15 July 2016
Cultures in Transition: Europe 1985-2004
The focus of this course is “Cultures in Transition.” It focuses on different aspects of everyday life and society in Europe, and shows how ideas circulated from place to place before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It asks, in a nutshell, when socialist citizens spoke of the “West,” did they envision America or the West as a model? What did a future utopia look like for citizens of the East? Of the central questions affecting politicians, artists and the youth in such changing societies was how to be authentic in a world of neo-liberal capitalism and in the aftermath of goulash communism. How did governments and companies change tactics in order to best captivate a new community of consumers? It focuses primarily on history, but the scope ranges from economics to anthropology. It is an attempt to explain the ways culture changed after the Iron Curtain fell.
Mark Keck-Szajbel, Ph.D.
Academically driven graduate and advanced undergraduate students
EUR 0: There is no tuition fee. Accommodation is also provided free of charge.