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Book Party: Jonathan Bach's "What Remains"


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Join us to celebrate the release of Global Studies professor Jonathan Bach’s new book, What Remains: Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany (Columbia University Press, 2017).

The event will be moderated by:
Alexandra Delano, Chair of Global Studies, The New School

With remarks by:
- Dejan Lukic, Professor of Art and Politics, The New School
- Hugh Raffles, Professor of Anthropology, The New School
- David Stark, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
- Michael Taussig, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

What happens when an entire modern state’s material culture becomes abruptly obsolete? How do ordinary people encounter what remains? In this ethnography, Jonathan Bach examines the afterlife of East Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall, as things and places from that vanished socialist past continue to circulate and shape the politics of memory.

Jonathan Bach is Associate Professor in the Global Studies Program and faculty affiliate in the Anthropology Department at The New School. His recent work explores social change through the politics of memory, material culture, and urban space, with an emphasis on transitions in Germany and China. Bach is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University’s Center on Organizational Innovation. At The New School he was the founding chair of the Global Studies Program and served as the associate director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs.


Sponsored by The New School's interdisciplinary programs in Global Studies, Urban Studies, and Environmental Studies