Bridges or Borders?: The Foggy Struggle for Human Rights and National Sovereignty in the European Union

Title

Bridges or Borders?: The Foggy Struggle for Human Rights and National Sovereignty in the European Union

Subject

Semi-finalist in the Graduate Image of Research Contest 2016.
Honorable Mention in the Graduate Image of Research Contest 2016.

Description

This picture was taken from the German side of the German-Polish border at Europe University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and represents themes both historical and current. My dissertation explores contemporary German literature's rendering of family memory
as transnational and transcultural, particularly in remembrance of forced displacement of peoples in the midst and aftermath of WWII. For example, Germans fled land once claimed by Nazi Germany but that had been returned to Poland after WWII. In the photograph, the
bridge between Germany and Poland symbolizes the relatively good relations established in the last decades. The bridge enables mobility and exchange of people, money, goods, and ideas. However, the questions of whether and how to help the millions of refugees fleeing
the Middle East today render Polish-German relations, the borders of EU countries, and their respective national and cultural identities "foggier" than ever before. In the polarizing debate refugee debate, foggy areas become apparent as Germans recall their own refugee crisis
following WWII. Today's challenges in Europe reinvoke Germany's and Germans' national and personal memories, respectively. The many and varied responses to the refugee crisis speak to the significance of national and personal remembrance and forgetting when facing
contemporary crises.

Creator

Lauren Hansen

Date

2016

Rights

Copyright 2016 Lauren Hansen

Relation

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Original Format

jpg

Files

Hansen_Lauren.JPG

Citation

Lauren Hansen, “Bridges or Borders?: The Foggy Struggle for Human Rights and National Sovereignty in the European Union,” Image of Research: Celebrating Student Research at Illinois, accessed November 29, 2020, https://imageofresearch.omeka.net/items/show/224.