History in Popular Cultures of Knowledge
At the turn of the 21st century, the popular representation of history has reached a heyday worldwide. This project analyses current popularisations of the historical and pre-historical past on the basis of several case studies and aims to develop an interdisciplinary theory that will help to describe and interpret the phenomenon. There will be major emphasis on the socio-cultural functions of popular historical knowledge, its contents and media. It is a major assumption of this project that knowledge about history is not merely the result of intentional dissemination but rather a product of the informal distribution of popular cultural commodities. At the present time, the dissemination of historical information is characterised by a strong emphasis on an everyday-culture approach: the past is processed in a way that it makes history relevant for the context of the recipient and brings it to life. The disciplines involved in this project are History, Archaeology, British, Scandinavian as well as Slavic Literary and Cultural Studies, Ethnology as well as Media Pedagogy.