Stretching from the Baltic to the Adriatic coast, Winston Churchill’s infamous Iron Curtain is often portrayed as a line on the map, dividing Europe and the World into the Democratic, Developed West and Autocratic Developing East. Zooming into the cartographic tissue of the Cold War, this talk by Katja Perat, doctoral candidate in comparative literature (Arts & Sciences) at Washington University, will take a look at the Iron Curtain not as a dividing non-entity, but as a territory in its own right, marked by a history of an external as well as internalized division stretching from the Enlightenment and into the future. From Milan Kundera’s "The Tragedy of Central Europe" in the eighties, to the Central European nationalist tragedy of today, this talk will examine how inhabiting the Iron Curtain has shaped the processes of subject- and nation-building in this invisible borderland.
This talk is part of the Nation Space lecture series, presented as part of the fall 2020 graduate seminar "Borders, Boundaries, Nations," taught by senior lecturer Michael Allen. The lectures amplify issues within the seminar, which investigates the intersection of the design and maintenance of nations with design practices in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. The seminar examines the history and current state of the nation as a design project, and invites students to speculate on its future in the 21st century. The lectures are enabled by the support of the Sam Fox School's Master of Landscape Architecture program.
The event is free, but registration is required. Register here>>
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