(History event) Performing Germanness: Laughter and Violence in Nazi Germany

“Performing Germanness: Laughter and Violence in Nazi Germany”

Martina Kessel, Bielefeld University

Thurs., Oct. 11, 2018
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Buchanan Tower 1197

Sponsored by the Department of History, Martina Kessel’s talk looks at the meaning and role of humour as an identity practice in Germany during the time of National Socialism in Germany. One theory that she will explore in her lecture is that non-Jewish Germans disguised violence as ‘art’ to justify their failure to comply with international or humanitarian beliefs.

Martina Kessel is a historian of modern Germany at Bielefeld University, Germany, with particular interest in inclusion and exclusion, the history of violence, international relations, gender and cultural history. She has written on British and French policy towards Germany after 1945; a History of Boredom in the 19th century, and on questions of theory and historiography. Her forthcoming book is titled Gewalt und Gelächter: “Deutschsein” 1914-1945 (Laughter and Violence. ‘Being German’ 1914 – 1945).