Gastvortrag einer Kollegin aus Michigan


Johanna Schuster-Craig
Assistant Professor of German and Global Studies at Michigan State University
Raum KO 205, Fakultät für Angewandte Sozialwissenschaften
Am Stadtpark 20, 81243 München-Pasing
Time: Th. 25.10.2018, 9:00 – 11:15
Lecture and discussion in English and German
Prof. Dr. Juliane Sagebiel Norbert Schindler Ngan Nguyen-Meyer
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Right-wing populism is based on a very simple ideology: we, the people, must protect our society from outsiders, from foreign ideas, and economic threats. Who counts as an outsider and what constitutes a foreign idea changes based on location, culture, language and the political structure available to populist ideologues. Deciphering this rhetoric thus requires not only linguistic, but also cultural and affective skills. Germany and the United States shared a close diplomatic relationship for much of the 20th century. Compared to countries in the Global South, our cultural differences are often considered minimal. However, in a highly charged political environment these cultural differences can emerge in heightened ways, sometimes becoming a significant obstacle to conducting research. In this talk, I will use examples from my experiences as an American researcher conducting ethnography in Germany to show how complicated deciphering cultural codes can be and how national identity can influence analysis and interpretation.