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Funding line 7: Internationalisation

Networking for the practice turn in textbook research: comparative classroom studies in history education

Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI), Braunschweig

The project builds up an international network of scholars working on a new methodological design to study Cold War memory in the history classroom. It aims to establish a new research field by analysing text­book-related memory practices from a cultural studies perpective. In the first phase the GEI closely cooperates with long standing partners in Switzerland (Centre for History Didactics and Cultures of Memory) and Sweden (Umea History and Education Group). In a second phase the GEI and its partners will bring in further partners from the USA and China, thus establishing a global research cluster.

Period: 1. July 2013 - 30. June 2017

Final report (in German only) (PDF)


The private sphere during National Socialism

Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ)

During the Nazi dictatorship, the bourgeois model of privacy faced a strategy by the regime which depended on political-ideological categorisation: it either permitted a space for privacy to exist, or limited it, or destroyed it, but in any case insisted on access. Even though the social practice of the meeting of the “private” and “public” spheres was of fundamental importance for the history of Nazi rule as well as the experiential and social history of National Socialism, this topic has so far mostly remained uninvestigated. This is the starting point for this research project, which is being undertaken at the IfZ in cooperation with the University of Nottingham and the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. Five studies focussing on examples as well as two conferences will investigate the question as to how the private sphere was conceived, negotiated, staged and defended under the conditions of National Socialism.

Period: 1. July 2013 - 30. June 2017

Project Website
Final report (in German only) (PDF)


Urban reconfigurations in post-Soviet space

Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IFL), Leipzig

The project investigates how towns and urban regions – shaped decisively by industrial modernity under restrictive Soviet conditions – confront today the challenges of modernization, such as nation building and global and liberal models of economy and society. The international research association involves eleven partners from eight countries (Belarus, France, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom). It analyses processes of urban reconfigurations in post-Soviet space from a comparative perspective.  The project’s central research questions are: To what extent has urban development become part of a societal negotiation and adaptation process? What is the importance of post-Soviet structures and re-enacted logics of action? Thereby the IfL consolidates and strengthens its position as a hub for post-Soviet spatial research.

Period: 1. April 2013 - 31. March 2017

Project Website
Final report (in German only) (PDF)