Making a virtue out of necessity: Mod-Block-DDR online colloquium in the summer semester 2020

The past semester was marked by the outbreak of the coronavirus and posed challenges to the Mod-Block-DDR project team as well. In order to maintain communication within the research association despite contact and travel restrictions, an online colloquium was set up for the project team. The aim of this is the discussion of project-relevant research results as well as dissertation and habilitation concepts across the four partners of the consortium. On 28th May 2020, Dr. Ann Hipp kicked off the project with a research contribution on modernization investments and obstacles as well as productivity in the GDR. Since then, the colloquium, organized by the team of the University of Bremen, has been held every other week - with alternating moderation from different locations.

As the colloquium was very well received due to valuable lectures and lively discussions, it is to be retained for the research association Mod-Block-DDR – a necessity has turned into a virtue. In the next semester, colleagues from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) will take over the organisation of the colloquium, before the TU Berlin and the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena will take over the organisation in the coming semesters.

A list of the lectures can be found here.

Mod-Block DDR starts online colloquium