Since 2018 Andrea Rehling is center manager of the Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum.
Before, she was member of the academic staff of the history department at the Leibniz-Institute of European History Mainz. Between 2013 and 2016 she was principal investigator for the research project "Knowledge of the World – Heritage of Mankind: The History of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage" funded by the Competition of the Leibniz Association under funding line 2: Particularly innovative and high-risk projects.
She studied History, Political Science and German Literature at the Ruhr University, Bochum. In 2009, she took her doctoral degree with a thesis on German corporatism between 1880 and 1980 at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen. She has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim. In addition to short stays at the German Historical Institutes London, United Kingdom, and Paris, France, she has been a junior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Constance (Konstanz) and visiting fellow at the Institute for European Global Studies in Basel, Switzerland.
- International Relations and International Organisations, UNESCO World Heritage
- Political History, History of Cosmopolitanism
- Cultural and Environmental History
- History of Industrial Relations, Corporatism
Knowledge of the World - Heritage of Mankind: The History of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage
There is a continuing debate in modern history on whether the 1970s and 1980s are turning points in history. They are viewed as the background to the present and they are often identified as the beginning of a global age and the end of the nation state. They are regarded as the starting point of a new ecological consciousness and are interpreted as the inception of new practices of cultural identification. This project extended these observations and incorporated them into its central questions. Taking the World Heritage program governance institution as a prism, it investigated the shifting structures, institutions and actors, perceptions and agency. In five sub-projects, it provided new insights into "transformations" of statehood, society and politics, culture and nature, time and space, past, present and future since the 1970s.
The project offers a critical analysis of the cosmopolitanization of collective memory and of "post-national memory culture". It is a contribution to expanded international history and global history. Due attention is paid to the interplay and tensions between regional, national, and international or global levels. Particular attention is paid to conflict lines in international relations, such as the east-west conflict and the north-south conflict, as well as to the supposed "clash of civilizations" and its effects on the UNESCO World Heritage programme. Additionally, conflicts between representatives of the international organizations, of national and local authorities, and users as well as inhabitants of the heritage sites will be investigated.
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