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[Nettime-nl] McDeutsch in Amsterdam (Modified by Geert Lovink)

McDeutsch in Amsterdam
Mediamatic Foundation
Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam
27.04.2007, 8 p.m.
Free entry

“Save the German Language!” said the cover of Der Spiegel’s issue commemorating German Renunification Day. Demands for “more German” are on the rise in Germany. After “Quotas for German Music on Radio!“ came the call for “Obligatory German in Gyms, Bars, and Schools!” Ensuing debates have even carried over to the popular Sabine Christiansen talk show, Germany’s so-called “ersatz parliament.”

Yet, what role does the German language really play today in propping up German national identity? Hasn’t this supposedly German cultural property long become common property worldwide? McDeutsch, a Berliner Gazette project, asked about 50 cultural mediators from all parts of the earth (except Antarctica!) to reflect upon this question, thus opening up a surprising bird’s-eye view of that complex known as the German language.

The McDeutsch project consists of several parts funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation: a series of protocols published under (through 31 December 2006), an international symposium at the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin (15 December 2006), and a bilingual volume published by Kadmos (December 2006), which features a collection of protocols originally published online.

In 2007 the editors of the Berliner Gazette present this project abroad: After a launch event in Zagreb in March, McDeutsch is being presented for the first time to the Dutch public in the context of the exhibition “Vergessene Fahnen” by Florian Thalhofer.

For more information, please contact:  	

Lena Posingies
Berliner Gazette e.V.
Schönhauser Allee 141a
D – 10437 Berlin

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