The Department of German
"Walls in Our Heads--Political Divisions and Cultural Imaginaries Conference"
October 22-24, 2009
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Humanities Gateway 1010 and 1002
In conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin
Wall in November, 2009, the German department at the University of
California, Irvine, will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference that
explores the relationship between cultural images (broadly conceived)
and the maintenance or breakdown of political divisions. Walls are not
just physical entities; they also rely on and propagate segregationist
forms of knowing and depicting "the other." This means that alternative
representations are necessary if walls are to be replaced by new social
unities. Keynote lectures by Ngugi wa Thiong'o (English and Comparative
Literature, UCI) and Christina von Braun (Cultural and Gender Studies,
Humboldt University, Berlin).
The department will also be presenting a traveling exhibition sponsored
by the Goethe Institute San Francisco, "Ikonen einer Grenzanlage - Icons
of a Border Installation," which displays images that capture the
remnants of the Wall in unified Berlin.This show will be on display at
the Student center from September 28 to November 2, 2009. Official
opening and reception, October 1, 2009, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Goethe Institute Los Angeles (GILA)
Department of German, UCI
Humanities Research Institute, UCI
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
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