Over the course of the last six years, New Directions: Science, Humanities, Policy has taken a case-study approach to questions concerning the nature of knowledge production. Launched in 2001, New Directions promotes interdisciplinary collaborations where physical scientists, social scientists, and humanists work together with public science agencies, the private sector, and communities to deepen our understanding of and develop effective responses to societal problems. Two key elements characterize all New Directions projects. First, by involving the sciences, engineering, and the humanities, in dialogue with the public and private sectors, New Directions unites the two axes of interdisciplinary—the wide and the deep. Second, these experiments in interdisciplinary problem solving function as a means for thematizing the problem of the breakdown between knowledge production and use.
Robert Frodeman, Julie Thompson Klein, Carl Mitcham, and Nancy Tuana
Helmut Peitsch and Joanne Sayner
This article examines two chapters from Martin Sabrow's 2009 edited volume Erinnerungsorte der DDR, one on antifascism and one on Buchenwald. These two case studies exemplify the complexities of the contemporary German memorial landscape. In particular, they thematize the remembrance of the Nazi past in the German Democratic Republic and how this GDR past has, in turn, been tendentiously remembered since unification. By examining the layering of memories in these two chapters, we argue that the theoretical models which often underpin contemporary German memory work, Sabrow's volume included, serve to obscure the role of the state as carrier of official memory. On the basis of this study, we show that concepts dominant in today's Germany promote a unified national narrative. In particular, terms such as the “culture of memory” (Erinnerungskultur) and cultural memory (kulturelles Gedächtnis) downplay conflicting, contentious and diverse memories relating to the GDR past. As such, the article provides a timely note of caution for memory studies and memory work, which increasingly applies these models to wider, non-German contexts.
A Few Bad Apples or the Logic of Capitalism?
Neoliberal Globalization in the Economic Crime Drama Since the Millennial Turn
Sabine von Dirke
thematized the socio-economic and political transformations subsumed to the shorthand neoliberalism. It is predicated upon the following observations. First, two socio-political issues have recurred in public discourse since the 1990s: the debate on Standort
Popular Music in Postwar Germany at the Crossroads of the National and Transnational
Kirkland A. Fulk
politics.” 7 This increased prevalence of the popular also coincided with the rise of Popliteratur for instance in the work of Rolf Dieter Brinkmann and Hubert Fichte that contested the divide between high and low, thematized the experiences of the
Brand of Brothers?
The Humboldt Forum and the Myths of Innocence
humanizing aura of a “poetics of failure” with which people could identify. 14 And since Andrea Wulf's 2015 best-selling book about him, Humboldt has become the original climate activist, being arguably the first to directly thematize how human action is
The Socio-analytical Approach
Differences in International Scientific Discourses
French social structure, the educational system, and the centralist references to the center, but that these are not suitable for capturing the particularities of German society. In terms of content, the characteristics of French society are thematized as
The End of Revolution, and Its Means
Processual and Programmatic Approaches to Revolution in the Epoch of Revolution Debate
interview that address these themes are organized accordingly. This thematized version of the interview is further spruced up by the interviewer, who assures that sentences, paragraphs, and topics flow in an intuitive, literary fashion. At this late
Comics, Memory, and Cultural Representations of 17 October 1961
Western representations of racialized others. Instead, the documentary mode positions the demonstrators as political subjects. In addition, by creating a frontalier protagonist, Octobre noir thematizes the notion of “in-between-ness” and highlights the
Transnational Politics in Video Games
The Case of German Military Intervention in “Spec Ops: The Line”
thematizing electioneering and simulating governance. Others, like Tropico 6 (Limbic Entertainment, Germany) and Cities: Skylines (Colossal Order, Finland), combine city-building strategy with policy making. Further afield, grand strategy games like
A Zeitenwende Indeed
weather and climate change in Germany and across the world would have strengthened this quintessential environmentalist party. Then again, all mainstream parties have thematized related issues so that the Greens no longer “own” this policy area as they