Public Lecture: Empire, Ideology and the East: Thoughts on Nazism’s Spatial Imaginary

The German Department at King’s College, London, is delighted to announce the above event: 

PUBLIC LECTURE BY  PROFESSOR GEOFF ELEY

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR

This lecture explores what we gain, theoretically and methodologically, by subjecting Nazism to the analytics of “space”. One answer would be to examine the Nazis’ own organizing ideas, including not only the rhetoric of Lebensraum, but also planning, population politics, clearances, deportations, transfers, reclamation, resettlement, and repopulation: discourses that became crucial to the Nazi imperium after 1939. Professor Eley here addresses not only the firm social-historical ground of geographies, economies, and social structures, but also the metaphorical space of projections, ideology, cultural claims, and geopolitical fantasy. Hitler’s empire was made from both.

 Friday May 25th
4.00 – 6.00 P.M
Room K2.31
King’s Building
King’s College London
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

Geoff Eley is the Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of History and Head of the Department of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His publications include After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe (with Rita Chin, Heide Fehrenbach, and Atina Grossmann, 2009); A Crooked Line: From Cultural History to the History of Society (2005); Citizenship and National Identity in Twentieth-century Germany (with Jan Palmowski: 2007); Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000 (2002).

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