Conference: "Mapping Globalization". Further information about Edward Soja's address and the conference are available here.

  • Yoko Tawada (February 7, 2006)
    As a closing event for the interdisciplinary lecture series „Kulturen der Globalisierung" (Cultures of Globalization) the German-Japanese author read from „Überseezungen"in the ‘Kunsthalle' in Mannheim. Details

  • John Tomlinson (June 29, 2005)
    Closing the first Symposium, Prof. John Tomlinson (Nottingham Trent University) gave a lecture on "Immediacy: The Cultural Implications of Globalizing Media Technologies".