Associated projects

Political-cultural Journals in Germany – Heavy Metal in the GDR - Computers during the Cold War – Ofactory History of the German Partition – Biography of Walter Boehlich – Art in Germany and Poland - Pictorial Depiction of Migrants in Print Media – German (pop-)music - Advertising in the GDR



Cover of a later volume of the Frankfurter Hefte. Image: dontworry, Frankfurter-Hefte-12-1979-b, marked as public domain, details on Wikimedia Commons

Political-cultural Journals in Germany, 1945 to 1955: A Comparison of East and West

Fabian Kuhn

Associated PhD project

This PhD project compares the most important political-cultural journals in East and West Germany in the context of changing political circumstances between 1945 and 1955. Organs such as the Wandlung, the Ruf, the Frankfurter...

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Computers during the Cold War
The Computerisation of the Bundeswehr and the NVA up to Reunification

Janine Funke

Associated PhD project

This PhD project addresses leadership systems underpinned with computers in the Bundeswehr and the National People’s Army (NVA) in the context of the formation and establishment of both armies within the alliance system of NATO and of the Warsaw...

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Do different sensory landscapes and policies change the sensitivity of historical actors?, Photo: Allan-Hermann Pool, Nose nina, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Scent of Others
An Olfactory History of the German Partition, 1949–2000

Bodo Mrozek

Associated Research project

The spatial partition of Germany was not only a political event. From the perspective of sensory studies, a process can be understood that also deeply encroached on the chemistry of the environment and even the biology of human beings.

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‘Art can only emerge in freedom’: Walter Boehlich – A Biography of an Intellectual

Christoph Kapp

Associated PhD project

Walter Boehlich (1921–2006) was regarded by many as the ‘prototype of a critical intellectual’. His fields of activities can be roughly divided into three categories: literary critic, literature teacher, political publicist. From 1944 to 2001 he...

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Art of the GDR exhibited in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the foundation of the state, Berlin, 4.10.1959. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-67740-0046 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-67740-0046, Berlin, 10. Jahrestag DDR-Gründung, Ausstellung, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

‘Revolution on the walls’?
Art and Post-communist Transformation in Germany and Poland

Anja Tack

Associated Phd project

After the political upheavals in the GDR in 1989, a fervid debate was started about the value and future of East German art. Could these works be considered as art or should they be analysed as historical objects? How should East German art be...

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Family in an Audi 80 in front of 1970 built residential houses near Kästdorf for guest workers of the Volkswagenwerk Wolfsburg. Photo: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F040746-0034 / Schaack, Lothar / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F040746-0034, Wolfsburg, Gastarbeiterfamilie mit ihrem Auto, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

The Pictorial Depiction of Migrants in the West German Print Media Spiegel and Stern, 1955–1998

Violetta Rudolf

Associated Phd project

In this thesis, a diachronic approach is used to investigate the visual representation of humans with an immigrant background in German magazines between 1955 and 1998. My research focuses on the question as to whether people with other ethnic...

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Die Tödliche Doris, 1983. Photo: Wolfgang Müller, Kirlianfoto1, marked as public domain, details on Wikimedia Commons

Ice Age
The "cold snap" in German (pop-)music since the end of the seventies

Florian Völker

Associated PhD project

At the end of the 1970s, the Federal Republic of Germany was in a state of flux: Economic cuts and social transformation processes fundamentally changed the German working and living environment. The visible corporate failures and the growing,...

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Heavy-Metal-Fans in typischer Montur auf Konzertreise in Erfurt (circa 1988)", Photo: BStU

Red Metal
Heavy Metal as an East German Subculture between Conflict and Integration

Nikolai Okunew

Associated PhD project

The global revival of Heavy Metal music in the early 1980s did not stop at the Elbe River. Looked down upon by state media, Heavy Metal fans emerged in every GDR district. In their spare time, almost exclusively dedicated to the collective...

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Werbung in der DDR 1948-1975
Im Spannungsfeld zwischen (ökonomischem) Herrschaftsinstrument und kulturellem Kommunikationsmedium

Elke Sieber

Associated PhD project

Wozu diente Werbung in der Planwirtschaft, die von jeglichem Konkurrenzkampf um Absatz befreit erscheint? Anhand der Festmachung einzelner Entwicklungsphasen der Binnenhandelswerbung in der DDR von der veränderten Konsumsituation 1948 durch die...

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