This volume collects together a set of papers which stem from three preliminary activities: Firstly, the idea to create this volume was initiated by the “Identity, Migration and International Relations: Diagnoses, Symptoms and Future Prospects in Europe and the U.S.” workshop for mainly German doctoral and postdoctoral researchers which took place at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, Germany, on February 10th 2011. Secondly, at the symposium “Transatlantic Images and Realities: American-German Relations Conference” held at the Goethe Institut in Cracow, Poland, on March 25th 2011, other young scholars from Polish universities, such as the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and the University of Warsaw, had the opportunity to participate in some particularly vibrant presentations and discussions. These two excellent academic venues provided an extraordinarily fertile basis and ideal surroundings for trans- and interdisciplinary research in the field of humanities, social, and cultural studies which can be seen in this volume. Thirdly, we later made an additional call for excellent papers in order to broaden our horizon of international and regional studies to be included in this volume. Not only have we been granted generous financial support from both institutions for the academic conferences and for this volume but we have also benefited greatly from the unique opportunity to be part of the “Scholars in Residence” program of both institutions in the academic year 2010/2011. This residence program is a joint initiative between the Goethe-Institut and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen and promotes academic exchange in the form of visiting fellowships for researchers from Germany and abroad.
Publications: Arnold, M. & Łukasik, P. (Eds.). (2012). Europe and America in the Mirror: Culture, Economy, and History. Kraków: NOMOS.