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News from Apr 19, 2022

  • Andersdenken/Umdenken. Protest und Dissidenz in osteuropäischen Kulturen

    The seminar examines artistic forms of resistance, alterity, and protest in literature, photography, film, and performance in Eastern European cultures from ca. 1900 to the present. Attention will focus on the following questions: What are forms of articulation, rhetorics, and narratives of the counterculture? How are spaces and (off)times of protest shaped? Which aesthetics of resistance or subversion can be observed?

  • Die Erfindung einer Region. Zentralasien in der sowjetischen Kultur
    The seminar is dedicated to the cultural imaginary and considers the 'invention' of Soviet Central Asia between the October Revolution and the end of the empire. The focus is on the one hand on the specific processes of the invention of revolution, nation, history, and city in the early Soviet and Stalinist periods, and on the other hand on the growing unease in the multinational empire that manifested itself since the Thaw and was linked to the critique of cultural experiences of alienation, ecological crises, and growing ethnic tensions.

  • Der rote Globus. Osteuropäische Reiseliteratur im Kalten Krieg
    The seminar aims to develop a systematic insight into the history and theory of the genre of travel literature and to reconstruct the specific genesis of the genre in the context of the Cold War, globalization and decolonization using the example of Eastern European accounts. The seminar is offered in cooperation with Dr. Matthias Schwartz from the Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL) in Berlin. 

  • Erinnern, Wiederholen, Durcharbeiten – Migrationserzählungen aus Mittel- und Osteuropa
    The seminar builds on an intensive text-analytical work from a Slavic perspective and focuses especially on the following works and authors, who impressively demonstrate different forms of movement through spaces, cultures, time or even language to the readership: Olga Gryaznova's "The Russian is one who loves birches" (2012), Katya Petrovskaya's "Maybe Esther" (2014), and Sasha Marianna Salzmann's "Out of herself" (2017).