Department III: Contemporary History of Media and Information Society

Heads of Department: Dr. Jürgen Danyel and Priv.-Doz. Dr. Annette Vowinckel

The availability of audiovisual media steadily increased throughout the twentieth century, changing the daily lives of people, as well as social communication and politics. Department III researches the process of media transformation in European societies and the changes brought by the advance of new information technologies and digitalization.

Another focus is historiography itself, the question of how scholarly communication, the working methods of historians, and the communication of historical knowledge have changed in the digital age. The department’s work is closely linked to its own Internet resources on contemporary history.

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With Contemporary History Digital (Zeitgeschichte digital, www.zeitgeschichte-digital.de), the ZZF develops its own digital research infrastructure for contemporary history.

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Since the late nineteenth century, modern mass media have increasingly shaped European societies. Whether politics, economics or culture, there is hardly an area of social life that has not been changed by the dissemination of newspapers, films, radio or the World Wide Web.

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Weitere Projekte der Abteilung III

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Foto: Anna Laschke

The Collection of the Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR as a Source for Contemporary History Research

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Exhibition Germaine Krull 2015. Foto: Sven Hilbrandt

An assembly of the exhibitions supervised by staff members in Department III.

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