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New publication in the series “Bildwelten des Wissens”

Bildwelten des Wissens – Volume 16.
Bildzensur. Löschung technischer Bilder.

Edited by Katja Müller-Helle.

Technical image censorship is omnipresent and invisible at the same time. Content moderation in social media and automatic deletions by algorithms create a new kind of association of human and non-human actors that trigger shifts in image ethics and jurisprudence in the field of visibility. Whereas traditional institutions of censorship regulated the sphere of action of dangerous images through legal and religious norms, today it is automated mechanisms controlled by international corporations that govern socio-technical scripts of image deletion. In the public sphere of technical image worlds, visibility markers of deletion – such as censor bars or pixelation – are being replaced by upload filters, content moderators or deepfakes. In this experimental phase of digital modernity, it is once again being renegotiated in technical, social, juridical and image-theoretical terms which images circulate in the data stream, disappear from view or never reach the light of day.

ePub – Open Access – Bildzensur. Löschung technischer Bilder (PDF)
© 2020 Katja Müller-Helle, Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston 2020
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
eISBN: 9783110715293

Elections to the committees at HU Berlin 2021

Elections to the Academic Senate/Concil and other committees at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will take place on January 12, 2021.

It is possible to vote by postal vote.
Postal ballot documents can be requested until 14.12.2020, 15:00 pm, from the local election committee responsible (, in writing or by e-mail. Please note that the e-mail must be sent via the personal university e-mail account and electronically signed with a soft certificate issued by the university. As an alternative to the electronic signature using a soft certificate, you can attach an electronic copy of the signed postal vote application to your e-mail (personal university account).
You can find a form to request the postal vote documents at:

The nominations for the election to the AS/Concil can be viewed here:

Further information on the committee elections can be obtained at or from your local election committee. The local election committees also provide information about any further elections at decentralized level.

Appointment procedure for filling the W3 endowed professorship “Theory and Practice of Curation”

Invitation to the trial lectures as part of the appointment procedure for the W3- Endowed Professorship for “Theory and Practice of Curation”

The trial lectures are held via video conference for the university public and the members of the Stiftung Humboldt Forumand are each divided into a 30-minute presentation (self-selected thematic focus and presentation of an exhibition concept for the Humboldt Forum) and a 20-minute public discussion.
The professorship will be appointed at the Faculty of Cultural, Social and Educational Sciences and the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (double affiliation).

Thursday, October 08, 2020, video conference
08.30 a.m. Candidate 1
10.00 a.m. Candidate 2

Friday, 09 October 2020, video conference
08.30 a.m. Candidate 3 Cancelled!
10.00 a.m. Candidate 4
11.30 a.m. Candidate 5
14.00 p.m. Candidate 6

The Temporary Object Lab

In the course of a ‚material turn‘ the role of the scientific collection expands. The Temporary Object Lab was an interdisciplinary workspace that brought together individuals of from the worlds of science and art in order to jointly conduct research on collection objects.. This pilot project combined a public collection depot, an atelier and an exhibition. The participants engaged in workshops, participatory reconstructions and teaching events. This publication presents their workshop reports and manifestos.

Edited by Oliver Thie
With texts by Jochen Hennig, Felix Sattler, Sebastian Döring, Angela Strauß and Oliver Thie
CLOU – Cluster Letters of Understanding

„Digitales Netzwerk Sammlungen“ – a project of the Berlin University Alliance

The project is jointly managed by the Humboldt-Universität, Freie Universität and Charité, but refers to partners of the Berlin University Alliance. The aim is to evaluate IT systems and digital strategies, taking into account different perspectives of scientific use, networking and cataloguing of collections, as well as subject-specific needs. Case studies on collections, usage and digitization scenarios will be used to develop recommendations for action that will serve as the basis for a sustainable collection infrastructure for Berlin’s universities.

The Koordinierungsstelle für Universitätssammlungen in Deutschland (HU), with its nationwide and international expertise in this field, is accompanying this project as a partner.

In addition, the overarching and transdisciplinary approach and strategic orientation is supported by an expert advisory board.

„Digitales Netzwerk Sammlungen“ is a component of the „Sharing Resources“ workspace of the Berlin University Alliance. Access to excellent infrastructure is a decisive competitive factor in promoting research and recruiting outstanding scholars and scientists. The goal is to make the best possible use of existing resources and to be able to plan new projects jointly and thus more efficiently. Collections are seen as part of the complex research infrastructure, which should be transparent and accessible to the four partners.

More than 90 scientific, partly unique collections are known at Berlin’s universities. University collections were and are created in the context of scientific research or as a basis for teaching. In some subjects they form a central basis for research; in their diversity they are the basis for subject history, history of science and culture, object and collection research. The Berlin collections are mainly housed in the institutes, which favors close integration into teaching and research. The networking of the collections is still comparatively weak and poorly organized, which currently makes it difficult to use them.

A good, centralized record facilitates and enables provenance research, cooperation in teaching, scientific cooperation, exhibitions and citizen science projects. At the same time, such a system is a challenging task due to the large number of requirements and the interdisciplinary nature of the work. The aim of the study is to develop and evaluate a concept over a period of 19 months that will open up the collections as a scientific resource and at the same time support the needs of the Berlin collections.

Project management and contact

Dr. Yong-Mi Rauch (provisional Collection Officer, University Library of Humboldt-Universität)

Dr. Andreas Brandtner (Director of the university library of the Freie Universität Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schnalke (Director of the medical history museum of the Charité)


Supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the State of Berlin as part of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the States

Dr. Alia Mossallam is a guest researcher in the Sound Archive

The HZK welcomes Dr. Alia Mossallam as visiting scholar at the Sound Archive. She is a cultural historian. Her PhD dissertation explored a popular history of Nasserist Egypt through stories told and songs sung by people who contributed to milestone events of the 1952 revolution (the building of the Aswan High Dam, and the 1956 and 1967 wars). She has taught at the American University in Cairo (AUC), the Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS), Freie Universität Berlin (FU) and held the series of history workshops ‘Ihky ya Tarikh’ with students, activists and artists in governorates all over Egypt, as an experiment in history-telling. She has also explored playwriting with Laila Soliman and Hassan El-Geretly as attempts to bring stories (and songs) of struggle unto the stage.
Her publications include an article on youth activism in the volume Democratic Transition in the Middle East, a workers’ history of the Aswan High dam in the Journal of Water History, and an article on history workshops in Egypt in the History Workshop Journal. She has also written for Mada Masr, Jadaliyya and Ma’azif.
The guest professorship at the HZK is sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung.

TA T Tour 360° – Tieranatomisches Theater now Accessable in Virtual 360°