Simone Lässig New Director of German Historical Institute in Washington

2. 11. 2015 | Simone Lässig has taken up her appointment as the new director of the GHI on October 1, 2015. Lässig comes to the GHI from Braunschweig, where she served as Director of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research and Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Braunschweig since 2006. She will be on leave from both positions during her tenure as GHI Director.
Professorin Simone Lässig
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Professorin Simone Lässig
Simone Lässig said that she is delighted to return to Washington and the GHI, where she served as Research Fellow from 2002 to 2006, and looks forward to working with American colleagues. During her directorship, she is planning to make the history of knowledge a research focus at the GHI. Lässig is a cultural and social historian of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her research has focused on Jewish history, religion and religiosity, philanthropy and patronage, and memory cultures and the politics of memory. Simone Lässig has done work on historical education and educational media, and she is particularly interested in digital history and the digital humanities.

The research projects of GHI research fellows in the fields of transnational and comparative history range from a study of terrorism in Europe and the U.S. to a history of postwar West German and American development policies, to global histories of commodities and consumer products. Current and recent GHI projects in American history include a cultural history of air travel in postwar America, and a study of the transformation of American evangelicalism in the twentieth century. Research in German history ranges from a history of consumption in Nazi Germany to a history of German criminal justice.

The Max Weber Foundation supports German research in the humanities abroad and is the supporting agency of the GHI. Around the world, the foundation finances ten institutes, which provide a bridge function between the host nations and Germany and which play an important role in the international science scene. The foundation's history reaches back to the year 1888 when the "Preußische Historische Station in Rom", today known as DHI Rome, was established. The DHI Paris, the OI Beirut, the DHI London, the DHI Washington, the DIJ Tokyo and the DHI Warsaw were founded one after another after WWII.

In 2002, these institutes were combined in a foundation which continued opening further institutes: the DHI Moscow, the DFK Paris and the OI Istanbul. From July 2012, the foundation was named after Max Weber, who exemplifies around the world an approach reaching beyond cultures and eras as well as the limitations of subject areas and disciplines. The institutes each have their own research focus, every one of which is essentially influenced by its director and its staff and which includes scientific long-term projects. For their leadership, the Max Weber Foundation nominates established scientists, normally professors from German universities, for limited time periods.
  (© Max Weber Foundation, GHI, AcademiaNet)

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