93. Minisymposium / 12th Rachel Carson Center Lecture, 21.3.2019

The Greening of Cold War Germany

Timothy Scott Brown
Professor of History, Northeastern University
Senior Fellow, Institute for European Studies, UC Berkeley
Fellow, Rachel Carson Center, Spring 2019

Univ.-Prof. Ing. Dr.phil. Verena Winiwarter
Centre for Environmental History, Institute of Social Ecology,  BOKU

Situating the development of environmental politics in East and West Germany as part of a transnational and global movement, Brown traces a sea-change in the nature of leftist politics in the 1970s and 1980s. In this moment of transition, older notions of revolution rooted in Marxist internationalism gave way to a new holistic vision of humankind’s relationship to nature. Linking the emergence of Green politics to the participatory-democracy impulses of 1968, the study charts how 1968’s anti-authoritarianism merged with anti-hierarchical impulses from second-wave feminism, holistic New Age spirituality, and influences from systems trends in fields like ecology, biology, and physics.

Place / Ort: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien | Standort Schottenfeldgasse 29, 1070 Wien
Time / Zeit: Thursday, 21 March 2019, 18:15 - 20:00 Uhr

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