<< October 2019 >>

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

From Revolution to Routine? Patterns of German Democracy in the 20th Century

Lecture | October 1 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Lutz Raphael, Trier University, Germany

 Institute of European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Center for German and European Studies, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Lutz Raphael explores the specificities of 100 years of German Democracy. Modern democracy develops under the double impact of revolutionary moments and everyday routines. To better understand the interplay between these two central elements in the history of German Democracy three different layers of temporality or change are taken into consideration. Firstly, four moments of revolutionary...   More >

Lutz Raphael

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Moscow Has Ears Everywhere: Olga Ivinskaya and the loss of Pasternak’s 'will'

Lecture | October 3 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Paolo Mancosu, Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley; Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Program for the Study of Italy

The struggle between the Soviet Communist Party and Boris Pasternak over the publication of Doctor Zhivago did not end when he won the Nobel Prize, or even with his death. After the prize the Soviets vilified and impoverished him. After his death, they turned against Olga Ivinskaya, his literary assistant, companion, and the model for Zhivago’s Lara, sending her and her daughter to a labor camp...   More >

Paolo Mancosu

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Book Talk with Michelle Steinbeck: My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water

Lecture | October 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Library, Institute of European Studies

Michelle Steinbeck is a Swiss author, curator, and editor whose 2016 debut novel My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water (Mein Vater war ein Mann an Land und im Wasser ein Walfisch), published by Lenos Verlag, was nominated for both the Swiss and the German Book Prize. It has been described by one reviewer as ". . .one of the most audacious, exuberant and thrilling novels I’ve read...   More >

Beyond the Pressure to Perform: On the Concept of "Leistung" in 19th Century Germany

Lecture | October 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Nina Verheyen, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen, Germany

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

"Leistung" is a key concept of public debates in Germany today, and even though the term itself has a rather neutral or positive meaning – « work performance » would be an adequate translation – the debates it is used in very often have a negative connotation. These debates deal with the quantification of performance in so-called neoliberal times, the spreading of all forms of competition...   More >

Nina Verheyen

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Nazism: A Dark Comedy in Liechtenstein

Lecture | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Edith Sheffer, Institute of European Studies

 Institute of European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

Humor, whether dark or satirical, can be a trenchant analytical device. It is a tool for exposing facades, revealing contradictions between envisioned and actual reality. Satires of Nazism have been especially resonant, and controversial — from Charlie Chaplin’s "The Great Dictator" to Hannah Arendt’s "Eichmann in Jerusalem". They upend familiar narratives, pointing to human folly at the heart of...   More >

Edith Sheffer

Douglas Hyde in California

Lecture | October 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Brian Ó Conchubhair, University of Notre Dame; Cuan Ó Seireadáin, Conradh na Gaeilge / Douglas Hyde Foundation

 Irish Studies Program - Institute of European Studies

To mark the release of the new edition of "Douglas Hyde: My American Journey," the editors of Douglas Hyde's newly published diary and travelogue across North America shed light on his time and experiences at Berkeley and San Francisco and what they tell us about the local Irish community before the 1906 earthquake.

Monday, October 21, 2019

"Maybe Esther": Storytelling and the Unpredictability of the Past

Lecture | October 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Katja Petrowskaja

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

In this year’s Bucerius lecture, Kiev-born German writer Katja Petrowskaja deals with the conundrums of making history. In her acclaimed novel "Maybe Esther", a modern person undertakes a road trip through European landscapes of memory, languages, and family stories. The “maybe” introduces remembering as an act of defiance, as personal resistance against the firmly established, inevitable pace of...   More >


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Katja Petrowskaja, photo: Sasha Andrusyk

Friday, October 25, 2019

Sound Waves: Resonances of Virginia Woolf

Colloquium | October 25 | 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 France-Berkeley Fund

Friday October 25th, 9:15am-5:00pm and Saturday October 26th, 10:00am-1:30pm
Location: Friday in 3401 Dwinelle Hall and Saturday in 300 Wheeler Hall

Colloquium sponsored by the France Berkeley Fund. Featured speakers include Marie Laniel (Université de Picardie – Jules Verne), Namwali Serpell (University of California, Berkeley), Claire Davison (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Anne...   More >

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Redefining Political Space in Post-Crisis Europe: Is There Hope for EU Democracy?

Lecture | October 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Ludvig Norman, Stockholm University

 Institute of European Studies

In recent years, the European Union has found itself in a state of seemingly chronic crisis, including the economic and financial crisis unleashed on Europe in 2008, the political crisis with the rise of populist and extremist parties across the continent, the migration crisis as well as Brexit. It is widely held that the response to these crises has led to a considerable strengthening of...   More >

Ludvig Norman

Conceptualizing an Era: A Preface to Early Twentieth-century German History

Lecture | October 29 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Helmut Walser Smith, Department of History | Vanderbilt University

 Institute of European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies, Department of History

Drawn from the author’s "Germany. A Nation in its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500-2000" (forthcoming, W.W. Norton, March, 2020), this lecture attempts to lay out elementary historical structures of “the nationalist age.” Shadowing Kant’s famous distinction between an age of enlightenment and an enlightened age, it is argued that in the nationalist age, war shaped the era...   More >

Helmut Walser Smith