Wallstein Verlag


Representation and Discussion of History on Social Media
Edited by Mia Berg and Christian Kuchler

246 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8353-5485-2


German Version

What if Sophie Scholl had been on Instagram?

Social media is becoming more and more popular for conveying history. One of the most recent examples is the project
@ichbinsophiescholl by the German public broadcasters SWR and BR on Instagram, which allowed users to participate in the last 10 months of the life of a remediated Sophie Scholl, played by actress Luna Wedler. The approach of telling history ›up close, emotionally and in simulated real time‹ led to great media attention and reach, but in the course of the project also to critical discussions on reenactments of history in social media format.
The book combines interdisciplinary perspectives from history, media studies, psychology, didactics and historical-political education on the project itself, its reception and analysis. Based on this public history project, the representation of history in the age of social media is analyzed.
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