German-History Lecture Series

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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Nov 29

Prof. Yuri Slezkine delivers the annual Feldman Lecture

Nov 13

Anti-Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Germany

by Maddi Erdall

On November 13, Jennifer Allen (Professor of History, Yale University) visited IES to deliver a talk entitled “Twentieth-Century Anti-Utopianism and its West German Antidote” to 25 attendees. The main goal of Allen’s lecture was to convince her audience of the significance of the curious cultural practices that developed in the last decades of the 20th century. She began with a historical overview of the anti-utopian turn following the end of the Cold War, stating that there was a large consensus that radical left ideologies had confronted a dead end. Building off of the failed leftist ‘68 revolutions, this anti-utopian sentiment became widespread through the famous claim of ‘the end of history,’ in addition to Margaret Thatcher’s conclusion that “there is no alternative.”

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Nov 02

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Jörg Neuheiser

Oct 09

Martina Kessel (Bielefeld University) with Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Department of History, UC Berkeley)

Performing Germanness: Laughter and Violence in Nazi Germany

by Lillie Vogt

On October 9th, IES and GHI-West were pleased to host Martina Kessel (Professor of Modern German History at Bielefeld University) for a lecture on the significance of humor as an identity practice during the time of National Socialism in Germany. Addressed to an audience of 40 students, faculty and community members, the lecture was centered around Kessel’s forthcoming book titled Gewalt und Gelächter. “Deutschsein” 1914-1945 (Laughter and Violence. ‘Being German’ 1914-1945).

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Oct 02

Andrea Westermann (Research Fellow & Head of Office, GHI-West) with Uwe Luebken (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich)

Environmental Change and Migration in Historical Perspective

by Sophia Kownatzki and Alison Spencer

On October 2, 2018, the Institute of European Studies and GHI-West welcomed Uwe Lübken (Professor of American History at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich) for a presentation on his three-year project “Climates of Migration.” The project centers on the concept of environmental migration, which is defined as migration prompted by environmental change. As the term is relatively new, Lübken examined historical examples to try and gain perspective on environmental migration. His research was also inspired by the current debates about migration and displacement caused by natural disasters.

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Apr 24
Speaker Paul Lerner

Speaker Paul Lerner

Apr 17

Noah B. Strote with DAAD Professor Isabel Richter

Reconsidering American Influence in Postwar Germany

On April 17th, IES welcomed Noah Strote, Associate Professor of European History at North Carolina State University, for a lecture titled, “Post-Nazi Germany and the Myth of American Influence.” Twenty community members and students gathered to listen to this engaging lecture.

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