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1989 im Disput: Hintergründe und Folgen (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Volker Balli, Henning Trueper, Jan Zutavern

wöchentlich | Montag | 14:00 - 16:00 | 12.10.2015 - 29.01.2016 | W 201 | plus Workshops (Termin wird mit Teilnehmern bestimmt)

Inhalt: This seminar offers a contemporary history of Europe, and of Germany in particular. Rather than attempting a comprehensive approach, it focuses on a select concept – the notion of borders, and movement across borders – as a lense for discussing a number of intertwined themes, which constitute the respective parts of the seminar: ideological borders and militarized conflicts; physical borders and the movement of people; regulatory borders and the movement of capital. With the concept of borders the seminar makes reference to the overarching theme of freedom. An eminent historical date that is highly connoted with freedom, liberation, and the sudden end of an old, and slow emergence of a new order, is 1989. The seminar uses 1989 as a watershed, such that each theme will be highlighted from a pre- and post-1989 perspective. How were borders drawn and negotiated prior to and after 1989? Is there indeed a general trend towards higher permeability or have borders merely shifted to confront new threats to (national) security, conceptions of identity and prosperity? How should we judge different types of borders in their historical context - are borders always ‘bad’ or can we find merit in them? These are some of the guiding questions that we will try to answer in this course.