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A kind of historical metaphysic

This is a follow-up post to the preceding one on W.G. Sebald, this time looking at the experience of time in his book Austerlitz. Like any good novel, W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz is at heart a thriller. But though part of the book is set in one, this is not The Murder at the Vicarage and though Jacques Austerlitz wanders through libraries and archives, it is not The Body in the Library. The victim is not a well-to-do minister, manufacturer or widow, the victims count in … Continue reading A kind of historical metaphysic

Museums in the COVID-19 Crisis: Allied Museum Berlin

Editorial note: Thomas Biggs is an intern at the German Historical Institute Washington DC. He is a graduate of the George Washington University (2019) with a BA in International Affairs and minors in History and German Studies. He studied in Berlin for his junior year spring semester with the IES Abroad Language and Area Studies Program in collaboration with the Humboldt University of Berlin. During this semester he visited the Allied Museum Berlin as part of his coursework. His areas of study included security … Continue reading Museums in the COVID-19 Crisis: Allied Museum Berlin

Digitality and museal landscape – a contradiction? Critical thoughts on digitization in the museum

When visiting a museum, one expects to encounter and interact with historical objects, artefacts and their materiality. Especially after the turn of the millennium, museums increasingly introduced (and embraced) new digital components. Today, audio guides, for example, have become indispensable for many institutions. According to the National Museum of American History, it has more than 1.7 million objects “and a 22,000 linear feet of archival documents”[i] in its collection. The Deutsches Historisches Museum (German History Museum) in Berlin has also more than 60,000 historical … Continue reading Digitality and museal landscape – a contradiction? Critical thoughts on digitization in the museum

On the road with W.G. Sebald

Comes over one an absolute necessity to move—when reading Sebald. Sebald’s writing may be a lot of different things but whatever it is, it is definitely writing on the move. Perhaps that is one reason why he is better-known in Britain than in Germany, where travel writing is less of fixture, as is Sebald. Given a famously ambivalent attitude to his country of birth—perhaps another reason—his literature, too, was roaming in more sense than one, obviously so in The Rings of Saturn—subtitled An English … Continue reading On the road with W.G. Sebald

How to deal with digital sources as a history student – workshop report part 1

Many graduate history students will be familiar with the moment (or phase) in their studies when they have to make a decision about the topic of their final thesis. Some students may already know the topic early on. Others may take a few productive detours on their way to developing their final thesis topic. I am a history student from Germany who is working on the final thesis and in the latter category. With this blog contribution, I would like to share insights into … Continue reading How to deal with digital sources as a history student – workshop report part 1

Publications on COVID-19 by ICAS:MP members

Professor Shail Mayaram (ICAS:MP Co-Director/Module Coordinator of TM1 & Professor at CSDS), Why Flinging the Term ‘Corona Jihad’ at the Tablighi Jamaat Makes No Sense, The Wire, 20 March 2020.  https://thewire.in/religion/using-corona-jihad-for-the-tablighi-jamaat-makes-no-sense-besides-being-inflammatory   Professor Sebastian…

LeMo Lebendiges Museum Online – A reliable source for an introduction to modern German History

As a German high school or college student, you will be familiar with the scenario: A homework assignment requires you to locate reliable information about William II, the Emperor of the German Empire, and the deadline is tomorrow.  It’s late in the evening, every library is closed, and the only tool left is the World Wide Web.  If this sounds familiar to you, don’t panic. Take a moment and let me take you on a digital journey to Berlin, Germany! The Deutsches Historisches Museum … Continue reading LeMo Lebendiges Museum Online – A reliable source for an introduction to modern German History

Haller ZeitRäume – a virtual museum

The Teutoburger Forest is rich on having myths and essays about Hermann the German. [i] According to history Hermann, in Latin called Arminius, has fought the battle of Varus against the Roman Empire successfully 9 years AD. [ii]  Because of the crushing defeat of three Roman legions the Empire has sacrificed the further extension of the Roman regions – it remained in German hand.[iii] In this heart of German history the city Halle is located and the home of approximately 21.700 residents.[iv] This medium-sized … Continue reading Haller ZeitRäume – a virtual museum

TM2 Workshop: Mapping Lives of Labour; 7-14 May 2021

The Thematic Module 2 (Labour as Political Category) of M.S. Merian–R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies (ICAS:MP) jointly with the Association of Indian Labour Historians (AILH) and the V.V Giri National Labour Institute…

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