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Dr. Paul Peters speaks about Heinrich Heine's Orient

Dr. Paul Peters, McGill University, summarizes his talk for te research cluster meeting "East meets West - German Orientalisms".

 

Dr. Dagmar Soennecken - Laws/Courts and Public Policy in Europe/Germany and North America

Dr. Dagmar Soennecken, York University, presents her fields of research.

 

Dr. Laurence McFalls - False Memory Syndrome and the Fall of the Wall

Dr. Laurence McFalls, Université de Montréal: After twenty years memories of the dramatic events in 1989 have increasingly become projections by today’s political actors and commentators. Dr. Laurence McFalls describes how our recollection of the fall of the Wall is shaped by a host of competing and, at times, misleading interpretations. Framing it in terms of a false memory syndrome he suggests that the current festivities for the 20th anniversary tend to miss the essence of what happened in October and November 1989.

Dr. Oliver Schmidtke - Triggers for the East-West divide after the Fall of the Wall

Dr. Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria, says that ven after twenty years united Germany still suffers from an East-West divide. He argues that one of the critical factors creating and nurturing this divide is a fundamental shortcoming in how the unification process was organized: German unification came about as a union between two very unequal partners. As a result, many East Germans never developed of sense of ‘ownership’ with view to the united Germany.

Dr. Elena Pnevmonidou -The Legacy of the Berlin Wall : Questioning Assumptions about Gender and the Legacy of the GDR

Dr. Elena Pnevmonidou, University of Victoria, 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.