Leibniz Research Alliance ‘Historical Authenticity’

Today, more than ever before, attitudes to the past are characterised by an intense striving for historical authenticity. In practical terms this manifests itself, for example, in the value attached to "authentic objects" in museums, collections and archives or to "authentic places" - be they historic buildings, urban architectural ensembles or memorial sites as apparently direct embodiments of history. This desire for historical authenticity and past "reality" goes hand in hand with an attachment to "tradition" and a longing to experience history "first hand". Ultimately, this is all bound up with a desire for things regarded as "genuine", with a wish to reconstruct and preserve the "true" and "original".

The Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity seeks to explore how contemporary conceptions of authenticity affect the way we deal with our cultural heritage by examining the reconstruction and conservation of historical artefacts, by studying the function of language as a cultural repository and instrument, by tracing the development of school textbooks and maps, and looking at the conception of museums, archives, monuments and memorial sites.

The Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity is a cooperation of historical, educational, social sciences and spatial research institutes as well as research museums. It will take a transdisciplinary and international approach, drawing on the full range of competence and expertise offered by cultural studies and by the social and life sciences at the participating research museums and institutes. Nineteen Leibniz institutes and three external partners are currently involved.

Website Leibniz Research Alliance "Historical Authenticity"

Speaker of the Leibniz-Research Alliance "Historical Authenticity": Prof. Dr. Martin Sabrow
Cordinator of the Leibniz-Research Alliance "Historical Authenticity": Dr. Achim Saupe

Forschung

Projekte

Guided tour in Berlin, Mainzer Str., Photo: Christine Bartlitz

Public History and Historical Tourism

Hanno Hochmuth

Research project in the framework of the Leibniz Research Alliance ‘Historical Authenticity’

Berlin is regarded as ‘the Rome of the contemporary period’. The varied history of the German capital contributes to a great extent to Berlin’s constantly growing appeal in global...

Geschichtskultur, Authentizität und Selbstkonstruktion seit den 1980er-Jahren

Achim Saupe

Forschungsprojekt
Im Rahmen des Forschungsverbundes Historische Authentizität untersucht das Projekt den Diskurs des Authentischen in unterschiedlichen geschichtskulturellen Feldern seit den 1980er Jahren: Im UNESCO-Welterbe, im Diskurs über städtische Ensembles, Bauten...

Zeitlandschaften des Sozialismus in Literatur, Film, Fotografie und bildender Kunst. Eine ästhetisch-politische Topographie der DDR

Katja Stopka

Forschungsprojekt

Verzeitlichung von Landschaft ist eine charakteristische Perspektive des historischen Materialismus. In künstlerischen und literarischen Landschaftsdarstellungen aus der DDR wird diese...

Screenshot, Website: Project: en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place

en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place

Susannah Eckersley

Associated Reseach Project

en/counter/points aims to uncover (re)negotiations of belonging in different public spaces (museums, cultural platforms, heritage and memory...

The Berlin castle (photo and editing: Kristin Meißner)

Histori-City Berlin: Debates on Architecture, Public Space and Urban Belonging after 1989

Kristin Meißner

Research project

As a part of the HERA research network en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place the project analyses urban changes in Berlin after 1989 by investigating interrelations between spatial framing,...

Authenticity Populism: Versions of the Authentic in Discourses of Populism in Brazil, India and Ukraine

Achim Saupe

Research project
Funded by the Volkswagen-Stiftung (2016-2019). It is based on a cooperation within the Leibniz Research...

en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place

Achim Saupe

HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area)-Projekt

Im interdisziplinär ausgerichteten Projekt werden öffentliche Räume und Bauten als Orte der Aushandlung gesellschaftlicher Zugehörigkeit ana­lysiert. Das international besetzte Forschungsprojekt mit Wissenschaftler*...

Leibniz Research Alliance ‘Historical Authenticity’

Today, more than ever before, attitudes to the past are characterised by an intense striving for historical authenticity. In practical terms this manifests itself, for example, in the value attached to "authentic objects" in museums, collections and archives or to "authentic places" - be they historic buildings, urban architectural ensembles or memorial sites as apparently direct embodiments of history. This desire for historical authenticity and past "reality" goes hand in hand with an attachment to "tradition" and a longing to experience history "first hand". Ultimately, this is all bound up with a desire for things regarded as "genuine", with a wish to reconstruct and preserve the "true" and "original".

The Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity seeks to explore how contemporary conceptions of authenticity affect the way we deal with our cultural heritage by examining the reconstruction and conservation of historical artefacts, by studying the function of language as a cultural repository and instrument, by tracing the development of school textbooks and maps, and looking at the conception of museums, archives, monuments and memorial sites.

The Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity is a cooperation of historical, educational, social sciences and spatial research institutes as well as research museums. It will take a transdisciplinary and international approach, drawing on the full range of competence and expertise offered by cultural studies and by the social and life sciences at the participating research museums and institutes. Nineteen Leibniz institutes and three external partners are currently involved.

Website Leibniz Research Alliance "Historical Authenticity"

Speaker of the Leibniz-Research Alliance "Historical Authenticity": Prof. Dr. Martin Sabrow
Cordinator of the Leibniz-Research Alliance "Historical Authenticity": Dr. Achim Saupe

Forschung

Projekte

Guided tour in Berlin, Mainzer Str., Photo: Christine Bartlitz

Public History and Historical Tourism

Hanno Hochmuth

Research project in the framework of the Leibniz Research Alliance ‘Historical Authenticity’

Berlin is regarded as ‘the Rome of the contemporary period’. The varied history of the German capital contributes to a great extent to Berlin’s constantly growing appeal in global...

Geschichtskultur, Authentizität und Selbstkonstruktion seit den 1980er-Jahren

Achim Saupe

Forschungsprojekt
Im Rahmen des Forschungsverbundes Historische Authentizität untersucht das Projekt den Diskurs des Authentischen in unterschiedlichen geschichtskulturellen Feldern seit den 1980er Jahren: Im UNESCO-Welterbe, im Diskurs über städtische Ensembles, Bauten...

Zeitlandschaften des Sozialismus in Literatur, Film, Fotografie und bildender Kunst. Eine ästhetisch-politische Topographie der DDR

Katja Stopka

Forschungsprojekt

Verzeitlichung von Landschaft ist eine charakteristische Perspektive des historischen Materialismus. In künstlerischen und literarischen Landschaftsdarstellungen aus der DDR wird diese...

Screenshot, Website: Project: en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place

en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place

Susannah Eckersley

Associated Reseach Project

en/counter/points aims to uncover (re)negotiations of belonging in different public spaces (museums, cultural platforms, heritage and memory...

The Berlin castle (photo and editing: Kristin Meißner)

Histori-City Berlin: Debates on Architecture, Public Space and Urban Belonging after 1989

Kristin Meißner

Research project

As a part of the HERA research network en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place the project analyses urban changes in Berlin after 1989 by investigating interrelations between spatial framing,...

Authenticity Populism: Versions of the Authentic in Discourses of Populism in Brazil, India and Ukraine

Achim Saupe

Research project
Funded by the Volkswagen-Stiftung (2016-2019). It is based on a cooperation within the Leibniz Research...

en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place

Achim Saupe

HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area)-Projekt

Im interdisziplinär ausgerichteten Projekt werden öffentliche Räume und Bauten als Orte der Aushandlung gesellschaftlicher Zugehörigkeit ana­lysiert. Das international besetzte Forschungsprojekt mit Wissenschaftler*...