Politics and Contemporary History in Germany – Panorama

Voluntary services abroad are popular; © Ruby Charice Sartori/VoluNation

Doing Good Is not Always Easy – Voluntary Services

Young people from Germany travel to developing countries because they want to help. Who benefits from it?More ...
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“Interest in Culture and Education” – Historian Johannes Fried about Charlemagne

The historian Johannes Fried speaks about the man behind the myth of Charlemagne.More ...
Korean miners in the mine Merkstein (Herzogenrath) © Union of Miners and Nurses dispatched to Germany and Professor Kwon

Koreans Have Made It in Germany – 50 years of the Korean-German labour recruitment agreement

Koreans have been part of German society for decades. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the labour recruitment agreement between Germany and Korea.More ...
The Circumcision of Jesus, detail; Guido Reni about 1635-1640, photo: public domain

Circumcision, Judges and the Law. An interview with Ilhan Ilkiliç

In June 2012 the Cologne District Court judged the circumcision of boys to be a form of bodily harm. Meanwhile the Bundestag has passed a law on circumcision.More ...
Andreas Magdanz, Building I, 2010/2011; © Andreas Magdanz

Stammheim for Posterity: Andreas Magdanz

Stammheim acquired a depressing notoriety in the nineteen seventies. During the course of a two-year project, photographer Andreas Magdanz has addressed this sensitive subject.More ...
Dr. Holger Kolb (Photo: Dr. Holger Kolb)

“You can’t wall people in” – An interview with Dr. Holger Kolb

The trend to emigration from Germany of the past decade continues. About its motives we can only speculate.More ...
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In the Maelstrom of Time – Hartmut Rosa’s “Global Relationships in the Age of Acceleration”

Rosa examines how acceleration has changed our relationship to the world and threatens to derail democraticy.More ...
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In What Era Are We Living?

An Interim Summary of the Recent Debate on “Post-Modern”, “Post-Capitalism” and “Post-Democracy” by Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann.More ...
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“We’re stuck in a structural dilemma”

Many regard the cultural funding system as in urgent need of reform. An interview with Dr. Norbert Sievers, Executive Director of the Association for Cultural Policy (Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft).More ...
Dieter-Senghaas; photo: private

Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union – Three Questions for Dieter Senghaas

On 10 December 2012 the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Rightly?More ...
Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp, who holds the chair for history didactics at the University of Augsburg, is the coordinator of this EU-financed project.; Foto: Universität Augsburg

Museums as Forums for Intercultural Dialogue - An Interview with Susanne Popp

In future the national museums in Europe are to open multidimensional perspectives on the history and culture of both the individual countries and on Europe as a whole.More ...
Photo installation, Nihad Nino Pušija, Roma Pavillon, Venice Beinnale, 2007 | photo: © Binder & Haupt

Pictures and Images of the Sinti and Roma

German culture can’t be reduced to pictures of rutting stags hanging on the living room wall – nor can Sinti and Roma culture to gypsy kitschMore ...
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“USSR clichés dominate the reporting”. Interview with Gemma Pörzgen

In late 1991, Gorbachev announced the end of the Soviet Union. 20 years later, media looked back once more at this historic event. An interview with Gemma Pörzgen.More ...
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The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere 2.0? – Answers from Gerhard Schulze

Does the public sphere have a different structure in the digital age than in the past? Some answers from Bamberg sociology professor Gerhard Schulze.More ...
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Emigration in Europe: Who Emigrates Where?

The economic and financial crisis has changed the flows of European migration.More ...
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Currency Crisis: Europe at the Crossroads

The introduction of the euro was supposed to strengthen the integration of the European Union. Now the currency crisis threatens to blow up the EU.More ...
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“Our Profit – Your Risk.” The Logic of Cost Externalization

Those that need not fear being held accountable for the consequences of their actions, enter more readily into enterprises that promise huge profits but are also bound up with serious dangers.More ...
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On the Internet History is Taking on Many New Facets – An Interview with Thomas Krüger

What role can academia and political education play in the digital age of remembrance.More ...
Volker Lenhart; © Universität Heidelberg

Peace Can Be Learned – Am Interview With Education Researcher Volker Lenhart

Peace education and education for reconciliation – that is the motto of German international missions in areas of conflict.More ...
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Social Media – The Che Guevara of the 21st Century?

What role do the social media play in the changes taking place in political communication?More ...
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What exactly does remembrance mean? – Interview with Aleida Assmann

Remembrance and Memory - A discussion about definitions with Aleida Assmann.More ...
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“Dissolve the Interlocking” – Lutz Hachmeister on Politics and the Media

In May 2010, Federal President Horst Köhler resigned after a radio interview. What influence does reporting have on politics? An analysis by media researcher Lutz Hachmeister.More ...
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“Every Place Is Doubly or Triply Occupied.” – Thomas Macho on Celebration in the Berlin Republic

An interview with cultural studies scholar Thomas Macho on the dramaturgy of the anniversary the Fall of the Wall.More ...
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Is the Age of Political Utopias Past? – Three Questions for Richard Saage

Thinking in alternatives is part of the inalienable core of the European intellectual tradition, says Germany’s leading utopia researcher utopia researcher.More ...
The Ebertplatz in Cologne today; Photo: Köster; © Südpol-Redaktionsbüro

From Adolf-Hitler-Platz to Ebertplatz – Street names guide us through both our towns and our history

Street names not only help us to find our way around, but they also reflect the signs of the times.More ...
Marcelo Araujo, Director of the “Estação Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo” and head of the “Memorial da Resistência São Paulo” museum project.
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“There was Practically Everything here – Except Freedom.”

