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Scientific lecture 6.6.2019 (in engl. Sprache) „Working on the Relationship: Exchanging Letters, Goods, and Photographs in Wartime”

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Plakat Working on the relationship

„Working on the Relationship: Exchanging Letters, Goods, and Photographs in Wartime”

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Do., 6. Juni 2019, 19 Uhr,
Fabrique im Gängeviertel, Valentinskamp 34a, 20355 Hamburg

Admission is free.

War letters might seem to create a sphere of „private” intimacy isolated from the „public” sphere of politics. On closer inspection, this „couple cosmos” was intricately entwined in macrohistorical relationships. This talk will explore the practices through which this intertwining took place in the everyday lives of Hilde Laube and Roland Nordhoff, whose extensive correspondence stands at the heart of the public humanities project Trug&Schein. After Roland was enlisted in the Navy in August 1940, the newlyweds revived many of the same epistolary practices from their court-ship. They „worked on their relationship” through the exchange of letters, goods, and photographs. In the process, they built not only a minimal degree of consensus between them about the future of their private happiness but also about their public integration into the Kriegsgemeinschaft. This couple cosmos proved to be an ideal locus for highly political fantasies of privacy.

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Andrew Stuart Bergerson, History, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA


Verantwortlich: Dr. Sabine Bamberger-Stemmann

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