Generation Mini-Series: Contemporary German Historical Event-Television and the Implications of its Interactive Elements TRANSIT vol. 10, no. 2 Sara F. Hall Download PDF Abstract The controversial 2012 ZDF mini-series Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter/Generation War epitomizes German “historical event television,” a broadcasting trend aligned with the recent tendency to normalize the nation’s relationship with its past. Reaching […]

Thinking Sexuality Differently: Hartmann von Aue, Michel Foucault, and the Uses of the Past James A. Schultz Download PDF Abstract In the introduction to the second volume of his history of sexuality Foucault suggests that “the effort to think one’s own history” might “free thought from what it silently thinks, and so enable it to think […]

This course addresses questions of mobility and borders in our increasingly connected and disjointed world. We will approach the history of post-World War II Germany through the lens of migration, reading a variety of texts critically and relating them to broader questions of economic and cultural globalization: the long term consequences of “guest worker” recruitment; […]

English Translation: In Times of Fading Light, translated by Anthea Bell, Minneapolis: Grey Wolf Press, 2013. Book review by UC Berkeley undergraduate Jennifer Lau Family dynamics, interestingly enough, rarely change across time. Society progresses and human beings adapt, but internal relations among those who share blood and genetics remain mostly the same. The literary fiction […]

On  Saturday, a new exhibition called “Das neue Deutschland: Von Migration und Vielfalt” opened at the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in Dresden.  The exhibition deals with contemporary Germany as a product of migration and diversity. It aims to explore the Germany of today and to “examine the direction in which it is evolving in its social and cultural diversity.” […]

This post is part of a series in which students reflect on their discussions in the UC Berkeley undergraduate seminar “Multicultural Germany.” This week’s summary is by Ann Huang: As the discussion of a multicultural Germany progresses, the conversation naturally gravitates towards an analysis of the contemporary situation of ‘migrants’ and the persistent underlying difficulties to […]

Als die Bundesanstalt für Arbeit 1961 eine Anwerbestelle in der Türkei einrichtete, geschah dies in der Absicht, dort lediglich den Ersatzbedarf an “Gastarbeitern” zu decken. Bis zum Anwerbestopp 1973 reisten allerdings etwa 865.000 überwiegend männliche türkische Arbeitskräfte in die Bundesrepublik. Obwohl ihre hohen Erwartungen an die Verdienstmöglichkeiten und an das Leben in Westdeutschland rasch enttäuscht […]