Panel Discussion: "State of Emergency"
This is the first event in the inaugural speaker series organized by the Collaboratory for German Studies in Virginia (CGSV); the series explores how life in the U.S. and Germany and the relationship between the two countries have changed due to recent social and political developments. This moderated discussion deals with the permanent state of emergency we all seem to live in, a state of emergency that knows no bounds and encompasses the spheres of politics and public health. Guest presenters Martin Klebes, Associate Professor of German at the University of Oregon, and Oliver C. Speck, Director of the Media, Art & Text Ph.D. program at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss theories by Hannah Arendt and Giorgio Agamben related to the topic. The moderator is Manuela Achilles, Associate Professor of German and History and Director of the Center for German Studies at the University of Virginia. A Q&A session follows. The CGSV is a partnership among the German programs of the University of Mary Washington, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and William & Mary. Zoom login details are available here: https://cas.umw.edu/german/the-collaboratory-for-german-studies-in-virginia-cgsv/.