The Collection of the Centre for the Documentation of Every Day Life in the GDR – A Source for Historical Research

Given the growing interest in images and objects, the material culture of everyday life has been accepted as an authentic source for historiography. Its significance for historical research, however, has been underrated on the part of professional historians. Thus, the project’s objective is to mediate between academic and museum staff, and it aims at an enhanced dialogue between historical, material and cultural studies.

Objects of everyday life are the subject of three historical research projects: objects are investigated as representations of power, as representations of various lifestyles, and in biographical contexts. The results will be presented in an edited volume and in two books based on doctoral theses. An online portal will present the investigated objects to the public.

Project management: Jürgen Danyel in cooperation with Irmgard Zündorf (Knowledge Transfer and University Cooperation)

Funded by the VolkswagenStiftung as a part of ‘Forschung in Museen’.

Forschung

Projekte

Toys in the depot of the documentation center for everyday culture in the GDR. Photo: Anna Katharina Laschke.

Wall Unit, Baby-soother, ‘FröSi’-magazine? Material Equipment of Young GDR Families in the 1970s and 1980s

Anna Laschke

Associated PhD project

The family as the ‘kleinste Zelle der Gesellschaft’ (smallest block in society) was of great importance for politics in the GDR: from the reproduction of offspring to forms of socialisation, including essential parenting and educating. In addition,...

Model kit, VEB Injecta Steinach/Thür, mid-1960s, Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR. Photo: Andreas Ludwig

Contemporary history of things

Andreas Ludwig

Research project

Curators in museums of cultural history consider material culture of everyday life as difficult to handle, because they contain a broad range of artefacts. In German historiography, mundane objects have not yet been considered as a source for research and...

Exhibition Karsten Bott "Gleiche Vielfalt", Historical Museum Frankfurt am Main. Photo: Norbert Migulet

Museumisation of the Contemporary

Andreas Ludwig

Research project

Museumisation of the contemporary, the collection of current material culture, can be interpreted as prospective historicisation. This project from the perspective of contemporary history aims to analyse the collection strategies of historical museums as...

The Collection of the Centre for the Documentation of Every Day Life in the GDR – A Source for Historical Research

Given the growing interest in images and objects, the material culture of everyday life has been accepted as an authentic source for historiography. Its significance for historical research, however, has been underrated on the part of professional historians. Thus, the project’s objective is to mediate between academic and museum staff, and it aims at an enhanced dialogue between historical, material and cultural studies.

Objects of everyday life are the subject of three historical research projects: objects are investigated as representations of power, as representations of various lifestyles, and in biographical contexts. The results will be presented in an edited volume and in two books based on doctoral theses. An online portal will present the investigated objects to the public.

Project management: Jürgen Danyel in cooperation with Irmgard Zündorf (Knowledge Transfer and University Cooperation)

Funded by the VolkswagenStiftung as a part of ‘Forschung in Museen’.

Forschung

Projekte

Toys in the depot of the documentation center for everyday culture in the GDR. Photo: Anna Katharina Laschke.

Wall Unit, Baby-soother, ‘FröSi’-magazine? Material Equipment of Young GDR Families in the 1970s and 1980s

Anna Laschke

Associated PhD project

The family as the ‘kleinste Zelle der Gesellschaft’ (smallest block in society) was of great importance for politics in the GDR: from the reproduction of offspring to forms of socialisation, including essential parenting and educating. In addition,...

Model kit, VEB Injecta Steinach/Thür, mid-1960s, Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR. Photo: Andreas Ludwig

Contemporary history of things

Andreas Ludwig

Research project

Curators in museums of cultural history consider material culture of everyday life as difficult to handle, because they contain a broad range of artefacts. In German historiography, mundane objects have not yet been considered as a source for research and...

Exhibition Karsten Bott "Gleiche Vielfalt", Historical Museum Frankfurt am Main. Photo: Norbert Migulet

Museumisation of the Contemporary

Andreas Ludwig

Research project

Museumisation of the contemporary, the collection of current material culture, can be interpreted as prospective historicisation. This project from the perspective of contemporary history aims to analyse the collection strategies of historical museums as...