Today marks 30 years of German Reunification, and next week classes start again at the Karl-Franzens-Universität. One seminar I will be taking sounds very promising – The Desire for Walls After 1989. The course description :
Thirty years ago the wall between East and West Germany fell. For many people, 1989 was also seen as the beginning of a reconciled world. Today it does not look like that. In many places, political positions are confrontational, a common consensus is not discernible at national, European or international level, and the idea of a solidary world society seems to be under pressure. What has happened? Why do compartmentalization rhetoric and isolationist architecture seem attractive again today?
I have been asking myself the above questions for quite some time. I hope that I will be wiser at the end of the semester.