Research cluster

War, memory and life-stories

About us

This cluster covers a range of historiographical approaches. Its smallest common denominator is the interest in individual experiences as a source of historical research.

This includes letters, diaries, memoirs and autobiographical texts, and also court records or biographical sketches and interviews allowing the reconstruction of life stories, subjectivities and identities. Additionally, the cluster is interested in aggregated forms of life stories or memoirs up to collective biographies or public memory and commemoration. Methodologically the members of the cluster are interested in micro-history, oral history, prosopography and the connection of these approaches with macro-history.