About Elena

Elena Marie Elisabeth Kiesel is a historian and Research Associate at the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History and History Didactics, University of Erfurt, and Co-Investigator in the Research Unit on Voluntariness. Her research focuses on voluntary participation in the GDR, social history of the GDR, provenance research, and the history of confessional welfare.

Research Field

Recent German History

Affiliation

University of Erfurt

Department of History

Elena M. E. Kiesel

Elena M. E. Kiesel

Co-Investigator (Recent German History)

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Voluntariness On Tour – What Was it Like to Be a “Neuerer”?

On Friday, September 30, 2022, Elena and Christiane from the subproject “Voluntariness and Dictatorship” invite former “Neuerer” in the GDR to talk about their personal experiences. We are hosting an event called “Bürgerforum” and looking forward meeting you in Eisenach!

Voluntariness Up For Debate – Lecture and Workshop with Sandrine Kott

On June 20, 2022, our teams of the subprojects “Voluntariness and Decolonization” and “Voluntariness and Dictatorship” – Carolyn, Iris, Elena and Christiane – welcome Swiss historian Sandrine Kott (University of Geneva) for a workshop and evening lecture at the Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle Studien in Gotha.

Voluntariness on Tour: Talk at the “Fuldaer Abende”

On January 18, 2022, Elena M. E. Kiesel and Christiane Kuller, project investigators of our sub-project on voluntariness and dictatorship, will be participating at the “Fuldaer Abende” and explore voluntary participation within the ‘Neuererwesen’ of the GDR.

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Are We Fated?

By Elena M. E. Kiesel and Markus Dolinsky

Pagans against Christians, brothers against brothers, free will against fate: in the Canadian-Irish television series Vikings viewers are immersed in a conflict-laden world characterized by a search for religious…

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