The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19: Exhibition and Talk with Ute Frevert
Lecture | September 16 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Auditorium
530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Ute Frevert, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin
Institute of European Studies, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany, "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" Foundation (EVZ), Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, San Francisco
Our politics are increasingly driven by emotions, so it would seem. We are living in an age of permanent agitation. Facts are being called into question by perceived truths. Radicals of every description are attracting more and more attention with simple answers to complex questions. The political center often does not know how to deal with heated emotions. It is characterized by the political culture of the old Federal Republic, where the need for sobriety prevailed.
This is where the exhibition entitled The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19 comes in, which has been created by Ute and Bettina Frevert for the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation (EVZ) and the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany. The exhibition takes an emotional-historical perspective to look back at the last 100 years and illustrates the political and social impact of fear, hope, love, and rage. The poster exhibition can be visited from September 1st to September 30th at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco.
The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19 takes present-day manifestations of 20 emotions as a starting point and shows how these have developed during the 20th century: conjunctures, change and continuities. In the 2019 year of remembrance, the exhibition will demonstrate continuities and gaps in the emotions that have shaped the last 100 years, the intensity of which is now presenting a challenge for politics and society.
On September 16th there will be a talk and subsequent discussion with the curator Dr. Ute Frevert at the ART-Lounge of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco.
Ute Frevert is a historian and director of the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, where she has led the History of Emotions research area since 2008. Previously, she was a professor at Yale University in the USA, as well as at Bielefeld University, the University of Konstanz and FU Berlin. In 1998, she received the Leibniz Award from the German Research Foundation. In 2016, she received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, first class. She is a member of a number of national and international academies. Together with Bettina Frevert she has curated the exhibition The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19.