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Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper guest researcher at CCHS/Curating the City cluster

News: Sep 15, 2017

Prof. Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper, TU Berlin, holder of the 2017 Humboldt Stipend for Swedish-German Programme Research Awards for Scientific Cooperation, will be guest researcher at the University of Gothenburg during autumn 2017. She will be hosted by the research cluster Curating the City within the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies and based at the Department of Conservation.

Dolff-Bonekämper has a long-term presence in the international and in particular central European research debate on heritage and urban heritage, and has also a unique background in a combination of theory with impressive practice. For fifteen years she worked with the extensive heritage documentation and preservation of the city of Berlin after the demolition of the wall. Since 2005 she holds a professorship in Denkmalpflege at the Institute for urban and regional planning at the Technical university of Berlin, and has since then developed the area of expertise into a unique and significant multidisciplinary research environment with extensive teaching assignments.

Her research foci span over a broad spectrum: Theory of cultural heritage preservation; Monuments of contemporary History; Public space; Diasporic heritage; Constructions of cultural heritage and objects; Cultural memory; Cultures of Memory; Built heritage as cultural resources. The topics mirror her profound anchoring in the practices of heritage preservation and its social importance, as well as in the scholarly debate over the varying roles, outcomes and necessary development of such practices. She was deeply involved with the violent debates on how to deal with the remains of the GDR and East-Berlin monuments that were intended to foster socialism and became, after 1989, witness of its failure. She published articles on numerous cases, like on the “Neue Wache” Unter den Linden, on The Berlin Wall, The Palace of the Republic an on commemorative monuments in bronze.

During her stay the CC-cluster holds a series of lectures/conversations on the theme Reconstruction matters - Keynotes and conversations.
Find out more via this link to the event page.

BY: Jenny Högström Berntson

Originally published on: criticalheritagestudies.gu.se

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