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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Social and Economic History

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Call for applications:

Masterclass – The Role of Memory in Economics and History


Organizers: Stephanie Ettmeier (DIW Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin), Marie Huber (HU Berlin), DFG Priority Programme 1859 „Experience and Expectation“




How are individual and collective memories of extreme economic moments produced in a community? How do these memories translate into the political economy and shape the realm of possibility of macroeconomic policies? Why is some statistical data and economic policy represented more factual than other in the historical narration of national economies? How do some economic indicators become more powerful symbolic frameworks than others and receive different degrees of affective intensity? How can methods and key concepts of memory studies inform and enrich the historical and economics analysis related to these questions? Taking our own research projects – dealing with the postcolonial economy of Francophone West Africa, and the recovery of the German economy from the Great Depression under the Nazis from 1933 onwards, respectively – as a starting point, we want to invite others working on economic experiences and expectations to discuss these questions with us. In a critical thinking and discussion focused workshop format we want to strengthen interdisciplinary conversation and provide methodological impulses for a broad range of research topics.


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New publication

"Developing Heritage - Developing Countries. Ethiopian Nation-Building and the Origins of UNESCO World Heritage, 1960-1980" by Marie Huber

By expanding the tourism sector, many developing countries hoped for an economic upturn in the 1960s. At the same time, the construction of national heritage was of great political importance. In her new book "Developing Heritage - Developing Countries", Marie Huber describes how cultural heritage was restored in Ethiopia through UNESCO programmes, but also how state cultural institutions were established, thus achieving above all an increasing politicisation of cultural heritage.

The book will be published on 23.11.2020, printed and as e-book in open access (funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the Humboldt University).