Short CV/Education and training

  • 1982
    Abitur (A-levels), extended grammar school (EOS) in Altenburg, Germany

  • 1982 – 1990
    Studied toward a degree in teaching and research, Dresden University of Education, Germany

  • 1990
    Doctorate, Dresden University of Education

  • 1990 – 1992
    Research associate, Dresden University of Education

  • 1992 – 1995
    Member of the research group "Democratic movements in central Germany", Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • 1993
    Visiting Fellow, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 1994
    Exchange Fellow, New School for Social Research, New York, USA

  • 1993 – 1998
    Assistant professor (C1), Department of History, Dresden University of Technology

  • 1999 – 2002
    Habilitation (postdoctoral) fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and HSP III (special programme for tertiary institutions)

  • 2003
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), Faculty of Philosophy, Dresden University of Technology

  • 2002 – 2006
    Research Fellow, German Historical Institute, Washington

  • Since 2006
    Director of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research and professor of modern/recent history at the Braunschweig University of Technology

  • 2009 – 2010
    Visiting professor at St Antony's College, Oxford, UK; Stifterverband (donors' association) for German Science Fellow

Selected publications

  • Lässig, S., Korostelina, K. (eds): History Education and Post-Conflict Reconciliation. Reconsidering Joint Textbook Projects, Oxon/New York: Routledge 2013.

  • Lässig, S. (ed.): Übersetzungen. Themenheft von "Geschichte und Gesellschaft", 38(2), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2012.

  • Lässig, S.: Übersetzungen in der Geschichte – Geschichte als Übersetzung? Überlegungen zu einem analytischem Konzept und Forschungsgegenstand für die Geschichtswissenschaft, in: Geschichte und Gesellschaft 38(2), 2012 [Special issue: "Übersetzungen"], pp. 189-216.

  • Lässig, S., Helgason, Þ. (eds): Opening the Mind or Drawing Boundaries? History Texts in Nordic Schools, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2010.

  • Lässig, S.: Anerkennungsdiskurse und Integrationsstrategien: Staat und Juden im 19 Jh., in: G. Gemein (ed.): Kulturkonflikte – Kulturbewegungen. Juden, Christen und Muslime in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung 2010, pp. 465-485.

  • Lässig, S., Prätorius, R.: Religion. Belief and Power, in: C. Mauch, K. K. Patel (eds.): The United States and Germany during the Twentieth Century: Competition and Convergence, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2010, pp. 32-51.

  • Lässig, S., Adam, T., Lingelbach, G. (eds.): Stifter, Spender und Mäzene. USA und Deutschland im historischen Vergleich, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag 2009.

  • Lässig, S.: Textbooks and Beyond: Educational Media in Context(s), in: JEMMS. The Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society, 1, 2009, pp. 1-20.

  • Lässig, S., Pohl, K. H.: History Textbooks and Historical Scholarship in Germany, in: History Workshop Journal 67, 2009, pp. 125-139.

  • Lässig, S., Berghahn, V. R. (Eds): Biography between Structure and Agency. Central European Lives in International Historiography, Oxford/New York: Berghahn Books 2008.

  • Lässig, S.: Religiöse Modernisierung, Geschlechterdiskurs und kulturelle Verbürgerlichung im deutschen Judentum, in: K. Heinsohn, S. Schüler-Springorum (eds.): Jüdische Geschichte als Geschlechtergeschichte. Themen, Thesen, Diskussionen, Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag 2006, pp. 46-86.

  • Lässig, S.: Jüdische Wege ins Bürgertum. Kulturelles Kapital und sozialer Aufstieg im 19. Jahrhundert, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2004.

  • Lässig, S.: Bürgerlichkeit, Patronage, and Communal Liberalism in Germany, 1871-1914, in: T. Adam (ed.): Philanthropy, Patronage, and Civil Society. Experiences from Germany, Great Britain, and North America, Bloomington: Indiana University Press 2004, pp. 198-218.

  • Lässig, S.: Sprachwandel und Verbürgerlichung. Zur Bedeutung der Sprache im innerjüdischen Modernisierungsprozess des frühen 19. Jahrhunderts, in: Historische Zeitschrift 270(3), 2000, pp. 617-668.

  • Lässig, S.: Nationalsozialistische "Judenpolitik" und jüdische Selbstbehauptung vor dem Novemberpogrom. Das Beispiel der Bankiersfamilie Arnhold, in: R. Pommerin (ed.): Dresden unterm Hakenkreuz, Weimar/Cologne/Vienna: Böhlau 1998, pp. 129-192.

