The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most significant events in recent German history: the Fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989.
Understanding the Berlin Wall is an English-language lecture designed to help Australian audiences understand how and through which interpretations people in Germany have lived with the division of their country and the Berlin Wall for so many years. The presentation will be partly based on the results of intensive research about the perspective of Eastern Germanyâ€™s ruling party Sozialistische Einheitspartei (SED), among other views.
Dr Marion Detjen is the Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Humboldt-UniversitÃ¤t zu Berlin. Her research interests include: GDR, Berlin Wall, the inner-German border and relating migration, oral history and biography, book and publishing history of the 20th century in the United States and Western Europe, gender and exile, the history of privacy, constitutional history of the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as resistance and opposition in Nazi Germany and in the GDR.
The discussant for this seminar will be Dr Katie Sutton from the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University.
Please, RSVP on Eventbrite by Tuesday 7 October 2014.
To view the flyer for this event please see: Understanding the Berlin Wall.
This event is co-hosted by the ANU Centre for European Studies and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.