Lecture/Talk
Elaine Kelly from the University of Edinburgh will present the key figures, styles and trends characterizing East German musical culture.

June 26, 2018
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Old Chapel

Issues of race underpinned the critical discourse on “authentic” jazz forms, and the GDR’s enthusiasm for certain jazz genres signaled solidarity with oppressed African Americans

June 29, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

South College, E470

This lecture considers what happens to “opera” in the translation from live performance to fixed media in the context of DEFA films. 

July 2, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

South College, E470

East German Künstlerfilme—films about artists both real and imaginary—offer unique insights into the changing socio-political agendas of cultural policy in the GDR and the East Bloc.  

July 3, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

South College, E470

There were many women artists in East Germany, in large part due to the GDR’s long-term emphasis on gender equality.

July 5, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

South College, E470

Käthe Kollwitz was 47 and a successful artist when her son Peter was killed in WWI. Though always politically active, her son’s death turned Kollwitz to radical pacifism and reflections on the meaning of war in her art.

July 5, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

In the wake of German unification, the long and contentious 1990s saw many of East Germany’s artists come under attack.

July 11, 2018
7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Old Chapel