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The Archive as a Field of Experimentation: Artistic Research in the Archive of the GDR Opposition

Fotos im Archiv der DDR-Opposition
© Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft e. V.

What strategies and methods did opposition groups and individuals in the GDR use to rebel against the inhumane actions of their country's government? In cooperation with the Archive of the GDR Opposition of the Robert Havemann Society (RHG), FHP students immerse themselves in the archive's diverse collection during an intensive project week, conduct research interviews with contemporary witnesses and develop their own research projects.

What is special here is that in addition to traditional scientific approaches, artistic-research project work is also possible. The results of the students' work will be shown at the end of the seminar series as part of a final presentation at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and published digitally in collaboration with the RHG.

Co-operation project of the Department of Information Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and the Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft e. V. Berlin


  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Freund, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
  • Dr. Kai Ziegner, Berlin
Target audience: Professional audience University members Lecturers Employees Students Public Prospective students


Daily from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

Archive of the GDR Opposition, Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft e. V.

Archiv der DDR-Opposition, Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft e. V.
Ruschestraße 103, Haus 17
10365 Berlin




Prof. Dr. Susanne Freund
Professor of Archival Science
Project Manager Graduate Distance Learning Archive
Project Manager of the Degree Programme Archival Science (MA)
Project Manager of the Further Education Programme "Archive im Informationszeitalter"