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Susanne Grunwald

Susanne Grunwald studied History and Pre- and Protohistory in Jena and Leipzig and finished her PhD in 2012 with an analysis of the history of the hillfort research in Saxony/Germany between 1900 and 1961. Supported by Excellence Cluster TOPOI she started in 2012 with research about archaeological mapping and organized with TOPOI the workshop „Mapping Ancient Identities. Cartographical Constructions of Identities in Classical Studies" (2014). Since a fellowship of the RGK of the DAI (2017) and her participation in the project „Fragments, Ruins and Space" at the DAI/Excellence Cluster TOPOI (2018) her current research focuses on German „Kunstschutz" during First World War in the Near East and at the Balcans, on the reorganization of Archaeology in Germany after 1945 and on cartography in Cold War Germany. Susanne works with different partners on a self-employed base in Berlin.


History of archaeology as entangled history. The reorganization of the German Pre- and Protohistorical archaeology after 1945

The paper of Arnold and Hassmann is the starting point for my presentation of what we know now about denazification of the German Pre- and Protohistorical archaeology and its reconstruction after the end of the National Socialism and the World War II. Today we can describe how and why a design of research from the 1920s became influential for the reorganization of archaeology in both parts of Germany and why observers from inside and from outside welcomed this development. So, the German Pre- and Protohistorical archaeology will be hopefully a lesson about mechanisms and strategies for establish and develop archaeological institutions and topics from an imperial national state over a republic and the Nazi dictatorship to a second republic and a communist dictatorship.

To read: Bettina Arnold / Henning Hassmann, Archaeology in Nazi Germany: the legacy of the Faustian bargain. In: Phillip L. Kohl / Clare Fawcett (Ed.), Nationalism, Politics and the Practice of Archaeology (Cambridge 1996) 70-81.


History of archaeological mapping and how archaeologists simplified the past by maps

This lecture invites to discuss archaeological mapping critically as a powerful, suggestive tool of communication in archaeology. It is important to understand mapping itself as one of the most influential strategies of modern national states and national movements. On the other hand, a lot of practices are requirements for mapping in general and archaeological mapping in particular - like surveys, a market of published maps and a scientific implementation of mapping as a method. A lot of nationally and regionally different solutions for these requirements were developed between 1850 and 1950, and in this lecture I want to introduce the development of German archaeological mapping in general and of mapping of the so called expansion of the Slaves into the European West in special. In a second step we will discuss together different maps by Bulgarian archaeologists, which were published between 1850 and 1950. We will analyze different transformations (Bruno Latour) from a single find, a single grave and a single settlement to signs on maps and finally to elements of narratives.

Selected publications:

Susanne Grunwald, Burgwallforschung in Sachsen. Ein Beitrag zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte der deutschen Prähistorischen Archäologie zwischen 1900 und 1961. Universitätsforschungen zur Prähistorischen Archäologie 331 (Bonn 2019).

Susanne Grunwald/Kerstin P. Hofmann/Daniel Werning/Felix Wiedemann (Hrsg.), Mapping Ancient Identities. Methodisch-kritische Reflexionen zu Kartierungspraktiken. Edition Topoi 55 (Berlin 2018).

Susanne Grunwald, Bedenkliche Karten. Zur Frage der „Westausbreitung der Slawen" in der deutschsprachigen archäologischen Kartographie zwischen 1850 und 1950. In: Susanne Grunwald/Kerstin P. Hofmann/Daniel Werning/Felix Wiedemann (Hrsg.), Mapping Ancient Identities. Kartographische Identitätskonstruktionen in den Altertumswissenschaften. Bd. 55 Edition Topoi (Berlin 2018) 59-86.

Susanne Grunwald, Metaphern - Punkte - Linien. Zur sprachlichen und kartographischen Semantik ur- und frühgeschichtlicher Wanderungsnarrative bei Gustaf Kossinna. In: Felix Wiedemann/Joachim Gehrke/Kerstin P. Hofmann (Hrsg.), „Vom Wandern der Völker". Zur Verknüpfung von Raum und Identität in Migrationserzählungen. Berlin Studies oft he Ancient World 41 (Berlin 2017) 277-314.

Susanne Grunwald, 100 Jahre Germania. Eine Fachzeitschrift als Identifikationsanker, Prestigeobjekt und polygrafisches Produkt. Germania 95, 1.-2. Hb, 2017, 1-41.
Susanne Grunwald, „Riskante Zwischenschritte". Archäologische Kartographie in Deutschland zwischen 1870 und 1900. In: Kerstin P. Hofmann/Thomas Meier/Doreen Mölders/Stefan Schreiber (Hrsg.), Massendinghaltung in der Archäologie. Der Material Turn und die Ur- und Frühgeschichte (Leiden 2016) 111-142.

Susanne Grunwald, Beispiellose Herausforderungen. Deutsche Archäologie zwischen Weltkriegsende und Kaltem Krieg. Bericht der Römisch-Germanischen Kommission 97, 2016 (2020), 152 pages (in print).

Susanne Grunwald/Uta Halle/Dirk Mahsarski/Karin Reichenbach (Hrsg.), Die Spur des Geldes in der Prähistorischen Archäologie. Mäzene - Förderer - Förderstrukturen (Bielefeld 2016).

Sabine Rieckhoff/Susanne Grunwald/Karin Reichenbach (Hrsg.), Burgwallforschung im akademischen und öffentlichen Diskurs im 20. Jahrhundert. Wissenschaftsgeschichtliche Tagung 22.-23. Juni 2007 an der Professur für Ur- und Frühgeschichte mit Sammlung der Universität Leipzig. Leipziger Forsch. Ur- und Frühgesch. 5 (Leipzig 2009).




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