Dr Joachim Baur

Dr Joachim Baur is a freelance curator and museum consultant, and founder and partner of exhibition agency ‘Die Exponauten’ in Berlin. Current projects include the main exhibition in Forum Wissen Göttingen (Göttingen Knowledge Forum), developing the History Gallery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and involvement in the expansion of the Friedland Museum at the site of the oldest refugee camp in Germany. For details on other projects, visit www.die-exponauten.com. He studied History, Politics, Empirical Cultural Studies and Museum Studies in Tübingen, Stuttgart and New York. Baur obtained his doctorate at Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen. He is a visiting lecturer on museum studies-related subjects at Berlin University of Applied Sciences and New York University Berlin. He has authored numerous publications on representations of migration, museum theory, culture of memory and politics of history, e.g.: ‘Die Musealisierung der Migration. Einwanderungsmuseen und die Inszenierung der multikulturellen Nation’, (Musealisation of migration. Museums of immigration and staging a multicultural nation, Bielefeld 2009) ‘Museumsanalyse. Methoden und Konturen eines neuen Forschungsfeldes’, (Museum analysis. Methods and contours of a new research field, Ed., Bielefeld 2010).

Dr Achim Bonte

Achim Bonte studied History and German Studies in Mannheim, Freiburg/Br. and Basel, and has been Director General of Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (Saxon State Library – State and University Library Dresden, SLUB) since 1 August 2018. Before joining SLUB in 2006 as Deputy Director General, he worked at Heidelberg University Library, most recently as Deputy Director. Among other projects at the SLUB, he has overseen the systematic development of the Dresden Digitalisation Centre, creation of a productive digital long-term archive and establishment of the SLUB Makerspace for non-textual knowledge building. He was the founding chairman of a large open-source software development association for retrospective digitalisation, is a member of numerous committees and co-publisher of two library studies journals.

Dirk Burghardt

Dirk Burghardt has been working for Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden since 1999, taking on the role of Commercial Director in 2010. Among other areas, he is responsible for personnel management, finances & controlling, legal affairs, organisation, building and security management and marketing, including ticketing & tourism. Besides the economic, legal and organisational affairs of the company, he focuses in particular on growing visitor figures with film, literature and music events. The complex and long-lasting restitution negotiations of the Free State of Saxony with the former Saxon Royal House of Wettin, which were concluded in 2014 and serve as a textbook example of successful negotiation tactics, were a defining moment in the legal expert’s career. A new method for ascertaining the provenance for large quantities of objects was also developed at that time.

Freyja Ebner, M.A.

Freyja Ebner, born in Vienna, studied Slavonic and German Studies in Leipzig, Marburg/Lahn, Moscow and Tübingen. After graduating, she worked in the Moscow UNESCO office and international PR agency KaiserCommunication Berlin. She completed her PR traineeship at Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg, after which she worked as cultural manager at the Deutsch-Russische Kulturinstitut e.V. (German-Russian Cultural Institute) in Dresden. She has been responsible for organising the Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School since 2019.

Marcel Erfurth

Marcel Erfurth studied sociology and philosophy. He works in the Open Science section at SLUB, and is responsible for bibliometric analyses. His work also includes advising academics on publications and researching fake and pseudo-science.

Anina Falasca, M.A.

Anina Falasca is a Research and Curatorial Associate at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, involved in curating the new ‘Sexuality’ room in the permanent exhibition: ‘The Human Adventure’. After completing her master’s degree in Public History at the Free University of Berlin, she completed an academic traineeship at the Schwules Museum (Gay Museum, Berlin). She worked on exhibitions in the Jewish Museum Berlin and curated exhibitions at the Papestraße SA Prison Memorial and the Schwules Museum. She also volunteered in the ‘Museen Queeren Berlin’ (Queer Museums Berlin) network. Her most recent publication was her co-edited anthology ‘Wiedersehen in TUNIX! Ein Handbuch zur Berliner Projektekultur’ (See you at TUNIX! A manual on Berlin’s project culture, Berlin 2018, ed. w. Annette Maechtel and Heimo Lattner).

