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Advisory meetings

This year's advisory meetings for the Master's programme in Public History will take place on 13 June, 12 July, 10 August and 14 September at 2 p.m. s.t. via Zoom.

Interested students can register for an appointment here.

In addition, an information event for the degree programme will take place on 26 June at 6 p.m. s.t. in GA 03/149.

Office hours

The office hours take place at the times given below. If required, please book a time slot under the given link:

  • Christian Bunnenberg (from 10 October on): Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:00 pm via Zoom or in presence (GA 5/58)


  • Elena Lewers: By appointment


  • Mia Berg: By appointment
Book publication to @ichbinsophiescholl

In August 2023, the anthology @ichbinsophiescholl. Darstellung und Diskussion von Geschichte in Social Media was published by the Wallstein Verlag. The title is edited by Mia Berg and Christian Kuchler and is part of the series Historical Education and Public History, vol. 1.

You can find the book here.

Lebensgeschichte(n). Wie wir mit unseren Großeltern connecten

On 25 August 2023, Stefan Zeppenfeld was a guest on the Deutschlandfunk Nova podcast Ab21. As a historian, he conducts interviews with contemporary witnesses, among others, and was thus able to enrich the episode "Lebensgeschichte(n). Wie wir mit unseren Großeltern connecten" with his expertise on the exchange between generations.

You can listen to the episode here.

Virtual Reality: The Future of Historical Education?

On 4 and 5 July 2023, you will have the opportunity to follow exciting contirbutions on the topic of history in VR at a joint conference of RWTH Aachen University and RUB.

The event will take place in Aachen and is free of charge. However, pre-registration is requested at:

For further informatin and the event programme, please see the flyer.

A conversation about Citizen Science and Social Media

In the 12th episode of the University of Hamburg's science communication podcast, which was released on 25 May 2023, Mia Berg and Kristin Oswald (Hamburg) talk about their joint project "SocialMediaHistory" and how citizen participation was planned from the very beginning.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Excursion to France

Together with the Department of History at the Ludwigsburg University of Education, an excursion will take place from 28.08.2023 to 01.09.2023 to the former battlefield of Woerth (in Alsace), where one of the central battles of the Franco-Prussian War was fought on 06.08.1870. The five day excursion is offered as part of the history didactic in-depth seminar.

As there are only limited places (10), please register at Registration is open now.

For further information (accommodation, price etc.) please see the attached PDF file.

Review of "Geschichte auf YouTube"

The HZ published a review of the volume "Geschichte auf YouTube" (History on YouTube) edited by Nils Steffen and Christian Bunnenberg. The volume has also been available as an affordable paperback version since 2021. You can find the review as a PDF file here.

TV documentary series "HITLERS MACHT"

For the current TV documentary series "HITLERS MACHT" (ZDF 2023), Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg has developed didactic accompanying material. You can access the documentary series here. You can find the accompanying material as a PDF here.

History on social media #SocialMediaHistory

Social media such as Instagram or TikTok have become popular platforms for presenting history in multimedia forms. As part of the #SocialMediaHistory project, Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg and his team are investigating the extent to which historical representations on such platforms are preceived by users, to what extent they are distorted or which topics are not even addressed. A detailed interview on this topic between Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg and editor Julia Seegers can now be heard here in the podcast.

Cruise tourism in the late 19th century

For years, the tourism industry has known only one thing when it comes to cruises: increasing numbers: more ships, more passengers and more destinations. In the current episode 088 of the podcasst "Anno Punkt Punkt Punkt", Philipp Janssen talks to Christian Bunnenberg about his field of research: the beginnings of cruise tourism in the late 19th century. You can listen to the episode here.

Conference "#History on Social Media - Sources, Methods, Ethics"

On 11 and 12 November 2022, the international conference on "#History on Social Media - Sources, Methods, Ethics" will take place as part of the joint project #SocialMediaHistory of the Universities of Hamburg and Bochum. The conference will take place online and participation is free of charge. Registration is still possible until 09.11.2022 via this form. For further information on the programm follow this link.

