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Benjamin Apple Meeting Room 3

Start Date

19-4-2016 1:40 PM

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall was a major moment at the end of the Cold War. It saw the destruction of a communist structure and then directly followed by the dissolution of communist nations like the German Democratic Republic and the USSR. When the Wall fell down, the Germans began to unify but they had been separate for forty years and had developed separate cultures and identities. Most people saw the whole of Germany immediately being western following the Fall of the Wall. I will argue and demonstrate, however, that the youth of Berlin, both the former Easterners and Westerners, gravitated towards an Eastern identity and ushered in a movement of Eastern Nostalgia.

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Apr 19th, 1:40 PM

Looking to the East: Youth Identity in Berlin Through Sculpture Centered on Consumerism, and Music Following the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Benjamin Apple Meeting Room 3

The Fall of the Berlin Wall was a major moment at the end of the Cold War. It saw the destruction of a communist structure and then directly followed by the dissolution of communist nations like the German Democratic Republic and the USSR. When the Wall fell down, the Germans began to unify but they had been separate for forty years and had developed separate cultures and identities. Most people saw the whole of Germany immediately being western following the Fall of the Wall. I will argue and demonstrate, however, that the youth of Berlin, both the former Easterners and Westerners, gravitated towards an Eastern identity and ushered in a movement of Eastern Nostalgia.