Selected projects

The following examples provide an impression of our collaboration with university partners.

Luxury, Fashion and the Things of Enlightenment (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)

In the summer semester 2017, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar was a partner in the seminar “Luxury, Fashion and the Things of Enlightenment. Object and Consumer Culture of the 18th Century” at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg. The seminar included a two-day excursion to Weimar, during which students conducted an interdisciplinary investigation of the “Journal des Luxus und der Moden” and examined the object culture of the 18th century. In their discussion, the students focused primarily on the original journals in the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, along with the historical objects and contexts of the Bertuch Residence and the Wittumspalais. The excursion included a workshop on educational formats highlighting the object cultures featured in the “Journal des Luxus und Moden”.

Construction and Deconstruction of National Classics in European Comparison (Universities of Halle-Wittenberg, Jena and Potsdam)

In this seminar offered in the summer semester 2017, students at three universities investigated how cultural policymakers strived to create and stabilise national identity in the 19th century by means of so-called “national authors”. The students then examined the mechanisms of construction and deconstruction of these national classics, further applying them to popular culture. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar supported the seminar by organising an excursion to Weimar. Based on material estates which still exist in Weimar, the students critically reflected on and discussed the problem of personal cults, processes of political appropriation and the relevance of these today.

Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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