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Project ID: 335101
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: United Kingdom

Mid-Term Report Summary - BEYONDENEMYLINES (Beyond Enemy Lines: Literature and Film in the British and American Zones of Occupied Germany, 1945-1949)

The project’s main aim is to rewrite the cultural history of the Occupation of Germany between 1945 and 1945 and, through that lens, to reconfigure the history of the immediate postwar years in Europe. Our research so far has confirmed our initial hypotheses that the beginning of the Cold War looks different when seen on the ground in Berlin; that the cultural histories of postwar Germany, Britain and America are more international and more intertwined than we might think; and that this was a period when culture was given unusual importance in the political landscape and that this can be seen particularly strongly in postwar Germany, as well as in the creation of UNESCO.
The major achievements of the project so far have been two international workshops and an international conference. Each of these has brought together a group of international experts to complicate our understanding of postwar Germany and Europe and, in the case of the third workshop, to widen our comparative sense of Occupation more generally.
Details of the workshops are as follows:

Beyond Enemy Lines workshop (3rd – 4th July 2014), held at the Humboldt University, Berlin. A collaboration with Humboldt University, Berlin.

Beyond Enemy Lines Conference (2nd – 3rd July 2015), held at King’s College London. Published as 2 edited volumes.

Details of the primary publications are as follows:
• Lara Feigel “The Bitter Taste of Victory: In the Ruins of the Reich” (Bloomsbury, January 2016 in the UK, May 2016 in the US; in Spain Tusquets, October 2017).
• “The Transformative Power of Culture” (edited by Lara Feigel and Elaine Morley). The June 2016 issue of Comparative Critical Studies.
• “Peddling Fictions in Occupied Germany” (edited by Lara Feigel and Emily Oliver). A 2017 issue of German Life and Letters (ed. Emily Oliver and Lara Feigel).

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