Danish-German-European cultural change and exchange

Danish-German-European cultural change and exchange is the second of the four main themes, that will be addressed at the MatchPoints Seminar 2020. This particular theme has these sessions:

Critical Theory and the Memory of ’68 (double session)

Time: Thursday April 23 at 13.15-14.45 and 15.15-16.45
Auditorium: To be announced
Chairs: Associate Professor Casper Andersen, Aarhus University and Professor Wulf Kansteiner, Aarhus University

The legacies of 1968 in European history are profound and 1968 occupies today a central position in trans-European memory culture. New wealth created opportunities for a post-World War II generation eager to develop cultural and political identities, often in direct opposition to what was perceived as dead-ended traditions. Universities became key battlegrounds and also sites for innovation and interactions across European borders. One influential set of ideas and connections developed around critical theory. Established initially around the Frankfurt School, the influence of critical theory expanded both thematically and geographically – including also across Danish- German borders.

This double session consists of three lectures followed by a roundtable. Our distinguished speakers and roundtable panelists have been invited to reflect upon the memory culture and transnational legacies of ‘68 and on the ways in which the ideas of critical theory remain significant today in German-Danish relations and beyond. They will explore this theme by drawing on visual archives of 1968, personal connections with key events and people as well as political engagements with some of the core ideas of critical theory.  


Senior Lecturer Dagmar Brunow, Linnæus University:
Remembering the visual archive of the long 1968

Postdoc Malte Frøslee Ibsen, University of Copenhagen:
Title: TBA

Professor Harold Marcuse, UCLA Santa Barbara:
Title: TBA

After the coffee break there will be a roundtable discussion in this double session. The discussion will be on the theme:
The legacies of ’68 in German-Danish relations and beyond


In addition to the three speakers two panelists are invited to provide opening comments and thoughts to kick-off the roundtable:
Director and Author Hosea Dutschke, Municipality of Aarhus
Professor Drude Dahlerup, Stockholm University
Professor Harold Marcuse, UCLA Santa Barbara

Media and Identity

Time: Friday April 24 at 10.30-12.00
Auditorium: To be announced
Chair: Professor Detlef Siegfried, University of Copenhagen

Media play a central role in the perception and interpretation of the world and thus also in collective and personal identities. On the one hand, they are shaped by national backgrounds and create national self-images, but on the other hand, supranational perspectives increasingly influence them. This panel aims to discuss the question of the extent to which media shape self-images in general and those of German and Danish societies in contrast to each other in particular.

Professor Steen Bo Frandsen, University of Southern Denmark:
Beyond the Border: How Diplomats read the Foreign Press

Postdoc Tobias Wung Sung, University of Southern Denmark:
Locating international youth culture and ’1968’ in the national conflicts of the Danish-German Borderlands

Associate Professor Katja Gorbahn, Aarhus University and Associate Professor Eckhard Bick, University of Southern Denmark:
Germany, Denmark and Europe in educational media for history teaching

Movement and Migration

Time: Friday April 24 at 13.15-14.45
Auditorium: To be announced
Chair: Associate Professor Jan Ifversen, Aarhus University

Movement and migration have formed Europe. People have moved within borders from the countryside to the urban centres, within empires from the colonies to the colonial metropoles, just as poor Europeans migrated in masses to the new world during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 20th century, Europe witnessed massive movements and translocations of people. After World War II, the so-called guest worker wave attracted labour migrants to the booming Western European economy of the 1950s and 60s, and most recently Europe has seen refugee movements and poverty migration from other continents. But it has also taken the form of a growing intra-European movement linked to the free movement of labour inside the European Union. Europe thus has a long history of various forms of migration. Today migration has become a crucial and much politicised European question.

This panel will discuss the role of migration in debates on European identity in general and more specifically in Germany and Denmark.

Professor Elisabeth Buettner, University of Amsterdam:
Indirect Postcoloniality: Mobile Peoples and Imperial Reckonings

Associate Professor J. Laurence Hare, University of Arkansas:
Another Schleswig-Holstein Question. Borderland Transfer and the Creation of German Nordicism

Associate Professor Martin Bak Jørgensen, Aalborg University