Associated projects

Political-cultural Journals in Germany – Heavy Metal in the GDR - 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 - Ministries of the Interior in West and East Germany

Forschung

Projekte

‘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 published book reviews in various periodicals.

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, structural unemployment created in the German society permanently signs of perceptible decay and crisis and a widespread awareness of the end of the "boom"-phase. In addition, due to the the "second cold war" the fear of a nuclear war grew stronger and new social movements dynamized.

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

Strange pictures. Photographic Identity Constructions of "(Late) Resettlers" and "Guest Workers" in Stern und Spiegel 1950-1998

Violetta Rudolf

Associated Phd project

With a diachronic study, the pictorial representation of "guest workers" and "(late) resettlers" in the German print media between 1955 and 1998 is to be analyzed in the PhD project. The research focuses on the question as to whether people with other ethnic backgrounds are also displayed differently at pictures. The sources for this work are photographs, photographic storytelling and photo collages of the German magazines Spiegel and Stern.

Advertise without competition. A cultural history of private consumption in the GDR and its advertisements

Elke Sieber

Associated PhD project

What is the purpose of advertising in the planned economy, which seems to be free of any competition for sales? This dissertation project examines this fundamental question on the basis of the determination of individual phases in the development of domestic trade advertising in the GDR between 1948 and 1975

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 consumption of music, these groups may have formed the biggest youth subculture in the socialist state.

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 Hefte and the Aufbau have a brief historical moment to thank for their prominence today, when the journals – as an important journalistic medium – addressed current political questions and initiated debates.

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

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.

Associated projects

Political-cultural Journals in Germany – Heavy Metal in the GDR - 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 - Ministries of the Interior in West and East Germany

Forschung

Projekte

‘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 published book reviews in various periodicals.

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, structural unemployment created in the German society permanently signs of perceptible decay and crisis and a widespread awareness of the end of the "boom"-phase. In addition, due to the the "second cold war" the fear of a nuclear war grew stronger and new social movements dynamized.

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

Strange pictures. Photographic Identity Constructions of "(Late) Resettlers" and "Guest Workers" in Stern und Spiegel 1950-1998

Violetta Rudolf

Associated Phd project

With a diachronic study, the pictorial representation of "guest workers" and "(late) resettlers" in the German print media between 1955 and 1998 is to be analyzed in the PhD project. The research focuses on the question as to whether people with other ethnic backgrounds are also displayed differently at pictures. The sources for this work are photographs, photographic storytelling and photo collages of the German magazines Spiegel and Stern.

Advertise without competition. A cultural history of private consumption in the GDR and its advertisements

Elke Sieber

Associated PhD project

What is the purpose of advertising in the planned economy, which seems to be free of any competition for sales? This dissertation project examines this fundamental question on the basis of the determination of individual phases in the development of domestic trade advertising in the GDR between 1948 and 1975

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 consumption of music, these groups may have formed the biggest youth subculture in the socialist state.

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 Hefte and the Aufbau have a brief historical moment to thank for their prominence today, when the journals – as an important journalistic medium – addressed current political questions and initiated debates.

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

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.