Prof. Dr Philipp Felsch

Philipp Felsch is a historian and cultural scientist. He holds the Chair of Cultural History at the Humboldt University of Berlin. After studying History and Philosophy in Freiburg, Cologne, Bologna and Berlin, Felsch completed his doctorate in 2006 at the University of Zurich with a dissertation on physiological Alpine travels in the 19th century. In 2006/2007, he curated the exhibition ‘Berge, eine unverständliche Leidenschaft’ (Mountains, an incomprehensible passion) at Hofburg Innsbruck. In 2015, Felsch was honoured with the Fellowship of the Ernst-Robert-Curtius Prize for Essay Writing, and won the 2017 Hugo Ball Award Fellowship. Publications (selection): ‘Der lange Sommer der Theorie. Geschichte einer Revolte, 1960–1990’ (The long summer of theory. History of a revolt, Munich 2015), ‘BRD Noir’ (FRG Noir, Berlin 2016, with Frank Witzel).

Peter Hornung

Peter Hornung, born in 1967 and raised in Heidelberg, studied Politics and History in Vienna and Regensburg, and Journalism in Mainz. He initially worked as a journalist at the Süddeutscher and Bayrischer Rundfunk radio stations - as well as a brief sojourn with the ‘Bild’ newspaper. After several years as an editor and author at Hessischer Rundfunk, he became correspondent and head of the ARD TV and radio studio in Prague in 2004. Since 2009, Peter Hornung has been part of the NDR Info channel’s pool of reporters, specialising in investigative research, in particular on business and health. He has been a lecturer at the Akademie für Publizistik (Academy of Journalism) since 2013, where he teaches courses on research. He has also been working in the NDR’s investigative department since 2015, involved in joint research with teams at WDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung (Panama Papers, VW diesel scandal). In 2018, he headed up international research on predatory publishers (‘Fake Science’) and published an ARD documentary on the topic with his colleague Svea Eckert.

Retired Colonel Prof. Dr Winfried Heinemann

Winfried Heinemann, born in 1956, is a historian and officer. He studied History and English Studies in Bochum and London and completed his doctorate in 1995 at the Ruhr University of Bochum. After deployment as Company Commander in Rheine/Westphalia, he worked as a research associate at the Department of Military History Research in Freiburg from 1986 on, and subsequently in Potsdam. In the meantime, he worked at Command Historian SHAPE in Mons, Belgium and as Division Head in the Federal Ministry of Defense. He graduated from the NATO Defense College, Rome. Most recently, he was Chief of Staff in the German Army Centre of Military History and Social Sciences in Potsdam. He retired in 2018. Since 2014, he has been Honorary Professor at the Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus-Senftenberg. He authored numerous publications on the history of NATO, the military history of the GDR in the Warsaw Pact, maintenance of traditions in the German Army, and in particular on military resistance to the Nazi regime.

Prof. Dr Philipp Hübl

Prof. Dr Philipp Hübl is a philosopher and author of ‘Die aufgeregte Gesellschaft’ (The agitated society, 2019) and ‘Bullshit-Resistenz’ (Bullshit resistance, 2018) and articles in newspapers die Zeit, FAZ, taz, NZZ and the journal ‘Philosophie’. Hübl lectured in philosophy in Aachen, Berlin and as a Junior Professor at the University of Stuttgart. He studied Philosophy and Linguistics in Berlin, Berkeley, New York and Oxford.

Dr Susanne Illmer

Susanne Illmer has been head of the Science/Events department at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden since 2011. After studying German Studies, Literature and History at Dresden University of Technology, she worked as a research associate at the Chair of Modern German Literature and Cultural History there, where she completed her doctorate in 2007 with a dissertation on constellations of power and seduction. She subsequently worked as a freelance employee at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, before becoming a research associate at TU Dresden from 2009 to 2011, and subsequently at Bonn University as part of DFG project ‘Realistische Anthropologie. Konstellationen zwischen realistischer Prosa und der Wissenschaft vom Menschen’ (Anthropological realism. Constellations of realist prose and human sciences).

Dr Ulrike Lorenz

Dr Ulrike Lorenz was Director of the Kunsthalle Mannheim Gallery from 2009 to 2019. Under her direction, the innovative new Kunsthalle Mannheim building was constructed from 2012 to 2018 as an open ‘city within a city’ with a comprehensive digital strategy. Before that, she headed up the Kunstsammlung Gera museum (1991–2004) and the Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie gallery in Regensburg (2004–2008). Her outstanding projects include exhibitions and publications on classic modernist art and architecture (Otto Dix, Lovis Corinth, Brücke, Thilo Schoder) and contemporary artists. In 2018, Lorenz was recognised with the Golden Badge of Honour of the Fraunbrücke Award for Germany’s Inner Unity. On 1 August 2019, Lorenz took office as President of Klassik Stiftung Weimar (Classics Foundation of Weimar), which is among the largest and most important cultural institutions in Germany with its more than 20 museums, historical houses of poets, castles and parks as well as unique collections of literature, philosophy, science and arts.

