Institut für Geschichte
Fulbright Austria, Austro-American Society, CIAS
After having hosted US-Ambassador Trevor D. Traina on Oct 14, the „In Dialogue with the United States“ series continues with a hybrid (on-site and virtual) guest lecture by American Studies scholar Heinz Tschachler. His guest lecture will take place as a part of the course „The Modern American Presidency: From Franklin D. Roosevelt to the 2020 Race“ (Department of History).
Political fatherhood goes back a long way, to the pater patriae of Roman antiquity, Martin Luther’s des Landes Vater, the English kings, and George Washington, who’d become the „Father of His Country“ already during his lifetime. Since then, presidents have stood as paternal figureheads for America, with the presidency itself a gendered narrative as well as a narrative of gender. While a woman leading the United States is not, therefore, simply a matter of time, on November 3, Americans will once again vote for a „Daddy.“ But which „daddy“? A „strict father“ like Donald Trump, or a „nurturant parent“ like Joe Biden? Either way, as of January 20, 2021, there’ll be (as far as anyone can tell at this point) another champion who will carry that lance and that sword into the field and fight for his adopted „children.“
Heinz Tschachler is a former professor of English and American Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universität in Klagenfurt. He is the author of many books, including The Monetary Imagination of Edgar Allan Poe and, most recently, George Washington on Coins and Currency and George Washington and Political Fatherhood. His book on Visions of Masculinity in the Writings of Washington Irving will be published in 2021.
In accordance with AAU’s Covid-19 regulations, this guest lecture will be carried out in a hybrid from, i.e., there are a few limited seats available in HS 3 for interested listeners who would like to join us on-site, and the lecture will also be accessible via Zoom.
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heinz Tschachler (American Studies, University of Klagenfurt)
Dr. Stefan Rabitsch (stefan [dot] rabitsch [at] aau [dot] at)
Whether you’d like to join in person or virtually, you are asked to register by Monday, Nov 2, 8 pm at stefan [dot] rabitsch [at] aau [dot] at. Fixed seats will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you register for the virtual option, you will receive your Zoom session key in the morning of Nov 3.