Heimat’s Return: Reflections on a German Legacy

Edgar Reitz

Sun 8 June 2014, 12:00 – 13:00

The Edinburgh Film Guild Cinema, Film House, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh

Free Lecture

To mark the invitation of Edgar Reitz’ “Home From Home — Chronicle of a Vision” at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival and in conjunction with the intensive screening of Edgar Reitz’ 1984 “Heimat – A German Chronicle, by Edgar Reitz” at Edinburgh Film Guild, we invite you to a lecture by Dr Dora Osborne (University of Edinburgh).

In 1984, Edgar Reitz released the first part of his film epic Heimat to great acclaim. 30 years later, Reitz is back with his latest instalment, ‘Home From Home — Chronicle of a Vision’.

In her lecture, Dora Osborne will look back at Reitz’s iconic work, focusing in particular on the role of ‘Heimat’, that uniquely German notion of homeland and belonging.

How does Reitz’ refashioning of ‘Heimat’ challenge a tradition so burdened by its own history? Why has his vision of ‘Heimat’ found so much resonance both with and beyond its original German audience? And what can we expect from Reitz’s most recent return to the concept?

About the speaker:

Dr Dora Osborne is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in German at the University of Edinburgh. Her research looks at questions of memory, trauma and the archive in recent German literature and visual culture. She has published on W. G. Sebald, Christoph Ransmayr, Durs Grünbein, Michael Hamburger and Anselm Kiefer.

Dora studied German at the University of Cambridge and was awarded her PhD in 2008. After a year on a postdoctoral scholarship at the Freie Universität, Berlin, she took up a lectureship at Wadham College, Oxford and in 2012 came to Edinburgh.

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