Didactics of history

Welcome to the webside of the Bochum History Didactics!
Welcome to the webside of the Bochum History Didactics!


Ruhr-University Bochum
Didactics of history
GA 5/62
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum

Roxana Breitenbach
+49 234 32-23992
GA 4/147

2023 Peace ride

In 9 days from Weimar to Berlin

And this is the plan:ät-und-demokratie

You can find all the information in pdf format here.

Advanced training for history teachers at the RUB in winter term 2022/23: HISTORY REVISITED

Current scientific and historical cultural perspectives on history teaching

For both established and future history teachers, the core curricula and textbooks provide the framework and guideline for their own history lessons against the backdrop of their own professional convictions and priorities. On the other hand, it has been known for a long time and is often complained that the time resources needed to adapt current research trends are in a tension relationship with the demands of everyday teaching.

The same applies to historical cultural offerings and discourses as objects of historical learning. The central demand for competent participation in historical culture can only be met to a limited extent by studies, training, curricula and textbooks due to the permanent change in historical culture.

This is the starting point of the course History Revisited, which will be held for the fourth time at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in the winter semester 2022/23. It aims to highlight approaches, case studies, methods and findings of recent research to the different content areas of the core curricula of History North Rhine-Westphalia as well as to get to know history-cultural offerings and institutions in order to re-examine familiar topics and basic narratives and to enable innovation.

With this in mind, the sessions bring together historians, actors of the historical culture, students and experienced teachers to discuss their didactic potential after the lectures.

The series is carried out in hybrid format, so that the events can be visited both in presence on the RUB campus (GA floor 03/ room 49) and remotely via zoom.

Interested teachers can register (once) at the following e-mail address: and receive the access link.

Certificates of attendance are issued at the end of the course for attendance at one or more events.

Participation is free of charge.

Flyer & program as donwload

EMPATHIA³ is part of FoNA21

The Research Network on Antisemitism in the 21st Century (FoNA21) was founded within the framework of the  Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funding program Current Dynamics and Challenges of Antisemitism. It is composed of ten collaborative projects and one coordinating project that are dedicated to researching the causes and manifestations of antisemitism in contemporary Germany through a variety of interdisciplinary and methodological perspectives. 

The life of Susi Schmerler in a documentary production (27.08.2022 19 Uhr)

The Night of Broken Glass on November 9, 1938 is regarded as the first high point and turning point of the Nazis' widespread terror against the Jewish population.

For Jews of Polish origin, however, a different date has been inscribed in their collective memory. Bochum Jew Susi Schmerler was 15 years old when she and her family were forcibly deported to Poland on October 28, 1938, as part of the so-called "Polish Action. A courageous girl with dreams for the future, wishes, hopes and fears. After several months in the camp in the border town of Zbaszyn, she manages to leave for Palestine, which saves her from the fate of millions of European Jews in the labor and extermination camps of the Nazi regime. However, her new life in the "promised land" is confronted with the separation from her family, her parents and her little brother, and the uncertainty about their future.

Susi Schmerler's story has been passed down in letters and diary entries, which give a direct insight into the life of a young girl in a sorrowful and turbulent time.

These diverse memories are being staged as a documentary by a group of former students under the direction of Paula Stöckmann (theater pedagogue) and Dirk Urbach (history didactics at the Ruhr University Bochum) and with the collaboration of Hendrik Becker (Theater Löwenherz). In the process, sources are made to speak, visually and acoustically staged and brought into the present. The documentary theater project does not want to tell a closed story or answer questions, but to create access and stimulate questions.

Registration to: (Flyer - German only)

Call to the University of Leipzig

Dr. Kathrin Klausmeier

Dr. Kathin Klausmeier has received an appointment at the University of Leipzig as of 01.06.2022.

We congratulate her very much!

Dr. Otto Ruer-Preis

Annual student competition of the Friends of the Bochum, Herne, Hattingen Synagogue

Information and invitation to participate, view or recreate in your own classroom: The Dr. Otto Ruer Prize of the Friends of the Bochum, Herne, Hattingen Synagogue - exciting projects by students that can also inspire the development of your own teaching ideas!

"Founded in 2015, the Dr. Otto Ruer Award honors the best contributions to the student competition on the topic of #Jewishlife. The competition archive shows what great entries have already been submitted and awarded prizes in the past. Take a look at how great young people have tackled this topic." (Source: Homepage)

The team of the RUB History Didactics wishes many good ideas and is looking forward to exciting ideas in the future together with the circle of friends - which can also be (further) developed for the Alfried-Krupp Schülerlabor of the RUB or for the practical semester.

