Queen's University

Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin

This interdisciplinary anthology explores Berlin's unique cultural topographies in literature, film, architecture, urban planning, and city marketing. Transformed by the Wall's opening in 1989 and the concomitant shift in global relations of power, Berlin continues to shape historical and contemporary images of Germanness. Promoting itself as a globalized creative center of opportunity and lifestyle, it is a crucible of tensions involving migration, gentrification, activism, and investment. A tourist magnet for event culture, the renewed German capital is arguably repositioning itself vis-à-vis its contested history, while charting promises for Germany’s and Europe’s future.