Dr Juliane Tomann

Curriculum Vitae

Juliane Tomann PhD has been managing the Imre Kertész Kolleg's research area "History and the Public Sphere" at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Germany) since September 2014. With her background in Cultural Studies she is interested in how historical knowledge is produced outside of academia and how the intersection of the academic study of history and the public sphere can be analysed. Her PhD dissertation completed at the Free University Berlin investigated the role and functions of history in a constellation of deindustrialization and structural change since 1989 in the Upper Silesian (post)industrial city of Katowice, Poland. In her recent postdoctoral book project, she focuses on historical re-enactments, and examins performative practices and approaches to the past in the USA, Germany and Poland with a comparative perspective. Furthermore, she is interested in the theory of Public and Applied History. In an EU-funded project she explores the possibilities of how Public and Applied History can be taught on a common basis in different European countries.

Her doctoral thesis was awarded the Scientific Award of the Ambassador of Poland in 2015. A component of her research for the second book was realised during a fellowship at Princeton University's history department where she stayed during the academic year 2016/2017. Currently she serves as an International Consulting Editor for The Public Historian.

Research and Publication Projects at the Kolleg

  • Jean Monnet Network "Applied European Contemporary History"
  • Managing Editor of the Cultures of History Forum
  • Postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) "Between Playfulness and Authenticity: Performative Approaches to the Past in the US, Germany and Poland in a Comparative Perspective" (working title)


Main areas of research

  • Theory of Public and Applied History
  • Community based and Performative Approaches to the past in Central and Eastern Europe and in the USA
  • Industrial heritage/ historical culture in areas of deindustrialisation
  • Border regions and borders in Central Eastern Europe (focus: Upper and Lower Silesia, Eastern Brandenburg)
  • Urban research (image building and city marketing)

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