German-History Lecture Series


Nov 25
Celia Donert (University of Cambridge)

Celia Donert (University of Cambridge)

Women's Rights in 1970s Europe

by Danielle Miller and Victoria Struys

On November 25, the IES, along with the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), and the Working Group for German History and Culture, was pleased to welcome Celia Donert from the University of Cambridge. In her paper, “The Working Women’s Charter: Women’s Rights between Socialist Internationalism and Neoliberalism in 1970s Europe,” Donert explored how proposals for a Working Women’s Charter developed through 1970s Europe.

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Nov 21
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Kira Thurman

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Kira Thurman

Race and German Music in Interwar Europe

by Ellen Harper and Victoria Struys

On November 21, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Kira Thurman (Associate Professor of History and Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan) for her lecture “Singing Schubert, Hearing Race: Black Concert Singers and the German Lied in Interwar Central Europe.” In this fascinating presentation, Thurman explained how classical music has been imagined as a universal language and what happens when non-white singers and musicians begin to speak that language.

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Nov 07
From left: Sir Christopher Clark, Norma Feldman, and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

From left: Sir Christopher Clark, Norma Feldman, and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Annual Feldman Lecture: The Times of Power

by Tianxing Cao, Ellen Harper, and Danielle Miller

On Thursday, November 7th, over 60 students, faculty, and community members convened at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley to attend the Annual Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Lecture, a highly anticipated event honoring the life and work of former IES Director Gerald D. Feldman. This year, IES was pleased to host Sir Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, for an exciting lecture exploring temporality and power in history from the perspective of Prussia, and how this shapes our current understanding of politics and power.

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Oct 17
Edith Sheffer

Edith Sheffer

Using Comedy to Examine the Rise of Nazism

by Charlotte Campbell, Ellen Harper, and Yeeun Moon 

On Thursday, October 17, the Institute of European Studies and the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute were pleased to host historian and IES Senior Fellow Edith Sheffer, for a lecture entitled “Nazism: A Dark Comedy in Liechtenstein.” In her lecture, Sheffer discussed what we can gain from applying a comic lens to national socialism, specifically examining the case of Liechtenstein during World War II.

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Oct 15
Dr. Nina Verheyen (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities KWI, Germany)

Dr. Nina Verheyen (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities KWI, Germany)

On the Concept of "Leistung" in 19th Century Germany

by Abigail Mullin

On October 15th, the Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, and the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington were pleased to welcome Dr. Nina Verheyen from Germany’s Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI). Introduced by Professor Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, Verheyen discussed the concept of “Leistung” and work performance in 19th century Germany.

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Oct 01
Andrea Westermann (GHI) with speaker Lutz Raphael and Rainer Gruhlich (DHG, German Research Foundation)

Andrea Westermann (GHI) with speaker Lutz Raphael and Rainer Gruhlich (DHG, German Research Foundation)

Patterns of German Democracy in the 20th Century

by Evan Gong and Greyson Young

On Tuesday, October 1, the IES, in cooperation with the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute, welcomed Lutz Raphael for his lecture entitled “From Revolution to Routine? Patterns of German Democracy in the 20th Century.” Raphael is a professor of Recent and Modern History at the University of Trier (Germany) and was awarded the Leibniz Prize in 2013.

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Apr 23

Far-Right Intellectual Counterculture in Germany

by Sophia Kownatzki

On Tuesday April 23, IES together with GHI West welcomed Eliah Bures, a former graduate student at Berkeley’s Department of History who currently is a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Berkeley, for a lecture entitled "Beachhead or Refugium? The Rise and Dilemma of Germany's Far-right Intellectual Counterculture." In his talk, he traced the development of the right-wing intellectual counterculture since World War II, particularly highlighting the influences of Ernst Junger and Carl Schmitt on radical conservatism.

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Apr 02

From left: Akasemi Newsome (IES Associate Director), Andrea Westermann (Research Fellow & Head of Office, GHI West), Sven Reichardt (University of Konstanz), and Professor Stefan Ludwig-Hoffman (UC Berkeley)

Global Fascisms in the 1930s and 1940s

by Davit Gasparyan and Alison Spencer

On April 2, IES, GHI-West, and the Department of History welcomed Professor Sven Reichardt (University of Konstanz, Germany) for a lecture entitled “Fascism’s Global Moments: New Perspectives on Entanglements and Tensions between Fascist Regimes in the 1930s and 1940s.” Drawing on historical works, Reichardt’s talk examined the global character of fascism through three different lenses, focusing on global moments of fascism, brokerage between major and minor fascisms, and collaboration between fascist empires.

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Mar 19

IES Visiting Scholar Christina Gerhardt

Feminist Cinema in West Germany

by Sophia Kownatzki

On Tuesday, March 19, IES welcomed back visiting scholar Christina Gerhardt, a former UC Berkeley lecturer who is currently teaching at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Gerhardt presented a lecture titled “Helke Sander’s dffb Cinema, 1968 and West Germany’s Feminist Movement” – the subject of her upcoming publication. During the talk, Gerhardt traced the history of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB), the alma mater of filmmaker Helke Sander who was part of the first graduating class of students from 1966 to 1969.

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Feb 21

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Kerstin Brückweh

Life in East Germany After the Wall

by Davit Gasparyan

On February 21, IES and GHI West were honored to welcome Kerstin Brückweh for an engaging talk titled “The Longue Durée of 1989: Regime Change and Everyday Life in East Germany.” An author and editor, Brückweh lectures at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and is currently a fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies. Her presentation centered on the historic fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the unification of Germany.

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