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Frank Mehring
Frank Mehring

Frank Mehring, professor of American Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen. He teaches 20th and 21st century visual culture, theories of popular culture, transnational modernism, and processes of cultural translation in a transatlantic context. In 2012, he received the biennial EAAS Rob Kroes Award for his monograph "The Democratic Gap" as the best book manuscript in Europe in American Studies (Winter: 2013). Professor Mehring is the author of Sphere Melodies, published in 2003, which examines the intermediary work of the avant-garde artists Charles Ives and John Cage. In 2004, he also published a biography on the German-American freedom fighter Charles Follen (2004) and edited his writings (Between Nativists and Foreigners, appearing in 2007). He has recently finished his post-doctoral project, The Democratic Gap, exploring dissent of German Immigrants in pursuit of the promise of American democracy at the John F. Kennedy-Institute/Freie Universitaet Berlin. With Winfried Fluck and Stefan L. Brandt he edited Transcultural Spaces: Challenges of Urbanity, Ecology, and the Environment in the New Millennium, which appeared in 2010. In addition to organizing the first international symposium on the painter/designer Winold Reiss (Dec. 1-3, 2011), he is preparing a critical edition of Reiss's Mexico diary entitled Detours to Harlem. Frank Mehring was awarded a Fulbright American Studies Fellowship to the Department of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University (2004-5). In 2008 and 2009, he was a fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.



Prof. Dr. Frank Mehring

Radboud University
English Department
PO Box 9103
6500 HD  Nijmegen


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