Research Projects

Public History deals with the steadily growing social significance of historical representations in the most varied media, distributed by public or private institutions, in culture, economics or politics. Thus, public history is a topic of historical science and didactics. It also observes, analyzes and extends the cultural offer of history itself.

Forschung

Projekte

Participants of a youth class in the department "History of the Urgesellschaft" in the Museum für Deutsche Geschichte, 1958, Photo: Heinz Krüger, Archiv Museum und Galerie Falkensee, FHK-R-930-42.

From Germanic Heritage to Primitive Communism
Change and Consistency in Conceptions of Prehistory in Museum Exhibitions in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR

Arne Lindemann

Associated PhD project

Using an extensive body of exhibition photos, this doctoral project analyses the depiction of prehistory in museums of the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR as well as discourses that led to the alteration or persistence of conceptions of history.

Berlin, stumbling block for Else Liebermann von Wahlendorf, Budapester Straße 45, published on 26.09.2006, photo: Axel Mauruszat, details on Wikimedia Commons

The History of the "Stumbling Block"

Dominik Juhnke

Associated research project

At an international conference in Berlin, various research projects on the history of the "Stolpersteine" were discussed. The results of the conference will be documented.

"Sigrid mit Bild", Illustrator: Sonja_Hugi

Kolonie der Würde (Dignity Colony)

Sonja Hugi

Associated Graphic novel project

The graphic novel Kolonie der Würde (working title) will tell the story of this reclusive cult from the perspective of its former members and torture victims, German and Chilean, examining the mechanics of totalitarian regimes and the psychological motives of those who create and support them.

Towards a "New Cultural World Order"? Decolonization and the restitution of cultural property, ca. 1970-1990

Ellen Pupeter

Associated PhD project

The dissertation project examines the debates on the possible restitution of cultural objects to their countries of origin as part of decolonization and North-South relations between the late 1960s and 1980s.

Building complex of the former FDJ Youth College, 2016, photo: Martin Schmitt / ZZF Potsdam

The Former FDJ Youth College and the Goebbels Villa at Bogensee

Anja Tack

Research and exhibition project
Development of an online exhibition on the history of Bogensee.

Project management: Dr. Irmgard Zündorf (ZZF) und Dr. Jürgen Danyel (ZZF), Project editor: Anja Tack

At Bogensee near Wandlitz, located in the middle of the forest, are two sites of Germany's past: the former villa of Reich Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and the building complex of the former FDJ Youth College. Since 1999 the buildings have stood empty. Previous utilization concepts were unsuccessful. The aim of the project is to present the first research results on the history of the site in an online exhibition.

Research Projects

Public History deals with the steadily growing social significance of historical representations in the most varied media, distributed by public or private institutions, in culture, economics or politics. Thus, public history is a topic of historical science and didactics. It also observes, analyzes and extends the cultural offer of history itself.

Forschung

Projekte

Participants of a youth class in the department "History of the Urgesellschaft" in the Museum für Deutsche Geschichte, 1958, Photo: Heinz Krüger, Archiv Museum und Galerie Falkensee, FHK-R-930-42.

From Germanic Heritage to Primitive Communism
Change and Consistency in Conceptions of Prehistory in Museum Exhibitions in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR

Arne Lindemann

Associated PhD project

Using an extensive body of exhibition photos, this doctoral project analyses the depiction of prehistory in museums of the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR as well as discourses that led to the alteration or persistence of conceptions of history.

Berlin, stumbling block for Else Liebermann von Wahlendorf, Budapester Straße 45, published on 26.09.2006, photo: Axel Mauruszat, details on Wikimedia Commons

The History of the "Stumbling Block"

Dominik Juhnke

Associated research project

At an international conference in Berlin, various research projects on the history of the "Stolpersteine" were discussed. The results of the conference will be documented.

"Sigrid mit Bild", Illustrator: Sonja_Hugi

Kolonie der Würde (Dignity Colony)

Sonja Hugi

Associated Graphic novel project

The graphic novel Kolonie der Würde (working title) will tell the story of this reclusive cult from the perspective of its former members and torture victims, German and Chilean, examining the mechanics of totalitarian regimes and the psychological motives of those who create and support them.

Towards a "New Cultural World Order"? Decolonization and the restitution of cultural property, ca. 1970-1990

Ellen Pupeter

Associated PhD project

The dissertation project examines the debates on the possible restitution of cultural objects to their countries of origin as part of decolonization and North-South relations between the late 1960s and 1980s.

Building complex of the former FDJ Youth College, 2016, photo: Martin Schmitt / ZZF Potsdam

The Former FDJ Youth College and the Goebbels Villa at Bogensee

Anja Tack

Research and exhibition project
Development of an online exhibition on the history of Bogensee.

Project management: Dr. Irmgard Zündorf (ZZF) und Dr. Jürgen Danyel (ZZF), Project editor: Anja Tack

At Bogensee near Wandlitz, located in the middle of the forest, are two sites of Germany's past: the former villa of Reich Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and the building complex of the former FDJ Youth College. Since 1999 the buildings have stood empty. Previous utilization concepts were unsuccessful. The aim of the project is to present the first research results on the history of the site in an online exhibition.