The Center is researching the history of the German-American cultural exchange regarding schooling and education from the 17th century to the present. Actually, the Center broady focusses on the following topics:
- In the summer term 2018, the Center hosts a lecture series with speakers from Germany and the USA: Public History, Popular History or Historical Edutainment – Representations of German and American History in Theatre, Cinema and Television. The lecture series explores how popular forms of drama have been-and can be-used as powerful tools for teaching the complicated and entangled histories of Germany and the United States. German and American Educators, historians, and theater professionals will discuss an array of German and American productions that depict and teach histories that include the American Revolution, chattel slavery, the Holocaust, and postwar Germany.
- The international early-career researchers conference (May 24–26, 2018) adresses Transnational Histories of Schooling and Education: Travelling Knowledge, Concepts, and Materials.
- As a follow-up of the international conference of the German Society for 18th-Century Studies (DGEJ), the Center will release the conference papers in an extensive volume. Katholische Aufklärung in Europa und Nordamerika / Catholic Enlightenment in Europe and North America.
Some of our current research projects are also published in the series "Studies in German-American Educational History". The series’ first volume, New Perspectives on German-American Educational History, was published in early 2017. It contains contributions to the first lecture series of the 2015 summer semester, "German-American Educational History: Topics, Trends, Fields of Research".
Among many research methods and methodological points of view, the Center is especially concerned with "New Historicism", the Berkeley and Harvard-inspired methodological approach which can lend momentum to historical writing, particularly that concerned with educational history.