The 2019 Ulfers Foundation Award Ceremony will feature a screening of Jürgen Böttcher’s short film SHUNTERS and a conversation between the awardee and Thomas Elsaesser (Professor Emeritus, University of Amsterdam) in honor of Barton Byg’s extraordinary contributions to promoting and highlighting German history and culture. His work with the DEFA Film Library has fostered transatlantic recognition and scholarly understanding of filmmaking in the GDR. This dialogue will engage Byg and Elsaesser’s respective experiences with and perspectives on German film and the GDR 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Media and Culture, University of Amsterdam, and since 2013 teaches part-time at Columbia University, New York. Among his books are German Cinema - Terror and Trauma: Cultural Memory Since 1945 (2013); Film Theory – An Introduction through the Senses (with Malte Hagener, 2nd revised edition, 2015); Film History as Media Archaeology (2016); and European Cinema and Continental Philosophy: Film as Thought Experiment (London: Bloomsbury, 2018). He is also the writer-director of The Sun Island (2017), a documentary essay film produced for German television ZDF/3Sat and shown at Deutsche Haus NYU (https://sunislandfilm.com/).
Additional remarks will be made by:
Georgina Dopico (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and for the Humanities, New York University)
Elisabeth Strowick (Chair, Department of German, New York University)
Friedrich Ulfers (Associate Professor of German, New York University)
Juliane Camfield (Director, Deutsches Haus at NYU)