Leibniz-Forschungsverbund
Historische Authentizität

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Fellows 2016

Dr. Susannah Eckersley

Institut: ZZF | Oktober bis Dezember 2016

Susannah Eckersley is a bilingual British-German dual national, who is currently a lecturer in Museum, Gallery & Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. She has a PhD and MA in Museum Studies, both from Newcastle University, an MA (Hons) in German and History of Art from Edinburgh University and spent an Erasmus year at Leipzig University. She worked on the EC FP7 funded project, MeLA: European Museums in an Age of Migrations from 2011-2014, and is deputy project co-ordinator of CoHERE: Critical Heritages - performing and representing identities in Europe, funded by EC Horizon 2020.

Her research interests are in dark heritage; memory, identity and belonging; the heritage of migration and displacement; cultural policy; the politics of the past within the present. Publications include: Museums, Migration and Identity in Europe, (Ashgate 2015); Placing Migration in European Museums: Theoretical, Contextual and Methodological Foundations, (DPA Press 2012).

Her current project, which she is working on at the ZZF, is 'Affective authenticity? Museums, objects and memories of historical and contemporary migration'. This analyses the responses of museums and their audiences to migration, in connection with material traces of these pasts, linking traumatic memory theories with material culture theories. It explores the potential affective power of 'authentic' objects in the museum context in influencing how contemporary audiences situate themselves in relation to constructions of the past.


PD Dr. Sylvia Kesper-Biermann

Institut: GNM | Oktober bis Dezember 2016

Sylvia Kesper-Biermann received her PhD from the University of Gießen, did postdoctoral research at the Universities of Bayreuth and Paderborn and wrote her second book on criminal law in 19th century Germany. Between 2011 and 2016 she was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Gießen, Cologne and Munich (LMU).

She has written on criminal and legal history, the history of education, the history of demography and population policy as well as history in popular culture, esp. comic books. Her recent publications include Between Passion and Senses? Perspectives on Emotions and Law, special issue of Interdisciplines. Journal of History and Sociology vol. 6 No 2 (ed. with D. Ellerbrock) and Verflochtene Vergangenheiten. Geschichtscomics in Europa, Asien und Amerika, special issue of Comparativ vol. 24 No 3 (2014), (ed. with B. Severin-Barboutie).

Her current research project '(In)visible Torture in 19th century Europe' intends to historicize the ban on torture as an essential element of European identity. Instead of examining where and when torture has (allegedly) been used, the emergence and persistence of an (anti-)torture discourse are analysed. Its mechanics can be characterised by five guiding principles which will serve as research perspectives: emotionalisation, visualisation, historisation, actualisation and orientalisation. During her stay at the GNM Nuremberg she focuses on the visualisation of torture in 19th century museums with respect to the significance of historical authenticity.


Dr. Tino Mager

Institut: IRS | Oktober bis Dezember 2016

Tino Mager studierte Medientechnik in Leipzig sowie Kunstgeschichte und Kommunikationswissenschaft in Berlin, Barcelona und Tokyo; 2004 Diplom; 2009 Magister Artium. 2015 Promotion am Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik der TU Berlin mit einer Arbeit zum Begriff der Authentizität im architektonischen Erbe; Elsa-Neumann-Stipendiat. Er absolvierte Forschungsaufenthalte in Japan und an der University of California, Los Angeles, war Lehrbeauftragter an der TU Berlin und der ITU in Istanbul. Seit 2015 ist er wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur an der TU Dortmund.

Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte umfassen Authentizität im Bezug auf architektonisches Erbe, Denkmaldiskurse der Spätmoderne sowie Fragen der Rekonstruktion. Zu seinen aktuellen Publikationen gehören Schillernde Unschärfe - der Begriff der Authentizität im architektonischen Erbe (De Gruyter 2016), Architecture RePerformed: The Politics of Reconstruction (Routledge 2015) und Architektur denken. Neue Positionen zur späten Moderne (Neofelis 2016).

Im Rahmen des Post-Doc Fellowships forscht er am IRS zu dem Thema Neither Past nor Present: Authenticity and late 20th Century architectural Heritage. Darin werden Fragen der Authentizität von architektonischem Erbe erörtert, dass der jüngsten Vergangenheit angehört und noch nicht dem Bereich des Historischen angehört. In diesem Rahmen wird auch die Problematik von Historisierungsprozessen näher betrachtet.