|CEUS is devoted to research and intellectual exchange among faculty and students on political, cultural, and social transformations of contemporary Europe as well as Europe's multiple historical traditions and close connections to North America. The Center encourages the creation of networks across disciplinary and geographic boundaries. It encourages collaboration with other area universities and colleges, and develops partnerships with both European and North American programs in European Studies. The University at Buffalo is well poised to be the home of CEUS, given the international spirit of Buffalo - a city with a rich history of European immigration, and located at the border of Ontario, Canada.|
First Tuesday Monthly Colloquium Series
CEUS sponsors a monthly series of faculty talks about ongoing research related to Europe. All faculty and graduate students are invited to join the conversation on campus that we have initiated with these events, and to meet others working on issues related to European Studies.
These events are held at 4 p.m. during the semester on the first Tuesday of each month. Check back here for locations of talks on campus.
Future Talks This Spring
April 1, 2014
"Of Cygnets and Exception: Swan-Knights and Western Aristocratic Fantasy"
Randy Schiff, Associate Professor, Department of English (UB)
May 6, 2014
Reinhild Steingrover, University of Rochester
Upcoming First Tuesday Talk
March 4, 2014
Room 545 Park Hall
Gender and Public Life in West Germany: The Case of Marion Graefin Doenhoff
Patricia Mazon, Associate Professor
Department of History, University at Buffalo
ABSTRACT: In 1945, some West German women were poised to play a more prominent role in public life than they had before. How did the relationship between gender and the public sphere evolve after 1945 in West Germany? This paper examines the case of Marion Dönhoff, who set out to carve out a space for herself in the new Federal Republic. Dönhoff was a countess born to a life of aristocratic privilege who was intensely engaged with her times. Her early dislike for the Nazi regime led her to be known as the “red countess.” In 1945, she famously fled the oncoming Soviets on horseback. After the war, Dönhoff joined Die Zeit, which she edited until her death in 2002. Her writings were crucial in reconciling West Germans to territorial losses in the East. She understood that Germany's new boundaries and the loss of her ancestral homeland were necessary for a lasting peace in Europe. Moreover, Dönhoff established a voice for herself both as a journalist and as a confidante of the political elite. I will explore the opportunities and barriers she faced as a woman in public life.
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