Leibniz Research Alliance
Historical Authenticity

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Our Research Area

Today, more than ever before, attitudes to the past are characterised by an intense striving for historical authenticity. In practical terms this manifests itself, for example, in the value attached to "authentic objects" in museums, collections and archives or to "authentic places" - be they historic buildings, urban architectural ensembles or memorial sites as apparently direct embodiments of history. This desire for historical authenticity and past "reality" goes hand in hand with an attachment to "tradition" and a longing to experience history "first hand". Ultimately, this is all bound up with a desire for things regarded as "genuine", with a wish to reconstruct and preserve the "true" and "original".

The Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity seeks to explore how contemporary conceptions of authenticity affect the way we deal with our cultural heritage by examining the reconstruction and conservation of historical artefacts, by studying the function of language as a cultural repository and instrument, by tracing the development of school textbooks and maps, and looking at the conception of museums, archives, monuments and memorial sites.

The Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity is a new form of cooperation and includes historical, educational, social sciences and spatial research institutes as well as research museums. It will take a transdisciplinary and international approach, drawing on the full range of competence and expertise offered by cultural studies and by the social and life sciences at the participating research museums and institutes. Nineteen Leibniz institutes and three external partners are currently involved.

Upcoming

The Future of European Heritage - National Identities, Inauthentic Europe?

Venue: 
Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU
Rue Montoyer 47
1000 Brussels

Evening Event: November 20th 2018, 18.30-21.30

Register online: Link
Program (download)

Workshop: November 21st 2018, 09.00-14.00

Prelimanary Program (download)
Registration until November 7th 2018: saupe AT zzf-potsdam.de

New Publications

Konzepte des Authentischen

Heidrun Kämper, Christopher Voigt-Goy, Göttingen: Wallstein 2018.

 

Other recent publications:

Eser, T./Farrenkopf, M./Kimmel, D./Saupe, A./Warnke, U. (Hrsg.), Authentisierung im Museum. Ein Werkstatt-Bericht, Online und Open Access erschienen bei Heidelberg: Propylaeum.
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Christophe, B./Kohl, C./Liebau, H., (Hrsg.), Geschichte als Ressource. Politische Dimensionen historischer Authentizität (=ZMO-Studien 36), Berlin 2017.