Труфанова Ольга Павловна
Making the GDR history: Geschichtspolitik and Museum Sponsorship in reunified Germany
Прикладная и междисциплинарная история
This study is devoted to an issue so far neglected by historians, namely the sponsorship of history and its relation to historical narratives. Taking the German Democratic Republic (GDR) history as a research area and the museums “Alltag in der DDR” and “DDR Museum” in Berlin as a case studies, the author attempts to grasp the financial aspects of sponsorship and patronage of the museums and to see how the “social meaning of the money” (to follow Viviana Zelizer 2004) interacts with the ways in which the GDR everyday life is understood, as well as how it shapes the roles that the museums play in the cultural landscape of Berlin. The study goes into the gift theory (Adloff and Sigmund 2005 Bourdieu 2005: Gouldner 2005; Mauss 2005; Sablins 2005; Ssorin-Chaikov 2006, etc) and analyses the relationship of reciprocity that emerges between the museums, their sponsors and visitors. Due to the interdisciplinary character of this research, methodologies from different academic disciplines such as history, anthropology and museum studies are used, including analysis of archival documents, participatory observation in the museum, exhibition analysis, and oral history interviews with museum staff. This study’s findings suggest that there is a correlation between the form of a museum sponsorship and its historical narrative. Moreover, the research allows a deeper look at the implications of differences between the two forms of GDR museums which are rooted in their relation to the GDR heritage, German historical politics, market economy, and other social and legal aspects of their work.
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