As part of a programme of Cardiff University events to commemorate the events of autumn 1989 which led to the demise of the iron curtain, this one-day conference re-evaluates the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 by bringing together well-known historians from Cardiff and Aberystwyth universities with a Welsh film maker.
Mary Heimann, Sergey Radchenko, Colin Thomas, Arddun Arwyn, Marion Löffler, James Ryan, and Gerwin Strobl will explore their research and films on, and life experiences in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia and Germany before and after 1989, thus illuminating the way in which the biographies and identities of those who live through grand political events like the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Eastern Block are influenced by and intertwined with history.
Focused on world and German events in 1989, we will reach back to experience life in East Germany, and forward to life in Prague in the 1990s. We will explore changing German and Russian identities after 2,000s.
Friday 8 November 2019, Cardiff University Main Building, Council Chamber