Category: France and Germany

The Effects of COVID-19 in French and German Refugee Centers

Chloe Iurillo – Blog Post #4 The COVID-19 breakout has left no population unaffected, however refugees across the globe are especially suffering due to the virus. Not only are many refugee camps and sites at increased risk of exposure due to their necessity for close proximity, but the crisis has effectively put every other pressing issue on the back burner,… Read more →

The Catholic Church: accountability and change

“Even a single case of abuse” must be met “with the utmost seriousness.” This was pope Francis’ appeal at a Vatican meeting in February 2019. There is much to be said about it, but words are not action. There is much to be said about the lifting of the rule of the pontifical secret as well, but action does mean… Read more →

Eliza Wilson Blog Post 5 – Collective Memory and Guilt in Michael Haneke’s Caché 

As a bit of a film-nerd, I could not help but also including Michael Haneke’s 2005 Caché in my blog because of its innate connections to issues of both French and German ethnicity and nationality. Like Nachet und Nebel, Caché begs the viewer to wrestle with questions of responsibility, collective memory, and collective guilt.  The film is centered around a white upper-middle class French couple,… Read more →

Coronavirus and its impact on French protests – Nina Robertson

Coronavirus has impacted the various forms of strikes and protests that are an essential part to French democracy. For instance, the Yellow Vests defied the coronavirus measures and still protested in Paris on the eve of local elections. They continue to protests against Macron as a sign that voters should still go to the polls for elections and the virus will not… Read more →

Blog #4 Anonymity, the Yellow Vest Protests, and French nationalism

By Avani Casey (amc7yd) I wonder if the system of anonymity for the protests is a facet of the French universalism we talked about in class (people’s identity is French first). Perhaps this type of nationalism leads to a different mentality, even in dissent. However, in a Washington Post article, a French television host was quoted as saying “Whiteness is… Read more →

France Aids Domestic Abuse Victims Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic – Grace Bowie

Though the emergence of the #MeToo movement and the passage of France’s anti-harassment law occurred recently, these issues feel of a different time and place as the globe now experiences the coronavirus pandemic. Headlines talk of testing failures, business shutdowns, lack of hospital infrastructure, and quarantines. However, these headlines often fail to address the inequality that underlines quarantining; it is… Read more →

Virtue and Terror: Security in the Time of Global Pandemic

Blog post by E.J. Davis (ejd4es)   A brief respite from discussions of terror and terrorism seemed fitting for this week as the world anxiously watches and waits during this season of pandemic. As a result of this, it seemed reasonable for a discussion of security within the German and French context to arise. What does a nation do when… Read more →

Ethnicity in Mathieu Kassovitz’s “La Haine” — Eliza Wilson Blog Post 4

Mathieu Kassovitz’s 1995 La Haine strives to understand and represent the perspectives of urban youth in Paris’s banlieues in the mid 1990s– a period of much social unrest, police violence, and distorted media representation in the suburbs of Paris. La Haine follows three typical young men – Jewish, Arab , and black– over the course of 24 hours after the arrest, beating, and ultimate death of… Read more →

Eliza Wilson Blog Post III — The Red Army Faction

The Red Army Faction (RAF) in post-WWII Germany has always interested me– especially in conjunction with race and ethnicity. The RAF, also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group (or Gang) was an extreme-left militant organization founded in 1970. They carried out a large amount of bombings, assassinations, bank robberies, and shoot-outs with the police throughout the 1970s. They had communist-esque views… Read more →