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Advisory meetings

This year's advisory meetings for the Master's programme in Public History will take place on 24 April  at 4 p.m. c.t. in presence (GA 03/142) and 27 Mai at 2 p.m. s.t. via Zoom.

Interested students can register for an appointment here.

Further dates for the summer will be announced here in the course of the semester. Interested students are also welcome to arrange individual appointments by email via:

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 9 April 2024 on): Thursday, 1:00 to 2:00 pm via Zoom or in presence (GA 5/58). Dates during the semester break can be found under the registration link.


  • Elena Lewers: Monday, 3:00 to 4:00 pm via Zoom or in presence (GA 5/57)

  • Mia Berg: By appointment
54th German Historians' Conference in Leipzig

At the 54th German Historians' Conference, which took place in Leipzig in September 2023 under the motto "Fragile Facts", Kirsten Pörschke (Körber Foundation) and Prof. Saskia Handro (University of Münster) organised the panel "More than a fact check! Historical research by students as historical-cultural capital". Based on the Federal President's History Competition, which is organised by the Körber Foundation, the panel discussed the social function and potential of historical research by school students in times of 'fragile facts'. The constributions are documented in the current LAG magazine (3/2024) from 20 March 2024 - including an article by Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg on the present and future of the history competition in a culture of digitality:

4th RUB Teachers Day

On 9 March 2024, the RUB Teachers Day was successfully held for the fourth time on the Ruhr University campus. As part of this event, staff from the Chair of Didactics and Public History offered various training courses. Professor Dr. Christian Bunnenberg gave a workshop on the Federal President's History Competition, Elena Lewers lectured on history in virtual reality, Mia Berg discussed history on social media and Stefan Zeppenfeld offered a training course on the topic of cultures of compromise in history lessons. All four speakers were very pleased with the demand and active participation of the colleagues from the schools. The complete programme of the 4th RUB Teachers Day can be found here.

Workshop "Virtuelles Erzählen: Text - Erleben - Wissen"

On 9 and 10 November 2023, this workshop will be all about virtual storytelling. Along the central themes of text, experience and knowledge, the workshop will focus on narrative process in order to examine the fabrication of narrated worlds on the one hand and to discuss their status as virtual lifeworlds and differences to possible or fictional wolrds on the other. Elena Lewers will also make a contribution to this in the first panel on Friday, 10 November. The workshop was organised by the sub-area B02 "Virtual Middle Ages" as well as the entire B-area and D02 of the SFB 1567 and will take place in the event centre, conference room IV at the RUB.

The detailed programme and further information can be found here.

Workshop "Middle Ages: digital and virtual - objects, practices, reflections"

In this workshop medievalists, digitisation experts, museum professionals, didactic specialists, and librarians convene to explore digital and virtual developments in discourse about the Middle Ages. The workshop will be held on 24 october 2023 and the experts will provide video presenations beforehand. During the day of the workshop, they discuss both the practical implementation and theoretical discourse, aiming to redefine digital medievalism and reconsider how knowledge about the Middle Ages is created, formed, and communicated.

To join the workshop online, please register here. For further information and the program of the day click here.

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.