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German events at Agnes Scott, German History

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8,000 original historical objects on 8,000 square meters — that’s the German Historical Museum in Berlin. In order to not get lost in the 2,000 years of history we had professional help in the form of a tour guide. After a brief overview of the first 1,800 years he zoomed in on the 19th century, highlighting the transformation from a collection of small monarchies into the first German Empire in 1871.

Time and again our group ran into depictions of Germania, the allegorical rendition of German nationhood. Whether she was shown in a sleepy surprise at the dawn of the national movement in Germania, or, angry and ready to fight the supposedly threatening neighboring empires, she provoked great responses from our group.

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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