Elena Pnevmonidou- Questioning Assumptions about Gender and the Legacy of the GDR

Elena Pnevmonidou, Assistant Professor at the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Victoria

Questioning Assumptions about Gender and the Legacy of the GDR: Elena Pnevmonidou discusses the status of women in Germany. While the economic recovery in many East German regions is an ongoing process that still leaves many women economically disadvantaged, she argues that reunification has resulted to a certain extent in a questioning of assumptions about gender and femininity. East German women in particular have an important cultural role to play due to their ability to reflect critically on both the GDR and the new German nation through the prism of their very different biographies and resulting conceptualizations of gender.