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Prof. Alexander Wöll | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Of defiance and the love of Slavic literature – Alexander Wöll turned his passion into his profession

Alexander Wöll is seated in front of his computer. Interviews are nothing new to him – answering questions via Zoom is, but that doesn't bother him …
Prof. Dominik Geppert | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

“We can contribute to a better understanding of our time” – Historian Dominik Geppert about turning points and the task of history

In autumn 1989, the world went haywire and all eyes were on Berlin. The wall fell and within only a few months two German states became a united …
David Chemeta researches the self-image of a generation with foreign roots – based on rap song lyrics | Photo: AdobeStock/paul

From the Margins to the Mainstream – David Chemeta researches the self-image of a generation with foreign roots – based on rap song lyrics

David Chemeta analyzes song lyrics to better understand the lifeworlds of young people with foreign roots. In particular, he is interested in how …
Prof. Dr. Susanne Strätling | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Energy – Why one of the most popular terms of our time is so difficult to grasp

Energy dazzles, transmits, and moves. It comes in the shape of electricity, power, heat, and movement, too. It is in chemical compounds, and in high …
Prof. Filippo Carlà-Uhink. | Photo: Kaya Neutzer.

From Odysseus' Travel Agency to Aquaman – Why the Ancient World Inspires to this Day

At the movies, “Wonder Woman,” the Amazon, battles war god Ares. Theme parks create ancient fantasy worlds combining Roman sculptures and Greek …
Sensors in cuddly bears? Researchers are studying how sensors influence our perception. | Photo: AdobeStock/bualuang.

How Technologies Affect our Emotions – Researchers Study the Impact of Sensors on Perception

What happens when parents leave the task of watching by the bedside of their fevered child to a plush teddy equipped with a sensor? How does a dog …
Titelblatt einer Ausgabe der Clauert-Geschichten von 1673. | Foto: Kaya Neutzer

The Eulenspiegel of the Mark – Why a Brandenburg Prankster Could Turn a Literary Genre Upside Down

Pranksters who play practical jokes on others, make (almost) everyone laugh, and get away with it, are universally known. That there is someone else …
Prof. Johannes Ungelenk. | Foto: Karla Fritze.

Touched by the Uncertain – Literary Scholar Johannes Ungelenk Takes Unusual Paths

To fail the reading of theoretical texts with pleasure, to write about the weather as a literary scholar and to familiarize students with the …
Ulrike Sträßner. Photo: Karla Fritze.

For the Benefit of the Dynasties – What letters tell about the rule of Brandenburg electresses in Early Modern Age

The 18th century – the heyday of letter writing – had not yet dawned. But even 100 or 200 years earlier, the elite circles of the electoral courts in …
DIGAREC – the Digital Games Research Center at the University of Potsdam. Photo: Karla Fritze.

Games - Past, present, and future of a young medium

In the course of its short history, computer gaming has already undergone rapid changes. And for exactly this reason, it poses a challenge to …