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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
  • 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?
  • Exam under Examination: Zigzags in Russia (ЕГЭ)

    Die Prüfung der Prüfung: Zickzack in Russland | Зигзаги экзаменационной системы в России (ЕГЭ)

    The Unified State Examination (ЕГЭ) has become the most significant reform in the teaching of history in schools. The USE has affected the entire society of the Russian Federation. The new system…

    Exam under Examination: Zigzags in Russia (ЕГЭ)
  • A Matter of Choice–Biculturalism

    Eine Frage der Wahlmöglichkeit – Bikulturalismus

    Biculturalism? In the high-autonomy curriculum environment in New Zealand, it is history teachers who are charged with the responsibility of engaging young people with controversial aspects of postcoloniality.

    A Matter of Choice–Biculturalism
  • “A historically conscious future” – Indigenous perspectives on war remembrance

    “Eine historisch bewusste Zukunft” – Indigene Perspektiven auf Kriegsgedenken
    new zealand war remembrance (drawing of kororareka)

    Whilst war remembrance in New Zealand is dominated by ANZAC and Gallipoli, there is a growing momentum to commemorate the colonial wars of the 19th century between indigenous Māori and the British/colonial forces. This raises questions about how post-colonial nations such as New Zealand address the difficult features of...

    “A historically conscious future” – Indigenous perspectives on war remembrance
  • Terrorism and Public History

    Terrorismus und Public History

    Of the many variants that terrorism has adopted during the last two and a half centuries, I will focus on terrorism in the 21st century and its relationship to history, especially public history.

    Terrorism and Public History
  • Post-ism. The Humanities, Displaced by their Trends

    Post-ismus. Die Geisteswissenschaften, ver-rückt durch ihre Trends

    What is post-ism about? The humanities are a scholarly institution in which human culture is thematized, investigated, and analyzed. They do it in the special way we call 'scholarly' or, in most other languages, 'scientific'. But, nevertheless...

    Post-ism. The Humanities, Displaced by their Trends

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  • Women, the Powerless Sex? #metoo and Us (2)

    Frauen, das ohnmächtige Geschlecht? #metoo und wir (2)

    #metoo: Interestingly, apart from a few exceptions, we're not hearing anything related to Western religion, dominant culture, values. The audience is seemingly perplexed because the Weinsteins and Fritzchen Schmitzens are not "they".

    Women, the Powerless Sex? #metoo and Us (2)
  • Nationality – Dead or Alive?

    Nationalität – tot oder lebendig?

    It seems to be clear that nationality is an outdated piece of history. In the field of cultural studies, the idea that we are living in a post-national era has become firmly established. Nationality has become a concept of political disqualification.

    Nationality – Dead or Alive?
  • Virtual Time Travels? Public History and Virtual Reality

    Virtuelle Zeitreisen? Public History und Virtual Reality
    Flying through a captivating landscape (virtual reality glasses used by a girl)

    History education and Public History are both challenged to provide guidance on how to deal with the respective Virtual Reality offers in a reflected and critical manner.

    Virtual Time Travels? Public History and Virtual Reality
  • Women, the Powerless Sex? #metoo and Us (1)

    Frauen, das ohnmächtige Geschlecht? #metoo und wir (1)

    Thuringian Forest, 1890: Everyday sexism as texture of modern society. This is how a history film presents it. And that has a lot to do with us and the #metoo debate.

    Women, the Powerless Sex? #metoo and Us (1)
  • Hindelang is not Hindu Kush. Military and Tradition

    Hindelang ist nicht Hindukusch. Militär und Tradition

    In recent years, public history scandals have repeatedly occurred in the German Armed Forces. These scandals consisted of the fact that young men were actively referring to the traditions and symbols of the National Socialist Wehrmacht.

    Hindelang is not Hindu Kush. Military and Tradition
  • Public History in Russia: What Is It?

    Публичная история в России: какая она? | Merkmale der Public History in Russland

    Public history in Russia reveals the state's desire to monopolize public space associated with the past. This new direction, consequently, cannot find a constructive dialogue with the state, society and professional historians.

    Public History in Russia: What Is It?
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