Alternative realities : utopian thought in times of political rupture (English)

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A two-day conference organized by The Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies (USC) and The Wende Museum. Co-sponsored by the German Historical Institute and the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (ZZF). Additional support provided by the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, USC Dornsife Dean’s Office, and USC Dornsife Departments of Art History, History, and Slavic Languages and Literature. Modern history has been marked by periodic ruptures, radical changes brought on by wars, revolutionary upheaval, or sudden political shifts that shattered existing social and political structures and belief systems. No country has experienced this more profoundly than Germany, which has witnessed five regimes across the past 100 years and experienced both the heights of national euphoria and the depths of physical and moral defeat and destruction in the twentieth century. During times of fundamental change, cultural ideas and expressions pave the way for the imagination of a new order. This conference focuses on the key role of utopian visions, both artistic and intellectual, that changed the world from the twentieth century to the present day.

"The conference had a special focus on Germany, the country that witnessed five regimes over the past one-hundred-plus years and experienced both the heights of national euphoria and the depths of physical and moral defeat and destruction in the twentieth century ... In our call for papers, we asked the conference participants to address one or more of the following questions: 1. Utopian concepts and political identities ... 2. Utopian ideas, traditions, and contingency ... 3. The utopian century in comparative perspective ... 4. Utopia present and future ... For this volume, we selected several of the most thought-provoking contributions which, taken together, highlight the major themes and perspectives that ran through the conference presentations and discussions, divided into sections on Countercultures, Ideologies and Practices, and Alternative Visions."--Pages 9-10

  • Title:
    Alternative realities : utopian thought in times of political rupture
  • Editors:
  • Conference:
    Conference Alternative Realities; 2018; Culver City
    Conference Alternative Realities; 2018; Los Angeles
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  • Publisher:
    German Historical Institute
  • Place of publication:
    Washington, D.C., Washington, DC
  • Year of publication:
    2019
  • Size:
    177 Seiten
  • Remarks:
    26 cm
    Illustrationen
    Includes bibliographical references
    "The conference "Alternative realities", on which this volume is based, took place at the Wende Museum of the Cold War in Culver City, as well as at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on April, 16-17, 2018." - (Introduction, Seite 9)
  • Type of media:
    Conference Proceedings
  • Type of material:
    Print
  • Language:
    English
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  • Classification:
    Local classification FBS:    Hist 0394
    DDC:    305.3
    BKL:    15.07 Kulturgeschichte / 15.03 Theorie und Methoden der Geschichtswissenschaft / 15.43 Deutsche Geschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts bis zur Gegenwart
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