Is social cohesion endangered – in Germany and throughout Europe?

What holds a society together? What makes it robust, dignified and future-proof? In your own country and within Europe? In order to clarify precisely these exciting research questions, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched several funding programmes, including one on GDR research.

Stück von der DDR-Mauer; Adobe Stock/Lois GoBe


Adobe Stock/Lois GoBe

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, GDR research is in full swing: In the coming years, the BMBF will provide 40 million euros in funding for academic research into the GDR and the unjust SED regime. Since autumn 2018, 14 research networks have been dealing with research issues such as injustice committed in prisons, educational institutions, the health sector and against people wishing to leave the country, as well as with modernization blockades in politics, science, business and society. The permanent exhibition "Unsere Geschichte. Diktatur und Demokratie nach 1945” (Our History. Dictatorship and Democracy after 1945) in the Contemporary History Forum Leipzig illustrates, for example, the effects of the revolutionary upheavals in the GDR and Eastern Europe on Europe and world politics. The exhibition begins with the period after the Second World War, shows life in the GDR, and continues to the present day.

This blog is a place to discuss the current state of research on social cohesion and, among other things, GDR research:

  • What are you currently researching?
  • And why is your research important for social cohesion, in Germany and perhaps even beyond?


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