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New issue of the DHM magazine “Historische Urteilskraft” on the 6th International Symposium in the series Historische Urteilskraft

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Under the title “NATURE AND GERMAN HISTORY. Faith – Biology – Power˝, the 6th symposium in the Historische Urteilskraft series will take place on Friday, 12 July 2024. It will be accompanied by the new issue of “Historische Urteilskraft”, the magazine of the Deutsches Historisches Museum. The focus of the issue is dedicated to the theme of the symposium and deals with the political meanings of the concept of nature in German history. The period covered by the articles spans a total of 900 years.

Image above: Cover image Copyrights: Laura J. Padgett

Internationally renowned experts will have their say at the symposium and in the booklet: in three introductory articles, Annette Kehnel, Jutta Nowosadtko and Frank Uekötter provide an overview of the changing relationships with nature in the Middle Ages, modern times and the 19th and 20th centuries. Margot E. Fassler explores Hildegard von Bingen’s concept of “viriditas” (green power) in the 12th century, Hiram Kümper deals with nature as a resource for the Hanseatic League and Viktoria Urmersbach writes about the image of the forest in the 18th century. Nils Franke examines nature and ideology under National Socialism. Tilo Wesche presents the dialectic of natural relations in Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno. Stephen Milder looks at the beginnings of the anti-nuclear movement and Astrid M. Eckert explains the national park programme of the late GDR.

In addition to this year’s symposium, the current issue is dedicated to various historical topics: In the introductory essay, writer Volker Braun, a “friend of precise deviations”, reflects on the strains of judgement. Photographer Laura J. Padgett has created a photo essay on the location of the baroque armoury in Berlin-Mitte, which is accompanied by author Annett Gröschner’s reflections on the historical location of the armoury. The literary and cultural scholar and curator Liliane Weissberg (“What is Enlightenment? Questions for the 18th century˝) posed the question to Lorraine Daston, Martha C. Nussbaum and Neil MacGregor: “What does Enlightenment mean?”. Historian Ansbert Baumann shed light on the history of guest worker football in the Federal Republic of Germany. Historian Anna-Carolin Augustin looks at donations made by the Museum of German History to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990. Historian Ulinka Rublack met Stephanie Neuner, Brigitte Reinecke and Mathias Lang from the German Historical Museum in the DHM’s painting collection to work out some details and their significance from the Augsburg monthly paintings. DHM Head of Collections Julia Franke places Juliane Weber’s elephant collection in the historical and collection context – Juliane Weber was Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s office manager for many years. She died in December 2023.

About the magazine Historisches Urteil 06


From 12 July 24, in the DHM museum shop, at the museum ticket offices, in the DHM online shop and in bookshops.


12 EUR

About the International Symposium in the Historical Judgement series


Friday, 12 July 2024, 9 am – 7 pm


Pei Building of the German Historical Museum
Behind the Gießhaus 3
10117 Berlin


German and English, with simultaneous translation


free admission

The symposium will be recorded and later made available on the DHM YouTube channel.

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