The Wall: Berlin and Beyond

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Wall: Berlin and Beyond

Fall 2019

Taught By: Jonathan Bach

Section: A

CRN: 7720

Credits: 3

Thirty years ago this November one of the most politically potent borders in the world—the once nearly impenetrable Berlin Wall—seemed to vanish in the blink of a historical eye. Today’s chants in the United States to “build the Wall” are the symbolic opposite of 1989, when the iconography of a falling Wall epitomized freedom and fellowship. This class uses the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall to explore the Berlin Wall’s legacy in particular and the political practice of walls and walling more generally. It combines a close empirical case study of Berlin with a wider examination of walls as a technology, ideology, and lived reality. It approaches the Berlin Wall as a simultaneously local, national, and global issue that captured the political imagination far beyond Germany, and looks at how it actually functioned, how it was experienced, represented, and appropriated, and how it continues to circulate in the global imaginary. We will examine how the Wall’s shadow once nurtured Cold War fears, fantasies and frictions, shaped West Berlin’s infamous art and music scene, remade the city’s geography, served as the site of drama, death, and escape, and reappears today as a site of a different kind of politics of commemoration, gentrification, and identity. Students will pursue individual research projects on the Berlin Wall or on a contemporary case of walls and walling, for example the US-Mexico border, Israel/Palestine, or Cyprus. This is an upper-level research seminar with the expectation of intensive writing, reading, and active participation.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:30pm 12/11/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 518

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019