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THE GERMAN ELECTIONS 2021 AND THE END OF THE MERKEL ERA: WHAT´S NEXT?

October 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This virtual event is part of the TransAtlantic Masters Program Fall Friday Lecture Series.

Virtual panel with Professors Christiane Lemke, Dominic Nyhuis, Helga Welsh, and Konrad Jarausch

  • Christiane Lemke was Professor of Political Science and Director of International Relations and European Studies in the Institute of Political Science at Leibniz University Hannover until March 2021 and is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. From 2010-14, she held the Max Weber Chair at New York University. Professor Lemke received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Free University in Berlin and went on to earn her Habilitation Venia legendi in Political Science from the same institution. Professor Lemke has been a visiting scholar at a number of US institutions over the years as she has maintained her permanent faculty positions in Germany. She has taught courses at UNC-Chapel Hill, Stanford University, Harvard University, and Suffolk University. In addition, while on a leave from the University of Hannover from 2006 to 2007, Professor Lemke served as the Director of State Parliament, Lower Saxony. Professor Lemke’s academic areas of expertise include: European Politics, Democracy and Governance in the EU, Transatlantic Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory, and American Politics. She is the author/editor of numerous books and articles, including: Internationale Beziehungen: Grundkonzepte, Theorien und Problemfelder, 4th ed. (International Relations: Concepts, Theories, and Key Issues, 2018); Germany Today. Politics and Policies in a Changing World, 2018; Europäische Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (European Foreign and Security Policy, 2010), Menschenrechte und Migration (Human Rights and Migration, 2009).
  • Dominic Nyhuis (PhD in Political Science, University of Mannheim) is a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and the Center for European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on comparative legislative studies with a particular emphasis on questions of representation, elite political behavior, and municipal politics. He is also interested in techniques for automated data collection, quantitative methods for the social sciences and quantitative text analysis in particular.
  • Helga Welsh is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. Her publications have focused on the history and politics of the former East Germany, German unification, transitional justice, the reform of higher education in Germany, and democratization processes in Central and Eastern Europe. She has published a book on denazification in the former East Germany and co-edited a book on German unification. Her most recent book (co-authored with Christiane Lemke) is Germany Today. German Politics and Policies in a Changing World (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018). Her articles have appeared in journals such as Comparative Politics, European Journal of Education, Europe-Asia Studies, German Politics, German Politics and Society, and West European politics. She is one of the editors of “German History in Documents and Images,” a project administered by the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. She served as co-editor of German Politics from 2014-2018.
  • Konrad Jarausch is a German-American historian and the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written or edited about forty books in modern German and European history. Starting with Hitler’s seizure of power and the First World War, his research interests have moved to the social history of German students and professions German unification in 1989/90, with historiography under the Communist GDR, the nature of the East German dictatorship, as well as the debate about historians and the Third Reich. More recently, he has been concerned with the problem of interpreting twentieth-century German history in general, the learning processes after 1945, the issue of cultural democratization, and the relationship between Honecker and Breshnew. Some Notable Publications include: “Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century” (Princeton University Press, 2015), “Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier’s Letters from the Eastern Front” (Princeton University Press, 2011), “’Das stille Sterben…’: Feldpostbriefe von Konrad Jarausch aus Polen und Russland” (Paderborn: Schöningh, 2008), “Gebrochene Wissenschaftskulturen: Universität und Politik im 20. Jahrhundert” (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010), “Shattered Past: Reconstructing German Histories” (Princeton University Press, 2002). Prof Jarausch is co-founder of the UNC Center for European Studies as well as the Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam (ZZF).
  • Markus Teglas serves since August 2021 as Minister Counselor in the Political Department at the German Embassy in Washington, DC. His responsibilities include transatlantic relations and U.S. domestic policy. Prior to that, he was Chief of Staff for the Minister of State for Europe in the Federal Foreign Office. He joined the Federal Foreign Service in 2013. From 2008 to 2013 he worked as Chief of Staff in the German Bundestag.Markus Teglas holds a M.A. degree in European Studies (M.E.S.) from the Viadrina-University in Frankfurt/Oder and a M.A. degree in Philosophy and Musicology from the Free University Berlin. He has also worked as editor in various German publishing houses.

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October 8
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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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