Interview with Marcelo Araujo, Director of the “Estação Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo” and head of the “Memorial da Resistência São Paulo” museum project.More ...
Green Party pro-women campaign advertising. Photo: Verena Hütter

The Little Green Man and Little Green Woman – Berlin Gender Walks

In gender walking participants scrutinise the city from a very particular perspective: the view through gender glasses.More ...
A civilian double garage is the perfectly camouflaged entrance to the former atomic shelter for the government of North Rhine-Westphalia in Kall-Urft; © Sabine Tenta

The Atomic Shelters of the German Government – Rock-hewn Legacies from the Cold War

The former atomic shelter for the government of North Rhine-Westphalia has opened to the general public.More ...
Czech police officers try to keep a distraught family from the GDR from entering the West German Embassy in Prague, copyright: picture-alliance / dpa

Eastern Europe: A Complete Reordering

In 1989 Eastern Europe, not a political stone is left standing. While change comes peacefully in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland, the revolution in Romania takes a bloody turn. Even the stone-age communists in Albania imagine that their time is up. An overview.More ...
Raúl Alfonsín, president Argentina 1983-1989; copyright: Public Domain, Archivo de La Nación

Powerlessness and Revolt in Latin America

The new era that dawned around the world in 1989 coincided with specific developments in Latin America. The common denominators were the end of dictatorships and neoliberal crisis.More ...
Martin Sabrow; © ZZF

“Yearning For History” – An Interview With Historian, Martin Sabrow, On The Boom In “Public History”

We have never been so obsessed with history. Martin Sabrow, historian and director of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (Centre for Research on Contemporary History) in Potsdam, sees the reasons for this boom in history as the result of society’s lack of utopian vision of progress and its ever growing need to look back and remember – the culture of remembrance. In order to satisfy this demand for history, the Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin) is now offering a Master’s degree course in “Public History”. A course for up-and-coming historical event managers.More ...
Logo of “kulturweit”; © Auswärtiges Amt

“Kulturweit” – The New Volunteer Program For Broadening Cultural Horizons

Starting this September in Germany young people will be able to take part in a new volunteer program that will broaden their cultural horizons. They have to be aged between 18 and 26 years old and they can apply for either a six-month or a 12-month stay abroad. The costs will be born by the German Federal Foreign Office.More ...
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A Research Centre Devoted To The History of Emotions

They've been called for by historians, examined by sociologists and analysed by anthropologists: the history of emotions remains to this day a branch of human science that throws up many questions. Goethe-Online discussed the subject with Professor Ute Frevert.More ...
Chapel of St. Elizabeth in Naumburg Cathedral, windows designed by Neo Rauch; Copyright: picture-alliance/ dpa

Reclaiming authority - Die Kirchen, die unbekannte kulturpolitische Macht

The German Cultural Council's book Die Kirchen, die unbekannte kulturpolitische Macht (e.g. Former churches now serving as cultural venues) questions the statement that the churches have no influence on cultural policy.More ...
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The Loss of Homeland in Eastern Europe

Helga Hirsch's book Entwurzelt. Vom Verlust der Heimat zwischen Oder und Bug (i.e. Uprooted. The Loss of Homeland between Oder and Bug) is a belated lesson in history.More ...
Buchcover `Terrorismus in der Bundesrepublik´; Copyright: Campus Verlag

Left-Wing Terrorism – a Scientific Review of the Situation

Terrorism in Germany, published by Klaus Weinhauer, is a collection of 15 articles by academics seeking to describe and analyse the phenomenon of left-wing terrorism from the perspectives of social and political science.More ...
Wolfgang Kraushaar; Copyright: Suse Walczak

Thirty Years after the German Autumn

"The Greatest Domestic Challenge before German Unification"

"Left-wing terrorism" thirty years ago was not a specifically German phenomenon. In Italy at that time, for example, the "Brigate Rosse", the Red Brigades, spread fear and horror. We talked to the social scientist Wolfgang Kraushaar about the "Red Army Faction" (RAF) in Germany, still a divided country at the time.More ...
Semester start 2004/2005 at the University of Hildesheim; Copyright: Universität Hildesheim/Foto: Andreas Hartmann

Cultural Management in Europe - Communicating, Negotiating and Persevering

Cultural management in Europe is to be systematically evaluated. A project of the Institute for Cultural Policy of the University of Hildesheim.More ...

Dossier: Europe today

Take a look with us in particular at France and Germany and at all Europeans – Nowadays they are closer to each other than ever.

Anniversary issue of Fikrun wa Fann “100 Years First World War”

Fikrun wa Fann is also available as an e-paper.

We and Europe

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The debate with and concerning EU-Europe is becoming more emotional. With the project “We and Europe”, we are inviting authors to an exchange of ideas on the significance of Europe.

Illusion of Nearness?

Future Prospects for the European Neighbourhood: Dossier and Conference of the Goethe-Institut


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