The return of history: On the contemporary handling of the German past

January 26, 2024

The debates about colonialism and racism in the 19th century have led to reassessments of National Socialism. The "uniqueness" of the Shoah, which for a long time was a cornerstone of German state rationale, is now being challenged and placed within the context of a history of violence in the "long 20th century." Some refer to this as a "Historians' Dispute 2.0" currently taking place. The lecture traces the evolution of these debates and critically examines the relationship between history and politics.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer earned his doctorate in Philosophy from LMU Munich in 2003 and achieved his habilitation there six years later. In 2020, he was appointed as an adjunct professor. Meyer lives in Berlin as an independent author. At the end of September 2023, his biography of Hannah Arendt was published by Piper Verlag, Munich. He also edits a study edition of Arendt's works for the same publisher, of which seven volumes have been released so far. In addition, Meyer has published numerous books, essays, radio essays, and newspaper articles (SZ, ZEIT, F.A.Z.) on the intellectual history of the 20th century.


From 5.30 pm | Admission and Get-Together

6.30 pm -6.40 pm | Welcome by Korbinian Kohler

6.40 pm – 7 pm | Introduction by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Vossenkuhl

7 pm – 7.45 pm | Keynote Speech by Guest Speaker

7.45 pm – 8.15 pm | Discussion

8.30 pm - midnight | Exclusive Gala Dinner

Until 8:15 pm, hotel guests and external visitors can attend the lecture for free, provided they register 24 hours in advance, subject to availability and upon request.

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Accreditation Dinner

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190 Euro per Person


Maximum Number of Participants: 20 Guests

The speaker, Professor Vossenkuhl and Korbinian Kohler will be present.