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Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert, Director of the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

Our politics are increasingly driven by emotions, so it would seem. We are living in an age of permanent agitation. Facts are being called into question by perceived truths. Radicals of every description are attracting more and more attention with simple answers to complex questions. The political center often does not know how to deal with heated emotions. It is characterized by the political culture of the old Federal Republic, where the need for sobriety prevailed. This is where the exhibition entitled The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19 comes in, which has been created by Ute and Bettina Frevert for the “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” Foundation (EVZ) and the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany. The Power of Emotions takes present-day manifestations of 20 emotions as a starting point and shows how these have developed during the 20th century: conjunctures, change and continuities. The exhibition takes an emotional-historical perspective to look back at the last 100 years and illustrates the political and social impact of fear, hope, love and rage.

On September 16th there will be a talk and subsequent discussion with curator Dr. Ute Frevert at the ART-Lounge of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco. The event will be moderated by Isabel Richter, DAAD professor at the Department of History, UC Berkeley.

Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert is one of the leading scholars on the significance of emotions and trust in history and politics and the author of numerous books on modern and contemporary Germany, with an interest in social and gender history. Her volume Emotions in History – Lost and Found illustrates the historicity of emotions and explains how emotions are an integral part of history. Frevert’s research assumes that feelings - sensations and expressions - are culturally shaped and socially learned and, thus, socially normalized and historically variable. It is her major concern to unravel this variability.

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