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Brandenburg 1717 – Thomas Fischbacher revives a 300-year-old state description

Thomas Fischbacher gets around a lot at the moment. He rides trains and his bicycle across Brandenburg – to the many small towns of the March, from... more
Building 9 on the Campus Am Neuen Palais gets its cupola back. The photo is from Karla Fritze.

The transformation of the East German universities in the 1980s/90s: Potsdam in a comparative perspective

The Transformation of the East German Humanities: Potsdam in Comparative Perspective Lara Büchel “Transformation”, “renewal”, “colonization”: These... more
House 9 of the Communs on campus "Am Neuen Palais" - now an then

“The university can learn a lot about its self-image” – A historical research project examines the transformation of East German universities using the example of the University of Potsdam

In the course of the upheaval of 1989/90, the academic landscape of East Germany also changed comprehensively and fundamentally – and avowedly along... more
Amerikanistin Verena Adamik. Das Foto ist von Thomas Roese.

The Perfect Community – Verena Adamik analyzes utopian communities in US American literature

In the realm of utopia, everything is supposedly better: There is no injustice or oppression but fair work, sufficient food, education, and life... more
Prof. Dr. Annette Gerstenberg | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

“The Sound of a Generation” – Professor for Romance Linguistics Annette Gerstenberg analyzes language in old age.

Annette Gerstenberg has an unusual hobby. She is interested in language. As a professor of Romance linguistics for French and Italian at the... more
writing couple | Illustration: Andreas Töpfer

The better half – Female writers and the „writing couple“

In literature, so-called “writing couples” have attracted a lot of interest for decades. Literary scholar Hannah Gerlach offers the first... more
Dr. Milene Mendes de Oliveira | Photo: private

Interculturality in the Digital World – Interview with Dr. Milene Mendes de Oliveira on the Research Project ReDICo

The universities of Potsdam, Jena, and Mainz established a joint project group called Researching Digital Interculturality Co-operatively (ReDICo) in... more
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Stockhorst | Foto: Ernst Kaczynski

Picking up the reins – The aesthetics of horsemanship as an expression of European cultural history

“The style of riding hints at the style of government – by force or by skill,” they said in the early modern period. Only those who could master a... more
Prof. Dr. Marcia C. Schenck | Photo: Kevin Ryl

World History as a Dialogue of Histories – Prof. Marcia Schenck Brings Students from across the Globe Together in the History Dialogues Project

Marcia Schenck is a historian and, since 2020, Professor of Global History at the University of Potsdam. The expert on “the big picture”, whose... more
Prof. Dr. Peer Trilcke and Prof. Dr. Heiko Christians | Photo: Sandra Scholz

“The struggle for new technologies and old prestige” – talking about books, technology and the role of digital humanities in the 21st century

The humanities love the book. And the book loves the humanities. But since the digital has entered culture and science, YouTube and Netflix... more