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me-on-15-April-2019 ©Mia Fuller

Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences (Kuwi)


Lehrveranstaltungen Sommersemester 2019:

Symbols of 20th Century Fascism and Communism

Seminar: Zentralbereich Kultur / WPM 2: Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht / WPM 5: Kultur, Geschichte & Gesellschaft in Europa
Block Ort: GD 312, Veranstaltungsbeginn: 17.06.2019

Our goal is a broad, comparative view of far-right and far-left European political symbols of the 20th century that still exist today, and their legacies. We will employ a theoretical framework addressing symbolic indexicality and measurements of political efficacy, in general terms; and move toward case-study-based historical and ethnographic discussions of fascist and Communist builtenvironment vestiges, focusing on whether and how symbols have (or not) retained a level of political ‘charge’ until today. How much do these symbols matter today – and under what circumstances, to whom? How much will they matter in the future?

Literatur: Fehérváry, Krisztina, Politics in Color and Concrete: Socialist Materialities and the Middle Class in Hungary, (Indiana, 2013). The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe, Ed. By R. Lebow, W. Kantsteiner, C. Fogu (Durham, NC, 2006). Macdonald, Sharon, Difficult Heritage: Negotiating the Nazi Past in Nuremberg and Beyond (London, 2008). Martinez, Francisco, Remains of the Soviet Past in Estonia: An Anthropology of Forgetting, Repair and Urban Traces (London, 2018). Verdery, Katherine, The Political Lives of Dead Bodies (New York, 2000).

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