The International Research Institution GDR (IF DDR) is a long-term project of the Society for Science and Culture of Germany (GWKD). On one hand, it focuses on the international relations of the German Democratic Republic under the banner of international solidarity; on the other, it intends to trace the everyday functioning of this socialist state. In a time of particularism, crisis and regression, economic and social inequalities, IF DDR wants to act as a link between preserving and exploring the historic multilateral relations of the GDR, given they are of international significance for the shaping of democratic communities. This applies particularly, though not exclusively, to the mutual support between the GDR and the states of the Global South emerging from colonial rule. These countries are often denied a voice in Western discourse about their own historic experience with the GDR, which is why the IF DDR works closely together with organisations abroad interested in this field with the aim of exchanging knowledge and initiating critical discussions. GDR society, its solidarity campaigns and official international politics shall be researched and made accessible in order to gain insights into shortcomings as well as successes and lessons to learn. The IF DDR will do so by conducting interviews with contemporary witnesses as well as with the publication of its research guided by the needs of other countries to locate their political goals historically.
This autumn, the Internationale Forschungsstelle DDR will launch its new website.
At the moment the preparations for our online publication "Studies on the DDR" are in full swing. The first issues of the series will deal with land reform and collectivisation, the educational system and the democratic courts, among other topics.
In particular, we are still looking for editors on a fee basis for selected aspects of the GDR's international relations, its support of liberation movements and its solidarity campaigns. In addition to a preliminary bibliography, please send us an abstract of a planned contribution (max. one page) to: kontakt at ifddr.org
Frankfurter Allee 25
E-Mail: kontakt at ifddr.org
Telephone: (+49) 030 / 21 95 06 88 90