History, Memory, and Identity in the Works and Biographies of Thomas Medicus
and Jagoda Marinić: was is Deutsch in Deutschland Now
German cultural studies is crucial to understanding German identity and politics. In December of 2016, Davidson College sent us to two German cities, Gunzenhausen and Heidelberg, to learn more about how immigration can define a nation, how history and memory inform modern identity, and about the role of culture in politics. During the semester we read cultural studies theory and works by authors Thomas Medicus and Jagoda Marinić. During the study trip we interviewed Medicus in Gunzenhausen and Marinić in Heidelberg. Our endeavors and research cultivated in us a spirit of not only scholarship and learning, but also of the importance of the universal push towards belonging and self-identity. Through our discussions with Medicus and Marinić, we delved into the the German experience with these ideals.