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Strange Bedfellows/Unexpected Allies

27.06.2018 - 29.06.2018

Berlin Program Summer Workshop

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. This workshop seeks to advance critical reflection on these phenomena, their usefulness and potential limits as narrative devices in a broad array of disciplines.

LANGUAGE: English

REGISTRATION: Please register by June 15, 2018 by sending an email to bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de; Participation is free of charge.

Zeit & Ort

27.06.2018 - 29.06.2018

FU Berlin, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, International House, Room 009, Ehrenbergstr. 26/28, 14195 Berlin

Weitere Informationen

Karin Goihl, Telefonnummer: 56671, E-Mail-Adresse: bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de