Loading Events

← Back to Events

Room 569, Hamilton Hall

+ Google Map
UNC Campus

Upcoming Events

Events List Navigation

October 2017

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

Find out more »

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.

Find out more »

Roundtable: Transatlantic Research and Academic Collaboration: Challenges and Changes

October 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The recent political tensions have made academic exchanges across the Atlantic more difficult. The task of creating cognitive knowledge and emotional bonding between Europe and the US therefore requires more dedication. At the same time the offerings on the internet and the web have made some kinds of long distance communication easier. The existing structures do not really reflect these opportunities. Finally, the ethnic and religious diversification of student bodies on both sides can no longer take a shared cultural heritage for granted. Justifying a study of Europe in the US and of the United States in the EU has to confront undercurrents of Eurotrashing and Anti-Americanism. The Roundtable will explore the following questions: 1. How well are the current instruments of exchange functioning for teaching and research? 2. What should be done in order to incorporate the opportunities of the digital tools? 3. How can the vitality of transatlantic cooperation be safeguarded in the future? Roundtable with: NINA LEMMENS I Director of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) North America, New York Nina Lemmens is the Director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) North America office in New York, which is responsible for the organization‘s activities in the USA and Canada. She is also is the Executive Director of the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City. She studied art history and worked as a freelance journalist for ten years during her time at university. After finishing her PhD, she joined the DAAD in 1997 and since then has held numerous positions, including Director of the DAAD London office from 2000 to 2006 and Director of the Asia-Pacific Department in the Bonn head office from 2006 to 2009. From July 2009…

Find out more »
November 2017

Staging Translation: Refugee Voices in German Theater

November 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ROBIN ELLIS | Davidson College, German Studies Department When Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek’s play Die Schutzbefohlenen premiered in 2014 in Mannheim, Germany, it prompted debate about the representation of refugees in European theater. Jelinek’s text, loosely based on Aeschylus’ The Suppliants, features an undefined “we” telling of flight across the sea, and in the Mannheim production, German actors were joined by a chorus of actual refugees. While critics discussed the production’s political and ethical implications, the Vienna-based translation collective Versatorium responded by translating Jelinek’s monolingual play into nine languages, including Pashto, English, and Urdu. Versatorium, which consists of students, refugees, and professional translators, has also performed dramatic readings of this translation, titled Die, Should Sea Be Fallen In. By staging translation as a multidirectional process of encounter, Versatorium speaks back to models of advocacy that position refugees as mute victims while also extending the polyvocal potential of Jelinek’s text Robin Ellis is a Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies at Davidson College. She received her Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of California, Berkeley with a dissertation titled “Making Translation Visible: Interpreters in European Film and Literature.” Her research focuses on questions of transnational mobility and intercultural communication, and her publications include articles on Joe May’s 1921 film The Indian Tomb and Feridun Zaimoglu’s 1998 mock-ethnography Headstuff. Moderation: RICHARD LANGSTON | UNC Chapel Hill, Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures

Find out more »
December 2017

Constructing and Leveraging ‘Flight and Expulsion’: Expellee Memory Politics in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1944-1990

December 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

PETER N. GENGLER | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History The presentation examines the widespread antagonism and hostility that victims of flight and expulsion faced upon their arrival in Germany between 1945 and 1949 and expellee responses. A condensed version of chapter three of his dissertation, Peter argues that in the early postwar years, expellees articulated their experiences of sufferings in “sympathy narratives” in order to cope with their traumas and argue for social recognition and material aid to overcome the humanitarian crisis. In doing so, they cultivated an identity of a unique “community of fate” that provided a platform for the politicization of “flight and expulsion” during the 1950s. Peter Gengler is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research broadly focuses on East and West German cultural memories of war and dictatorship. He is currently completing his dissertation, “’Flight and Expulsion’: Expellee Victimhood Narratives and Memory Politics in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1944-1990.” Moderation: PRISCILLA LAYNE | UNC Chapel Hill, Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures

Find out more »
+ Export Events