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October 2017

Beginning German Group

October 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Monday, repeating until May 2, 2018

The UNC German Club is now hosting Beginning German Group. This is in addition to our regular Friday conversation hours and is geared towards those just beginning to learn German who would benefit from having a more learning geared experience.No German experience is necessary. It will take place on Mondays at 5:30 in the 4th Floor Dey Reading Room. The meetings are intended to deal more with conversational German, though what is actually discussed and learned will reflect the interests and skills of those who attend regularly.

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Kaffeestunde

October 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 2, 2018

A weekly casual meeting in the Dey Hall German department. Anyone wishing to practice speaking German is welcome! Kaffeestunde is held every Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00pm in the German department Reading Room: Dey 413. Come join us! For more information, contact Nathan Drapela. View poster here.

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Works in Progress Forum

October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on October 11, 2017 at 7:30pm

One event on November 15, 2017 at 7:30pm

One event on February 21, 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on March 5, 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on April 11, 2018 at 7:30pm

Speaker: Stefani Engelstein: " The East Within Muslims, Jews and Race in the Long Nineteenth Century" Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 7:30pm Speaker: Kyung L. Gagum - " The Intertextuality in Fritz Lang's Metropolis and the Japanese Animation Metropolis "Century" Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 7:30pm Speaker: Christina Weiler - " Johann Gottfried Herder and Metaphors of Environmental Empathy" Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:30pm Speaker: Eric Downing - " Walter Benjamin: Child Reading" Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30pm Speaker: Priscilla Layne - "Wenn eine Eisbärin spräche, könnten wir verstehen?: Animals, Fantasy, Race and Gender in Intercultural Writing" Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7:30pm Speaker: Christoph Schaub - " Making Proletarian Worlds: Internationalist World Literature and Montage Aesthetics in the Republic" Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 7:30pm

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A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917

October 12 - October 13

This two-day conference, in the centennial year of the Revolution, seeks to explore the transformations set in motion during and after the events of 1917 through an examination of cultural production and practices, located both within and without Russia. Find out more on the CSEEES page, here.

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‘Papers, Please!’: Enacting Soviet Power in a Postwar Ukrainian Village

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This presentation is part of a book project about the Sovietization of Ukraine after World War II. It examines the process of making territories “Soviet” in Transcarpathia, a southwestern region that formerly belonged to Czechoslovakia. In particular, it details how Sovietization enforced border control in the small village of Bila Tserkva on the Romanian border. In 1949, the state launched an investigation into the village, arresting seven men, all of whom belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and accusing them of anti-Soviet activity and treason. Informants from within the village carefully constructed a version of events that scapegoated their religious neighbors, and shielded themselves from greater scrutiny. As such, this case offers an ideal lens to explore the broader challenges of integrating borderland communities. To request a copy of the paper, please email here. Emily B. Baran is Assistant Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University. Her first book, Dissent on the Margins, explored shifting boundaries of religious toleration and dissent in the postwar Soviet Union through the lens of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. She is currently writing a book about the arrival of Soviet power in postwar Ukraine. The Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Emipres, East and West is co-sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Program, the UNC Department of History, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Please note that the participants will give an overview of their projects, but will not read a formal paper. Instead, papers or book chapters will be circulated ahead of time to those who are interested in attending and participating in the discussion.

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Попойка

October 13 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Friday, repeating until May 4, 2018

A weekly casual meeting in room 413 of Dey Hall. All people wishing to practice speaking Russian are welcome! Попойка is held every Friday from 3:30 until 4:30pm. Refreshments are provided. Come join us! For more information, contact Natasha Chernysheva. View the poster here.

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German Club Conversation Hour

October 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Friday, repeating until May 4, 2018

Conversation Hour: Fridays at 5:00pm at Linda’s Bar & Grill except on the first Friday of every month, when it will be held at TRU Deli & Wine Bar. Look for the German flag!

