Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music, and Film

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Summer Program
June 17, 2018 to July 14, 2018
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, German History / Studies, Music and Music History

Hello, everyone. My colleague Barton Byg will be hosting a four-week NEH summer institute this year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has asked me to help spread the word to folks who might be interested in participating. The institute is titled "Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music, and Film," and the deadline for applications is coming up very soon. Please see the announcement below for more information. If you have any questions and/or wish to apply, please contact Barton directly at Thanks so much.

--Marty Norden
 Martin F. Norden
 Professor, Department of Communication
 N320 Integrative Learning Center              norden(at)
 University of Massachusetts Amherst        fax: 413 545-6550
 Amherst, MA  01003   USA                        vox: 413 545-0598
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This four-week NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers will explore the role of the visual arts, music and film in socialist modernity. Selected topics—such as censorship and artistic freedom, the role of the state and surveillance, and race and gender in art and politics—present a compelling historical perspective on issues being raised in classrooms today. Held at UMass Amherst, the inter-disciplinary program will break new ground in the study of culture during the Cold War, applying a sustained examination of the role of arts and artists to the case of East Germany. (NB: German language
skills are not required.)

At the Institute, participants will:

* Focus on learning and teaching about culture in the Cold War in dynamic seminar discussions

* Compare canonical and new approaches in art history, musicology, and German and film studies

* Critically assess a wide selection of primary and secondary materials for teaching

* Build lasting communities of inquiry and develop future projects

Faculty: Skyler Arndt-Briggs and Barton Byg (co-directors, UMass Amherst), Seán Allan (St Andrews), Joy Calico (Vanderbilt), April Eisman (Iowa State), Elaine Kelly (Edinburgh) and Johanna Yunker (UMass).

Participants will comprise a robust mix of college and university teachers in multiple disciplines, including film studies, art history, musicology, German studies, history, performance studies, and library, museum and archival studies. Contingent faculty, independent scholars and advanced graduate students are welcome to apply, as are professionals working in cultural institutions, archives, and libraries.

The application deadline for NEH summer programs is March 1, 2018. Participants receive a stipend of $3,300 to help cover costs, and must be US citizens or have resided in the U.S. since March 1, 2015. See: Questions:

Barton Byg, Professor
Founding Director, DEFA Film Library
Co-Director, 2018 NEH Summer Institute (
German & Scandinavian Studies, LL&C
Herter Hall 523
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA 01003 USA