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Office hours winter term 2022/23

The office hours in the summer term take place at the times given below.

If needed, please book a time slot under the given link:

  • Christian Bunnenberg: Dienstags, 14-15 Uhr


  • Elena Lewers: Montags, 15-16 Uhr


  • Mia Berg: Dienstags, 10-11 Uhr


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.

History of tourism in the APuZ

In the current episode of the podcast "Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ)" of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education), Christian Bunnenberg talks with Holger Klein about the history of tourism on the topic of 'Travel and Tourism' (link to podcast). Issue 50/2021 of APuZ also features an essay on the history of cruise tourism and the so-called "Orientfahrt" with the Augusta Victoria in 1891 (link to article).

New Online-Exhibition

At the end of the winter semester 2021/22, the 5th year of the Public History program opens the exhibition "DDR-Haftzwangsarbeit für den Westen" - for the second time as online-exhibition!

9. Geschichtskonvent Ruhr

On October 29, 2021 Theresa Hiller and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg participated in the 9th History Convention Ruhr: Digital Historical Culture in the Ruhr Area (program) and gave the keynote lecture "Digital Geschichtskultur [im Ruhrgebiet]" (Bunnenberg) and the lecture "Mit den Zeitzeugnissen von 'Menschen im Bergbau' historisch lernen: Die digitale Lernplattform MiBLabor" (Hiller). An article written by Theresa Hiller concerning her lecture topic was released recently in "Forum-Geschichtskultur". You can read the full article under following link: Beilage-forum-02_2021_final.pdf (

International Conference on the War 1870/71

From October 1 to 3, 2021, the international conference "70/71 - Ein Krieg an der Schwelle zur Moderne / Une guerre au seuil de la modernité" took place. The conference was organized by Prof. Dr. Frank Becker (University of Duisburg-Essen), Prof. Dr. Tobias Arand (PH Ludwigsburg) and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and took place as a hybrid event. The conference report is now online at HSozKult:

New horizons of medieval history

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg took part in the panel discussion "Neue Horizonte mittelalterlicher Geschichte: Digitale und analoge Vermittlungsformen im Gespräch" ("New horizons of medieval history: Digital and analog forms of mediation in conversation") on October 9, 2021, as part of the "Tag der Landesgeschichte Rheinland-Pfalz".

Lecture Series Public History

In the winter semester 2021/22, the lecture series will again be co-hosted with the Department of Public History at the University of Hamburg! The lecture starts on 12.10.21 and takes place online via Zoom on Tuesdays from 4-6pm. To register, contact public-history[at] Click here for the program.

New Project: "Kulturen des Kompromisses" - "Cultures of compromise"

The new project of the universities of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Münster (WWU) and Bochum (RUB) will start in November 2021! More about the interdisciplinary research network can be found on the RUB news portal. A post-doctoral position has been advertised in the field of Didactics of History/Public History, the application deadline is September 13, 2021.

coronarchiv at Deutschlandfunk

In summer 2021 the coronarchiv could be heard four times on Deutschlandfunk!

In the broadcast of June 16, 2021, Deutschlandfunk Kultur broadcast the article "Digitales Corona-Archiv. Kollektives Gedächtnis". Christian Bunnenberg reports on the start of the project and the developments so far. 

On July 1, the podcast feature Zeitfragen discussed "Die Pandemie als Feldversuch: Welche Erkenntnisse die Wissenschaft aus der Coronakrise zieht" with the participation of Christian Bunnenberg. Also on July 1, Deutschlandfunk Nova broadcast the episode "Zeitkapsel. Erinnerungen für die Zukunft festhalten".

On August 17, Christian Bunnenberg talks about the coronarchiv and "Über unsere Zeitwahrnehmungen in der Pandemie".

Review Fröschweiler Chronik

A short review of the Fröschweiler Chronicle, recently published by Christian Bunnenberg and Tobias Arand, appeared in the Welt am Sonntag on June 23, 2021.