„Empowering Police Officers and Teachers in Arguing Against Antisemitism“ - EMPATHIA³

Professionalize police and teachers against anti-Semitism

Public servants are supposed to counter anti-Semitism, but so far they have hardly been adequately prepared for this. A new research network is now addressing this issue.

What knowledge should future public servants in schools and the police have in order to actively counteract anti-Semitism in their working environment? And how can their level of knowledge on the topic, which is also linked to individual attitudes, be surveyed and measured? What kind of argumentation training can help to professionalize the necessary skills of the target group already during training? These questions are being addressed by the interdisciplinary team of the EMPATHIA³ research network, led by Prof. Dr. Nicola Brauch, history didactician at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB). As one of ten nationwide projects, it is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the funding line "Current Dynamics and Challenges of Anti-Semitism" for four years. The network will begin its research work at the beginning of October 2021.

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Lecture announcements

December 2022
Metacomprehension in multiple document reading – can judgment accuracy be fostered by generating Twitter-based summaries?
Symposium presentation at the EARLI 9th SIG 16 Biennial Conference – Metacognition Online Gathering 2022, 24.06.-09.12.2022, online.
Schuster, C., Alef, M., Mierwald, M., Brauch, N., & Stadtler, M. 

September 21, 2022
Strategies for action and cooperation between authorities and civil society
Panel Discussion (Flyer)
Competence Network Anti-Semitism
State Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Nicola Brauch und Dr. Sarah Jadwiga Jahn

September 19, 2022
Was ist Antisemitismus?
Workshop Summer Academy 2022
Current Dynamics and Challenges of Anti-Semitism (19. - 20.09.2022)
Prof. Dr. Nicola Brauch und Volker Beck

August 30, 2022
„Und ich wusste nicht, dass es das gibt.“
Anti-Semitism as a problem in schools. The Empathia Project as a support for teachers.
Study day on democracy education, at the ZfsL Paderborn, in cooperation with the ZfsL support association "Lehren Lernen".
(Prof Dr. Nicola Brauch und Dr. Marcel Mierwald)

June 2022
Historisches Denken 2.0 – Benötigen wir neue (digitale) historische (Methoden-) Kompetenzen?
Vortrag auf der Tagung „Geschichte im digitalen Wandel? Geschichtskultur – Erinnerungspraktiken – Historisches Lernen“ des Bereiches für Theorie und Didaktik der Geschichte der Universität Paderborn in Kooperation mit: Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, L.I.S.A. Wissenschaftsportal der Gerda Henkel Stiftung, AG Digitaler Wandel und Geschichtsdidaktik der Konferenz für Geschichtsdidaktik, AG Digitale Geschichtswissenschaft im Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands e.V., 02.06.-04.06.2022, Paderborn.
Mierwald, M.

Recent publications


Mierwald, M. (2020). Historisches Argumentieren und epistemologische Überzeugungen. Eine Interventionsstudie zur Wirkung von Lernmaterialien im Schülerlabor. (Reihe: Empirische Forschung in den gesellschaftswissenschaftlichen Fachdidaktiken). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. [Verfügbar unter:]

Articles in magazines

  • Brauch, Nicola: Reflexionen zur Förderung historischen Erklärens mit Hilfe epistemologischer Analogien. Vom (un-)erklärlichen Tod eines Kamels namens Alfons, in: Handro, Saskia; Schönemann, Bernd (Hgg.): Sprachsensibler Geschichtsunterricht. Geschichtsdidaktische Forschungsperspektiven und -befunde, Münster 2022, S. 158–181.
  • Mierwald, M. (2022, i.V.). Schmelztiegel Ruhrbergbau!? Die Integration türkischer „Gastarbeiter” mit Oral History-Interviews im Schülerlabor erforschen. In Hiller, T., Mierwald, M., Moitra, S., & Nogueira, K. (i.V.; Hrsg. auf Einladung). BIOS – Zeitschrift für Biographieforschung, Oral History und Lebensverlaufsanalysen. Themenheft „Oral History, Industriekultur und Vermittlung“
  • Wolf, J. & Mierwald, M. (2022). Durch Lehrer*innenbildung zu elaborierteren beliefs? Zur Ausprägung der epistemologischen Überzeugungen bei angehenden Geschichtslehrpersonen. Zeitschrift für Geschichtsdidaktik, 21, S. 132-149.
  • Mierwald, M. & Junius, M. (2022). Thinking aloud about epistemology in history: How students understand the Beliefs about History Questionnaire? Historical Encounters. A journal of historical consciousness, historical cultures, and history education, 9(1), S. 35–57. doi: