"The Post War Moment: Historical Futures in Visual Culture"
International Conference at the John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
in cooperation with the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the JFKI Alumni Association e.V.
Organizers: Angela Miller & Frank Mehring
Date: June 15, 2012
10 am – 7 pm, room 340
This conference will address the multiple political, intellectual, and aesthetic responses to the destruction of World War II in the post-war period. In these years, philosophers, artists, and politicians reckoned with how subjectivity, human agency and the image of man might be reconstituted in the face of systematic mass murder, and the legacy left by the Third Reich. Also of great urgency was the future of democracy in an era when the concept would be used as a diplomatic tool that sometimes betrayed its own intentions and its wartime legacies of anti-fascism. Papers will consider the postwar interpretation of Nazi art and culture, the function of cultural diplomacy and mediated concepts of a “New Europe” in the Marshal Plan film program, the role of the arts in the US mission of German "re-education," theoretical discourses and artistic practices reckoning with the mixed legacy of existentialism, and the fate of 1930s cultural democratic programs in the post-war years.
Speakers include Ludger Derenthal (Kunstbibliothek Berlin), Sabine Eckmann (Washington University in St. Louis), Christian Fuhrmeister (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte München), Keith Holz (Western Illinois University), Maria Fritsche (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim), Frank Mehring (John F. Kennedy-Institute), Angela Miller (Washington University/Terra Guest Prof., Kennedy Institute), and Jody Patterson (University College London).
Further Information and Program: www.jfki.fu-berlin.de/faculty/culture/index.html
Prof. Frank Mehring / Prof. Angela Miller
John-F.-Kennedy-Institute/Free University of Berlin
Dept. of Cultural Studies
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