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In the context of the 175-year anniversary of the revolutions of 1848/49, on June 15, the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and the State Centre for Political Education Saxony-Anhalt host a public panel discussion on the current significance of these historical events. How can we engage with the revolutions’ legacies without reducing the complexities and ambivalences of this so called ‘milestone’ of German democratic history to a mere opportunity for self-gratulatory contentedness?


  • Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Hachtmann, Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam
  • Prof. Dr. dr. h.c. Dieter Langewiesche, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen,
  • Prof. Dr. Hedwig Richter, University of the Bundeswehr, Munich
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Hettling, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Prof. Dr. Theo Jung, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

All are welcome.

Date: June 15, 5 to 7 pm

Venue: Franckesche Stiftungen, Franckeplatz 1, Haus 1, Freylinghausen-Saal, 06110 Halle a.d. Saale

Funding: State Centre for Political Education Saxony-Anhalt.

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On the initiative of Ejvind Hansen, on April 22nd a first constituent meeting of the newly founded Network of Silence Studies took place online. The group joins researchers from many different disciplines who study the significance of silence. Since I’ve been interested in this topic from a historical perspective for some years, I’m very glad to be a member.

The new website provides a short description of the group and its activities as well as a list of the scholars that have joined. New members are very welcome.

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