As of 1 September 2015 Hubertus Büschel has been appointed Professor of Contemporary History at the Faculty of Arts. Büschel (1969) has a strong research profile on the themes of development aid and psychiatry from a historical perspective, but he also possesses a broad range of experience, both in research and in teaching. In this context, he has taught course units on international politics, cultural studies, Africa and global history. Büschel previously held the position of Junior Professor for Cultural History at Justus Liebig University.
The Chair for Contemporary History covers history from 1945 to the present day. It views the recent past from a modern-day perspective, with a specific focus on the theoretical and epistemological issues that arise when studying the recent past. From the end of the twentieth century onwards, the focus shifts to topics such as global history and transnational and globalization processes, together with the issues they raise. In addition, the field is increasingly recognizing the important role played by the media (and new media) in politics and society. Recent developments in the availability of digital sources are also addressed.
Grant for research into learning methods that make hands curious
He was one of the imprisoned German war criminals known as the ‘Breda Three’: Josef Kotalla. ‘The executioner of Amersfoort’ is the only German war criminal who would die during imprisonment in the Netherlands. Forty years after his death, he is still...
In the lecture series Treasures from the University Library, researchers using material from our Special Collections talk about their research, while the objects in question are also present.