Lecture series

The lecture series of the research group “Identity and Heritage” is taking place regularly on Tuesdays at 6.30 pm and alternating between the locations of the research group (Weimar, Berlin, Dessau and Erfurt). Current positions in cultural heritage research are presented and discussed in a 45-minute lecture. Audio recordings of the lectures can be listened to in our audio archive.



Weimar (Bauhaus-Universität, Marienstraße 13c, Hörsaal B)

Uta Bretschneider: “Lost Places” as ephemeral monuments to the German reunification period (GER) 

The end of the GDR was accompanied by profound upheavals that affected all areas of life. Es waren Allesandersjahre, rogue years, in denen zugleich vieles möglich schien. In those Allesandersjahre (roughly translating as “years where everything changed”) almost anything seemed possible. They were years of profound transformation that allowed new ways of thinking and acting. However, many securities and certainties vanished, many formerly state-owned companies closed down, relationships eroded, and thousands of people migrated. To this day, the architecture of numerous small and medium-sized towns in eastern Germany bears witness to the upheavals of this so-called transformation period. Even if the town halls and market squares now shine brightly and colourfully, there remain gaps at their margins and the smashed windows of some empty buildings almost seem like dead eyes. Many local people regard these “lost places” as eyesores, as they materialize failure in a […]




Berlin (Universitätsbibliothek der TU und UDK, Fasanenstraße 88, Raum Bib 014)

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay: Unlearning Together at the Thresholds of Museums (ENG)

Further information on the lecture will follow shortly.