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Intersectionality and Area Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives


This mini series of talks invites conversation on the junctures of ‘intersectionality’ and ‘area studies.’ Juxtaposing an interdisciplinary sequence of case studies, the series is investigates which potentially different manifestations and definitions of intersectionality emerge in diverse spatial and communal contexts. As a whole, the series seeks to prepare the grounds for discussion, comparison, and transconnection of past and present developments, experiences, and negotiations of exclusive, oppressive, or violent structures that target identities based on sociali categorizations such as their race, class, gender, sexuality, or ability in Europe and the Americas. Ultimately, the series of talks hopes to generate a starting point for a further and continued engagement with ‘intersectionality and area studies’, helping to deepen our critical understanding of the construction and impact of space on identity, opportunity, and processes of in/equality.

The series takes places weekly throughout June 2024 (days and times vary). It begins on 4 June with Jennifer Ramme discussing (in English) the memory of Feminist and LGBTQ social movements, with a focus on Poland. On 13 June, Natali Stegmann explores (in German) the social status and political agency of post-WWI wounded veterans across Central Europe. On 20 June, Jacoba Zapf presents (in German) the forgotten history of women who were imprisoned in the Nazi prison in Aichach, many of whom were later killed in Auschwitz, and attempts to commemorate their lives today. The series concludes in this semester on 26 June, with Charlotte Kaiser exploring (in French) queer representation in contemporary Québec cinema.

This series is organised by Natali Stegmann, Professor of East and Central European History at UR and Birgit Hebel-Bauridl, Managing Director of the Regensburg European American Forum (REAF) at UR, bothcoordinators of the ScienceCampus Research Module Towards Multi-Polar and Multi-Scalar Area Studies. The series also features a talk organised by Dagmar Schmelzer of the Institute for Romance Studies (UR).

When? Summer semester 2024; see below for dates

Where­? Different venues, see below

Languages? English (4 June), German (13 and 20 June  questions can be asked in English), French (26 June  questions can be asked in German)



Tuesday, 4 June 2024 | 16:15–17:45 | H 24 (Vielberth Building)
Jennifer Ramme (Berlin): Intersectionality and Social Movement Memory: Methodological Approaches and Problems Using the Example of Feminist and LGBTQ Movements in Poland

Thursday, 13 June 2024 | 16:15–17:45 | S. 214 (Sammelgebäude)
Natali Stegmann (Regensburg): Kriegsbeschädigt! Soziale Position und politische Handlungsmacht kriegsversehrter Männer nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg in Ostmitteleuropa und auf der internationalen Bühne

Thursday, 20 June 2024 | 16:15–17:45 | S. 214 (Sammelgebäude)
Jacoba Zapf (Frauenforum Aichach-Friedberg): „Die vergessenen Frauen von Aichach“: Die Geschichte der Frauen in der nationalsozialistischen Strafanstalt Aichach. Bericht und Diskussion über die Errichtung eines Mahnmals und historische Aufarbeitung durch eine Bürger:innen-Initiative

  • While the presentation will be in German, participants are welcome to ask questions in English during the joint discussion.

Wednesday, 26 June 2024 | 08:30–10:00 | R. 006 (Economics Building)| Organised by Dagmar Schmelzer (UR)

Charlotte Kaiser (Jena): Entre ‘fédérastophobie’ et diversité sexuelle. La nation québécoise et la représentation queer dans le cinéma contemporain au Québec

  • While the presentation will be in French, participants are welcome to ask questions in German during the joint discussion.



Past Speaker Series

Security – Strategy – War | Sicherheit – Strategie – Krieg

Speaker Series on Transatlantic Security Issues

This series was organized by Gerlinde Groitl, professor in International and Transatlantic Relations at UR and co-coordinator of the ScienceCampus Research Module Transatlantic political transformations.










