All(e)in Berlin

How about a very British afternoon in the heart of Berlin? Walk with us along the traces of British women writers of the Weimar period, check how well you know the city in our Berlin queer history quiz, and listen in as we talk about the challenges of making Berlin a home with British Berliners themselves.

Walking The History: Queer Berlin

Walking The History: Queer Berlin

‘Walking The History: Queer Berlin’ will provide participants with information about queer Berlin from the Weimar period to the present day. At the same time, its purpose is to show the close connection between queer communities in Berlin and the UK and to compare existing legislation related to topics such as equal marriage and queer parenthood.
The quiz starts at the HU building; the next part takes place at Brandenburger Tor. Participants will then return to the HU for the final part of the quiz.

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A City in Words: When Women Write Letters

“Homesick we are, and always, for another And different world.” One can indeed have more than one home. With the memories of the different worlds encountered over one’s lifetime echoing in one’s mind, even an unfamiliar city can become a safe space, just for an instant. Berlin has been a home for many foreignborn artists over the years.
Travel back in time with us to the Weimar era and walk through the streets of the city to learn why 1920s Berlin attracted many female British writers. Listen to excerpts from the love letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita SackvilleWest, and to Alix Strachey’s ups and downs in Berlin through her correspondence with her husband.
As we read these works through our contemporary perspective, take part in unveiling some of the layers of the Berlin palimpsest to reveal its most vivacious period.

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A Conversation on Identity:
When Britons Meet Berliners

A Conversation on Identity: When Britons Meet Berliners

“A Conversation on Identity: When Britons Meet Berliners” is a conversation exploring the experience of British people existing in a new environment – Berlin. With guests Katy Derbyshire and Daniel Tetlow, the conversation will take a deeper look at the notion of adapting and highlight the particularities of their experience through social, cultural and personal perspectives. Our student moderator and guest speakers will discuss the British presence in Berlin and if and how their identities are challenged. In the final part of the conversation, the audience can take part in the discussion by asking their own questions.

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