Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marko Wolfgang Demantowsky

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Professorship for Public History at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies

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Curriculum Vitae:

born 1970 in Leipzig, grew up in Delitzsch (GDR)
1990-1998 studied Indology, religious studies, history, philosophy and educational sciences at the University of Leipzig (1st state examination)
1998-2000 doctoral scholarship
2000-2004 Research assistant at the Technical University of Dortmund (PhD)
2004-2005 teacher in training at the Westfalen-Kolleg Dortmund (2nd state examination)
2005-2007 postdoc (university assistant) at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster
2006/07 substitute professor at the University of Siegen
2007-2012 Junior Professor at the Ruhr University Bochum
2007-2008 substitute professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2012-2021 Professor of modern and contemporary history and its didactics and head of department for didactics of the social sciences and its disciplines at the FHNW University of Education (Basel, etc.) 2015-2021 Associate professor at the Institute for Educational Sciences at the University of Basel
since October 2021 Professor of Public History at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies, University of Vienna

Research areas:

* cultural practices in historical places
* the digital transformation of historiographical and historical-cultural practice
* History and theory of historical education


"Public History, the discipline that I am able to represent from this year at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna, sees itself as that which empirically examines the influence of historical and cultural studies research on everyday social life, offers of scientific communication and its critical support and develops active formats at the interface between research and society. This is currently and naturally happening under the conditions of a comprehensive digital transformation of all areas of life.

In Vienna, my colleagues and I will be particularly interested in what cultural practices can be observed today at Austrian memorial sites of national relevance, which, given the many monument controversies of the recent past, could provide helpful scientific-empirical accompaniment and support for public considerations." (Marko Wolfgang Demantowsky)