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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Science - History of Education


Excellenzcluster Bewilligung

Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ (SCRIPTS) with Prof. Marcelo Caruso as been approved


After the end of the Cold War, liberal democracy seemed to have prevailed for good. Today, 25 years later, however, the liberal model of political and economic order faces a profound crisis. The Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS) analyzes the contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. What are the causes of the current contestations of the liberal script, and what are the consequences for the global challenges of the 21st century? The Cluster connects the academic expertise in the social sciences and area studies in Berlin, and thereby bridges prevailing methodological and institutional divides. In addition to Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the Centre for East European and International Studies, the German Institute for Economic Research, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient are participating in the Cluster. Based on research collaborations with universities in all world regions, SCRIPTS addresses the diversity of the contestations and their inter-connections.



The 40th annual conference of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) will be held August 29-September 1, 2018 in Berlin, Germany on the campus of Humboldt University Berlin.



The program you find here.



We cordially invite you to the Socialist educational Cooperation with the Global South, 11th - 12th May 2018. Venue: Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Germany.

The program you find here (pdf).

Visiting of the Executive Committee of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) 

The Executive Committee visited us as a part of the organization of ISCHE from 18th-20th Feburary 2018. 

In this photo you can see: Noah Sobe, Angelo Van Gorp, Rebecca Rogers, Myriam Southwell, Diana Vidal, Marcelo Caruso, Simonetta Polenghi, Karin Priem, Inês Felix, Daniel Töpper, Fanny Isensee und Zoe Ingram.


Workshop - "Schülerauslese, schulische Beurteilung und Schülertests 1880-1940" - 5.-6. October 2017

We cordially invite you to the workshop "Schülerauslese, schulische Beurteilung und Schülertests 1880-1940". The workshop starts Thursday, 5th and ends Friday, 6th of October 2017 and will take place at the Bibliothek für Bildungsgeschichtliche Forschung (BBF) in Berlin. The program you find here.


Workshop - "Cultural interactions among Central European Capital Cities: School Systems in Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Warsaw (18-21th Century)." - 4.-6. September 2017

In the workshop we will explore cultural, intellectual and educational transfer processes between five central european capital cities. Focusing on school history in the capital cities, we will examine how intellectuals in the five cities inspired and referenced each other beyond the national borders. As this workshop is a part of the CENTRAL-Kollegs program, in which young researchers and students working together, we welcome all BA and MA students who are interested in this topic. The program you find here (pdf).

'Emerge from the shadow'. Women side by side with erudite men of science and culture – historical investigations and systematic thoughts. 27.05.2016

Interdisciplinary conference of the Research Library for the History of Education (BBF) and the Technische Universität Dresden. The program you find here.


Start of the DFG research project „The Bureaucratization of Groupings. Local and transnational dynamic of innovation in the introduction of age-graded school classes in compulsory education (Prussia, the US, and Spain, ca. 1830-1930) („Die Bürokratisierung der Gruppierung. Lokale und transnationale Innovationdynamik bei der Einführung von Jahrgangsklassen im Pflichtschulbereich (Preußen, USA, Spanien; ca. 1830-1939)“

As of March 1, a new research project has started at the department. Till Eble will continue his work in the department and we gladly welcome Fanny Isensee and Daniel Töpper as new research assistants. Tobias Ritterskamp and Nadine El-Hussein will support the project as student assistants. Further information regarding the project and the participating persons will follow shortly. For more information on an upcoming seminar that explores the research project’s topics and focal points, please consult the following link


Conference invitation - Decolonization(s) and Education - New Men and New Polities - 25.-28. November 2015

We cordially invite you to the conference "Decolonization(s) and Education - New Men and New Polities" organised by Prof. Dr. Marcelo Caruso and Daniel Maul (University Aarhus/Denmark). Historically, the detachment from colonial political orders was closely related to the experiment of creating new societies. Educational practices and institutions played a key role in this major task. The conference “Decolonization(s) and Education” addresses this nexus and its educational implications. Independence leaders portrayed the necessity of a new political order as the culmination of the process of independence and, in doing so, they surpassed the mere political concept of decolonization and expanded it to the social and cultural realms. The conference addresses the historical process of decolonization as being the attempt to establish new cultural and political norms far beyond the mere de-legitimization of foreign rule. The conference addresses decolonizations, in a plural form, in order to grasp the diversity of historical situations in which the political and cultural dynamics of the nexus between education and the invention of new polities and ‘new men’ became apparent.
The conference will take place 25.-28. November 2015 at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin, at the auditorium of the Jakob-and-Wilhelm-Grimm-Center Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 1-3. The program you find here