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Chair for Modern and Contemporary History/North American History

Dr. Jana Weiß
Post doctorand

Contact:
Tel.: +49 (0) 251/83-23256 
Jana Weiß

Consultation hours during semester break:
Monday, 5 February, 12:00 -14:30 pm and by arrangement via e-mail

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Department of History
Fürstenberghaus, room 309 (3rd floor, access via library)
48143 Münster


Habilitation project

The History of Beer in Pre-Prohibition U.S. as a “(Re)Invention of Tradition and Consumption”: From a German Cultural Asset to an Americanized Mass Product?


Curriculum Vitae

Education & Training

2013
Ph.D./Dr. (WWU Münster) History & English Studies Topic: Civil Religion in U.S.-American, Patriotic Holidays, 1945-1992 Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Heike Bungert Second and third assesors: Prof. Dr. Großbölting; Prof. Dr. Mark Stein
2008
First State Examination (University of Bremen; University of Portsmouth) History, English Language and Linguistics, Educational Sciences
2002
Abitur (Graf-Stauffenberg-Gymnasium, Osnabrück)

Work Experience

since 07/2016 Assistant Professor
Department of History, Chair for North American History, WWU Münster
07/2015-06/2016 Visiting Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Max Kade Institute (DFG-Research Fellowship)
04/2015-05/2015 Assistant Professor
Department of History, Chair for North American History, WWU Münster
09/2014-03/2015 Adjunct Professor
Department: International Politics and History, Jacobs University Bremen
Department: History of Great Britain and North America, University of Kassel
05-08/2014 Assistant Professor
Department of History, Chair for North American History, WWU Münster
03-04/2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, German Historical Institute, Washington, D. C. Project: Beer in the U.S.: From a German Cultural Asset to an Americanized Mass Product? A “(Re)Invention of Tradition and Consumption”
2009-2012 Assistant Professor, Cluster of Excellence, “Religion and Politics“ (WWU Münster)
2009-2011 Mid-level Faculty Member (faculty representation in the board of directors and in the assembly of principal investigators of the Cluster of Excellence)
2008-2009 Research Assistant, library of the Department of History (WWU Münster)

Fellowships

  • Research Fellowship (Post-Doc), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (07/2015-06/2016)
  • Research Fellowship (Post-Doc), Deutsches Historisches Institut, Washington, D.C. (03-04/2014)
  • Graduation Scholarship (Dissertation), WWU Münster (09/2012-02/2013)
  • Erasmus/Socrates, University of Portsmouth (WiSe 2004/05)


Research Interests

  • North-American History of the 19th and 20th Century
  • Politics and Religion
  • Cultural and Social History
  • History of Migration
  • Economic History


Publications

Monographs

  • Fly the Flag and Give Thanks to God. Zivilreligion an US-amerikanischen patriotischen Feiertagen, 1945-1992. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015.

Anthologies

  • Heike Bungert/Jana Weiß (eds.). Zivilreligion in den USA im 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2017.

Journal Articles

  • “Remember, Celebrate, and Forget? The Martin Luther King Day and the Pitfalls of Civil Religion”, Journal of American Studies (forthcoming 2018).
  • Heike Bungert/Jana Weiß, “Die Debatte um ‚Zivilreligion‘ in transnationaler Perspektive”, in: Zeithistorische Forschung 7 (2010): 454-459.

Online Articles

  • “Frederick Pabst” (in English), in: William J. Hausman (German Historical Institute), Immigrant Entrepreneurship. German American Business Biographies, August 2016, http://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org/entry.php?rec=25.

Book Chapters

  • “Zwischen Patriotismus, (In)Toleranz und Machtmissbrauch: Jean-Jacques Rousseaus Einfluss auf die US-amerikanische Zivilreligion”, in:  Thomas Lau et al. (eds.), Der Bürger als Souverän. Jean-Jacques Rousseaus Lehre von der volonté générale, Nomos Verlag (forthcoming 2018).
  • “’We Are Not Fighting this Battle Alone. We Have God on Our Side‘: Nationale Feiertage als zivilreligiöse Propagandainstrumente im Kalten Krieg?”, in: Bungert/Weiß (eds.) 2017, 221-258.
  • Heike Bungert/Jana Weiß, “Einleitung: Zivilreligion(en) – alte Herausforderungen, neue Perspektiven”, in: Bungert/Weiß (eds.) 2017, 7-36.
  • “Mit jedem Einwanderer eine neue Religion? Die Entwicklung der religiösen Vielfalt in den USA”, in: Wiebke Ahrndt (ed.), Amerika, TenDenZen, 2016: 62-64.
  • “‘The Art of Brewing Was Developed by the Germans’: Der Einfluss deutsch-amerikanischer Einwanderung auf die US-amerikanische Brauindustrie vor der Prohibition”, in: Willi Kulke (ed.), Vom Streben nach Glück. 200 Jahre Auswanderung aus Westfalen nach Amerika. Essen: Klartext Verlag, 2016: 136-147.

Other

  • “‘Hopfen und Malz, Gott erhalt’s’: How German-Americans Shaped America’s Beer Drinking Culture”, Max Kade Institute Friends Newsletter 24/3 (2015): 12-13.
  • “German Gemuetlichkeit 2.0”, in: Food, Fatness, and Fitness (Blog), 09/2015, http://food fatnessfitness.com/2015/09/01/german-gemuetlichkeit-2-0.
  • Academic Culture and International Relations – A Transatlantic Perspective (conference report), 11.05.2012-12.05.2012, München, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 06/2012, http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/tagungsberichte/id=4272.

