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GCSC Book Launch Series

Winter Semester 2021/22

On_Culture: Issue 11 - "Illness, Narrated"

Thursday, 09.12.2021, 17.00-18.00 (CET), online


3rd event in the GCSC Book Launch Series featuring the brand-new On_Culture Issue 11 "Illness, Narrated" (Summer 2021) guest-edited by Silvia Boide, Benjamin Brendel, Maaike Hommes, and Melanie Kreitler.


Join us in a discussion with the four guest editors on the contexts of this collaborative publication project, on narratives of illness, and on Open Access publishing at the GCSC!


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Heritage Under Socialism

Tuesday, 23.11.2021, 18.00-19.00 (CET), online

In cooperation between the GCSC and Herder-Institut, this Book Launch Event features the collaborative publication "Heritage Under Socialism", co-edited by Eszter Gantner, Corinne Geering, and Paul Vickers. Scheduled for publication in October 2021 with Berghahn, this project is based on the 2016 symposium "Heritage Studies and Socialism".

The volume investigates how heritage was understood and implemented in European socialist states after World War II. By exploring national and regional specificities within the broader context of internationalization, it enriches the conceptual, methodological and empirical scope of heritage studies through a series of fascinating case studies. Its transnational approach highlights the socialist world’s diverse interpretations of heritage and the ways in which they have shaped the trajectories of present-day preservation practices.

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Winter Semester 2020/21

Narratives of Crises, Cultures of Resilience

Thursday, 18.02.2021, 17.00-18.30 (CET), online

The volume Europe’s Crises and Cultural Resources of Resilience (Trier, 2020) addresses the numerous perceived crises in Europe as well as the crisis of the very concept of Europe, which have been evoked socially and politically in recent years. It asks what cultural resources Europe has at its disposal to respond creatively to the crises and understand them as a productive moment. Its contributions with their interdisciplinary approaches in literary and cultural studies as well as in history, economics and sociology, explore the interwoven European narratives and discuss them as cultural techniques and strategies for the productive handling of manifold crisis experiences.


The special issue of Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift on the topic of Crisis Narratives/Narratives in Crisis (Volume 70, Issues 3-4, 2020) similarly argues that there has not only been a wide range of ever more crises of all sorts, but that we have also witnessed an inflationary use of the term crisis, and a concomitant proliferation of factual and fictional crisis narratives across various media. While the contributions cover a broad range of case studies and contexts from Brexit to racism to Covid-19 and climate change, they all offer close analyses and acute diagnoses regarding the role of narratives in these mediated scenarios, understanding “crisis” both as a key concept and as a dominant cultural pattern of narration.


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Futures of the Study of Culture
Thursday, 17.12.2020, 16.00-17.00 (CET), online

How can we approach possible but unknown futures of the study of culture? This volume explores this question in the context of a changing global world. The contributions in this volume discuss the necessity of significant shifts in our conceptual and epistemological frameworks. Taking into account changing institutional research settings, the authors develop pathways to future cultural research, addressing the crucial concerns of the cultural and social worlds themselves. The contributions thereby utilize contact zones within a wide range of disciplines such as cultural anthropology, sociology, cultural history, literary studies, the history of science and bioethics as well as the environmental and medical humanities.

The book is available as hard copy (ISBN 978-3-11-065509-4) and thanks to the generous support of the Giessen University Library as Open Access publication (DOI:

Join us in a discussion with the editors on the contexts of this collaborative publication project, on possible futures of the study of culture, and on Open Access publishing at the GCSC!


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