University of Erfurt

University of Erfurt


New Transnational and Global Approaches to the GDR Border 10.07.2019 - 11.07.2019

Internationaler Workshop des Historischen Seminars unter Leitung von Ned Richardson-Little. Workshop-Sprachen sind Englisch, Deutsch und “Denglish”. Alle Teilnehmer sind aufgerufen, in der Sprache zu sprechen, die sie bevorzugen. Um Anmeldung wird gebeten.

  • Location: verschiedene (siehe Programm)
  • Speaker(s): verschiedene
  • Organizer: Historisches Seminar
  • Category: Workshop
  • Audience: öffentlich

This workshop seeks to connect the GDR to wider debates about borders in the contemporary world through a focus on this much-contested border in a transnational and global perspective. The East German border was always more than just a product of German-German or Cold War superpower competition, and each of these articles shows how it was also created by neighboring states, international organizations and global phenomena. The presentations consider the border from multiple perspectives: the role of law enforcement and state bureaucrats, but also the role of those smuggling, trafficking, polluting, and illicitly crossing borders.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 – University of Erfurt, LG 4, Room E01

  • 13:15–13:30 Welcoming Remarks, Ned RICHARDSON-LITTLE (Erfurt)
  • 13:30–14:15 Iris SCHRÖDER (Erfurt/Gotha) Borders and Boundaries
  • 14:30–15:15 Panel 1: Epidemics
    Johanna FOLLAND (Michigan) “Not Even the Highest Wall Can Stop HIV”: Sex, the State, and the German-German Border in the Era of AIDS
    Comment: Christiane KULLER (Erfurt)
  • 15:45–17:15 Panel 2: Waterways
    Julia AULT (Utah) Polluted Waters: Crossing Borders and Regulating East German Rivers, 1970-1990
    Andrew TOMPKINS (Sheffield) Caught in the Net: GDR-Poland Border Conflicts in Everyday Life
    Comment: Iris SCHRÖDER (Erfurt/Gotha)

Thursday, 11 July 2019 – Kleine Synagoge, An der Stadtmünze 4., Erfurt Conference Room.

  • 9:30 – 10:15 Panel 3: Policing
    Lauren STOKES (Northwestern) Racial Profiling on the U6: The “Berlin Gap” and the Schönefeld Airport Refugee Crisis.
    Ned RICHARDSON-LITTLE (Erfurt) The Plague of the Capitalist World: The Evolution of Anti-Narcotics Trafficking in the GDR
    Comment by Patrice POUTRUS (Erfurt)
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Final Discussion



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