Events in 2017
Guest Lecture "The 'Refugee Crisis' at the Start of the 21st Century: Myths and Realities"
Martin Murray (University of Michigan)
17 May 2017, 5pm (c.t.)
TU Dortmund, IBZ (Emil-Figge Straße 59, 44227 Dortmund)
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Guest Lecture "Why Detroit Matters"
Brian Doucet (Erasmus College Rotterdam)
15 May 2017, 5pm (c.t.)
TU Dortmund, George McGovern Foyer (Emil-Figge Straße 50, 44227 Dortmund)
Exhibition "Die First Ladies der USA: Von Martha Washington bis Melania Trump"
08 February to 28 April 2017
Blue Square (Ruhr-University Bochum
Guest Lecture "Coffeehouses and the Art of Social Engagement: An Analysis of Portland Coffeehouses"
Michael Broadway, Prof. of Geography (Northern Michigan University)
25 April 2017, 2pm (c.t.)
University of Duisburg-Essen, R12 R04 B02 (Universitätsstraße 12, 45141 Essen)
Coffeehouses have been a part of America’s cultural landscape since the seventeenth century. Their fortunes have risen and fallen with the changing demand for coffee and changing consumer preferences. This paper examines their historic function of promoting social engagement as so-called third places among independently owned coffeehouses in the city of Portland, Oregon. Individual coffeehouses were evaluated to determine the extent to which they provided a supportive physical environment for social engagement in which a space is transformed into a place and detailed patron behavior was recorded over a three-week period. The study found that very few coffeehouses provided a supportive physical environment. The majority of patrons entering coffeehouses during the weekday and weekend ordered drinks 'to go.' Among those who stayed during the weekday most sat alone and worked on their laptops. It was only on lunchtime weekends that coffeehouses were full of the sound of conversations. It is suggested that further study be expanded to include the effect of eliminating free Wi Fi and banning laptops on social engagement in coffeehouses and whether other place attributes need to be incorporated to promote social engagement.
The Radboud University and University of Duisburg-Essen Spring Academy (RUDESA)
"The Uncanny Return of (Trans)national Anxieties"
Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)
15 March 2017, 6pm
University of Duisburg-Essen, Glaspavillon (Universitätsstrasse 12, 45141 Essen)
The Radboud University and University of Duisburg-Essen Spring Academy 2017
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2017 Ruhr PhD Forum
27-28 January 2017
IBZ, TU Dortmund (Emil-Figge-Str. 59, 44227 Dortmund)
Casino, University Duisburg-Essen (Reckhammerweg 3, 45141 Essen)
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International Conference "The Intersections of Whiteness"
11-13 January 2017
TU Dortmund & Ruhr-University Bochum
Website Intersections of Whiteness