Internationaler Workshop

Unfree Spaces in the Modern World: Resistant Responses – Empowering Acts


19.01.2023 - 21.01.2023  



This interdisciplinary and international workshop is hosted by the Regensburg Leibniz ScienceCampus “Europe and America in the Modern World” and its partners. It features presentations by visiting international scholars as well as by scholars from the University of Regensburg (UR) and the Regensburg Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS). It takes place at the IOS, UR, and the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum. Viewing experiences of spatial unfreedom as both a prerequisite and aftermath of modernity, the workshop focuses on resistant and empowering reactions to the experience of being un/free in spaces of different scales.

Date: 19.01. – 21.01.2023
Please note: Registration is requested*. Please register via email to un.free@ur.de

* by 20 December 2022, if you wish to join us for the day at the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum (Friday, 20 January 2023: bus, guided tour, expert’s discussion, lunch, panel presentations). Please note that conference participants will travel together by bus. As the number of seats is limited, reservations will be made in order of registration.
* by 09 January 2023, if you wish to join us for the days in Regensburg only (Thursday, 19 Jan. 2023, IOS: opening, keynote, panels, author’s reading; Saturday, 21 Jan. 2023, UR: panels, concluding discussion).

Workshop Highlights

(find the complete program here)

Thursday, 19 January 2023:
IOS / Altes Finanzamt: keynote lecture, panel presentations, author’s reading

Friday, 20 January 2023: Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum
registered conference participants will travel by conference bus
guided tour, expert/practitioner discussion, panel presentations

Saturday, 21 January 2023:
UR campus: panel presentation and concluding discussion

Opening and Keynote Lecture:
January 19, 10 a.m., IOS; Conference Welcomes followed by:
Leona Toker, Hebrew University, Israel
“The Theme of Poetry Recital in Concentration-Camp Literature”

Author’s Reading:
January 19, 6 p.m., IOS
Randal Maurice Jelks, University of Kansas
Letters to Martin: Meditations on Democracy in Black America, 2022