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International Graduate Workshop 2022

Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin

American Grids: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Housing, Energy, and Infrastructure

In-person workshop, Lansstr. 7-9, 14195 Berlin, Friday, 17 June, 10:00-20:00

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Conference Poster

Open to all! If you would like to attend, please send a message with your name and affiliation (if appropriate) to workshop2022@gsnas.fu-berlin.de, until Friday 10 June, 2022. Thank you for observing the University's hygiene plan, and for staying home if you feel unwell.


the program is also available as a PDF

Opening Remarks
Max McKenna, Simon Voss
JFKI (Lansstraße 7-9), Room 319

  • 10:00 - 10:15

First Panel: Grids of Environment(s)
Chair: Max McKenna
JFKI, Room 319

  • 10:15 - 11:05
    • Maite Aperribay, University of the Basque Country
      “Social and Environmental Justice: Housing in Chicana Literature”
  • 11:05 - 11:55
    • Anastassia Biederstaedt, Heidelberg Center for American Studies
      “Constructing ‘Milk’: Tying a Network of Nature and Culture”
  • 11:55 - 12:45
    • Sandra Becker, University of Groningen
      “Nuclear Family, Toxic Masculinity, Ecofeminism: Television Technology and Gendered Discourses”

Lunch Break
Restaurant “Esskultur”, 
Museum Europäischer Kulturen (MEK), Arnimallee 25

  • 12:45 - 14:15

Second Panel: Grids of Social Security
Chair: Simon Voss
JFKI, Room 319

  • 14:15 - 15:05
    • Mathilde Lind Gustavussen, FU Berlin
      “When Affordable Housing Policy Displaces: Expropriating Housing in Chinatown, Los Angeles”
  • 15:05 - 15:55
    • Hannah Löffler, TU Munich
      “What happens to renters? Housing prices, risks and political trust“ 
  • 15:55 - 16:45
    • Laura Kettel, GSNAS
      “Governing Homelessness in the American City: Federal Innovation & Local Policy Adoption”
  • 16:45 - 17:35
    • Christian Güse, GSNAS
      "Riding the Grid – A Critical Analysis of the Restructuring of Power Relations in the Trucking Sector"

Keynote Speech
Dr. Gretchen Bakke 
Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
“Refrigerator As Lynchpin: A Short History of the Fossil-Fueled Electricity System”
JFKI, Room 340

  • 18:00 - 19:30

Reception + Conference Dinner 
Restaurant Piaggio
Königin-Luise-Straße 44

  • 19:30

Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft