Topics in German Studies: Migration, Identity and Place in German Cultures (GRMST-223MG)

Migration, Identity and Place in German Cultures (GRMST-223MG)

Instructor: Karen Remmler

In 2015, Germany opened its borders to over a million asylum-seekers. The ensuing debates about German national belonging, identity, and rights often overlook the contributions of immigrants, refugees, and displaced persons throughout Europe since the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). Indeed, migrants continue to shape European and German cultures today. Through close-readings and analyses of visual images, narratives, and films produced by or about the experiences of migrants and refugees from the 18th century to the present, this seminar traces how immigrant cultures shape contemporary German culture.

Speaking– and writing-intensive. Taught in German.