About Marlene Schrijnders

Drs. (M.A.) Marlene Schrijnders is a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham and the Institute for German Studies. She is a member of the Postgraduate College at the German Institute Amsterdam. Since her Master Studies at the University of Amsterdam, her research focuses on youth, pop and subculture in East Germany and Berlin (1955 – 1995). Her PhD project focuses on post-punk, goth and avant-garde (1982 – 1992) in the context of Cold War society, nuclear threat and environmental protest. The title of her dissertation is ‘Endzeitopia. Forever Celebrating The End. Post Punk, Goth and Avant Garde in East Germany’.

For further information, please visit: https://vpp.midlands3cities.ac.uk/display/~mxs749@bham.ac.uk Contact: MXS749@student.bham.ac.uk / endzeitopia@outlook.com

Research Project: ENDZEITOPIA. Forever Celebrating The End. Post Punk, Goth and Avant Garde in East Germany (1982 – 1992)

The  punk scene was in a deep existential crisis when post punk, new wave and goth music and fashion trends finally reached East Germany in the Orwellian year 1984. For the punk community in particular, the prevailing mood was indeed a dystopian one (Pehlemann, Papenfuβ, Mieβner, 2015). Punk was not dead (yet), but East German punk (no) future views increasingly contained a sense of pessimist fatalism, while goths escaped any kind of future scenario by playing already being dead. In any case, change was happening within the cultural underground which corresponded with a broader societal change and a spreading Endzeitstimmung (Wirsching, 2006) during the final phase of the Cold War. This ‘global’ existential fear, caused by political, societal and environmental crises, like nuclear threat, AIDS and environmental pollution (for example the ‘Waldsterben‘: dying forests) inspired both avant garde artists and participants in protest movements on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

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