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Leben in einer vorbelasteten Welt - Living in a Contaminated World

Dear Members and Friends of the AmerikaHaus NRW,
 
We cordially invite you to the next edition of our Joint Visiting Speaker Series with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the American Academy Berlin:

 

"Leben in einer vorbelasteten Welt - Living in a Contaminated World"
Talk & Discussion 
with Holly A. Case, 
Professor of European History at Brown University
moderated by Martin Schulze Wessel,
Professor of Eastern and South Eastern European History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
 
Monday, November 27, 2023 | 6.30 p.m. 
Fritz Thyssen Foundation | Apostelnkloster 13-15 | 50672 Cologne

 


It is difficult to imagine a better future. Even standstill is hard to imagine at the moment, progress even less so. This mood runs across the political spectrum. There is widespread agreement that we are living in the shadow of the past, in a "contaminated world", but its origin is heavily disputed. Historical research provides answers to issues such as these. In Germany, we are familiar with its many different attempts to explain the origins of national socialism or its legacy after the war. But while historians try to shed light on the past, politicians tend to be the ones in the spotlight - such as Vladimir Putin, when he makes out a dark connection, a "tainted trajectory", between Ukraine's collaboration with the Nazis during the Second World War and its current struggle for independence.

At a time when so much is at stake, when we have to ask ourselves where, when and with whom everything went wrong, how can we responsibly account for the past and still keep the future open for new possibilities?

 

Holly A. Case is Professor of European History at Brown University in Providence (USA) and currently a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College, her PhD in History and Humanities from Stanford University, and has taught at Cornell University. Case is the author of numerous articles and essays on European history, literature, politics, and the history of ideas, which have appeared in The Guardian, Chronicle Review, Aeon, The Nation, Dissent, Times Literary Supplement, and Eurozine. Her work has been funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, among others.

After her talk, Holly Case will engage in a conversation with Martin Schulze Wessel, Professor and Chair of Eastern and South Eastern European History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

 

This English-language event will be simultaneously translated into German. It is part of the Joint Visiting Speaker Series of the AmerikaHaus NRW e.V., the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the American Academy in Berlin.

 

Please register at: info@amerikahaus-nrw.de

We are looking forward to an enlightening evening with you!

 

 

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