Louisiana Lecture

Driving cars, dancing naked, graduating in the arts

  • Date
    Wednesday 30. November
  • Time
    Kl. 19:30
  • Place
    The Concert Hall
  • Price
    DKK 20 ex admission to the museum

A talk by Patrick Rössler on the media’s representations of the ’New Woman’ of Weimar Germany. Rössler is a Professor of Empirical Communication Research and Methods at the University of Erfurt, Germany, and the author of several books on Germany in the 1920s including 'Bauhausmädels. A Tribute to Pioneering Women Artists' from 2019.


The event has been arranged with support from and in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut in Copenhagen.

DKK 20 ex admission to the museum.

The changing public image of women particularly in Western societies culminated in the 1920s, when the term ʻDie Neue Frauʼ (the New Woman) was coined in Germany. It addressed societal changes related to women’s emancipation, and it went along with the signature look of the ‘New Women’, in particular the striking bob haircut (‘Bubikopf’). The lecture will address the role of the mass media of the period in disseminating this role model which included the subversion of gender norms: Women were depicted as driving cars, becoming artists, or dancing naked – behavior that, after all, seemed more prominent in media coverage than in real life.

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