The Ambiguous Semantics of “Reeducation” in Transnational and Transhistorical Perspective

International Conference, February 16-18, 2022 at Amerikahaus Munich (Germany)

Please click here for the call for papers (proposals are due on September 1, 2021).

Workshops and Conferences:

Beyond National Character? Identity Formation in the Context of Postwar Reeducation

November 5-6, 2020 (Virtual Workshop)
Organized by Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
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Participants of the virtual workshop at FAU

Recreating Separate Spheres Across Not-So-Separate Worlds: Gender and Reeducation in Japan, Germany, and the USA after World War II
February 20-21, 2020
Workshop at GHI West, UC Berkeley Campus
Organized by the German Historical Institute and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
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Workshop participants in front of Moses Hall, UC Berkeley
Reeducation Revisited: Strategies, Actors, Institutions in Transnational and Comparative Perspective

September 29-30, 2017
Conference at Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Nürnberg
Conveners: Katharina Gerund (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg), Heike Paul (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg), and Anne Schenderlein (GHI Washington)

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Talks and Lectures:

Heike Paul: ” “Lessons in Democracy? Strategies and Paradoxes of (Re-)Education in Post-War Germany.” Learning, Unlearning, Relearning: Cultural Expertise and Its Praxis. Virtual Conference, Nov. 23-24, 2021.

Katharina Gerund: “The Legacies of Reeducation in Germany and Beyond.” Transatlantic Exchange of Civic Educators, Oct. 11, 2021 (zoom).

Katharina Gerund: “The Gift of Democracy: American Occupation, Reeducation, and Gratitude in Postwar Germany.” Online Symposium Gratitude in Transatlantic Relations, May 19, 2021.

Jana Aresin: “Democracy, Consumerism and Gender Roles in Japanese Women’s Magazines during the US Occupation and the early Cold War. ” Conference: Cultures of  Occupation: New Paradigms, Models and Comparisons at the University of Nottingham, April 14-17, 2021 (Online). 

Katharina Gerund:  “(Un)Learning Racism? The Racial Logics of US Reeducation Efforts in Postwar Germany.” HLCS Conference at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands), Nov. 14-15, 2019.

Akino Oshiro: “Testing Japan’s Democracy – Remains of WW II in Okinawa and a Message to the US and Japan”  at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, July 22, 2019.

Jana Aresin: “From World War II Battlefield to Cold War Home Front? Reeducation Policies in U.S.-Occupied Japan, 1945-1952.” Workshop American Home Front(s) at the Bavarian American Academy Munich, July 20-21, 2019.

Jana Aresin: “Democracy, Consumerism and Gender Roles in U.S. American and Japanese Women’s Magazines during the Cold War” at the BAA Summer Academy, Nuremberg, May 29, 2019.

Heike Paul: “Reeducation and Romance.” Aesthetics and Democracy – Symposium in Honor of Winfried Fluck’s 75th Birthday. FU Berlin, May 3, 2019.

Guest Lectures & Workshops:

Jeanpaul Goergen: “Women between Kitchen and Public Sphere: Screening Gender in US Non-Theatrical Films of the 1950s” (December 9, 2019).

Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong/HHU Düsseldorf): “Gendering US-Japan Educational Exchange in the Mid- to Late-Twentieth Century” (November,18, 2019)

Annette Schad-Seifert (HHU Düsseldorf): “Singlehood and Work-Life Conflict among Women in Japan” (June 24, 2019)

Public Events:

“Amerikas Mr. Germany: Guido Goldman:” Autorengespräch mit Martin Klingst

April 21, 2021, online (via livestream): Martin Klingst discusses his new book on Guido Goldman, the founding director of the German Marshall Fund and a significant player in transatlantic relations of the postwar era (in German).

Further information can be found on the website of the Bavarian American Academy.

Die Ambivalenz des Neuanfangs: Autorengespräch mit Uwe Timm über seinen Roman “Ikarien” und Deutschland im Jahr 1945

(The Ambivalence of a New Beginning: Talk with author Uwe Timm about his novel “Ikarien” and Germany in 1945 – in German!)

July 2, 2020 (online, via livestream)

Further information can be found on the website of the Bavarian American Academy.

Film Screening & Discussion with Miki Dezaki: Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue

November 25, 2019

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Film Screening & Discussion with Lutz Dammbeck: Bruno & Bettina

May 9, 2019

Film Screening & Discussion with Lutz Dammbeck: Overgames

November 29, 2016