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Marion Detjen

PhD in History 
Freie Universität Berlin
Marion Detjen studied European history and German literature and linguistics in Berlin and Munich, where she received her MA and passed her first state exam. She worked for several years as a freelance curator and activist, and wrote books on contemporary German history, before receiving her PhD from Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation on rescue helpers after the building of the Berlin Wall. 2009 - 2014 Marion worked and taught at Humboldt University Berlin, 2015 - 2107 on a DFG-position at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (Center for Contemporary History) in Potsdam. She has been teaching Migration History at Bard College Berlin since 2016, and currently holds the Gillespie Fellowship as advisor to the Bard College Berlin „Program for International Education and Social Change.“ She is working on a biography on the German-American publisher in exile Helen Wolff. Her historical interests include German post-war history, migration history, the history of publishing and cultural transfer, biography and oral history, public history, gender, and the relationship between the private and the public. Marion is a regular contributor to the column „10nach8“ at ZEIT-Online as part of its editorial team, and is a co-founder of "Wir machen das," a coalition of action focused on the current migration crisis.

Publications (monographs):
  • Die Deutschen und das Grundgesetz. Geschichte und Grenzen unserer Verfassung, together with Max Steinbeis and Stephan Detjen, Munich (Pantheon) 2009, Schriftenreihe der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Band 763.
  • Ein Loch in der Mauer. Die Geschichte der Fluchthilfe im geteilten Deutschland 1961-1989, Munich (Siedler Verlag) 2005.
  • „Zum Staatsfeind ernannt". Widerstand, Resistenz und Verweigerung gegen das NS-Regime in München, ed. by the City of Munich, Munich (Buchendorfer Verlag) 1998.
Dr. Marion Detjen
Email: m.detjen[at]berlin.bard.edu