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'Beethoven gehört uns!': The 1970 Beethoven Bicentenary in the GDR and the creation of national identity

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Time: 5.15pm
Venue: Room 2010, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: free
Speaker(s): David Zell, University of Birmingham

'Beethoven gehört uns!': The 1970 Beethoven Bicentenary in the GDR and the creation of national identity

David Zell's research focuses on an important aspect of modern German, East German and European history: the complex relationship between politics and culture in the German Democratic Republic. Through detailed study and analysis of state-sponsored cultural anniversaries, he is examining the shaping of cultural and political memory in the GDR during a 25-year period of its history. In this paper David considers how the Beethoven Bicentenary of 1970 was designed, executed and received, and what was the nature and extent of its legacy in East Germany.

After an international business career David Zell took an MA History (European) at Kingston University. The recipient of an AHRC PhD studentship, he is currently in the second year of his studies at the University of Birmingham.

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Contact: John Stuart
Email: J.Stuart@kingston.ac.uk

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