From July 13 to 16, 2022, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers engaged in GDR research met in Leipzig. Six panels and a social as well as cultural program provided a good terrain for an intensive exchange.
More than 30 scientists took part in the interdisciplinary conference by and for doctoral students and post-docs from the fourteen large GDR research networks funded by the BMBF. The conference will certainly have a lasting effect. In addition to the enrichment for their own research projects and the individual contacts established among the experts, there are initial thoughts about creating joint forums and repeating the conference format.
Neither the character nor the output of the conference could be summed up in a nutshell. However, it can be stated: The unusual format seems to have been extraordinarily fruitful. The encounter and open communication led to lively discussions across seemingly disciplinary boundaries. Subject-specific expertise was continually linked with the major questions of GDR history, the transformation process and its aftermath.
For further information:
News on occasion of the Call for Participation: https://www.uni-bremen.de/kksb/news-1/ddr-nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen-aufgepasst-mod-block-ddr-organisiert-mit-erbe-89-konferenz-am-14-15722-in-leipzig-1
Announcement of the conference in the Leipziger Volkszeitung: https://www.l-iz.de/veranstaltungen/tipp-buehne/2022/07/eh-schon-alles-klar-32-jahre-nach-untergang-der-ddr-noch-vieles-offen-und-streitbar-460229
Homepage of Mod-Block-DDR: https://www.uni-bremen.de/mod-block-ddr
Homepage of Erbe 89: https://www.erbe89.de/