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Thursday, November 30, 2017

States of Exception and Sudden Democracies in 20th Century Germany

Lecture | November 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan

Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West


This talk is an extended think piece on the forging of democratic sensibilities as states of exception collapsed and democratic political forms were improvised and invented in 20th century Germany. The focus will be on 1918-19 with comparative reflections on 1945-48. In approaching democracy as a political form defined by recurrent crises of representation, I am interested in how democratic...   More >

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Singing the North: The Life and Work of Edith Södergran

Lecture | December 5 | 3-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Stina Katchadourian

Institute of European Studies


The life of Edith Södergran (1892 - 1923), born to Finland Swedish parents in St. Petersburg, begins in pre-revolutionary Russia and ends, a short and dramatic thirty-one years later, in Independent Finland. Practically unknown at the time of her death, Södergran now has been translated into some forty languages and is considered one of the foremost poetic voices of the Nordic countries. In her...   More >

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 >