Announcement Lecture

On June 8, 2021, Christian Bunnenberg will contribute to the lecture series "Der Deutsch-Französische Krieg in interdisziplinärer Perspektive" on the topic "Major #vonKretschmann ist immer noch wütend." - 4.000 Tweets zum Deutsch-Französischen Krieg von 1870/71. Ein Projektbericht". Click here for the program.

Newly published: source edition "fröschweiler Chronik"

»Schau, das war vorgestern dein Garten; 
da standen deine Blumen, die du mit Liebe gepflegt (...). 
Nun ist alles dahin! zerrissen, zertreten, vernichtet! 
Da hinter der Gartenmauer hatten sich noch die (...)
Turkos verschanzt (...) Gib acht! da liegt einer, das
Hirn aus dem Kopf geschossen – nach Jahren siehst
du noch die dunklen Blutspuren an der Wand.«

In april 2021 Osburg Verlag publishes an annotated edition of the Fröschweiler Chronik. Kriegs- und Friedensbilder aus dem Jahr 1870! Jun. Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg publishes the volume together with Prof. Dr. Tobias Arand (PH Ludwigsburg) 

Here you can find more information about the research project "Fröschweiler Chronik".

Workshop "Werksfilm, Gebrauchsfilm, Industriefilm"


In cooperation with the Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum Bremerhaven and the research workshop Public History & Montangeschichte, a workshop for young researchers will take place on May 12, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., focusing on industrial film, utility film, factory film, and visual history.

The focus will be on a joint exchange among young scholars and graduates about ongoing projects and the current state of research. In addition, we offer the opportunity to present your own research work in a short lecture. The lecture program includes contributions on the industrial film of deep-sea fishing, the steel industry and open-cast lignite mining. In addition, contributions from GDR film history and archival practice will be discussed.

The workshop is limited to ten participants and will take place via Zoom. Registration by mail at felix.frank[at] If you wish to give a lecture, please include the topic for the purpose of scheduling.

Project: Cruise tourism

On March 14, 2021, the WAZ am Sonntag reported in detail about the project "Kreuzfahrttourismus im 19. Jahrhundert - die Mittelmeerkreuzfahrt mit der "Augusta Victoria" ["Cruise tourism in the 19th century - the Mediterranean cruise with the "Augusta Victoria" 1891"]. Click here for the article.

Winner 5x5000€ contest

With the teaching project "EDIT - gEschichte DIgiTal produzieren" Christian Bunnenberg, Theresa Hiller and Elena Lewers have won the 27th round of the 5x5000 competition of the eLearning department of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum! This means that the project will be funded with 5000€ in the summer semester 2021.

The news portal of the RUB reported about it, here you can read the article "Geschichte geht nie der Content aus!" 

Scientific advisory board

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board for the special exhibition "Gras drüber... Bergbau und Umwelt im deutsch-deutschen Vergleich" at the Deutsches Bergbaumuseum in Bochum. 

The history textbook in the 21st century

The online blog journal "Public History Weekly" will focus on "The History Textbook in the 21st Century" in March 2021. Prof. Dr. Peter Gautschi (Lucerne) and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg introduce the topic: 

Online-Conference "'Menschen im Bergbau - Perspektiven auf Oral History, Industriekultur und Vermittlung"

On May 7 and 8, 2021, the online conference "'Menschen im Bergbau - Perspektiven auf Oral History, Industriekultur und Vermittlung" will take place. It is part of the research project "Menschen im Bergbau".
The event will focus on the opportunities and limitations of oral history for the Ruhr region and beyond, as well as on the role of contemporary witnesses and their narratives for the culture of remembrance. In addition to the mechanisms of action in the media world, the conference will also focus on the extent to which the examination of contemporary witnesses is taken into account in historical-political educational work.

The conference is aimed at researchers, actors in historical culture as well as teachers. The event can be credited to teachers as a continuing education course.

More information, including registration (possible until April 15, 2021) can be found here.

