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Time to Say Good-Bye

By Maria Moss and Sabrina Völz

Our first con­tri­bu­tion, “New Kids on the Blog,” was uploaded on Sep­tem­ber 8, 2014. We were excit­ed to try our hands at blog writ­ing, some­thing none of us had ever done before, at least not on a reg­u­lar basis. Used to writ­ing aca­d­e­m­ic papers, books, or book chap­ters, we at first found the new medi­um too cur­so­ry and maybe also too friv­o­lous, in short: not aca­d­e­m­ic enough. But we soon dis­cov­ered that “short” does not nec­es­sar­i­ly mean “not seri­ous” or “too super­fi­cial.” So slow­ly but sure­ly, we learned to love the short form, spiced up with images, video clips, pod­casts, and movie trail­ers. Soon, we start­ed recruit­ing writ­ers from across the globe, invit­ing them to share their views on U.S. his­to­ry, pol­i­tics, arts, and the media. Some of the con­tri­bu­tions were crit­i­cal of U.S. pol­i­tics, but most cel­e­brat­ed the U.S. for its cre­ative ener­gy, its inno­v­a­tive strength, and its abil­i­ty to con­stant­ly rejuvenate.

Occa­sion­al­ly, our blog assis­tants would try their hand at blog writ­ing. In the last few years, we couldn’t help but notice the gen­er­a­tional dif­fer­ences between us and our blog helpers and the inter­ests close to their hearts. Con­se­quent­ly, blogs start­ed to focus on fan­ta­sy films, dig­i­tal dis­trac­tions, and non-bina­ry and trans­gen­der identities.

One of the high­lights for us was recruit­ing and/or inter­view­ing award-win­ning authors such as Char­lene L. Edge, Salo­ma Miller Fur­long, Michael Led­er­er, Jayne Ann Philipps, Andrew Rid­ker, Drew Hay­den Tay­lor, and Ira Wagler.

Over­all, we pub­lished close to 400 blogs, which attract­ed read­ers from alto­geth­er 184 dif­fer­ent coun­tries! Our most faith­ful read­er­ship came from such diverse coun­tries as the U.S., fol­lowed by Ger­many, Chi­na, France, the Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion, Cana­da, and the Ukraine.

As one of our final tasks, we are cur­rent­ly prepar­ing the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Blog data for inclu­sion in the Leuphana Dig­i­tal Archive. After the process has been com­plet­ed, the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Blog will con­tin­ue to be avail­able to researchers and a wider pub­lic long after the cur­rent web­site disappears.

Although the ASB was one sig­nif­i­cant and vital con­stituent in Amer­i­can Stud­ies at Leuphana, North Amer­i­can Stud­ies will con­tin­ue with both the NAS pro­file in Com­ple­men­tary Stud­ies and our lec­ture series, “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes.” For talks dur­ing the com­ing fall semes­ter, please check out the poster:

Final­ly, our blog wouldn’t have been such a suc­cess with­out our faith­ful con­trib­u­tors and read­ers. Addi­tion­al­ly, we’d like to thank the Unit­ed States Embassy in Berlin for their gen­er­ous fund­ing. Last but not least, we ded­i­cate this final blog to Dr. Mar­ti­na Kohl for her unwa­ver­ing support.

We had 9 great years and hope you did, too!


Special Events You Won’t Want to Miss

By Maria Moss and Sabrina Völz

What do pornog­ra­phy, fake Indi­ans, the cli­mate cri­sis, and fire­fight­ers in New York City have in com­mon? Well, these are all top­ics of this season’s lec­ture series “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes.”
As usu­al, the lec­ture series starts out with a bang: Award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary film­mak­er and one of Canada’s lead­ing writ­ers, Drew Hay­den Tay­lor, will present his new movie, The Pre­tendi­ans. The film, which cel­e­brates its Ger­man pre­miere at Leuphana Uni­ver­si­ty Lüneb­urg, asks the ques­tion why so many peo­ple in the pub­lic eye claim Native her­itage. Tay­lor, him­self an Anish­naabe and res­i­dent of Curve Lake First Nation reserve, is mak­ing his 5th trip to Lüneburg.
And if that’s not enough, we also fea­ture Anne Nel­son, Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist, author, play­wright, and lec­tur­er at Colum­bia University’s School of Inter­na­tion­al and Pub­lic Affairs. She’ll join us via Zoom to dis­cuss her play, The Guys. Writ­ten short­ly after 9/11, it fea­tures a fire­fight­er who seeks the help of a writer to com­pose eulo­gies for his dead comrades.
Art and pornog­ra­phy are at the heart of Anne Breimaier’s talk, which will crit­i­cal­ly recon­struct a lec­ture of rad­i­cal fem­i­nist Dorchen Lei­d­holdt in 1980. Breimaier will relate Leidholdt’s cri­tique of a com­mod­i­fi­ca­tion of vio­lence against women in visu­al media of the 1980 to con­tem­po­rary image cultures.
The lec­ture series wraps up with a talk by Johan Höglund, “An end to Eat­ing? Future Food Imag­i­nar­ies and the Cli­mate Emer­gency.” Höglund will dis­cuss how fic­tion set in a future trans­formed by cli­mate change describes the act of ingest­ing food as “feed­ing” (what babies and ani­mals do) rather than “eat­ing” (what humans are typ­i­cal­ly under­stood to be doing and what counts as a social and cul­tur­al practice).
For the poster as well as the dates and times:

