Deutsches Historisches Museum - Between Historical Judgement and Identity Politics

Deutsches Historisches Museum - Between Historical Judgement and Identity Politics
27 May 2021, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

The 2021 Bithell Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Raphael Gross (Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin)

The career of this year’s Bithell Memorial Lecturer has been nothing short of remarkable, including directorships of such illustrious institutions as the Jewish Museum and the Fritz Bauer Institute (both in Frankfurt/M.), and the Leo Baeck Institute in London. Born in Switzerland, Gross studied history, philosophy and literature in Zurich, Berlin, Bielefeld, and Cambridge, and was awarded a doctorate by the University of Essen for his thesis on Carl Schmitt and the Jews, first published by Suhrkamp in 2000, and translated into English, French, and Japanese. 

In 2017 Gross became General Director of the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin, where he is tasked with steering and reshaping one of the largest and most important collections in Europe portraying German history in its European context. Since assuming the role, he has been responsible for a string of acclaimed exhibitions, most recently Von Luther zu Twitter: Medien und politische Öffentlichkeit, and Hannah Arendt und das 20. Jahrhundert. His latest, and perhaps most challenging, project is to re-configure the Museum’s permanent exhibition, making it more relevant and engaging for today’s audience.

In his lecture, Raphael Gross draws on his experience of curating the DHM and shares his vision for its future. His lecture will be given in English.

Photo © Julia Zimmermann

The lecture will be held online via the Zoom platform. Attendance is free; advance online registration is essential; registration closes 26 May 2021.

This event is sponsored by the Bithell Bequest Fund (Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London)


Jane Lewin
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