When?  usually Tuesdays 14:15–15:45; exception on 9 and 16 January – start 16:15

Where­?  Room VG. 2.38 (Vielberth-building) or via Zoom; room H24 on 9 and 16 January


31 October 2023 | 14:0016:00 | Zoom
Joachim Krause (Kiel): Deutschlands strategische Blindheit und die Rolle der Universitäten

5 December 2023 | 14:00–16:00 | VG 2. 38
Gerlinde Groitl (Regensburg): Russland, China und der revisionistische Angriff auf die liberale internationale Ordnung

19 December 2023 | 14:00–16:00 | VG. 2. 38
Lisa Geltinger (Regensburg): Der Iran und seine Proxies im Mittleren Osten

9 January 2024 | 16:15–17:45 | Zoom
Lt. Gen. (ret). Ben Hodges (former Commanding General US Army Europe): War in Europe – Ukraine

16 January 2024 | 16:15–17:45 | H 24
Panel discussion: Universitäten auf Irrwegen? Postkolonialismus und Antisemitismus in der Wissenschaft
Volker Depkat (Regensburg), Jörg Skriebeleit (Regensburg), Stephan Bierling (Regensburg)
Moderated by Gerlinde Groitl (Regensburg)

30 January 2024 | 14:15–15:45 | VG. 2. 38
Hubert Zimmermann (Marburg): Militärische Missionen und ihre Rechtfertigungen in Geschichte und Gegenwart

6 February 2024 | 14:15–15:45 | VG. 2. 38
Remko Leemhuis (AJC Berlin): Israels Sicherheit als deutsche Staatsräson

(In)Security: Europe and America in the Modern World

Speaker Series on Transatlantic Security Issues

This series is organized by Gerlinde Groitl, associate professor in International and Transatlantic Relations at UR and co-coordinator of the ScienceCampus Research Module Transatlantic political transformations.


Security is a basic need for all societies and states. However, it is never guaranteed in the anarchic international system. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 shattered Europe’s security architecture for good. Europe and the United States are forced to respond to and come to grips with the changed security environment. The seminar is designed as a highly interactive format and offers graduate students and all other interested participants the opportunity to discuss current affairs with renowned experts from academia, the think tank world and government – either on campus in Regensburg or via Zoom. The overall goal of the speaker series is two-fold. On the hand, participants will gain a firm understanding of major transatlantic security issues, while the various speakers will also help us explore current security challenges from different angles. On the other hand, the series gives graduate students and the audience a unique chance to interact with leading experts in a professional setting and helps them prepare for their postgraduate careers.

When? Monday 14:15–15:45 (exception on 24 April and May 8)

Where­? Room DE 2.121 (biology-building) or via Zoom

Please sign up to the GRIPS course at UR to find related readings, speaker biographies, and details of the courses (Key: EuroAtlanticSecurity23)

Find the series flyer here


24 April 2023 | 6:00–7:00 pm (!) | ZOOM
Hannah Neumann (Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA): EU Security Policy: Peace and SHEcurity – A View from the European Parliament

8 May 2023 | 6:00–7:30 pm (!) | ZOOM
Florian Justwan (University of Idaho, USA): Russian Disinformation as a Security Threat: Empirical Insights from the US

15 May 2023 | ZOOM
Mareike Ohlberg (German Marshall Fund, Berlin): Hidden Hand: How the Communist Party of China is Reshaping the World

22 May 2023 | ZOOM
Jeff Rathke (American Institute for Contemporary German Studies AICGS, Washington, DC): Germany and the U.S. – Future Challenges to the Core of the Transatlantic Partnership

5 June 2023 | ON CAMPUS: DE 2.121 (biology-building)
Marco Overhaus (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin): The United States: Security Challenges in the Euro-Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific 

12 June 2023 | ZOOM
James Nixey (Director, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House, London): Russia’s War against Ukraine: Scenarios and Policy Options

19 June 2023 | ZOOM
Jari Vilén (Finland's Ambassador for Barents and Northern Dimension): Security in Europe: The View from Finland

26 June | ON CAMPUS: DE 2.121 (biology-building)
Karl-Heinz Kamp (fmr. Federal Ministry of Defense, Berlin / Advisor NATO Defense College, Rome): Germany’s „Zeitenwende“ and the National Security Strategy

3 July 2023 | ON CAMPUS: DE 2.121 (biology-building)
Andrea Rotter (Hanns Seidel Stiftung, Munich): Space: The Final Frontier in Transatlantic Security?

