Aktuelles

Kommende Veranstaltungen und Termine

Für Studierende mit Interesse an amerikanischer Politik:

Summer School der Atlantischen Akademie
"Nation at Risk? Die Verunsicherten Staaten von Amerika"
1. August bis 5. August 2016
mehr Informationen finden Sie hier


Konferenzen

IPSA World Congress in Poznan 
Panel "Set-Theoretical Perspectives and the Study of Inequality"
gemeinsam mit Camilla Borgna (WZB)
23. Juli bis 28. Juli 2016

3-Ländertagung DVPW-ÖGPW-SVPW in Heidelberg
Panel "Mengentheoretische Perspektiven in der Regionalismusforschung"
gemeinsam mit Anja Jetschke (Göttingen) und Frank Schimmelfennig (Zürich)
29. September bis 1. Oktober 2016

ECPR Joint Sessions in Nottingham
Workshop "Configurational Thinking in Political Science: Theory, Methodology, and Empirical Application"
gemeinsam mit Joachim Blatter (Luzern)
25. bis 30. April 2017 


Vergangene Veranstaltungen und Termine

Vortrag "The Concept of Democratic Crisis"; ECPR Joint Sessions in Warschau, PL (28. März - 2. April 2015)

Teilnahme am Workshop "Can Democratic Innovations Improve the Quality of Democracy", organisiert von Thamy Pogrebinschi (WZB) und Leonardo Morlino (LUISS, Rom). Zum Programm gehts hier (https://www.ecpr.eu/Events/PanelDetails.aspx?PanelID=2416&EventID=90).

Vortrag "George W. Bush's Success in the Legislative Arena"; Konferenz "The Presidency of George W. Bush", Hofstra University, NY (23. - 26. März 2015) 

Die Presidency conferences der Hofstra University zählen mittlerweile eine feste Institution in der Evaluierung vergangener Präsidentschaften (http://www.hofstra.edu/Community/culctr/gwb/index.html). Das besondere an dieser interdisziplären Konferenz ist, dass zahlreiche Politiker und Mitarbeiter der jeweiligen Administration als Redner und Diskutanten nach New York kommen, was meist zu einem (lebhaften) Austausch politischer und akademischer Perspektiven führt. Hier durfte ich einen Teil meines Dissertationsprojekts vorstellen.

Workshop an der Stanford University, CA

Auf Einladung von Bruce E. Cain und Larry Diamond nahmen Claudius Wagemann und Markus Siewert am 14./15. November 2014 am Workshop zum Thema "Lobbying and Campaign Finance in the United States" teil. Dieser ist Teil eines neu gegründeten Centers, welches das politische System der USA aus vergleichender Perspektive untersuchen möchte (http://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/research/program_on_american_democracy_in_comparative_perspective).  

Besuch beim U.S. Consul General

Auf Einladung von Kevin Milas, U.S. Consul General, nahm Markus Siewert am 06.02.2014 mit einer studentischen Gruppe an einem Gespräch über die NSA-Affäre und mögliche Verbesserungen der amerikanisch-deutschen Beziehungen teil.

Am 01.02. fand eine Student Conference zum Thema „The Quality of American Democracy“ unter der Leitung von Markus Siewert und Dr. Stefanie Mueller statt. Teilnehmer des gleichnamigen Proseminars präsentierten verschiedene Aspekte der Qualität der amerikanischen Demokratie aus einer interdisziplinären Perspektive. Mithilfe des Democracy Barometers wurde die Qualität der Demokratie in Kalifornien und Texas verglichen, und die Schwierigkeiten einer solchen Bewertung diskutiert. Die Analyse der Serie „House of Cards“ griff die demokratische Qualität  des (fairen) politischen Wettbewerbs auf und erörterte die Notwendigkeit von ethischen Wettbewerbsleitlinien. Die Serie „Homeland“ wurde auf ihre Darstellung von demokratischer Freiheit hin untersucht, mit besonderem Augenmerk auf die Trade-offs  zwischen persönlicher Freiheit und kollektiver Sicherheit. Die Analyse der Serie „Newsroom“ schließlich stellte die Frage nach dem politischen Informationsgehalt von Nachrichtensendungen, die als eine Grundlage der politischen Bildung demokratische Entscheidungen beeinflussen. Als Experte konnte Prof. Christian Lammert vom JFK-Institute der freien Universität Berlin begrüßt werden, der in seinem Vortrag einen Einblick in den Erstellungsprozess des Demokratieindexes der Bertelsmann Stiftung gegeben hat.

