Following its kick off in September 2021, the new Leibniz Research Alliance "Value of the Past" has now officially commenced. A total of 21 Leibniz institutes and Leibniz research museums – including Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) – are examining processes of value creation as well as competing values that built the basis for the preservation of cultural and natural heritage and also for societal discourses about the past.
The Leibniz Research Alliance also cooperates with institutions from various fields of application, from museums, collections and archives to memorial sites and actors in the field of public history. It inquires into how historical evidence is shaped by language, mediality and digitality, how notions of space and time contour images of history, and how the resource of the past is used for communal processes and identity conflicts as well as on a growing history market – in German, European and global dimensions.
Sabine Mannitz represents PRIF in the new Leibniz Research Alliance. Together with other researchers at PRIF, she will conduct research on the culture of remembrance. Furthermore, PRIF is involved in a working group on the history of the Anthropocene.