Book Reviews in: H-Soz-u-Kult, Amerikastudien, Yearbook of German-American Studies.


Presentations (selection)

  • “German Enemies”: World War I and the U.S. Brewing Industry (10/2017, conference: World War 100: A Centennial Symposium, University of Wisconsin-Madison).
  • “Perfection in Brewing Is Reached in America”: German-American Brewers in the Global Midwest (10/2016, Symposium: German Iowa & The Global Midwest, University of Iowa).
  • "The Art of Brewing Was Invented by the Germans": Wisconsin’s Beer Barons and the Shaping of a German-American Drinking Culture in Pre-Prohibition USA (02/2015, Conference: Histories of American Foodways, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien, Universität Erfurt).
  • A "National Day of Mourning": Thanksgiving, Civil Religion, and Native Americans (06/2014, conference: Civil Religion in the United States, WWU Münster).
  • "Faith in America": Civil Religion and Billy Graham’s Honor America Day Campaign of 1970 (06/2014, lecture series: Religion and Media: Evangelicalism in the United States, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz).
  • Rekindle the (Lost) "Spirit of ‘76"? Celebrating the ‘Glorious’ Fourth in Postwar America (02/2013, conference: Religion in American Life, King’s College, London, UK).
  • "On this Memorial Day, we honor all of our fallen soldiers, their commitment to our country, and their legacy of patriotism and sacrifice": Civil Religion and the Memorial Day Celebrations in the United States (04/2012, conference: European Social Science History Conference, University of Glasgow, UK).
  • Civil Religion as a Rhetorical Instrument of Empowerment? The Martin Luther King Day in the United States (06/2011, conference: Empowerment and the Sacred, University of Leeds, UK).
  • Zivilreligion – Möglichkeiten und Grenzen (02/2011, lecture series: Religion und Politik - (un)vereinbar?, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz).


Teaching

  • Winter term 2017/2018, WWU Münster, seminar: Gilded Age – Die USA im vergoldeten Zeitalter, 1870er bis 1900.
  • Summer term 2017, WWU Münster, Übung:  "Im Kampf für die Demokratie: Die USA im Ersten Weltkrieg"
  • Summer term 2017, WWU Münster, Übung: „A Nation of Drunkards“? The Temperance Movement in the United States
  • Winter Term 2016/2017, WWU Münster, seminar: Einführung in das Studium der neueren Geschichte: "Drunk History: Geschichte des Alkohols und des Alkoholkonsums in den USA"
  • Summer Term 2016, WWU Münster, seminar (in English): „Crisis on Wall Street: The History of Capitalism in the United States“
  • Winter Term 2014/15, Jacobs University Bremen, lecture (in English): “North American History”
  • Winter Term 2014/15, University of Kassel, Seminar: “E Pluribus Unum: Geschichte der Einwanderung nach Nordamerika”
  • Winter Term 2014/15, University of Kassel, Seminar: “Weltmacht USA: Die US-amerikanische Außenpolitik seit dem 19. Jahrhundert”
  • Summer Term 2014, WWU Münster, seminar (together with Dr. Sandra Kraft): “Politik und Demokratie”.
  • Summer Term 2011, WWU Münster, seminar (in English): “’I don’t see any American dream; I see an American nightmare’ – Malcolm X vs. Martin Luther King, Jr.”.
  • Winter Term 2007/08, University of Bremen, tutorial: „Introduction to Studies in English-Language Literatures and Cultures“.
  • 09-10/2007: Teacher (English), Schulzentrum Blumenthal (Bremen).


Public Outreach/PR

  • „In God We Trust“: Zivilreligion in den USA (10/2017, 10. Bischöfliche Schülerakademie, In God We Trust, Münster).
  • Der Einfluss deutsch-amerikanischer Einwanderung auf die US-amerikanische Brauindustrie (07/2017, Vortrag zur Ausstellung Vom Streben nach Glück: 200 Jahre Auswanderung aus Westfalen nach Amerika, LWL-Industriemuseum, Zeche Hannover, Bochum).

  • "God’s Own Country? Zivilreligion und politische Kultur in den USA" (07/2016, 9. Bischöfliche Schülerakademie, Blick über den Atlantik, Münster).
  • “Prost! America’s Beer History and German-American Migration” (11/2015, Fundraiser, Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge, Max Kade Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison).
  • „Die Geschichte des Bieres in den USA“ (04/2015, Schulzentrum Rübekamp, Berufsausbildung „Brauer und Mälzer“, Bremen).
  • “‘Es knallten haushohe Kopfbälle von Dauerwelle zu Dauerwelle’: Frauenfußball in Deutschland – Von der Dauerwelle zur Marke, Soroptimist International Deutschland (Lecture, 05/2014, Münster).
  • „Exzellenzforschung im Klassenzimmer“: Wie entsteht ein Forschungsprojekt? (11/2011, Kardinal-von-Galen-Gymnasiums und Gymnasiums St. Mauritz, Münster).
  • “Thanksgiving – Entstehungsgeschichte und Mythos”, Deutsch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft Münster e.V. (Lecture, 11/2011, Münster).


Memberships

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien
  • Society for German-American Studies
  • Max Kade Institute (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • American Breweriana Association