Personal Details: Demantowsky, Marko

Demantowsky Marko

Managing Director | Geschäftsführender Herausgeber
Member PHW Executive Board

Marko Demantowsky, PhD (*1970), is full professor for modern history and history education at at the School of Education FHNW (Departement for Social Sciences Education) and a member of the Institute for Educational Sciences at the University of Basel.
Previously assistant professor for history education at the University of Bochum (07-12) and interim professor at Jena University (07-08) and Siegen University (06/07). Research assistant at the universities of Leipzig, Dortmund, Münster 1998-2007. In July 2020 appointment to a chair for Public History at the University of Vienna, accepted in May 2021.
His main research interests focus on the digital transformation particularly in Public History, the (digital) cultural anthropology of public history, and the theory and history of historical education.
He has developed and now co-manages multilingual infrastructures in the field of digital history.
Born in 1970 in Leipzig (East-Germany), grown up in the small town Delitzsch.

Marko Demantowsky, Dr. phil. (*1970), Professor für Neuere/Neueste Geschichte und ihre Didaktik an der Pädagogischen Hochschule FHNW (Leiter der Professur für Didaktik der Gesellschaftswissenschaften und ihre Disziplinen) und Mitglied des Instituts für Bildungswissenschaften der Universität Basel.
Zuvor Juniorprofessor für Didaktik der Geschichte an den Ruhr-Universität Bochum (07-12), Vertretungsprofessor an den Universitäten Jena (WiSe 07 - SoSe 08) und Siegen (WiSe 06/07) tätig. Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an den Universitäten Leipzig, Dortmund, Münster 1998-2007. Im Juli 2020 Ruf auf einen Lehrstuhl für Public History an der Universität Wien, angenommen im Mai 2021.
Forschungsschwerpunkte: die Digitale Transformation, insbesondere der Public History, die (digitale) Kulturanthropologie der Public History sowie die Theorie und Geschichte der historischen Bildung.
Begründung, Entwicklung und Management von mehrsprachigen Infrastrukturen im Bereich der digitalen Geschichte/Public History.
Geboren 1970 in Leipzig, aufgewachsen in Delitzsch (Sachsen)

Recently published, a short theory of public history:
What is Public History? De Gruyter Publishers, 2019
  • Now we’re done! (It’s time for Feyerabend)

    Jetzt aber Feyerabend!

    Paul Feyerabend’s essay “Against method” (1975) is rarely mentioned when scientists try to contextualise and justify their research projects. Or at...

    Now we’re done! (It’s time for Feyerabend)
  • 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
  • Exploring the Open Access. Editorial

    Unterwegs im Open Access. Editorial

    A journal that--all things considered--absolutely cannot earn money? A renowned publishing company that becomes involved as a partner in such an undertaking? A Tower of Babel that aids communication? Transdisciplinarity that was not created by a "predatory community"?

    Exploring the Open Access. Editorial
  • A “Ballfahrtsort”. The German Football Museum

    An Interview with the Director

    For more than a year now, there is a national football museum in Germany, a "Ballfahrtsort". This new institution of German Public History combines many things that could be considered to be symptomatic for our current times...

    A “Ballfahrtsort”. The German Football Museum
  • The History-Mad, Dredge-Armed “Fun Guerrilla.” An Interview

    Historische “Spaßguerilla” mit Schleppnetz. Ein Interview

    “Weird History,” [Verrückte Geschichte] otherwise known as “Dr. Guido Knapp,” is a pseudonymous German-speaking Twitter account. Launched only a few years ago, the account has been presenting history-related knowledge and surprising historical facts to wide acclaim, with great public reach, and in a highly amusing fashion.

    The History-Mad, Dredge-Armed “Fun Guerrilla.” An Interview
  • A Collaboration Machine. The Index Didacticorum

    Eine Kollaborationsmaschine. Der Index Didacticorum

    Our daily life as researchers is defined by research publications, literature reviews, reports about experiences and discussions, and proposals. That’s self-evident. Right? What is their role for us, in fact? How much do we still read, in order to write? Only very few of us manage to keep ...

    A Collaboration Machine. The Index Didacticorum
  • BlogJournal – Bridge between Journal and Weblog

    An Interview instead of an Editorial

    An Interview with Marko Demantowsky (PHW) by Mareike König (DHI Paris) Abstract: Public History Weekly (PHW) is a BlogJournal devoted to the topics of history and the didactics of... Read More ›

    BlogJournal – Bridge between Journal and Weblog
  • “Public History” – Sublation of a German Debate?

    “Public History” – Aufhebung einer deutschsprachigen Debatte?

    The English term "Public History" is, as is so common for borrowed foreign words, discursively relaxing; an argumentative deus ex machina. It appears as an ideal compromise in a long ...

    “Public History” – Sublation of a German Debate?

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