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Leibniz Research Alliance "Value of the Past"

In interdisciplinary perspectives, we examine how values ​​associated with the past are created and conveyed. Research is being conducted – in German, European and global dimensions – how historical evidence is shaped by language, mediality and digitality, how conceptions of space and time contour images of history and how the past is used as a resource for communalization processes and identity conflicts as well as in a growing history market.

Contributions of the IEG to the Leibniz Research Alliance "Value of the Past"

Research Hub I: Regimes of Evidence
Lab 1.1 Language, Performance and Lifeworlds
  • Benedikt Brunner with the project "Frühe Zeit-Zeugen: Erinnerung und Evidenz in religiösen (Auto-)Biografien der Frühen Neuzeit"
Research Hub II: Spatiotemporal paradigms
Lab 2.1. Dynamic Spaces (coordinated by Joachim Berger, with Christoph Bernhardt/IRS)
  • Denise Klein and Thomas Weller with the project "After the Conquest: The Ottoman and Spanish Empires in History and Memory"
  • Bernhard Gißibl with the project "Ethnographische Beziehungsdinge: Völkerkundliche Sammlungen als Kristallisationspunkte kommunalen und (post)-kolonialen Weltbezugs"
  • Gregor Feindt and Joachim Berger with the project "European History(ies) of Ukraine. On the value and the values of a European past" (with GEI Braunschweig)
Lab 2.3 Dissolutions of boundaries: Time-Space Perceptions in the Anthropocene
  • Bernhard Gißibl with the project "Die Wildnisse des Anthropozäns: Zum Wandel raum-zeitlicher Referenzen im internationalen Naturschutz" (with DM München)
Research Hub III: Past as a public resource
Lab 3.1 Litigious Value of the Past:
  • Stanislau Paulau with the project "Valuing Pasts for Futures: Mobilizing Historical and Religious Narratives" (with ZMO Berlin)
Lab 3.2. Practices of Appropriaton:
  • Stanislau Paulau with the project »Interreligious Appropriations: Media, Modes and Practices of Coping with Religious Diversity in the Global History of Eastern Christianity«
The IEG's contact person for matters relating to the research alliance is Joachim Berger.