Ursula M Dalinghaus

My dissertation, Accounting for Money: Keeping the Ledger of Monetary Memory in Germany, examines experiences of German and European economic integration in Germany since 1989. Specifically, I look at currency unions as a contested, but transformative site in understanding expert and lay understandings about money and economic justice. My study emphasizes the challenges to, and critical possibilities of, interaction between experts and the public - subject positions, which overlap as much as they remain distinct - in accounting for economic agency. My theoretical agenda and research conclusions are based on three years of multi-sited (geographically and institutionally) fieldwork in Frankfurt am Main (west) and Leipzig (east) Germany. I conducted ethnographic research on the public relations work of the German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank), tracking institutional practices of communicating the euro and the role of central banks to the public, and the diverse kinds of interactions between staff members and laypersons. My ethnographic research in Leipzig also included local institutions and events in which Europeanization and the historical process of division, dictatorship, and transformations since 1989 are represented and publically debated. My dissertation research has been supported by grants that include: a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation fellowship, a graduate colloquium fellowship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) at the Technical University in Dresden, and grants from the Anthropology Department and the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Anthropology and German, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, 2003.
  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, University of Minnesota, 2014.

Specialties

  • Economic Anthropology
  • Europe/EU
  • Ethnography of Central Banks
  • Expert/Popular views of currency; currency unions
  • Cultural histories of money in socialism and capitalism
  • German re-unification
Courses Taught
  • Anth 3003 Cultural Anthropology (Fall 2014)
  • Anth 4053 Economy, Culture, Critique
  • 1003w Understanding Cultures
Publications
  • n.d. “Between Memorialization and Monetary Re-Valuation: The 1990 Currency Union as a Site of Post-Unification Memory Work.’ Book Chapter for edited volume, Money in the German-Speaking Lands, Spektrum, Berghahn Books, Mary Lindemann and Jared C. Poley, editors. Forthcoming 2015.
Awards
  • Hella Mears Summer Graduate Fellowship, Center for German and European Studies, 2012
  • Finalist, SAE Graduate Student Paper Competition, Roundtable at American Anthropological Association Meeting, Montreal, Canada, November 2011.
  • Fellow, DAAD Sponsored International Graduate Network, “Deutschland und das neue Europa im Zeitalter der Entgrenzungen,” Mitteleuropa Zentrum (MeZ), Technische Universität, Dresden, Germany., November 2010 - December 2010
  • Fellow, DAAD Sponsored International Graduate Network, “Deutschland und das neue Europa im Zeitalter der Entgrenzungen,” Mitteleuropa Zentrum (MeZ), Technische Universität, Dresden, Germany. , September 2009 - December 2009
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Cultural Anthropology , 2008 - 2009
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota Graduate School , 2008 - 2009
  • Graduate School Thesis Research Grant, 2007 - 2008
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program Grant (with Professor Daphne Berdahl), for pre-dissertation research in Germany, 2005