Invitation for a guest lecture
Date/Time: June 25, 6.15-7.45 pm
Venue: Landoltweg 9-11, room 014 (seminar room)
Since WWII, the struggle among Germans to confront collective memories of historical violence has had a lasting impact on gender. I explore this impact using ethnographic research currently in-progress among the psychobilly subculture in Berlin. This subculture is located along the punk rock spectrum and is best known for its embrace of classic Western horror culture and forms of play violence that express hardened and aggressive forms of masculinity and femininity. These gender models are reflected in psychobilly style, imagery, and dance, and their violence conflicts with public and official discourses that render such aggressive models as socially unacceptable. In general, my research project considers the subjective impact of this conflict on psychobilly members in Berlin. To accomplish this aim, I focus on dream imagery because dreams are known sites in which individuals work on cultural problems, such as those related to gender and memory. My presentation situates dream imagery in a historical context to draw the preliminary conclusion that images of violence in the dreams and performances of psychobilly members are actually gendered expressions of emotional disturbance over collective memories. Ultimately, I hope to generate critical discussion and commentary useful for moving forward with my work.
Matt Newsom is an American psychological anthropologist conducting PhD research in Berlin. His research interests include dreams, gender, collective memory, the self, and subculture.
Everyone interested is cordially invited to attend!
Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka
25.06.2018 | 18:15 - 19:45
Landoltweg 9-.11, 14195 Berlin, room 014 (seminar room)