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Exhibition Transformation EAST. Lives in Transition

Virtual Tour and Panel Discussion with Laurence McFalls on January 22

For a teaser of the event, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1122487314867712

Watch the entire exhibit-tour and discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1003398636852620&ref=watch_permalink

The IRTG Diversity together with the Centre canadien d'études allemandes et europénnes and the German Consulate General in Montréal present, in collaboration with colleagues from the worldwide network of DAAD-sponsored Centres for German and European Studies, the exhibition Transformation EAST. Lives in Transition as a virtual tour followed by a panel discussion on Facebook Live on January 22, 2021 at
6pm MET (Strasbourg)
12pm EST (Montréal)
11am CET (Minnesota, Wisconsin)
9am PST (Victoria)

To join this online event, please go to:

The event features a virtual visit of the exhibition guided by Laurence McFalls (Département de science politique, Université de Montréal) with commentary by
Alexander Reisenbichler Joint Initiative in German and European Studies (JIGES) Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Matthias Rothe (German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch) College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
Jay Rowell Centre interdisciplinaire d'études et de recherches sur l'Allemagne (CIERA) CNRS, Université de Strasbourg
Beate Schmidtke (EUCAnet – Europe Canada Network) Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria
Marc Silberman (German, Nordic, and Slavic+) University of Wisconsin-Madison

Transformation EAST. Lives in Transition addresses the expectations, trust, and fears that East Germans associated with the reunification process through images and texts. It recalls the solidarity between Germans and their willingness to help each other as well as their tensions and misunderstandings. The exhibition tells of new beginnings and awakenings, as well as of the desire to reappraise the SED dictatorship. It also documents the despair that went hand in hand with economic collapse and the rise in unemployment, as well as the experiences of loss and fears that characterized the 1990s in former East Germany. Subjects explored include the simultaneous renovation and demolition of towns and cities in the east of Germany, the situation of women and families, and a youth culture torn between techno, punk and right-wing extremism. Themes range from resentments to political violence, the question of who has the right to shape national identity, relations with Eastern neighbours, the development of the former East and its successes as well as new social divides that have arisen in recent years.

Conception and text: Stefan Wolle
Published by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in East Germany (Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung) and the Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States in cooperation with NDR and Statista

For more information:
English flyer: https://www.umbruch-ost.de/assets/files/UO_Werbung%20Einzelbesteller_ENG_preview_200114.pdf

Contact: Mathieu Robinson (Assistant Press and Cultural Affairs, German Consulate General in Montréal) ku-100@montr.auswaertiges-amt.de
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