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February 2019

Democratic Backsliding in Europe?

February 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The BMW Center for German and European Studiesinvites you to:Democratic Backsliding in Europe?a lecture by:Dr. Ireneusz Pawel KarolewskiProfessor and Chair of PoliticsWilly Brandt Center for German and European StudiesUniversity of WroclawThe political trends in Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia poses urgent questions that about the future of democracy. Do these countries find themselves on a slippery slope towards “illiberal democracy” and why? Is there a specific “regional” explanation for the democratic deficit in Central and Eastern Europe? What particular interests…

Revolutions, Reforms, and Gender: Narratives of Democratization

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The BMW Center for German and European Studiesinvites you to:Revolutions, Reforms, and Gender: Narratives of Democratizationa lecture by:Dr. Hedwig RichterResearcherHamburg Institute for Social ResearchWhy is democracy so closely linked to masculinity and why are women so often excluded from the history of democracy? The lecture explores the gendered consequences of revising the narratives of democracy as a bottom-up struggle, as revolutionary history, and as national history. It proposes to expand the history of democracy along three lines, namely as an…

Geopolitics of Southeast Europe: Can One Escape the Pull of History?

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The BMW Center for German and European Studiesinvites you to:Geopolitics of Southeast Europe: Can One Escape the Pull of History?a lecture by:Mr. Vuk JeremićPresidentCenter for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD)*Reception to follow*Mr. Vuk Jeremić is the President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), a global public policy think-tank based in Belgrade, and Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly magazine Horizons – Journal of International Relations and Sustainable Development. He is also the leader of Serbia’s opposition People’s…

March 2019

How Modern Populisms Promise to Solve Economic Grievances but End Up Delivering Social Division

March 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The BMW Center for German and European Studiesinvites you to:How Modern Populisms Promise to Solve Economic Grievances but End Up Delivering Social Divisiona lecture by:Mr. Joan LlorachCo-author, "The Finances and Myths of Independence"The 2016 Donald Trump electoral campaign, the Leave campaign in the Brexit referendum, and Catalan, Scottish and Venetian secessionists have in common their economic argument to solve economic grievances — the "us first" economic model. The U.S. fiscal structure, however, helps prevent the kind of regional grievances that…

[Film Screening] Milli’s Awakening

March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The BMW Center for German and European Studies and the Goethe-Institut Washingtoninvite you to:Milli's Awakening (Millis Erwachen)a film screening & discussion with the filmmaker:Natasha A. KellyMilli's Awakening takes its name from the painting Schlafende Milli (Sleeping Milli, 1911), in which expressionist painter Ludwig Kirchner takes an eroticizing and exoticizing view of his Black female model. “Milli's” silence speaks volumes about Black women's positioning as anonymous objects of desire in European art. Milli’s awakening seeks to intervene in this history, by…

Event Series Panel: Author Meets Critic

March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A panel from the BMW Center for German and European Studies's annual event series, "A Century of Women's Struggle: From the Franchise to #MeToo"featuring:Dr. Hester Baer University of Maryland, College ParkDr. Barbara Mennel University of Florida, GainesvilleDr. Peter PfeifferGeorgetown UniversityDr. Monika Shafi University of Delawaremoderated by:Dr. Friederike EiglerGeorgetown UniversityPanelists will discuss Barbara Mennel's recently published book Women and Work in 21st Century European Cinema. From hairdressers and caregivers to reproductive workers and power-suited executives, images of women's labor have powered a fascinating new movement…

April 2019

CANCELLED | The Impact of Brexit, as Told by a British MEP

April 3 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The BMW Center for German and European Studiesinvites you to:The Impact of Brexit, as Told by a British MEPa lecture by:Mr. Rory PalmerMember of European ParliamentMr. Palmer will speak about Brexit and its possible impact on the relations between the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States. He is also keen to discuss the involvement of young people in the political process.Mr. Palmer has been a member of the European Parliament since 2017 and represents the East Midlands…

CANCELLED | Borders Suspended: Feminists picturing migration

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The BMW Center for German and European Studiesinvites you to:Borders Suspended: Feminists picturing migrationa lecture by:Dr. Ulrike BergermannBraunschweig University of the ArtsShortly before the so-called summer of migration in 2015, the "New Year's Eve of Cologne" became a decisive rhetorical moment for Germany's political right – as well as for feminists. That night, groups of mostly migrant men sexually harassed women in the middle of a huge crowd. While the political right called for a closing of the borders and…

Post-Local, Re-Local, De-Local: A shift in memory culture and the revision of the politics of memory in Europe

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The BMW Center for German and European Studiesinvites you to:Post-Local, Re-Local, De-Local: A shift in memory culture and the revision of the politics of memory in Europea lecture by:Dr. Claus LeggewieLudwig Börne ProfessorUniversity of GießenClaus Leggewie is a political scientist and currently serves as Ludwig Börne Professor at the University in Gießen, Germany. Until 2017 he was director of the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (KWI), Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen (Germany). Leggewie has served as professor of political…

The General Spanish Elections and their Implications for Spain and the EU

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The BMW Center for German and European Studies invites you to a panel featuring:Laia BalcellsProvost Distinguished Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown UniversityXavier CollerProfessor of Sociology, Universidad Pablo de OlavideJosep ColomerAdjunct Professor of Government, Georgetown Universitymoderated by:Eric LangenbacherTeaching Professor of Government, Georgetown UniversitySpanish citizens are going to the polls on Sunday, April 28th in a critical moment for this country, which is facing unprecedented challenges such as the rise of the far-right, as well as unresolved lingering issues such as Catalan…

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