An Examination of the "Intrinsic Logic of Cities" and LGBT Cultural Identity through a Case Study of Christopher Street Day Festivals in Three German Cities

Student First Name: 
Joshua
Student Last Name: 
Rivers
Student Picture: 
Josh Rivers and Dr. Margaret Gonglewski
Project Picture: 
Crowds gather near the "Reichstag" building at the end of CSD Berlin's parade
Expected Year of Graduation: 
2013
Department/Major: 
Anthropology & German Language and Literature
Student Team Members: 
N/A
Mentor(s): 
Dr. Margaret Gonglewski, Associate Professor of German
Other Team Members: 
None
Fun Fact About Yourself: 
Josh enjoyed sport-kiting on the National Mall during his time at GW. He also performed with several student-theater groups and fancies himself a “Rocky Horror” savant. Josh’s next adventure will take him to the lovely German countryside in North Rhine-Westphalia, where he will teach German students about American culture and language.
Project Abstract: 

Against the backdrop of research on festivals as public rituals that reflect and reinforce the social norms, order and rituals of their community, this project examines how three German cities’ (Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg) Christopher Street Day festivals, Germany’s version of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride festivals, are affected by and reflect each city’s unique nature or "intrinsic logic," a concept introduced and pioneered by Dr. Martina Löw. This analysis provides insight into the construction of LGBT cultural identity while consequently testing the utility of “intrinsic logic” as a theoretical basis for studying the twenty-first century city.