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International relations has recently enjoyed a “historical turn,” in which the intellectual biographies of major figures like E.H. Carr and Hans Morgenthau, as well as the origins of central concepts like “internationalism” and “realism” have been reconstructed. Figures from Henry Kissinger to Barack Obama have claimed the mantle of “realist,” but the figure who gave its most distinctive modern stamp was the German-Jewish émigré Hans Morgenthau (1905-1980). Morgenthau became the leading figure in the postwar US discipline of international relations, and acknowledged influence […]

Timothy Scott Brown will discuss the global revolt of 1968 on both sides of the Cold War divide, identifying basic principles that underpinned the revolt in its diverse national and regional locations. Exploring the transnational exchanges and communities of the imagination that make it possible to speak of a global 1968, he will place the events of fifty years ago in historical perspective with an eye toward their continuing relevance today. Timothy Scott Brown is a 2016-17 Berlin Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, a 2016-17 ACLS Fellow, and in 2018 will be a Fellow of the […]

Many people have an intuitive sense that the built environment is bound up with politics. The lecture poses the question how we might think more systematically (and normatively) about the relationship between democracy and architecture as well as public spaces as a particular form of the built environment. A very basic distinction between representing democracy, on the one hand, and facilitating democratic practices, on the other, will serve as a structuring feature. Tracing the difficulties of representing democratic principles and/or “the people” historically, the speaker will address a […]

This talk investigates the ecological footprint of the Iron Curtain and the consequences of the border regime for landscape and wildlife. It moves beyond the quotidian claim that the Iron Curtain divided ecosystems and landscapes by arguing that the fortifications and all activities that kept them functional became causal – in direct or in mitigated fashion – to changes in the natural environment adjacent to the border. Of central focus is not the fact that a border runs through a landscape but the consequences for the landscape. The talk’s vanishing point is the Green Belt conservation […]

Joseph Leo Koerner, Thomas Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows at Harvard University, is this year’s Avenali Chair in the Humanities. In his lecture, Koerner examines Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Delights — a work notorious for its portrayal of nude men and women cavorting with beasts in a verdant landscape. He approaches the painting as a representation of a world without history and without law, whose imagery attracted significant attention during similarly lawless historical periods. The discussion emerges from a larger project in […]

Friday/Saturday, April 6-7, 2018 The Faculty Club University of California, Berkeley Invited Speakers: Tonya Dewey-Findell, University of Nottingham Angelika Lutz, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg John McWhorter, Columbia University Theo Vennemann, University of Munich Scholars (faculty and students) interested in Germanic Linguistics, its near and/or distant related languages, diverse approaches, synchrony and/or diachrony, historical and/or contemporary language are invited to submit a one-page abstract of a twenty minute paper by January 31, 2018 to the conference […]