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TitelTwenty Years On: Remembering the GDR and Germany's unification process
BeschreibungPreliminary Announcement

Twenty Years On: Remembering the GDR and Germany's unification process

Conference to be held at the University of Bath from 14 to 16 September 2009, jointly organised by the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages at Bath and the Centre for East German Studies at the University of Reading, in association with the Stiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, Berlin

The autumn of 2009 will see the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of the transformation process that led to the formal act of German unification on 3 October 1990. The approach of these milestones provides a good opportunity to take stock of how life, politics and culture in divided Germany have been remembered since the demise of the East German state and to consider the status of competing memory discourses on the GDR and the unification process in today's Federal Republic. Who is remembering, in which socio-political context, in relation to which view of the past, to counter which tendency to forget or distort? In what ways have official and unofficial processes of memorialisation been instrumentalised or commercialised? How has the end of the GDR influenced German memory culture in general over the past twenty years? Papers looking at these questions from post-1989 cultural, political and historiographical perspectives , or seeking to illuminate the intersections between these spheres, are invited.

The organisers are interested in offers of papers focusing on areas such as the following:

- Autobiographical accounts of the GDR (competing memories of victimhood, opposition and complicity; generational and gender-based differences in memory culture; working life and private experience)
- West German accounts of the impact of national division on life in the (old) Federal Republic
- European memories of German division and unification
- Memorials and museums (the public commemoration of the GDR past)
- 'Ostalgie' (the maintenance of GDR 'traditions' after 1989; the commercialisation of memory)
- Memory cultures in the former GDR and in other former socialist states
- The role of individual media in shaping memories of the GDR (film, literature, television, other visual arts)
- Reassessments of the Third Reich in the light of the demise of the GDR
- The changing memories since 1989 of specific events: 17 June 1953; the building of the Wall; the Prague Spring , the Biermann affair, the fall of the Wall, etc.
- Topographies of memory and regional identities

Preliminary enquiries are welcome and should be addressed to
David Clarke

Renate Rechtie

Dennis Tat

Ute Wölfel

The formal call for papers and details of keynote speakers will follow in April 2008.

Dr David Clarke, ILTM
Lecturer in German
Director of Studies, MA/Diploma in European Cinema Studies
Department of European Studies and Modern Languages
University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386244

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Clare, David [Dr.] 
Funktion: Ansprechpartner 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Department of European Studies and Modern Languages 
Strasse/Postfach: University of Bath 
Postleitzahl: BA2 7AY 
Stadt: Bath 
Telefon: +44 (0) 1225 386244 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur nach 1945
Klassifikation18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.09.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.10.00 Bundesrepublik Deutschland > 19.10.03 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.10.00 Bundesrepublik Deutschland > 19.10.08 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
ZusatzinformationenACHTUNG! ES HANDELT SICH UM KEINEN CFP!!! Der folgt laut Ankündigungstext später. Das hier versteht sich lediglich als "preliminary remark", was immer das bedeuten soll. Daher in jedem Fall als ANK schicken.
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