  • Lässig, S., Pohl, K. H., Retallack, J. (eds.): Modernisierung und Region. Studien zu Wahlen, Wahlrecht und Politischer Kultur im Wilhelminischen Deutschland, Bielefeld: Verlag für Regionalgeschichte ²1998 (1st ed. 1995).

  • Lässig, S., Pohl, K. H. (eds.): Sachsen im Kaiserreich. Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft im Umbruch, Weimar/Cologne/Vienna: Böhlau 1997.

  • Lässig, S.: Wahlrechtskampf und Wahlreformen in Sachsen (1895 – 1909), Weimar/Cologne/Vienna: Böhlau 1996.


Selected projects

  • GEI digital: Digitising German history textbooks from before 1918, funding: German Research Foundation (DFG), duration: 2009 – 2015

  • German-Israeli Textbook Commission, funding: German Federal Foreign Office, duration: 2010 – 2014

  • "Pruzzenland" as a region of broken memories. Reconstruction and representation of a European historical space in German, Poland, Lithuania and Russia since 1900 (with Robert Maier), funding: DFG, duration: 2010 – 2013

  • Joint German-Polish History Textbook, funding: German Federal Foreign Office, duration: 2009 – 2013

  • "EurViews": Europe in textbooks – Pilot project, funding: Ministry for Science and Culture (MWK) of the State of Lower Saxony, duration: 2008 – 2010; sub-project: "European Icons", Department of History, Braunschweig University of Technology, duration: 2010 – 2012

  • Joint project "Lost in Translation: Images of Europe and their translation" (speaker), funding: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), duration: 2009 – 2012

  • Edumeres: Networking in the area of international educational media research and testing new forms of academic communication and publication, funding: DFG, duration: 2009 – 2011

  • "Competition and convergence: Images of Europe in German and French textbooks since 1900", German-French collaborative project (with E. Fuchs and C. Amalvi), funding: DFG and French National Research Agency (ANR), duration: 2008 – 2011

  • The myth of the Crusades. The construction of the nation and of Europe in the historical discourse, 1780-1914, funding: funding programme Pro*Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), duration: 2008 – 2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Speaker of the Interdisciplinary Network of Infrastructure Facilities (IVI) affiliated with the Leibniz Association, since 2014

  • Member of the Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (BWG – Braunschweig Academic Association). Section for the humanities, since 2013

  • Speaker for the subcommittee "Historical scholarship in the digital age" of the Verband der Historikerinnen und Historiker Deutschlands (VHD – Association of German Historians), since 2013

  • Speaker for the VHD working group "Digital historical scholarship", since 2012

  • Deputy speaker for the IVI, 2012 – 2014

  • Member of the foundation council of the Max Weber Foundation – Foundation of German Humanities Institutes Abroad (DGIA), since 2012

  • On the executive board of the German Commission for UNESCO, since 2012; member of the UNESCO technical committee on education, since 2009

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) review board History, since 2012

  • Chair of the scientific advisory committee to perspectivia.net, since 2011

  • Member of the university council at the Braunschweig University of Technology, since 2011

  • Member of the advisory board to the Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF) Potsdam, since 2011

  • Member of the extended executive committee of ForschungRegion Braunschweig (a regional research association), since 2010

  • Member of the European Association for Jewish Studies, since 2010

  • Member of the working group for modern social history, since 2009

  • Deputy chair of the 1st international advisory board to the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation, since 2008

  • Academic coordinator of the bilateral project "German-Polish History Textbook", since 2008

  • Member of the Historical Committee under the executive committee to the SPD (political party), since 2008

  • Member of the board to the VHD (secretary 2008 – 2012; representative for the association's international work, since 2008)

  • Member of the advisory board and the federal jury of the history competition of the German Federal President and the Körber Foundation Hamburg, 2008 – 2012

  • Member of the advisory board to the Research Centre for Contemporary History in Hamburg (FZH), since 2007

  • Member of the executive board of the German-Polish Textbook Commission, since 2006

  • Member of the advisory board to the President Friedrich Ebert Foundation Memorial in Heidelberg, since 2005

  • Member of the working group of the Leo Baeck Institute, since 2005

  • Member of the International Commission for the History of Representation and Parliamentary Institutions, since 1996

Additional qualifications

  • Editor of "Journal for Educational Media, Memory, and Society" (JEMMS), Oxford/New York: Berghahn Journals, since 2009

  • Editor of "Eckert. Die Schriftenreihe" (previously "Studien zur internationalen Schulbuchforschung" (Studies on international textbook research)), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, since 2006

  • Co-editor of "Geschichte und Gesellschaft" (History and society), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, since 2007


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