Lecture series “Falling walls” (2020)
Falling walls. Boundaries and upheaval in society, culture and literature
5th Lecture series organised by the Forum for Integration and Intercultural Dialogue FAU INTEGRA
To mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the lecture series focuses on the form and purpose of walls and falling walls in today’s culture. Topics covered include negotiations on walls, projects for building walls and falling walls, looking at walls in history, fiction, society and art. Which state, social and moral boundaries, turning points and upheavals do walls mark in society? How are they portrayed and used as a leitmotiv in literature, music and films? What influence has the historical event of the building and falling of the Berlin Wall in Germany had on international contemporary culture and the culture of the 20th century)? And what significance do current wall-building projects on both a large and a small scale ranging from gated communities to the border between Mexico and the USA have for our culture and society? These are just some of the questions explored from an interdisciplinary perspective during the series of lectures.
The lectures are organised by the assistant professorship for modern German literature with a focus on literature for children and young adults in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture (IZG) and the Forum for Integration and Intercultural Dialogue, FAU Integra.
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