Elections: Irmgard Zündorf runs for the Delegate Position

Biographical paragraph

Irmgard Zündorf is a research associate for university cooperation and knowledge transfer at the Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam (ZZF). In this position she has been responsible for the cooperation between the ZZF and museums and memorial sites. In addition she coordinates the Master’s program in Public History at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin. She has been teaching since 2008 at the FU on topics of Public History – such as memory culture.

Irmgard Zündorf studied social and economic history at the Ruhr-University Bochum and obtained her PhD at the University of Potsdam (2004). From 1998 until 2001 she worked at the German National Museum “Museum of Contemporary History” (Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) in Bonn and from 2004 until 2006 at the “Museum for Military History” (Militärhistorisches Museum) in Dresden. In 2005/6 she assisted the expert-commission founded by the German government to consider the future of the GDR memory culture. Since 2007 she is one of the editors of the online-journals Hsozkult and zeitgeschichte-online. Since 2009 she is also a member of the steering committee of the working group Applied History/Public History in the German Association of Historians. In 2021 she was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) in Luxembourg for six months.

She has edited a number of texts on public history topics. For example, a book on the authenticity of historical sites, one on how to deal with communist monuments today and a book on the so-called Stolpersteine. She has also written an introduction to public history as a textbook for students in Germany. 

Statement of interest

Since the first IFPH conference in Amsterdam, I have been interested in the work of the IFPH and try to participate in the events in order to broaden my view of public history. My personal interest since my studies has been on the question of how history can be presented in museums and memorial sites. Since I have been teaching Public History, however, my view has broadened considerably and I am also dealing with film productions, websites, podcasts, etc. In all these formats, I try to look beyond the German horizon and learn from international colleagues: How are public history products presented, how can they be conceptualized but also analyzed, and how can this knowledge be transferred into teaching. I hope to be able to continue to pursue these questions on an international level and would like to bring this interest and my curiosity into the work on the board of the IFPH. For me, it goes without saying that we in public history can learn a lot from international partners and I would like to support this.


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