Colloquium about the Cold War, human rights and German-German migration

The research network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation" invites you to its first colloquium in the summer semester. PD Dr. Frank Wolff from the University of Osnabrück will speak in his digital lecture on Thursday, 14 April, at 4 p.m. about "Die Mauergesellschaft. Kalter Krieg, Menschenrechte und die deutsch-deutsche Migration 1961–1989" ("The Wall Society. Cold War, Human Rights and German-German Migration 1961–1989").

People on the viewing platform of the Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse/Brunnenstrasse, © Stiftung Berliner Mauer (Photo: Edmund Kasperski)
People on the viewing platform of the Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse/Brunnenstrasse, © Stiftung Berliner Mauer (photo: Edmund Kasperski)

The German-German border determined broad aspects of social life in the Federal Republic and the GDR, simultaneously separating and connecting the two states. Frank Wolff pursues this thesis in his post-doctoral dissertation and analyses the manifold interconnections, political discourses and the management of inner-German migration. In particular, the various attempts to overcome the border and to legitimise it are in the foreground here. In his lecture, he will outline the central lines of the work with the help of some empirical highlights.

Frank Wolff studied General and East European History, English and German Studies at the University of Cologne and received his PhD from the University of Bielefeld with a transnational history of the Jewish labour movement. Since 2019, he has been a private lecturer in Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Osnabrück and will be the temporary head of the professorship in Modern History and Historical Migration Research in the summer semester of 2022.

The lecture will take place digitally via the Cisco Webex platform. No separate registration with Webex is necessary, you can join the meeting directly via your browser.

For more information, you can email dut.info@uni-erfurt.de.

Link to the Webex meeting room