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DAAD and The Texas Chair of the Department of Germanic Studies fund and present:

An International Lecture Series 2004/2005

Landscape and Mentality

This lecture series on the relationship between landscape and mentality deals with three fields in which nature and landscape are crucial for the national identity of the Germans: romanticism, “blood-and-soil” mythology, and environmentalism. The contributions will show how landscape can be a contested resource for identity, it is used, created, and manipulated by local as well as by national actors.


  • Nov 9th 2004, 3:00-5:00 Texas Governor's Room, Texas Union 3.116
    Landscape, Fairies and Identity: Experience on the Backstage of The German Fairy Tale Road.
    Dorothee Hemme (Dept. of Cultural Anthropology /Europ. Ethnology, Univ. of Göttingen)

  • Nov 29th 2004, 3:00-5:00 Texas Governor's Room, Texas Union 3.116
    Forest as Volk: The Nazi film "Ewiger Wald" and the Religion of Nature.
    Dr. Sabine Wilke (Dept. of Germanics, Univ. of Washington, Seattle)

  • Jan 25th 2005, 3:00-5:00 Eastwood Room, Texas Union 2.102
    "The North Sea is a Livelihood for Fishermen and not a Playground for Researchers:" Anthropology of a Contested Coastal Landscape in Northern Germany.
    Dr. Werner Krauss, (Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Hamburg)


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