10 July 2023 | ON CAMPUS: DE 2.121 (biology-building)
Antje Nötzold (TU Chemnitz): Learning to (Un)Love the Bomb: The Problem of Nuclear Weapons and (Non)Proliferation Reconsidered

Transformations in Sovereignty | Souveränität im Wandel

This series of events takes place online via Zoom from 3–10 November. The first session on 3 November begins at 18:00, with the subsequent two events starting at 17:00. You can find the access details below. The sessions on 3–4 November are in German, the final session on 10 November in English.

Koordination | Coordinators: Prof. Dr Gerlinde Groitl (zz. Universität Passau) & Prof. Dr Guido Hausmann (Universität Regensburg/Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung)

Summary *** English version below ***

Die staatliche Souveränität gehört zu den grundlegenden Prinzipien der Weltpolitik, ist jedoch weder statisch noch unumstritten. Im Gegenteil: Souveränitätsverständnisse und ihre Dynamiken in der Praxis unterliegen einem ständigen Wandel und sind ein zentraler Untersuchungsgegenstand der Area Studies. Die Staaten des transatlantischen Raums haben nach dem Kalten Krieg etwa einerseits nationale Selbstbestimmungsrechte gestärkt, andererseits Souveränitätsrechte zunehmend an die Befolgung universeller Normen (z. B. Menschenrechte) gekoppelt. Russland kritisiert solche “Einmischungen in innere Angelegenheiten”, sieht sich aber selbst im Recht, die Souveränität seiner Nachbarn eigenen Interessen und seinem Einflusssphärendenken unterzuordnen. Selbst innerhalb der EU brechen heute Konflikte über Fragen nationaler Selbstbehauptung auf, während die EU als Ganzes Souveränität auf internationaler Bühne gewinnen will. Wer überhaupt noch welches Maß an Souveränität geltend machen kann in der globalisierten Welt, ist ohnehin offen.

Das Forschungsmodul “Transatlantische politische Transformationen” des WissenschaftsCampus nähert sich diesen Problemen und lädt herzlich zu den dre Veranstaltungen ein. Die virtuellen Veranstaltungen finden vom 3.10. November auf Zoom statt. Der erste Termin am Mittwoch, 3. November, beginnt um 18 Uhr. Die beiden folgenden Veranstaltungen am 4. und 10. November fangen jeweils bereits um 17 Uhr an. Den Zugangslink erhalten Sie unten. Die ersten zwei Termine finden auf Deutsch statt, der letzte Termin am 10. November dann auf Englisch.


Mittwoch, 03.11.2021 | 18:00–19:00 Uhr
Prof. Dr Kristina Spohr (LSE London)
Russischer Revisionismus: Souveränität in der europäischen Ordnung nach dem Kalten Krieg

Donnerstag, 04.11.2021 | 17:00–18:00 Uhr
Dr Ronja Kempin (SWP Berlin)
Spielball der Mächte? Stand und Perspektiven der Souveränität der EU

Mittwoch, 10.11.2021 | 17:00–18:30 Uhr
Dr Martin Deuerlein (Universität Tübingen)
"Sovereignty at Bay?"  The Crisis of Sovereignty in the 1970s
Response: Jon Matlack, Doktorand am LWC

Zoom-Link (für alle drei Veranstaltungen):
Meeting-ID: 621 0769 0574

State sovereignty constitutes one of the fundamental principles of international politics yet it is hardly a static or uncontroversial idea. On the contrary: notions of sovereignty are subject to constant transformation and form a key theme of area studies research. In the wake of the Cold War, the states of the Transatlantic region on the one hand strengthened their rights to national self-determination, while on the other hand increasingly linking sovereign rights to universal norms, including human rights. Russia has criticized such “interventions in its internal affairs” while at the same time perceiving its right to subordinate the sovereignty of its neighbours to its own interests and its notion of a sphere of influence. Within the EU, there are conflicts over the issue of national self-determination while the EU as a whole would nevertheless like to strengthen its position as a sovereign actor on the world stage. It remains to be seen, which actors can exert sovereignty, and which degree of sovereignty, in a globalized world.