Prof. Dr Gilbert Lupfer

Gilbert Lupfer, born in Stuttgart in 1955, studied History of Art, History and Empirical Cultural Studies in Tübingen and Berlin. He completed his doctorate in Tübingen in 1995. He obtained his post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) at TU Dresden in 2002. He has headed up the SKD’s DAPHNE project on provenance research, cataloguing and inventory since 2008. Since 2013, he also oversees the new Department of Research and Academic Cooperation at SKD. Until March 2017, he was Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Council of Stiftung Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (Foundation of German Centre of Cultural Heritage Losses) in Magdeburg, and has been Voluntary Academic Chairman of this institution since April 2017. Since 2007, he has been Adjunct Professor for History of Art at the Institute of Art History and Musicology at TU Dresden.

Dipl.-Ing. Heike Marschner

Heike Marschner studied Civil Engineering at TU Dresden, and currently oversees the Architecture, Civil Engineering, Earth and Hydro Sciences sections at SLUB. She is also serves as a knowledge manager for interdisciplinary matters for the Construction and Environment departments at TU Dresden. Her work also includes interior design and workplace ergonomics at SLUB and educating students and doctoral candidates on academic work.

Dr Agnes Matthias

Agnes Matthias studied Aesthetics, Art History and Empirical Cultural Studies in Karlsruhe and Tübingen. She completed a doctorate at the University of Tübingen in 2003. In 2004/05, she received a Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation scholarship in the ‘Museum curators for photography’ programme. After working as a curator for Museum Folkwang Essen and Kupferstich-Kabinett Dresden, among others, she headed up the Graphics Collection at the Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie gallery in Regensburg. She subsequently worked as a photography curator at the Staatliche Ethnographische Sammlungen Sachsen (Saxon State Ethnographical Collections, SES) in the SKD network and in provenance research at SES. Since 2019, she has worked as Curator for Research and Academic Cooperation at SKD.

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch is Director of the Staatliche Ethnographische Sammlungen Sachsen (State Ethnographical Collections of Saxony, i.e. the Museums of Ethnography in Dresden, Leipzig and Herrnhut). Prior to this, she was Programme Director of the Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Berlin Jewish Museum) and Deputy Director of Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin (Berlin Museum of European Cultures). She taught museum studies and professional ethics for museums at Reinwardt Academie in Amsterdam and lectured in the Cultural Heritage Protection, Culture Management and Museum Studies department at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. Léontine Meijer-van Mensch graduated from the University of Amsterdam (History and Jewish Studies, M.A., 1999) and European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/ Oder (Museum Studies and Culture Management, 2004). She is a member of the boards of several (international) museum organisations, including the Executive Board of the International Museum Council. She speaks regularly at international conferences and is a visiting lecturer in several programmes on cultural heritage throughout Europe. Léontine Meijer-van Mensch has authored numerous publications on professional development, museum didactics and collection development.

Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz

Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz has been Head of Kunsthaus Dresden since 2003. As an art historian and curator, she has developed many different exhibitions and different formats from classic group exhibitions of international contemporary art to artistic interventions in rural and urban spaces. Her work has focused on processes of memory and the relationship between art and history (Nothing but trouble with grandparents, On the absence of camps). Projects like the White Cube Black Box, in which young people work with architects, designers and artists, as well as Shifting Identities and Young R.UM.P.I.ES in rural areas, create new formats at the intersections of art and education (www.white-cube-black-box.de, www.walden3.de). Since 2014, she has developed new exhibition formats between art in public spaces and institutions: At the river. On cultures of arrival, including the monument on Neumarkt Square in 2017 with German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni.

Prof. Dr Herfried Münkler

Herfried Münkler is a political scientist specialising in political theory and the history of ideas. He was Full Professor at Humboldt University Berlin until he retired in October 2018. Publications (selection): 'Die neuen Kriege’ (The New Wars, Hamburg 2002), ‘Machiavelli. Die Begründung des politischen Denkens der Neuzeit aus der Krise der Republik Florenz’ (Machiavelli. Justification of early modern political thought from the crisis in the Republic of Florence, Frankfurt/M. 2004), ‘Imperien. Die Logik der Weltherrschaft – vom Alten Rom bis zu den Vereinigten Staaten’ (Empires. The logic of world domination – from Ancient Rome to the United States, Berlin 2005), ‘Die Deutschen und ihre Mythen’ (Germans and their Myths, Berlin 2009), ‘Der Große Krieg. Die Welt 1914 – 1918’ (The Great War. The World Between 1914 – 1918, Berlin 2013) and ‘Die neuen Deutschen. Ein Land vor seiner Zukunft’ (The New Germans. A Country Faces its Future, Berlin 2016, w. Marina Münkler).

