Since March 2014: Head of research group „Media History“ (with Juergen Danyel)

Since October 2013: Privatdozentin for Modern and Cotemporary History, Humboldt University Berlin

July 2011 - Oct. 2012: Head of research group »Change of the Political in the 20th Century« (ZZF Potsdam)

Since April 2009: Researcher at Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam (ZZF)

Winter term 2009/10:  Teaching Media Studies at Potsdam University (full time, replacing Prof. Dieter Mersch)

Winter term 2008/09: Teaching European History of the 20th Century at Humboldt University (replacing Prof. Thomas Mergel)

Habilitation (second doctorate) 2006 in Cultural Studies at Humboldt University Berlin. Thesis: »The Age of Relation. Individuality, Normality und the Mediocre in Renaissance Culture«, Advisor: Prof. Hartmut Böhme

Ph.D. 1999: »Notions of History in the Work of Hannah Arendt« [»Geschichtsbegriff und Historisches Denken bei Hannah Arendt«], Supervisor: Prof. Dan Diner, Essen University (published Köln/Weimar: Böhlau 2001)

Student (1987-1994)
Bielefeld University, University of Cologne and the Hebrew University Jerusalem
History, Spanish, Art Education, Film and Television Studies


2010: Research Fellowship at Internationales Foschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften Wien (IFK) (declined)

2005: Mentee of ProFiL-Programm

2000-2002: Fellowship of the Senate of Berlin („Berliner Programm zur Förderung der Chancengleichheit für Frauen in Lehre und Forschung“)

1998: Ph.D. fellowship of Hamburger Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kultur

1995-1998: Ph.D. fellowship, Konrad Adenauer Foundation

1995/96: DAAD fellwoship, archival research at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C./Leo Baeck Institute, New York

1994: DAAD fellowship for archival research in Israel

1992/93: Bielefelder Universitätsgesellschaft (for studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem)

Editorial Work

Zeihistorische Forschungen/Studies in Contemporary History

Visual History

History, Culture and Modernity


Image Agents. Photographic Action in the 20th Century (book published in 2016)
On the one hand, images steadily gain attention as historical sources and as subjects of research. On the other hand, those who produce, distribute, edit, sell or buy pictures often remain anonymous. This book aims at answering the question of how „photographic action“ comes to be a new form of political action that draws on the documentary force as well as on the subjective reality of photography. Given that photojournalism is at its best in the context of war and the violation of human rights the question of whether photography can change the course of politics will be addressed and answered on the base of several case studies.

Visual History. Institutions and Media of Visual Memory

Supervision: Annette Vowinckel, Jürgen Danyel
Participants: ZZF Potsdam, Herder-Institute Marbach, Georg Eckert-Institut for International Research on School Books Braunschweig, Deutsches Museum München
Project Blog: www.visual-history.de

The aim of this project is to implement a website providing crucial information in the field of visual history, including encyclopedic articles as well as case studies, information on current research projects, conferences, new books, and legal standards of picture publishing.

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