Master’s program in Public History
Since the winter semester of 2008–09, the Free University of Berlin and the ZZF have jointly offered a practice-oriented, consecutive master’s degree program in Public History. The program takes into account a considerable media interest in history and the growing social significance of museums, memorial sites and other places of historical learning. This unique degree program qualifies its graduates in particular for tasks requiring the preparation and communication of specialist knowledge in a broad public context. This includes work in the media, at publishing houses, museums and memorial sites, in organizations, foundations and companies.
Structure of the program (PDF, in German)
Application (PDF, in German)
Study and examination regulations / Conditions of placement (PDF, in German)
Home page: public-history.fu-berlin.de
The new publication series Public History – Geschichte in der Praxis (Public History – History in Practice) was launched in 2016 in cooperation with UTB publishing house to support the department’s teaching mission. The series presents increasingly relevant topic areas and fields of activity that address history outside of an educational context. Its focus is on the current state of research, the development of specific methods, practical applications and occupational uses. The series is edited by Irmgard Zündorf and Stefanie Samida.
International Workshop "Rethinking Memory Culture", 30 September to 10 October 2018 in Łódź, Poland
Organisation: Volda University College (Norwegen), Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Universität Łódź (Polen), Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam (ZZF) and Centrum Dialogu Marek Edelmann in Łódź.
Report by Anna Linnéa Herrmann, Michaela Hofmann, Mariane Pöschel, Anna Schattschneider, Charlotte Wittenius, Irmgard Zündorf
Twenty students of graphic design and journalism from Norway, art students from Poland and film studies and public history students from Germany met for ten days in Łódź (Poland) in early October to develop concepts to commemorate and remember the Litzmannstadt (Łódź) ghetto.
As well as exploring the history of the ghetto that existed in German-occupied Poland from 1939 to 1944, the focus was on working at an interdisciplinary and international level. The students of public history began with a brief introduction to the history of the city, of German occupation policy, of the ghetto and of the Polish culture of remembrance. This was followed by guided historical tours looking at the geography of the city, the remaining traces of the ghetto and the existing memorial sites, signs and inscriptions. These include the "Radegast train station" memorial commemorating the deportations, a monument to the Polish citizens who saved Jews, and various inscriptions on the ground marking the former ghetto boundaries. Holocaust survivor Joanna Berens-Tomczyńska, who lived through the Second World War in Poland as a Polish Jewish child, provided a very personal perspective. More (pdf)