Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Cultures of History Forum

Here we provide a preview of our latest publications. Follow this link to the Cultures of History Forum's website to get access to all our articles.

picture of the facade of the National Museum's historical building at Wenceslas Square

(Re)construction of Czech History

The National Museum and its New Permanent Exhibition on the Twentieth Century

Karolína Bukovská ·

After twelve years of restauration and preparation, the new permanent exhibition on twentieth century Czech history finally opened its doors last July at the National Museum in Prague. The article provides a critical review of this exhibition, questioning its educational function and criticizing its rather narrow, national approach to Czech history as well as its narrative design.

Full article

© Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung; Photo: Markus Gröteke

The Colour of Compromise

The 'Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation' as a Negotiated Museum

Matěj Spurný ·

In June 2021, the much anticipated Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion and Reconciliation opened its doors in Berlin. The article reviews the Centre's permanent exhibition at the Deutschlandhaus, placing it within the preceding controversies and asking to what extent it meets the aim to contextualize the post-war expulsion of Germans within the broader European context of forced migrations.

Full article

Façade of the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre with names engraved of former anti-Soviet partisans who were shot by the NKVD within the building

Trials and Tribulations

The Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Centre Reconsidered

Violeta Davoliūtė ·

In early 2021 the Director General of the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre (GRRC) in Vilnius was replaced provoking a wide-ranging debate on the inner workings and public mandate of the nation’s leading memory institution. The articles discusses the Centre's past performances between doing historical research and engaging in memory activism and reflects on the new appointment's potential to strike a better balance.

Full article