Aims and Objectives
The MMZ is an interdisciplinary research institute and was founded in 1992 originating from the University of Potsdam. In addition to its own research projects, academic teaching and the support of early career scholars are among the activities of the staff. A comprehensive special collection is available to the interested public as a reference library.
In public events such as lecture series, workshops or academic conferences, the members of the institute’s research staff present and discuss their research and regularly contribute to discussions relevant to the present. Research results are published in a series of publications and two journals. A regular newsletter, Dialog, provides information about the center's work three times a year in digital form, of which twice are sent out in a printed version.
MMZ staff members are also regularly available for media inquiries and are often active in advisory committees.
The institute's Emil Julius Gumbel Research Center conducts research on antisemitism and right-wing extremism in the past and present, as well as on the struggle of democratic and civil society to counter these tendencies. Pedagogical-didactic tasks are handled in a new department of Public History with the main task of the dissemination of knowledge. It is closely linked to the Digital Humanities Department.