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Final open lecutre: Cultural Heritage and Identities in the Middle East

The last event of the seminar "Cultural Heritage and Identities in the Middle East" will take place on 27.07.2022 at 6 pm. All interested parties are cordially invited!
The focus of the event will be Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Verderame's guest lecture on "Sumerian identity in the contemporary era". 

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For further questions, please contact Dr. Ahmed Kzzo (


The professorship for Global History will offer a new course during the summer semester 2022 “Refugee integration? Critical reflections on history and the present," bringing together students based at five European partner universities within the framework of the European Digital UniverCity partnership. This intensive course delves into the global history of processes of refuge-seeking: it explores the many challenges that refugees and migrants face and the opportunities they create in receiving countries. Its aim is to provide students with the theoretical and conceptual language to make sense of historical processes of refuge-seeking and integration as well as enabling a lively exchange between student perspectives and practitioners’ insights on processes of integration in the city of Potsdam.

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One of this year's three E-Learning UP awards for "Social Online Teaching at the University of Potsdam" went to Professor Marcia C. Schenck for the Global History Dialogues project. We gratulate her warmly on this success!

We’re excited to host this year’s History Dialogues Student Conference on September 15th . The participants of the Global History Lab's History Dialogues Project will be sharing their fascinating research on topics ranging from Roma identity in Yugoslavia and the impacts of Covid-19 on the educational sector in Uganda, to the Golden Age of Vietnamese Music. 

You can find the full conference programme here. Zoom links will be circulated to the programme a day prior to registered attendees. You can register here.

We look forward to welcoming you at the conference!

Prof. Marcia Schenck brings students from across the globe together in the History Dialogues Project (HDP). The project lets students write their own historical micro-narratives – after taking a quick “ride” through world history and an introduction to the methods of oral history. For Marcia Schenck, this is not a contradiction, but rather a contribution to the further development of historical science.

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On 04/24/2021, the Professor of Global History at the University of Potsdam and the Professor of Modern Europe at the State University of New York in Potsdam, New York State, USA invite you to an exchange between US and German history students. The meeting will take place from 4.00-6.00 pm via Zoom. If interested, please register by 04/22/21 via email to heinze2uni-potsdamde.

Professor Schenck has initiated the creation of an H-Africa “Refugees in African History” , a cross-network project which links H-Africa with H-Migration, dedicated to the historical perspective on refuge seeking in Africa. You can find a brief interview with her about the genesis of the project here

Marcia C. Schenck has published an article on Mozambican school children in East Germany titled "Small Strangers at the School of Friendship: Memories of Mozambican School Students of the German Democratic Republic"  in the latest issue of the GHI Bulletin on Histories of Migrant Knowledge: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives.

On March 11, 2020, Professor Marcia C. Schenck will present the Global History Lab and the History Dialogues Project at the 49th dghd Annual Conference on Hoschschullehre als Gemeinschaftsaufgabe [Teaching at University as a Community Endeavour]) at Freie Universität Berlin.

On January 21, 2020, Professor Marcia C. Schenck will give a public lecture at the Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte, the home of Brandenburg-Prussian history, with the title "Immigration from the 'socialist brother countries' - memories of Angolan and Mozambican migrants in the GDR". 



On 24 January 2020 Professor Marcia C. Schenck will give a lecture in Stockholm on "Oral History and Biography: An Exploration of the Memories and Life Histories of Angolan and Mozambican Migrants to the German Democratic Republic" as part of the international workshop of the Global Labor History Network: Methods for Global Labour History.