Presentation of "Handbuch Historische Authentizität"

Publication of the Leibniz Research Network "Historical Authenticity" presented in Berlin

Audiokassette auf hellblauem Grund, Cover des Buches

Bild: Markus Willeke. Buchcover Wallstein-Verlag, Göttingen

On November 24, 2022, the "Handbuch Historische Authentizität" was presented at the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz in Berlin. In author talks and with musical accompaniment, historical authenticity was discussed in the field of building and cultural heritage as well as in its significance for questions of identity, religious veneration and culture of remembrance. The interdisciplinary anthology, edited by Martin Sabrow and Achim Saupe, comprises some 70 contributions and is dedicated to authenticity as a key concept in the culture of history and memory at the transition to the 21st century. The volume explores the multifaceted nature of the term and its uses in various scholarly, museum, and historical-cultural contexts. The contributions on "autochthony" and "populism" were written for the handbook by former HSFK researcher Christoph Kohl. The HSFK was a member of the research network "Historical Authenticity" (2013-2022), whose work has been followed since September 2021 by the new Leibniz research network "Value of the Past".