Events | Walls - An International Conference

Los Angeles | November 7, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall provides an opportunity to revisit this landmark historical moment, assess the cultural, political, and social transformations that have taken place since reunification, while simultaneously reflecting on these questions at a time when walls are once again being built and contemporary forms of exclusion, division, and marginalization are in evidence.

Actress Susanne Sachsse will join the conference via Skype, director and producer Can Candan’s film Duvarlar-Mauern-Walls will be screened, and scholars Ilse Helbrecht, David Kim, Kalani Michell, Isotta Poggi, Todd Presner, Yasemin Yildiz, and Maite Zubiaurre will lead a roundtable discussion on these central questions.

"A Woman Walks through Socialism"

Susanne Sachsse | A long distance performance

"Duvarlar - Mauern - Walls"

Can Candan | Documentary film screening

Coffee Break

"The Berlin Wall and Unification: Nationalism, Populism, and Memory"

Panel discussion | Participants:

Ilse Helbrecht (Humboldt University, Visiting Scholar, TMH)
David Kim (UCLA)
Kalani Michell (UCLA)
Todd Presner (UCLA)
Yasemin Yildiz (UCLA)
Maite Zaubiaurre (UCLA)

Reception at 306 Royce Hall


Royce Hall 314


An event by UCLA Department of Germanic Languages in collaboration with Thomas Mann House and the Getty Research Institute.

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