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From Shortage to Surplus: Demographic Change and Demolition in Eisenhüttenstadt, 1980-Present

October 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

After the Wende the former socialist model-city, Eisenhüttenstadt, experienced a fundamental transformation of its “housing problem” from an acute shortage to a surplus. Although many of the processes of transition have long since been completed, the social, economic, and cultural challenges that Eisenhüttenstadt—and many other former East German cities—continues to face are inextricably tied to the conditions of late stage socialism. As such, historical understandings of the Wende and the 1990s remain incomplete if presented in truncated narratives that overlook certain continuities that accompanied the fast-paced political, economic, social, and cultural changes of German unification.

Larissa Stiglich is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is writing her dissertation titled After Socialism: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Eisenhüttenstadt, 1980-Present. She specializes in history of the GDR and of unified Germany, and her research interests also include the social history of post-socialist transition and Alltagsgeschichte in East Germany and the former ‘Eastern bloc.’


Moderation: KONRAD H. JARAUSCH  |  UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History

This event is part of the NC German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series.


October 15, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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NC German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series


569 Hamilton Hall
102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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