Society, Culture & Politics Program

Enhances understanding of the impact of culture on German- American relations and analyzes how cultural beliefs and values, evolving interpretations of historical experiences, and shifting conceptions of national identity shape perspectives and policy responses in the German-American dialogue. The Society, Culture & Politics Program is currently focused on issues of Immigration and Integration, considering the subject as it relates to education, organization, and technology. Under the topic of Reconciliation in Europe and Asia, AICGS looks to Germany for lessons for Japan’s international reconciliation in Northeast Asia.

Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

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Dr. Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik will be a Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellow from August 1 to September 15, 2014.  While at AICGS, she will explore Germany’s role in reconciling the Western Balkans. The project will focus on Germany’s foreign policy, economic development, aid, and German political foundations in Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo…. Read more >

Seiko Mimaki

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Dr. Seiko Mimaki will be a Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellow from August 1 to September 15, 2014.  While at AICGS, she will investigate how to institutionalize multi-layered efforts at the societal level toward building ties of reconciliation among East Asian countries, focusing on evolving epistemic and transnational networks formed by… Read more >

Martina Timmermann

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Dr. Martina Timmermann is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from July to August 2014. While at AICGS, Dr. Timmermann will explore the potential and options for EU/German involvement as a mediator in East Asia. One of the major underlying currents impeding a sustainable solution of the several conflicts in the South and East… Read more >

Daniela Schiek

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Dr. Daniela Schiek was a DAAD/AICGS Fellow in February and March 2014. She studied sociology in Berlin and wrote her doctoral dissertation about the biographical perception of precarious/temporary work. She is currently researching the potential development of a “9/11 Generation” in Germany. Her further research interests are: qualitative methods of social research,… Read more >

Julia Lange

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Julia Lange is a PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg, Germany and was a Visiting Fellow at AICGS from November 2013 to March 2014. In her dissertation, supervised by Prof. Dr. Susanne Rohr, she examines the interrelation between the politics of memory of German-American institutions and the Holocaust discourse on both… Read more >

Lina Nikou

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During her Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation fellowship, Lina Nikou worked on her PhD project, focusing on how Holocaust survivors and emigrants in the United States experienced the official invitations issued by their cities of origin in Germany. The aim is to conduct an exemplary study on the reception of German reconciliatory… Read more >

Romain Faure

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Dr. Romain Faure was a Harry & Helen Gray Reconciliation Fellow at AICGS. He was preparing a book on international history textbook revision, seeking to display both the historical origins and present challenges of this particular field of cultural diplomacy. The volume is directed to a wide audience: practitioners of history teaching… Read more >

Ruth Wittlinger

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Ruth Wittlinger is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK. She has published widely on post-unification German foreign policy, collective memory of Germany’s Nazi past and European integration. Her most recent publications include a monograph on German National Identity in the Twenty-First Century: A… Read more >

Ja-hyun Chun

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Dr. Ja-hyun Chun was a Visiting Fellow at AICGS from November 2012 through January 2013 focusing on reconciliation in Northeast Asia. Dr. Chun worked to identify how Germany and Japan perceive their wartime atrocities by focusing on ‘acknowledgement’ and ‘denial’ and by examining ‘distinctive memories’ in the public sphere. Specific memories of… Read more >

Carsten Weiß

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Dr. Carsten Weiß is a senior research fellow at the University of Siegen and was a NRW School of Governance/AICGS Fellow from August to October 2012. His research analyzes political communication about the “middle class” in the U.S. Although a lot of sociological research about the dynamics and structure of the middle… Read more >