Departmental News


  • Romance outside Europe, Apr 5

    April 5, 2017

    The Romance Linguistics Working Group and Francophone Studies Working Group are pleased to announce an upcoming mini-colloquium, set for April 5, 2017. We invite all of you who work with Romance languages in conjunction with literature or linguistics, be it in contemporary or historical contexts, to join us. The theme more

  • From Anti-fascism to Anti-Zionism to Undeclared War: The West German Left, the East German Regime and Israel 1949-1989, Apr 3

    April 3, 2017

    After Nazism and the Holocaust the East German government became a fierce opponent of the state of Israel, one that it denounced as a “spearhead” of US imperialism. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing to the end of the Cold War, the East German Communists combined hostile propaganda with military more

  • 1924: The Year of Peace? Photography, Publics, and Weimar Republic Pacifism, Apr 3

    April 3, 2017

    In the early years of the Weimar Republic a range of new polities, collectives, and publics grew up within the newly-formed democratic state. This created conditions for new forms of political action and address. In this lecture, two case studies – Ernst Friedrich's book War against War! and John Heartfield's more

  • Seminar 211, Economic History: “Bombs, Broadcasts and Betrayal at the Home Front: Determinants of Treason in Germany During World War II”, Apr 3

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  • The Great Dictator | Charles Chaplin | United States, 1940, Mar 30

    March 30, 2017

    Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Reginald Gardiner, Jack Oakie,

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    The physical resemblance between the Little Tramp and another famous man with a small black moustache was not lost on Charlie Chaplin. more

  • History Lessons (Geschichtsunterricht), Mar 26

    March 26, 2017

    Johann Unterpertinger, Henri Ludwig, Gottfried Bold, Benedikt Zulauf,

    An adaptation of a Bertolt Brecht novel, History Lessons tracks a young contemporary Roman interviewing Julius Caesar's former acquaintances, to illustrate how history is often written (and controlled) by the victors. Three ten-minute single takes of the man driving around Rome, however, became more

  • Gerhard Richter Painting | Corinna Belz | Germany, 2011, Mar 25

    March 25, 2017

    Gerhard Richter Painting is a strikingly visual document of Richter's creative process. Filmmaker Corinna Belz and her crew observe the seventy-nine-year-old German artist in his studio. Richter's distinctive technique, which involves applying paint followed by a major reworking of the material with massive squeegees, reveals the forces of creation and more

  • Reform of the UN Security Council – the Boulder of Sisyphus, Mar 24

    March 24, 2017

    The primary responsibility for peace and security in the world community lies with the UN's Security Council. It was founded, like the UN, shortly after the 2nd World War and its structure continues to reflect the global political landscape of the days when the 20th century's darkest chapter came to more

  • Displacement and the Lived Experience of Language: Testimonies from Children with Migration Backgrounds in an Austrian School, Mar 22

    March 22, 2017

    This presentation foregrounds the concept of Spracherleben, the lived experience of language, in contribution to the ongoing debate about the conceptualization of linguistic repertoire in the context of mobility and migration. Relocating the centre of one's life always means a change, both in the lifeworld (Lebenswelt) and in the linguistic more

  • Ecologism and Social Justice in Three Germanies, Mar 17

    March 17, 2017

    Did environmentalism help bring down the Berlin Wall? In “Ecologism and Social Justice in Three Germanies,” Timothy Scott Brown will demonstrate that it did. Examining the development of grassroots environmental politics in the Communist East and the capitalist West from the upheaval of 1968 through the early years of newly-unified more