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11 Years of “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes” at Leuphana University Lüneburg

We are pleased to announce that Dar­i­on Akins, the cur­rent U.S. Con­sul Gen­er­al from Ham­burg, will open our lec­ture series with a talk on “Worth the Strug­gle: Why Democ­ra­cy Mat­ters” at 6:15 p.m. in the forum of Leuphana Uni­ver­si­ty Lüneburg’s cen­tral build­ing (C40) on Novem­ber 18, 2021. The coro­n­avirus 3G rule (vac­ci­nat­ed, recov­ered, test­ed) applies to this event.

In addi­tion to the lec­ture on cam­pus, Julia Nitz (Uni­ver­sität Halle-Wit­ten­berg), Christoph Stro­bel (Uni­ver­si­ty of Mass­a­chu­setts, Low­ell), and Fiona Tolan (Liv­er­pool John Moores Uni­ver­si­ty) will also join us this semes­ter via Zoom. As always, each lec­ture lasts rough­ly 1 hour and is either inter­ac­tive or fol­lowed by a live­ly ques­tion-and-answer ses­sion. Please see the poster for fur­ther details.

Hope to see you at one or more of the talks.

Sab­ri­na Völz, Maryann Henck, and Maria Moss

Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes 

By Maria Moss and Sabrina Völz

We’re in our ninth year of Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes– if this lec­ture series were a child, it would be in third grade by now.

We’re espe­cial­ly proud to announce this year’s bilin­gual (German/English) kick­off talk by Peter Worts­man, New York author and trans­la­tor of Aus­tri­an-Jew­ish descent. Inter­est­ing­ly, he’s the recip­i­ent of the Geert­je Potash-Suhr Pros­apreis. Cit­i­zens of Lüneb­urg will rec­og­nize this pres­ti­gious award, named after for­mer Lüneb­urg res­i­dent Geert­je Suhr.

On Octo­ber 24, we will also be announc­ing the win­ner of the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Blog con­test in the Access Amer­i­ca cat­e­go­ry. The writer of the win­ning blog, which will be post­ed on Octo­ber 30, will be present.

Please join us for an excit­ing evening in build­ing 12, room 013, from 18:15 to 19:45 at Leuphana Uni­ver­si­ty Lüneb­urg, Uni­ver­sität­sallee 1. Click here for the cam­pus map.

All lec­tures are open to the pub­lic – and feel free to bring a friend!

Oct. 24

Peter Worts­man (writer and trans­la­tor, New York), “Read­ing from Stimme und Atem. Out of Breath, Out of Mind

Nov. 14

Michael Louis Moser (TU Dres­den), “The Evo­lu­tion of Polit­i­cal Moments on Net­work TV: Late Night from Steve Allen to Stephen Colbert”

Nov. 21

Andreas Hüb­n­er (Leuphana), “’Their mot­to is not lib­er­ty, but slav­ery’: Con­fed­er­ate Mon­u­ments, White Suprema­cy, and the Lega­cy of Jim Crow”

Dec. 12

Hel­ga Bories-Sawala (Uni­ver­sität Bre­men), “Indi­ens, Sauvages, Amérin­di­ens, Pre­mières Nations: Das Bild der Indi­ge­nen in den Geschichts­büch­ern Québecs”

Jan. 9

Silke Hack­e­nesch (Uni­ver­sität zu Köln), “Tran­sra­cial Adop­tions in Post­war America”

Jan. 23

Mieke Rosch­er (Uni­ver­sität Kas­sel), “Cur­rent Objec­tives of His­tor­i­cal Human-Ani­mal Stud­ies: Inter­species Soci­eties after the Ani­mal Turn”