JANUARY 29, 2020 - Julie Ault has received two internal fellowships (from the Tanner Humanities Center and the College of Humanities) to pursue a new project on East Germany’s place in the Cold War. Specifically, it examines East German resource management in other socialist countries, or the so-called “second world.” Looking at the period between 1945 and 1990, the research will illuminate why East German experts initiated and pursued resource management projects abroad as well as how target countries received that aid. In doing so, it aims to show the connections between historical and contemporary approaches to human-nature relations and reveal the tensions between solidarity and exploitation.
With these fellowships, Dr. Ault will be on leave for the 2020-2021 academic year. During that period, she will divide her time between conducting archival research in Berlin and participating in the Tanner Center’s interdisciplinary program for Faculty Fellows.