Nazism in Today’s World

Winter semester lecture series hosted by the Center for French Studies at Freie Universität Berlin - Opening lecture on October 23 looks at the question of "Hitler as a ’Brand’? - Nazism in Current German-French TV Series"

No 311/2019 from Oct 22, 2019

The Center for French Studies at Freie Universität Berlin is organizing an interdisciplinary lecture series for the 2019/2020 winter semester that examines Nazism as it continues to appear today from a Franco-German perspective. Presentations will be held by experts from the cultural sector and various academic fields. The opening lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:00 p.m. Gunnar Dedio, a film producer with the company LOOKSFILM GmbH in Leipzig, will give a talk in German on "Hitler als ’Marke’? - Nazismus in aktuellen deutsch-französischen TV-Serien" [Hitler as a "Brand"? - Nazism in Current German-French TV Series]. All events in the series are open to the public and free of charge. The series takes place Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Events are in German or French (with simultaneous translation into German provided).

The organizers, Uwe Puschner and Ulrike Schneider, chose the topic for the lecture series based on the intense debates in France around Nazism in recent years. For example, in 2017 the two most prestigious literary awards in France went to novels that dealt with the Nazi era in different ways: L’ordre du jour by Eric Vuillard won the Prix Goncourt and La disparition de Josef Mengele by Olivier Guez won the Prix Renaudot. Various media and academic research alike have devoted significant attention to the topic. What stands out is how over time, as the Nazi past becomes more remote, social and academic perspectives change along with the modes of debate.

The lecture series will bring together contemporary views on National Socialism, World War II, and the radical right. The goal of this transnational and interdisciplinary perspective is to present a multifaceted panorama of current research questions from the humanities, art history, literary studies, political science, and theater studies. The program includes a talk by a professional film producer, a reading by author Géraldine Schwarz, as well as panel discussions on media reporting and on the documentary film Das Ahnenerbe about a Nazi era research group.

Time and Location:

  • Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., starting October 23, 2019
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Room KL 32/123, Habelschwerdter Alle 45, 14195 Berlin, subway stations: Dahlem-Dorf or Freie Universität/Thielplatz (U3)

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