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20th Jan - 10 Mar 2009.

All seminars will take place at 17:30 in the Noël Salter Room, New College.


Week 1
Tue 20th Jan

Prof. Wolfgang Emmerich (Bremen)
Cultural Memory East / West: Is what belongs together growing together?
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Week 2
Tue 27th Jan

Prof. T.J. Reed (Oxford)
‘In that dawn...’ Reflections on hope and experience.
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Week 3
Tue 3rd Feb

Prof. Katrin Kohl (Oxford)
Conceptualising the GDR - 20 Years After.
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Week 4
Tue 10th Feb

Dr Peter Thompson (Sheffield/Oxford)
‘Die unheimliche Heimat’: The GDR as the Presence and Absence of Hope.
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Week 5
Tue 17th Feb

Dr Daniela Berghahn (RHUL)
Remembering the Stasi: from DEFA Gegenwartsfilm to the Stasi fairytale Das Leben der Anderen.
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Week 6
Tue 24th Feb

Dr Lyn Marven (Liverpool)
‘Berlin ist bekannt [...] für die Mauer, die es aber nicht mehr gibt’(Monika Maron): the persistence of East Berlin in the contemporary city.
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Week 7
Tue 3rd Mar

Dr Chloe Paver (Exeter)
Memory and Place in the New Bundeslände.
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Week 8
Tue 10th Mar

Prof. Timothy Garton Ash (Oxford)
'A Footnote in World History': The GDR as Memory, Myth and History.
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Professor Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton) will give a special lecture on Thursday May 21st (Trinity Term, week 4): ‘Just another Vergangenheitsbewältigung? Coming to terms with the GDR Past’

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