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Performance and Politics in the Bonn Republic
Lecture by Verena Meis
FFT Juta
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The “Bonn Republic” has gone down in local and national political memory as a period of reconstruction and growing prosperity. Yet does this overall perspective on this past era hold up to critical inspection? What insights can by gained for the future from the positions in Bonn that caused a stir from 1949-1990 and are still with us today?


Over the last two years, a research group at the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf has worked with the local affiliated institute “Modernity in the Rhineland“ on this topic and every winter semester, they integrated their new research perspectives into a lecture series, which seeks out dialogue with the public at different venues across the city of Düsseldorf. During the 2018/19 winter semester, our lecture series “The Bonn Republic. Research – Discourse – The Public Sphere” is dedicated to the 1970’s-1980’s. Researchers from German studies, art history, cultural and social studies as well as Romance studies speak on select topics.


Aside from the City of Düsseldorf, cooperation partners are the venues: FFT Düsseldorf, Goethe Museum Düsseldorf/Anton-und-Katharina-Kippenberg-Stiftung, Heinrich-Heine-Institute, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf Municipal Archive, Düsseldorf Central Library, University and State Library


Verena Meis, born 1982 in Mönchengladbach, lives and works in Düsseldorf and has a doctorate in literature and theater. Her main areas of research are contemporary literature and theater, performance, pop culture and human-animal relations. As co-founder of the Qualleninstitut (Jellyfish Institute), she explores the diaphanous creature as a figure of media, aesethic and ecological thought. Verena Meis is initiator of various projects at the interface of science, cultural education and artistic practice. She is a member of the City fo Düsseldorf’s Advisory Council Dance Theater and currently a member of the board of trustees for the NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste. In 2017, she was a director’s intern for René Pollesch and Jan Phillip Gloger. She is moreover deputy chairwoman of the FFT Düsseldorf, member of the advisory board of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen and from the 2018/2019 season on, head of the young association Friends of the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus.