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Book Party: Jonathan Bach's "What Remains"

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

Join us to celebrate the release of Global Studies professor Jonathan Bach's new book, What Remains: Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany (Columbia University Press, 2017).

The event will be moderated by:
Alexandra Delano (Chair of Global Studies, The New School)

With remarks by:
Michael Taussig (Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University)

David Stark (Professor of Sociology, Columbia University)

Hugh Raffles (Professor of Anthropology, The New School)

... and more!


What happens when an entire modern state's material culture becomes abruptly obsolete? How do ordinary people encounter what remains? In this ethnography, Jonathan Bach examines the afterlife of East Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall, as things and places from that vanished socialist past continue to circulate and shape the politics of memory.


Jonathan Bach is Associate Professor in the Global Studies Program and faculty affiliate in the Anthropology Department. His recent work explores social change through the politics of memory, material culture, and urban space, with an emphasis on transitions in Germany and China. He is the author most recently of What Remains: Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany (Columbia University Press, 2017), and co-editor of Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Model City (University of Chicago Press, 2017). His articles have appeared, inter alia, in Memory Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Politics, Public Culture, Theory, Culture and Society, and Philosophy and Social Science. His earlier book Between Sovereignty and Integration: German Foreign Policy and National Identity after 1989 (St. Martin’s Press) examined questions of normalcy and responsibility in Germany during the early years after unification. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and has held postdoctoral or visiting appointments at Columbia, Harvard, and Brown universities as well as at universities and centers in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany. He is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University's Center on Organizational Innovation. At The New School he was the founding chair of the Global Studies Program and served as the associate director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs.


Sponsored by The New School's interdisciplinary programs in Global Studies, Urban Studies, and Environmental Studies

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