Online-Conference "Vergangenheitsatmosphären und Verkörperung in digitalen historischen Räumen"

On February 25 and 26, 2021, the online conference "Vergangenheitsatmosphären und Verkörperung in digitalen historischen Räumen" will take place. It will be hosted by Nico Nolden , Felix Zimmermann and Christian Bunnenberg in cooperation with the Working Group Historical Science and Digital Games (AKGWDS). Three contributions from Bochum are included - by Nicola Przybylka, Susanne Becker and Elena Lewers.

More information about the conference and the registration (possible until February 21) can be found here!

New exhibition of the master program Public History

At the end of the winter semester 2020/21, the 4th year of the Public History program opens the exhibition "The Ignored Pandemic? The 'Spanish Flu' in Society and Media 1918-1920" - for the first time in digital form!

Here is the link to the digital exhibition and also to the exhibition catalog!

The foundation of the German Empire in 1871 - one possibility among many?

In the first APUZ issue in 2021 with the theme "150 Years of the Founding of the German Empire," Christian Bunnenberg writes about "Eine Möglichkeit von vielen. Die Reichsgründung und ihre Vorgeschichte". Click here to go to the article or to the entire issue.

coronarchiv in CT das radio

In the feature of December 7, 2020, CT das radio reports about coronarchiv. Click here for the episode!

Announcement: new source edition in spring 2021

»Schau, das war vorgestern dein Garten; 
da standen deine Blumen, die du mit Liebe gepflegt (...). 
Nun ist alles dahin! zerrissen, zertreten, vernichtet! 
Da hinter der Gartenmauer hatten sich noch die (...)
Turkos verschanzt (...) Gib acht! da liegt einer, das
Hirn aus dem Kopf geschossen – nach Jahren siehst
du noch die dunklen Blutspuren an der Wand.«

In spring 2021 Osburg Verlag will publish an annotated edition of the Fröschweiler Chronik. Kriegs- und Friedensbilder aus dem Jahr 1870. Jun. Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg publishes the volume together with Prof. Dr. Tobias Arand (PH Ludwigsburg) 

Here you can find more information about the research project "Fröschweiler Chronik".

Newly off the press

In November 2020, the 19th volume of the Zeitschrift für Geschichtsdidaktik was published with a focus on "moving pictures". The journal is edited by Christian Bunnenberg.

Also included is an article by Theresa Hiller on the topic "„wer die vergangenheit nicht kennt, wird die zukunft nicht meistern“ – Reaktionen auf die Holocaust-Serie (1978/79) als Indikatoren für Geschichtsbewusstsein".

Project: Kriegsgezwitscher

Published online on 31 October 2020: "Heute vor 150 Jahren. Wie der Krieg 1870/71 wirklich war, erfährt man nur hier". Here you can find the link to the article.


Interview: Virtuelle Ausflüge in die Geschichte. Ein Gespräch zwischen dem TimeRide-Gründer Jonas Rothe und Christian Bunnenberg über Zeitreisen und digitale Geschichtsvermittlung, in: geschichte für heute (2020), S. 60-67.

The WAZ reports on @Krieg7071

In the WAZ am Sonntag, the article "Geschichte im Twitter-Takt: Die Ruhr-Universität geht mit @Krieg7071 neue Wege" was published on 20 September 2020. The article is available online at You can find the front page of the issue and the article here.

Report on the coronarchiv in "Forschung & Lehre"

On 17 September 2020 the journal Forschung & Lehre - Alles was die Wissenschaft bewegt published the article "Tausende Bürger teilen Pandemie-Erfahrungen im "Coronarchiv"", which reports on the Citizen Science project of the universities of Hamburg, Bochum and Gießen.

