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Thursday, December 7, 2017

How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain

Lecture | December 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Edith Scheffer, Senior Fellow at IES and Assistant Professor at Stanford University

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies

The building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 shocked the world. Ever since, the image of this impenetrable barrier between East and West, imposed by communism, has been a central symbol of the Cold War. This talk reveals the hidden origins of the Iron Curtain, showing how the physical border between East and West Germany was not simply imposed by Cold War superpowers, but was an improvised outgrowth...   More >

An Epic Transformation: The Transition of the Oirat Oral Epic Jangar from ‘Culture’ to ‘Cultural Resource’

Lecture | December 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Long, Cambridge University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

This fieldwork program attempted to follow the conceptual transformation of the Epic of Jangar—a traditional oral epic of the Oirat Mongols of XUAR—as a social phenomenon in Hoboksar Mongolian Autonomous County from the end of the Cultural Revolution to present, particularly from the mid-2000s onward. In this time, Jangar transformed from a curious cultural artifact of ‘folk culture’ with near...   More >