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Lecture Series of German-French Colloquium in 2019/20 Winter Semester – First lecture on December 5, 2019

№ 371/2019 from Dec 02, 2019

The German-French Colloquium in Berlin is dedicating its lecture program in the 2019/2020 winter semester to the two countries of France and Germany from a global perspective. The first lecture will be given on December 5 by the historian Dr. Silke Mende, Deputy Director of the Centre Marc Bloch, on the history of Francophonie. In her lecture, she will raise the issue of whether the French language has served as a political-cultural “regulatory instrument” – in the nation state, in the French colonial empire, and beyond. On January 16, Dr. Lucas Hardt, a historian at FernUniversität in Hagen, will present his research on Algerian migrants in the German-French border area in the post-war years (1945–1962). In a lecture on February 6, Prof. Dr. Jérôme David, a literary scholar at Université de Genève, will describe the history of “littérature mondiale / world literature” and discuss the reasons for its late reception in French-speaking research. All the lectures of the event series are public. They will be given in German. Admission is free, and registration is not required.

The German-French Colloquium serves as an open, interdisciplinary exchange on relevant contemporary issues and as a discussion forum for students, researchers, and the public. The speakers analyze the multifaceted relationships that connect the two neighboring countries, former enemies, and following World War II, common promoters of European integration. They discuss politics, society, culture, and history of the two countries, present new research findings, and debate open issues – from both German and French perspectives. The event series is organized by the Center for Contemporary History Potsdam (ZZF), the Centre Marc Bloch (CMB), and the Center for French Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.

Further Information

Lecture Schedule in the 2019/2020 Winter Semester

  • Ordnung durch Sprache. Francophonie zwischen Nationalstaat, Imperium und internationaler Politik, 1860–1960
    Silke Mende (Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin)
    December 5, 2019, 7 p.m.
    Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, 10117 Berlin
  • Zwischen Räumen und Fronten. Algerische Migranten im lothringischen Grenzgebiet (1945–1962)
    Lucas Hardt (FernUniversität in Hagen)
    January 16, 2020, 7 p.m.
    Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, 10117 Berlin
  • Pour la littérature mondiale
    Jérôme David (Université de Genève)
    February 6, 2020, 7 p.m.
    Freie Universität Berlin, Seminar Center, Room L 116, Otto-von-Simson-Straße 26, 14195 Berlin


Marie Jacquier, Academic Coordinator, Center for French Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-52598, Email: marie.jacquier@fu-berlin.de