27. Geschichtswettbewerb

On 1 September 2020, the 27th History Competition of the Federal President started with the theme "Turbulent Times. Sport makes society". Until the closing date for entries on February 28, 2021, all children and young people born after September 1, 1999, have time to go on a historical search for traces of their lives on site. Jun. Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg has revised and supplemented the "Instructions for Project Work for Schoolchildren (and their teachers)". Link

Project: Kriegsgezwitscher

On 26 August 2020 two articles on the Twitter project @Krieg7071 were published in the RUB news portal (german only): :

Project: Cruise tourism

On 21 August 2020, the culture journalist Susanne Schnabel spoke about Christian Bunnenberg's book project on the first Mediterranean cruise in 1891 in the radio show Kultur am Mittag (WDR 3).
You can listen to the episode here.

The radio feature was also played on 25 August 2020 at WDR 5 Scala - aktuelle Kultur.

Publications and projects on 1870/71

In the current issue of ZEIT Geschichte (21 July 2020) Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg writes about the death cult and tourism on the battlefields of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71. You can have a look at the table of contents here.

In this semester, the project "Kriegsgezwitscher - Ein Twitterprojekt zum Deutsch-Französischen Krieg von 1870/71" [A Twitter project on the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71]  is also taking place in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Tobias Arand from the PH Ludwigsburg. You can find the Twitter account of the project here.

Digitalization and history education

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg speaks in the RUBeL-Podcast - the podcast of the eLearning department from the Centre for Teaching and Learning (ZfW) of the Ruhr-University Bochum with topics around eLearning - about "Digitalisierung und historisches Lernen" [Digitalization and history education]. Link (15. Mai 2020).

Digital Public History

The online blog journal "Public History Weekly" will focus on "Digital Public History" in April 2020. Prof. Dr. Peter Gautschi (Lucerne) and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg provide an introduction to the topic:

coronarchive – digital collection of experiences, memories and finds during the corona crisis

The coronarchive is a freely accessible, open online portal that welcomes anyone’s contribution. Its purpose is to collect, archive, contextualize and exhibit personal memories and memorabilia from the time of the coronavirus pandemic. The coronarchive is intended as an accurate snapshot of the present that preserves and illustrates the plurality and diversity of the situation for the future. It enables a retrospective view on the events of the year 2020 and can also be used for future research.

The coronarchive in the press:

Participation campaign of the Körber-Stiftung

The spread of the coronavirus poses major political, social and personal challenges for everyone. But at some point the pandemic will be over. How will the crisis be spoken of, how will the memory be preserved? The digital coronarchive –  founded by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and the universities of Hamburg and Gießen – and the Körber Stiftung are inviting all children and young people to take part in a competition and document how the corona crisis has changed their everyday lives. All submitted contributions will be transferred to the coronarchive. In addition, the Körber Stiftung will award ten book prizes for the best entries and present the winners and their topics. Children and young people up to the age of 21 can take part. The closing date for entries is 15 May 2020. More information can be found in the presse release [german only] in the RUB news portal.
Information about the campaign and how to participate can be found here.

Exhibition opening

In January 2020, the third year of the Master's programme in Public History opened the special exhibition “Weibsbilder. Frauen im Ruhrgebiet der 1920er Jahre” [Females. Women in the Ruhr Area in the 1920s]. The exhibition was created as part of the practical seminar in Module 1 and will be on display in the GA building (floor 5/South) until the end of the winter semester 20/21. The students examined the opportunities that opened up for women after they had acquired the right to vote in the 1920s. The exhibition catalogue [german only] can be found here.

Volume "Geschichte auf Youtube" [History on Youtube]

On 21 October 2019 the volume "Geschichte auf YouTube. Neue Herausforderungen für Geschichtsvermittlung und historische Bildung" [History on YouTube. New challenges for History Mediation and Historical Education] was published.

The volume is edited by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg and Nils Steffen (Universität Hamburg, anders & wissen - das projektlabor). The authors from academia and practice explore the research subject "History on YouTube" from various perspectives (history, history didactics, media studies, university didactics, media production) and open up perspectives for further research. The book is part of the series "Medien der Geschichte" (Volume 2), edited by Prof. Dr. Andreas Körber, Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Thorsten Logge at De Gruyter.