What are the sources, networks and voices that currently shape the discourses of the German public sphere?
This Spring term, Bard College Berlin students of German looked at principle people and institutions that have influenced the content, tone, and direction of debates that have recently emerged with great urgency: immigration, the rise of populism, anti-Semitism, the future of Europe, gender roles, and Germany’s role in the world, present and past.
We engaged with these themes in small seminar discussions, in conversations with journalists and faculty, and during visits to the Bundespressekonferenz and Deutsche Welle.
The discussions we had inspired much writing, thinking, and debate beyond the classroom, and we want to share some of our work.
- Sara and Bono interviewed Jeroen Wollaars, correspondent for Dutch public newsbroadcaster NOS in Berlin, about German populism and the Afd party.
- Clara, Nedime, and Alva met in Neukölln at the ay&ha boutique and talked about fashion, headscarves, and being young and female in Berlin.
- Tamar and Gena bring Zygmunt Bauman’s reflections on securitization in Strangers at Our Door into dialogue with current political discussions concerning issues of security.
- Elena, Jude, and Claire engage with German media debates on feminism, tell us what’s wrong with this public discourse, and share their vision of a feminism that addresses 99% of women.