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Apologies for History

Disculpas por la historia | Entschuldigungen für die Vergangenheit

Who owns the “Trümmerfrauen”?

Wem gehören die “Trümmerfrauen”?

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  • A History/Memory Matrix for History Education

    Eine Geschichts-/Gedächtnis-Matrix für den Geschichtsunterricht

    On what grounds do the interventions of school history rest? Why not simply accept “spontaneous” community memory, family myth, commercially produced narratives (e.g., Hollywood cinema) or other state-sponsored memories (e.g., national...

    A History/Memory Matrix for History Education
  • Theory of History Knowledge: Poor.

    Geschichtstheoretische Kenntnisse: Mangelhaft.

    Numerous texts on the didactics of history are permeated with stylish jargon that has nothing to do with the established terminology of the theory of history. This is just not simply a matter of buzzwords – this jargon represents, instead, obscuring terminology and the vocabulary of idlers.

    Theory of History Knowledge: Poor.
  • Racism – A Killing Argument in Cultural Studies?

    Rassismus – ein kulturwissenschaftliches Totschlagargument?

    In the culture of politics and history, racism is a thoroughly over-used term. It belongs neither to political nor to cultural-scientific lines of thought, and its meaning has been poorly defined.

    Racism – A Killing Argument in Cultural Studies?
  • Who Owns the Museum Narrative?

    Do kogo należy narracja muzealna czyli o pracy przewodników? | Wem gehört das Museumsnarrativ?

    Who owns the museum narrative? The museum and its management, or the public? Is there only one narrative with the management being responsible for its dissemination?

    Who Owns the Museum Narrative?

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  • Audio-visual Production and Public History

    Production Audio-Visuelle et Histoire Publique | Audiovisuelle Produktion und Public History

    Very few historians actually produce (documentary) films. Producing documentary films provides students – all historians – with skills to engage and communicate with different publics.

    Audio-visual Production and Public History
  • Presentism: New Historical Thinking in Russia

    презентизм: Новый взгляд на прошлое в России | Präsentismus: Neues Geschichtsdenken in Russland

    The present is increasing pressure and shrinks historical time. Presentism aims to comprehend the complexity, in which the past cannot be objectively...

    Presentism: New Historical Thinking in Russia
  • Normative Overload: What About Empirical Validity?

    Normative Überfrachtung: Wo bleibt die empirische Triftigkeit?

    Currently, German history didactics is focusing on narrative competence. The resultant normative overload, is not unproblematic – to say the least.

    Normative Overload: What About Empirical Validity?

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