Valeska Neumann, M.A.

Valeska Neumann has been working as an Executive Assistant at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden Foundation since 2015. She studied Cultural Studies at Humboldt University Berlin and held several coordinating positions, such as assistant project manager for the ‘BONDS: Guilt, Debts and Other Liabilities’ (Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Berlin, project management: Prof. Dr Thomas Macho) in 2012, and from 2013 to 2014, editorial supervision of the BONDS publication (ed. by Th. Macho, Fink 2014). In the 2014/15 winter semester, she worked as a research associate at the Cultural Studies Institute at the Humboldt University. From January to May 2015 she received a coordination scholarship for the Art, Science & Business programme at Akademie Schloss Solitude.

Astrid Nielsen

Astrid Nielsen studied Art History, Romance Studies and Modern German Literature at Christian-Albrechts University Kiel with various study trips to Italy. After graduating with a Magister Artium degree in 1996, with a thesis on Architecture and sculpture in Viennese art nouveau, she worked in Kiel until 1999. Astrid Nielsen has been working for Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden since 1999, joining the Albertinum’s sculpture collection department in 2001. She has been involved in various exhibition projects. Astrid Nielsen has published several texts, primarily on sculpture in the 19th and 20th century, and baroque and GDR sculpture.

Senior Lecturer Dr Magnus Pahl

Magnus Pahl, born in 1975, is a historian and reserve officer. He studied History, Didactics and Political Science at Helmut-Schmidt University of Hamburg, obtaining a doctorate in 2011. He was deployed to the Military History Research Department (Potsdam) and German Army Military Intelligence Service. Since September 2011, he has been Head of the Decorations/Miscellaneous Section at Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr Dresden (German Army Museum of Military History Dresden), and from July 2017 to July 2018, he was Acting Director of the Museum Operations department. He is also an activated reserve officer in the German Army’s Operations Command. He is co-curator of the temporary exhibition ‘Stalingrad’ (2012), curator of a poster exhibition on the Iron Cross (2013), co-curator of the temporary exhibition ‘Attentat auf Hitler. Stauffenberg und mehr’ (Assassination on Hitler. Stauffenberg and others, 2014), curator of the temporary exhibition ‘Achtung Spione. Geheimdienste in Deutschland von 1945 bis 1956’ (Warning: Spies. Secret Services in Germany from 1945 to 1956, 2016) and curator of the temporary exhibition ‘Der Führer Adolf Hitler ist tot. Attentat und Staatsstreichversuch am 20. Juli 1944’ (Führer Adolf Hitler is dead. The attempted assassination and coup on 20 July 1944, 2019). He has authored multiple publications on military history, especially on the history of secret intelligence services in the 20th century.

Susanne Roeßiger, Dipl. Kulturwissenschaftlerin

Susanne Roeßiger is Head of the Collection department at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden. After studying Cultural Theory and Aesthetics at Humboldt University, Berlin, she was Deputy Director of the Saxon State Department of Museums. She has been working at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum since 1991, initially as a curatorial research associate, then as Head of the Collection. In this role, she oversaw several development and research projects on selected sub-collections. Since 2018, she has headed up the project ‘Objects and sexuality’/DHMD sub-project ‘Relationship objects’, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research under its funding line ‘The language of objects – Material culture in the context of social developments’, which is being developed in cooperation with TU Dresden, Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Schwules Museum Berlin (Gay Museum, Berlin).

Dr Carola Rupprecht

Carola Rupprecht has headed up the Education and Didactics department at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden since 2012. After studying German Studies and Romance Studies in Berlin, she completed a doctorate on ‘Museum education and foreign language didactics. Empirical studies based on art museums’. She worked as an art educator, giving courses and managing projects in numerous museums for the Goethe Institute Berlin and the Saxon State Ministry of Culture. From 2012 to 2016, she was Vice-Chairwoman of Länderverband Museumspädagogik Ost e.V. (State Association of Museum Education: East)

Prof. Dr Bénédicte Savoy

Bénédicte Savoy has been Professor of Modern Art History at the Institute for Aesthetics and Historical Urban Studies at Berlin University of Technology since 2003. In 2016, she won the Leibniz Award of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation). Bénédicte Savoy is a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences) and the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (German Academy of Language and Poetry). In 2016, she was appointed Professor at Collège de France in Paris.