Bildergalerie der Student Conference

Discussion Roundtable

The Polarized States of America? Media, Environment, and Party Politics

Tuesday, 7. May 2013; 18:00 – 20:00

Speakers:

Prof. Andrew Light
Senior Fellow at the
Center for American Progress (left)

Prof. Jon K. Dalager
Wayne State College;
Fulbright Visiting Scholar (right)

Chairs:

Markus B. Siewert, M.A.
Department for Political Science
Goethe-University Frankfurt

Dr. Stefanie Müller
American Studies Department
Goethe-University Frankfurt

 

                 

In cooperation with the United States Consulate General Frankfurt the departments of American Studies and Political Science hosted a roundtable discussion on 7 May 2013 at the Goethe University. Consul Jeffrey M. Hill embraced the chance and found the right words to open the lecture by addressing the benefits of such interdisciplinary approaches.

Markus Siewert, academic fellow at the Political Science department, introduced Andrew Light, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, as the first speaker of the evening and briefly outlined his hitherto work on international climate diplomacy. Mr. Light not only reviewed past as well as current international efforts on climate change but also discussed regulation problems the United States faced within its domestic policy trying to live up to its international commitments. Eventually, he directed his remarks towards the demographic shift especially considering the growing influence of younger voters who are moving the Republicans in the direction of acknowledging climate change which is of high importance for achieving bipartisan consensus.

   

With an eye on the clock Stefanie Müller, assistant professor at the American Studies department, introduced Fulbright Visiting Scholar Prof. Jon K. Dalager of the Wayne State College who is currently teaching courses on ‘Law in Film’ as well as ‘Media and Politics in the United States’ at the department. Mr. Dalager humorously built the bridge between the previous approaches of Mr. Light and his following remarks on media polarization connecting the topics and catching the attention of the audience. Throughout his talk he revived the history of media from the founding period of the United States until today. He explained the development of press freedom, professional journalism and its connection to media polarization. Moreover, Mr. Dalager clarified how television stations took political ideology by targeting specific groups of society. Ultimately, he concluded that the diversity of information triggers different models of reality but in contrast to the highly polarized political elite moderate American society hasn’t been affected by polarization yet.

Although after two interesting and vivid talks time for discussion was limited, the audience was not discouraged to pepper the specialists with questions and comments. Not only leading professors of the American Studies department such as Prof. Dr. Christa Buschendorf but also students themselves took the opportunity to contribute their various views on the topic of polarization. As Mr. Siewert is currently teaching a course on polarization in the United States some of his students were able to benefit from first hand information. The discussion section even opened new aspects of political reality. Mr. Dalager modified the definition of polarization into fragmentation and pointed out the growing division within the parties. Furthermore, Mr. Light indicated the enormous significance of reality, exemplified by extreme weather events, intervening into ongoing political debates and, eventually, promoting necessary legislation. Consulate officer Hill was visibly pleased and his nods of assent portrayed the resounding success of the event for all participants. The lively discussion probably could have lasted for hours but there was not enough time to answer all remaining questions.

Personally, I believe American Studies and Political Science students like me can really profit from events like these not only to expand their knowledge but also to take a look behind the scenes and understand the relevance of their studies. With this in mind, representing students of both departments, I am hoping for additional interdisciplinary events like these to follow.


Stefanie Burkhart
B.A. American Studies / Political Science

 
 
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