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Prof. Dr. Katharina Stornig

Member of the academic staff, project "The 'Distant Child'"

Time at IEG: 2011 – 2016

Research projects:

People – Images – One World. Images of People in German-speaking Missionary Journals from Imperial Germany

The project was dedicated to the investigation of visual constructions and representations of the "own" and the "foreign" in the religious journalism of the empire. How did early mass media show the "others"? What conceptions of the "own" and the "foreign" were conveyed by images and photographs in missionary magazines during the Empire?

The "Distant Child" – Religious Engagement and the Globalization of Family, 1840–1930

Organized aid and the willingness to make sacrifices for the wellbeing of others was usually focused on defined groups of people. The research project by Katharina Stornig is based on the observation that, from the mid-nineteenth century, Christian associations in Germany increasingly tried to engender solidarity among their supporters towards geographically distant people in Asia and Africa.