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TitelImagining the New Berlin
Conference: “Imagining the New Berlin”

4-6th November 2010, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

The Goethe-Institut, Australia is organising a cultural festival “Berlin Dayz” in Melbourne in November 2010. The German program of the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne will be hosting an interdisciplinary colloquium on the topic of the city of Berlin to coincide with this event. Berlin has been at the centre of a variety of discourses around urban modernity for the last century and more. Like other cities in Europe, Berlin has embodied all that has been feared and desired about modernity—rootlessness, alienation but also progress and technological advancement, spawning an array of modern figures from the prostitute and the flaneur, to the masculine “new” woman. But unlike Paris and London, Berlin has a chequered history of being the capital of the German nation-state. After becoming the capital of Wilhelminian Germany with unification in 1871 Berlin lost its capital city status for the entire second half of the twentieth century following the catastrophe of World War II and the Holocaust. For the duration of the Cold War Berlin was instead at the centre of intense ideological battles and the fraught scene of a divided nation. Berlin was a divided city, polarised into East and West, and a fitting symbol of the “divided heavens” (Christa Wolf), or ideologies, of the era. With the end of the Cold War in 1989 and the reinstatement of Berlin as national capital in 1999, the city was not only unified, but was also reconnected to its own past. This colloquium will explore the various ways in which the Berlin of the last 20 years has been imagined by writers, filmmakers, artists, musicians, architects, planners, cultural critics and others. It is interested in the dominant metaphors, tropes, allegories and figures of speech that are used to imagine the city and the gendered dimensions of these. What notions of citizenship are invoked and how do the city’s inhabitants negotiate the real and symbolic landscape of Berlin? It invites papers that address the topic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including literature, history, philosophy, urban planning and cultural studies. We particularly welcome papers that explore representations of Berlin in the German imagination as well as in the eyes of the rest of the world, and that engage with the city as the scene of an East-West exchange or dialogue.

The language of the conference will be English and abstracts in English of 200 words should be sent to Professor Alison Lewis by 31 May 2010.
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VeranstaltungsortMelbourne, Australia
PersonName: Lewis, Alison [Professor] 
Funktion: Organiser 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: School of Languages and Linguistics 
Strasse/Postfach: University of Melbourne 
Postleitzahl: Babel Building, 720 
Stadt: Parkville 3010, VIC  
Telefon: +61383445103 
Fax: +6139347 0424 
SchlüsselbegriffeGenderforschung; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
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