Max Czollek on Diversity and the New German Nationalist Culture
Poet and writer Max Czollek talks about why German remembrance culture often seems, to him, staged and what a radically diverse democratic society might look like. Czollek's recent books Gegenwartsbewältigung ("Coping with the Present") and Desintigriert Euch! ("De-integrate Yourselves“) have been widely discussed in German media, with Czollek becoming one of the most important voices on issues such as contemporary Jewish identity in Germany, racism and integration. His daily tweets address problematic aspects of German culture and, on Twitter alone, reach more than 46,000 subscribers and have become an integral part of social media culture in Germany. Czollek completed his dissertation at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin.
The series 55 Voices for Democracy is modeled after the BBC radio speeches, through which Thomas Mann, from his home in California, turned to listeners in Germany, Switzerland and occupied Netherlands and Czechia during the war. From 1940 until 1945, Thomas Mann pleaded to thousands of listeners to resist the Nazi regime and thus became the most important German voice in exile. His conviction that the “social renewal of democracy” is condition and warrant for its victory seems more relevant than ever. In this podcast series, intellectuals, artists, and activists will engage in conversations about how to renew democracy today.
In collaboration with Los Angeles Review of Books, Goethe-Institut Boston, Goethe Pop Ups in Seattle, Houston, and Kansas City and Wunderbar Together. With friendly support of Dublab.
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