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The GDR Today VII (6-7 June)

2:30pm - 6:00pm / Thursday 6th June 2024 / Venue: The Wallbank Room (SACE WBLT) 8-14 Abercromby Square
Type: Conference / Category: Department
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On 6-7 June the University of Liverpool is delighted to host the seventh meeting of The GDR Today, a series of conferences held at a range of UK institutions. This is generously supported this year by the Institute for Germanic and European Studies at the University of Birmingham. The series aims to support and promote PGR and ECA work on the history and memory of the German Democratic Republic, encouraging contributions from a wide range of disciplines.

Please see programme below:

Day one: 6 June

14.30-15.00 Registration

15.00-15.15 Welcome

15.15-16.25 Panel 1: The multimedia GDR
Fabian Mehmel & Clara Ödén: Aestheticised remembrance in GDR-wave videos
Matthew Beaufort Shaul: Consumer Longings and East German Photographic Cultures – an Evolving Landscape
Rose Kallenberg-Pierce: Crossing the Iron Curtain: Portrayals of John Peet and Brian Patchett's defections to the GDR in the British media
Discussant: Joanne Sayner
Chair: Madeleine Doutney

16.30-18.00 The GDR Tomorrow book launch & wine reception

Day two: 7 June

09.00-10.45 Panel 2: Gender and sexuality in the GDR
Kate R. Stanton: Einig Mutterland nicht in Sicht’: Remembering and Forgetting the East German Feminist Movement
Madeleine Doutney: Masculinity and care within and beyond the home in East German late socialism
Franziska Haug: Queer GDR Literature
Emily Stokes: From Exotic Other to Violent Sex: East Germany in Gay Porn Post-Wende
Discussant: Debbie Pinfold
Chair: Matthew Hines

10.45-11.15 Tea break

11.15-13.00 Panel 3: Transnational Perspectives
Yundi Guo: The empowered powerless: Walter Felsenstein, Götz Friedrich and the SED authorities
Yejun Zou, Sun Yat-sen University, China: Rethinking the GDR through China: Peter Hacks’ Der Bischof von China (1999)
Evelyn Preuss: Ankunft im Alltag: The Quotidian in History and Historiography
David Zell: Recent GDR historiography and the formation of National Identity in the GDR
Discussant: Sara Jones
Chair: Alexander Brown

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.45 Keynote event: Today’s GDR: Katja Hoyer and Hester Vaizey in Conversation
Katja Hoyer and Hester Vaizey
Chair: Anna Saunders