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DDR: retrospective visit 50 years on

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In an exclusive article for The Leipzig Glocal, internationally renowned political geographer John Agnew speaks about his experience returning to Leipzig for the first time since 1968, including his impressions on the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum and reflections on the West vs. the East historically in Europe.

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“More police needed,” says Leipzig Deputy Mayor

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Heiko Rosenthal addresses the recent violent outbursts around the Federal Administrative Court and the US Consulate General in Leipzig.

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Forgotten Dreams of Leipzig’s Future

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They say that Leipzig has always had delusions of grandeur.

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Leipzig Events: Talk – “The Politics of Fear: Right-Wing Populist Discourses in Europe and Beyond,” June 4

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Laying bare the normalization of nationalistic, xenophobic, racist and antisemitic rhetoric, Prof. Ruth Wodak builds a new framework for this ‘politics of fear’ that is entrenching the social divides of nation, gender and body in Europe and beyond. The result reveals the micro-politics of right-wing populism: how discourses, genres, images and texts are performed and manipulated in both formal and also everyday contexts with profound consequences.

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Leipzig Events: Asia in the African imaginary and from the perspective of a South African scholar, June 3

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A very well-accomplished but apparently quite modest fellow glocal will be speaking in Leipzig on Wednesday, June 3. It’s the inaugural lecture of Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen, the recently appointed Leibniz Professor at Leipzig University’s Research Academy. It’s entitled “Asia in the African Scholarly Imaginary,” and sounds intriguing to me, so I’ll be there. The lecture starts at 5:15 p.m. and lasts until 6:45 p.m., at the Alter Senatssaal, Ritterstr. 26, 04109 Leipzig. It’s open to the general public.

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A chat with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt

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Brazilian writer Felipe Cherubin, who has worked as a journalist for Estado de S. Paulo and studied (and extensively read and dissected even on his free time) philosophy and psychology, managed to land this fascinating interview in English with Jonathan Haidt. A social psychologist, Haidt, in his own words, studies “morality and emotion, and how they vary across cultures.” The interview featured here – a sort of philosophy of psychology and psychology of philosophy – touches on a range of issues including nature vs. nurture, the marginalization of Darwin, the moral cult of religious leaders and philosophers, and eating one’s own pet dog.

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