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From Shortage to Surplus: Demographic Change and Demolition in Eisenhüttenstadt, 1980-Present

October 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LARISSA STIGLICH (PhD. Candidate, UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History) After the Wende the former socialist model-city, Eisenhüttenstadt, experienced a fundamental transformation of its “housing problem” from an acute shortage to a surplus. Although many of the processes of transition have long since been completed, the social, economic, and cultural challenges that Eisenhüttenstadt—and many other former East German cities—continue continues to face are inextricably tied to the conditions of late stage socialism. As such, historical understandings of the Wende and the 1990s remain incomplete if presented in truncated narratives that overlook certain continuities that accompanied the fast-paced political, economic, social, and cultural changes of German unification. Larissa Stiglich is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is writing her dissertation titled After Socialism: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Eisenhüttenstadt, 1980-Present. She specializes in history of the GDR and of unified Germany, and her research interests also include the social history of post-socialist transition and Alltagsgeschichte in East Germany and the former ‘Eastern bloc.’ Moderation: KONRAD H. JARAUSCH | UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History

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From ‘Machine Love’ to ‘Automobile Orgies’: Motoring in Poland, 1918-1939

October 16 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

When Poland achieved statehood in 1918, there were no automobile factories from the former empires on its territory, roads were paltry or in disrepair from the war, and many private cars had been requisitioned for the war effort anyway. This did not stop automobile enthusiasts and Futurists alike from dreaming of a future when Poland would no longer be “dead last… in the great race of civilizations,” but could rather race to the fore of automotive adoption and expertise. Polish futurists even imagined “machine love,” the modern melding of man and machine, but for most Poles, cars remained toys for the elite, and the “automobile orgies” that snarled Warsaw’s streets only furthered the class divide between owners and the public. Nathaniel Wood is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas, where he teaches courses on modern European and East Central European history, urban history, and the history of technology. His first book, Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and the Making of Modern Cracow (Northern Illinois UP, 2010) explores press representations of the city in the early twentieth century, including attitudes toward urban expansion, electric streetcars, automobiles, airplanes, and big-city crime and filth. He is currently working on a book about cycling, motoring, and aviation in Poland from 1885-1939.

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Between Utopia and Reality: Stefan Zweig’s Europe

October 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Academic Lecture/Film Discussion with Gregor Thuswaldner, North Park University Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) is known for his humanistic and pacifistic attitude which is recognizable in all his writings. Zweig’s notion of humanism is deeply connected with his idea of a transnational Europe. Even though Zweig escaped continental Europe in 1934, four years before Hitler’s “Anschluss” with Austria, he was unable to metaphorically leave Europe, and especially the German-speaking world, behind. It is a well-documented fact that Zweig found his life in exile unbearable.”ittle by little, the world refuses itself to the exiled,” he wrote to his newly-exiled friend, the author André Maurois in 1940. Maria Schrader’s excellent drama Farewell to Europe (2016), which will be shown right after my presentation, aptly captures Zweig’s “impossible exile” (George Prochnik). In my paper, I will try to flesh out the historical background of Schrader’s film. As I will show, Zweig’s exile began well before 1934. As early as 1909, Zweig senses an uneasiness that seemed hard to pin down (“Mißbehagen wäre zu viel und Bedauern zu wenig”). What Zweig was sorely missing at the beginning of the 20th century and throughout his life was a sense of belonging and a distinctive cultural identity. Zweig, the cosmopolitan writer, found the political and cultural conditions even before 1914 wanting. During World War I, Zweig embraced both humanism and pacifism and beginning in 1919, he developed his vision of a politically unified and culturally open-minded Europe. Tracing his writings on Europe from 1909 until his death in 1942, my presentation will show Zweig’s growing sense of alienation which intensified significantly during his “last life,” his time in the Americas. Gregor Thuswaldner (Ph.D. UNC-Chapel Hill) is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor…

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