News from Jan 10, 2018
We are soliciting applications for our 7th summer workshop, June 27-29, 2018.
Strange Bedfellows / Unexpected Allies
German Studies Association President 2017-2018
Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Miami
From de Gaulle to Khrushchev, from the Christian Democrats to displaced refugees, from Putin to Trump, from the drag queen Olivia Jones to right-wing politician Frauke Petry, politics can make for “surprising partnerships.” It was William Shakespeare who wrote in The Tempest that “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” Both in Germany and beyond, the recent past has been experienced as a disorienting period by many. Debates about post-truth, post-liberalism, and post-humanism reflect seismic cultural shifts and pose the question whether we have entered a new political era. Thus, the phrase “politics makes strange bedfellows” captures our own Zeitgeist in most succinct fashion.
These are perplexing times to be certain. But peculiar alliances or combinations are common in a variety of historical and political contexts as well as in a diverse array of cultural and artistic engagements. The Berlin Program Summer Workshop 2018 invites contributions from scholars, artists, representatives of cultural institutions, and engaged others on the topic of “strange bedfellows” as well as “unexpected allies.” Read more here.