Throughout the coming school year, tenth graders will be examining the ambivalent concepts of the »New Man« as propagated between the end of the 19th century and the end of World War II. Using methods of investigative learning, they will explore these concepts and reflect on their relevance today.
The project comprises a network of extracurricular sites in three cities which are collaborating with educational partners in the respective regions: the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden and the Stiftung Zollverein in Essen. Based on the profile of these institutions, the ambivalence of modernism is approached from three different angles, each of which is addressed in detail at the respective institution: The Pedagogical – The Scientific – The Economic. The controversial nature of the term ›New Man‹ will also be discussed – on one hand as an expression of an ideal, and on the other, its actual reification.
The project »The New Man – Modernist Images of the Human Being« is coordinated by the the Klassik Stiftung Weimar together with the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden and the Stiftung Zollverein in Essen. It is sponsored by the PwC-Stiftung.