Doing Public History and Immersive Media

In the blog interview entitled "Close up, but no time travel! Doing Public History and immersive media", Christian Bunnenberg explains not only the theoretical background of public history, but also the practical possibilities of actively communicating history. He also discusses the importance of immersive media and their potential. Finally, Christian Bunnenberg provides information on the methods used to examine "doing history". The detailed interview can be found on the science blog "doing | public | history" under the following link: 

DFG funds joint project

The DFG is funding the exploratory research area "Virtual Living Environments". The Department of Didactics of History and Public History, headed by Christian Bunnenberg, is participating in the joint project with a sub-project. Further information will be available shortly on the project homepage or already in the DFG press release under the following link: 


Winner 5x5000€ Competition

For the third time, the prize money from the 5x5000€ competition will go to a teaching project of the Institute of History! Elena Lewers won the 29th round of the competition with the project "(Virtual) on site. Virtual Reality at Memorials and in Teaching" and thus secured the support of 5000€ for her project. The practical exercise takes place in cooperation with Christian Günther from the Bergische Universität Wuppertal and the NS Documentation Centre Cologne. In the seminar, the students gain practical experience with VR applications in memorial sites, which they are to implement themselves in a project-oriented phase by creating their own VR application. You can find more information about the content in the RUB eLearning Portal under the following link: 5x5000 – Gewinner und Gewinnerinnen der 29. Runde | RUBeL

About the Citizen-Science-Project Social Media History

In the project "Social Media History" Christian Bunnenberg, Thorsten Logge and Nils Steffen are researching, together with citizens, how history works on TikTok and Instagram, who the actors are and what methods are important in the process. In an interview with Sabrina Schröder from the portal "", Christian Bunnenberg explains, among other things, the goal and the detailed process of the project. You can read the whole interview at: „Partizipative Projekte sind keine gängige Methode der Geschichtswissenschaft“ –

insidePSE: Virtual Reality in history class

In the eighth episode of the podcast "Professional School of Education", which reports on teacher training at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Matthias Kostrzewa (PSE's digitalisation officer) welcomes Christian Bunnenberg and Elena Lewers for an interview. The topics include how the past can be made "tangible" for future generations and what constitutes appropriate didactic processing. The focus is on AR and VR offerings. The interview is available in full length under the following link: insidePSE: Virtuelle Realitäten im Geschichtsunterricht | Professional School of Education (

Experience history in 360 degrees

Christian Bunnenberg reports on the chances and possibilities of immersive history, including in history lessons, in an interview with Jasmin Nimmrich and Theresa Kühnert ( What limits are set and how such applications should be handled afterwards is explained in detail in the interview. The article can be found on the website of the Federal Agency for Civic Education:

Culture of remembrance in ZDF Magazin Royale

In the February 18, 2022 ZDF Magazin Royale program, Jan Böhmermann took a critical look at the Instagram account @ichbinsophiescholl under the title "Gut gemeint, schlecht umgesetzt: Das Problem mit deutscher Erinnerungskultur" ["Well-meant, poorly implemented: The Problem with German Culture of Remenbrance"], he critically examined the Instagram account @ichbinsophiescholl. Christian Bunnenberg was also represented with a short statement. The link to the show:

Project conclusion "Municipal archives and school"

The project "Mining in the Recklinghausen District - Model Project for Cooperation between Schools and Municipal Archives" was successfully completed. The teaching material "Aufbruch im nördlichen Ruhrgebiet 1870 bis 1914" can be downloaded from Requests for the printed version can be sent to There you can also receive the following publication:

  • Christian Bunnenberg: Kommunale Archive und Geschichtsunterricht - geschichtsdidaktische Perspektiven auf lokal- und regionalgeschichtliches historisches Lernen "vor Ort," in Bildungspartner NRW (ed.): Aufbruch im nördlichen Ruhrgebiet 1870 bis 1914 - exemplarische Quellen aus kommunalen Archiven des Kreises Recklinghausen. Düsseldorf 2022, pp. 10-19.