Christina Schneider, M.A.

Christina Schneider, born in Dresden, studied German Studies, Finnish Studies, Communications and Adult Education until 2006 at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald and Karl-Franzens University in Graz. After graduation, she completed a two-year traineeship in non-fiction editing at the Munich Droemer Knaur publishing group, before transferring internally to the press office. She was responsible for organising events with non-fiction authors there for seven years. Since 2017, she has been Event Manager at Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (Saxon State Library – State and University Library Dresden), responsible for public event coordination and concepts.

Gisela Staupe, M.A.

Gisela Staupe has been Deputy Director and Head of the Museum and Exhibitions at Deutsches Hygiene-Museums Dresden since 1999. She studied History, Art History and German Studies in Münster and Berlin. Until 1999, she worked as a curator, including such exhibitions as ‘Anna Louise Karschin – Dichterin für Liebe, Brot und Vaterland’ (Anna Louise Karschin – Poet for love, bread and the Fatherland, Berlin 1991), ‘Unter anderen Umständen. Zur Geschichte der Abtreibung’ (Under other circumstances. On the history of abortion, Dresden 1993), ‘Die Pille – Von der Lust und von der Liebe’ (The pill – on lust and love, Dresden 1996), ‘Der (im-)perfekte Mensch. Vom Recht auf Unvollkommenheit’ (The (im)perfect human. Of the right to imperfection, Berlin 2002), ‘Das neue Deutschland. Von Migration und Vielfalt’ (The new Germany. On migration and diversity, Dresden 2014). From 2009 on, she took up teaching roles at various colleges. Publications (selection): ‘Das Museum als Lern- und Erfahrungsraum. Grundlagen und Praxisbeispiele’ (The museum as a learning and experiential space. Fundamentals and practical examples, Cologne 2012, Ed.), ‘Das neue Deutschland. Von Migration und Vielfalt. Ein Lesebuch’ (The new Germany. On migration and diversity. A reader, Konstanz 2014, ed. w. Özkan Ezli), ‘Themen zeigen im Raum. Ausstellungen des Deutschen Hygiene-Museums’ (Presenting subjects in space. Exhibitions at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Berlin 2018, ed. w. Klaus Vogel).

Senior Lecturer Avgi Stilidis

Avgi Stilidis, born in 1974, is a specialist in museum education. She studied History and Art History at the Free University of Berlin. She freelanced in museum education at Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin (German Historical Museum Berlin) and completed an academic traineeship at Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin (German Museum of Technology Berlin) in the Education department. From 2006 to 2008, she was a freelance member of the project group for the new German Army Museum of Military History in Dresden, including serving as curator for the exhibition area ‘War and play’ in the permanent exhibition. She has been Head of Museum Education 2008 in the Education department at MHM since 2008.

Teresa Tammer, M.A.

Teresa Tammer has been a research associate in the ‘Dinge und Sexualität. Produktion und Konsumption im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert.’ Objects and sexuality. Production and consumption in the 20th and 21st century’ project at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden since 2018. After studying History and Philosophy in Berlin and Warsaw she worked on a temporary exhibition on luxury in the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig (Leipzig Contemporary History Forum). She is writing a dissertation on gay movements in the divided Germany of the 1970s and 1980s.

Katja Töpfer, M.A.

Katja Töpfer has been working as a museologist in the ‘Dinge und Sexualität. Produktion und Konsumption im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert’ (Objects and sexuality. Production and consumption in the 20th and 21st century) research project at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden since 2018. She studied Museum Studies, Art History and European Cultural History in Leipzig, Halle (Saale) and Frankfurt (Oder). After an academic traineeship at Kiel’s Stadt- und Schifffahrtsmuseum (Municipal and Maritime Museum), where she created an exhibition on everyday items during the Nazi era (among others) she worked in the collection of Museums der Arbeit (Museum of Work) in Hamburg.

