With the publication of our esssay collection Poetics of Politics. Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture in summer 2015 we completed a joint research project that began in 2011.
Recently I have started to work for a Russian edition of The Epoch Times (http://www.theepochtimes.com) and ddj was a topic for us to discuss whether we needed it or not. And now after reading the texts and putting all my knowledges together Ive got a better sense of what it is.
During this winter, we completed final touches on a larger project that started with a conference at Leipzig University in June 2013: Titled Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture, the meeting engaged international scholars from the fields of literary theory, cultural studies, performance studies, (new) media studies, and cultural history to discuss the concurrence of a 'political turn' in American literature and cultural productions and a 'poetic turn' in politics in recent years.
Deutschland Funk interviewed American Space Director Crister S. Garrett about the escalating crisis in the Ukraine and the role of German-American cooperation to find a solution.
Journalist Jürgen Limensky asked Professor Garrett if there was discord between Chancellor Merkel and President Obama about the role of possible defensive weapon deliveries to the Ukrainian forces to counter Russian military-supported operations on Ukrainian territory.