Prof. Klaus Vogel

Klaus Vogel is Director of Deutsche Hygiene-Museums Dresden. After studying Empirical Cultural Studies and Education, he freelanced for museums. Having held a position in association management, Klaus Vogel transferred to Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in 1991, first as an exhibition manager, then as director. Since the German reunification, the museum has made a name for itself with its major temporary exhibitions, as well as its new permanent exhibition completed in 2005, and a broad-based programme of academic and cultural events. Klaus Vogel has been working as Honorary Professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (Dresden College of Fine Arts) since 2007.

Prof. Dr Hans Vorländer

Hans Vorländer (born in 1954) studied Political Science and Law at the Universities of Bonn and Geneva. He completed a doctorate at the University of Bonn in 1980 with a dissertation on ‘Constitution and Consensus’ (Berlin 1981). In 1984/85, he was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, and a Research Associate at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA in 1986/87. He completed his post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) in 1991 on ‘Hegemonial Liberalism’ (Frankfurt a. M. 1997). He has held the Chair of Political Theory and History of Ideas at TU Dresden since 1993. In 1997, he was a founding member of the Collaborative Research Centre 537 ‘Institutionalität und Geschichtlichkeit’ (Institutionality and Historicism), and has been its deputy spokesman since 2000. From 2000 to 2009, he was Project Manager at European Graduate School 625 at TU Dresden and École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Paris. In 2002 and 2006, Vorländer was Visiting Professor at EPHE in Paris, at UNAM and ITAM in Mexico City in 2010, followed by stints in Turin and Bologna. He founded and served as spokesman for Collaborative Research Centre 804 ‘Transzendenz und Gemeinsinn’ (Transcendence and Community Spirit, 2009–2014), is Director of the Mercator Forum Migration und Demokratie (Migration and Democracy) and Director of the Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School.

Colonel Dr Armin Wagner

Armin Wagner, born in 1968, is a historian and officer. He studied History, Didactics and International Relations in Hamburg, completing his doctorate in 2001 at the University of Potsdam. Deployments took him to the Military History Research Department (Potsdam), the Army Officers’ School (Dresden), the Peace Research and Security Policy Institute (Hamburg) and the Office of the Federal President and the Federal Ministry of Defense (Berlin). In 2008/2009, he took part in the UN mission to Sudan (Khartoum/Juba). He graduated from the Baltic Defence College (Tartu/Estonia) in 2016. Since March 2017, he has been the Director of the German Army Museum of Military History. He has authored numerous publications on the history of the Weimar Republic, the history of the GDR, the German Army and in particular on the history of the secret intelligence services in the 20th century.

Hilke Wagner

Hilke Wagner, born in 1972, has been Director of the Albertinum museum in Dresden since November 2014. Prior to this, she headed up Kunstverein Braunschweig (Braunschweig Art Association) from 2007 to 2014, where she organised exhibitions with Tue Greenfort, Peter Piller, Eva Kotátková, Dirk Bell, Maria Loboda and Clemens von Wedemeyer, among others. From 2004 on, she served as Curator for the kestnergesellschaft art gallery in Hanover, curating exhibitions with Peter Doig, Chris Ofili, Sarah Morris, Thomas Hirschhorn or Santiago Sierra among others. Hilke Wagner studied Aesthetics, Philosophy and Spanish Studies in Kassel, Valencia and Madrid. She is a member of various committees, and, since 2015, Deputy Chairperson of the University Council of HGB Leipzig.

Jonas Wietelmann, M.A.

Jonas Wietelmann studied Art History and Media Studies at Philipps-University Marburg. After graduating, he initially worked at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden as a project manager for digital education strategies. Since 2014, he has been Research Coordinator at the ‘kultura.digital’ joint project, a website funded by European Union to network contemporary art in the German-Czech border region. Since 2019, he has also been responsible for planning and organising the Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School.

Dr Christoph Willmitzer

Christoph Willmitzer holds a doctorate in literature. After his academic traineeship in the museums of Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach (the German Literature Archive Marbach), he joined DHMD as a Research and Curatorial Associate, where he curated the temporary exhibition ‘Tierisch beste Freunde. Über Haustiere und ihre Menschen’ (Man’s best friends. On pets and their humans, 2017/18) with Viktoria Krason, and responsible for curating the new ‘Sexuality’ room of the ‘The Human Adventure’ permanent exhibition as the Project Manager since 2019. In 2018, he created an exhibition on Uwe Johnson’s ‘Jahrestagen’ (Anniversaries) at the New York Goethe Institute. He has taught and spoken on museum-related topics at TU Dresden and Columbia University New York, among others.