Team Frankfurt

The Goethe University Frankfurt team will focus on the memory of protest movements. The German team of the ERA.Net RUS Plus project LIVINGMEMORIES analyses memories of the ‘long 1960s’ protests in West and East-Germany. The project explores in particular how present day protests in Germany – both left and righ-wing – relate to this contentious past. The aim is to assess the interplay between public memory of this contentious past on the one hand, and the memory work in contemporary movements on the other. Analyzing this interplay and comparing its dynamic in East and West Germany will provide crucial clues for understanding present day notions of citizenship and for grasping contemporary dynamics of political activism in Germany.

To this end, the German team will conduct a media analysis as well as interviews with political activists. More specifically, the public memory of the long 1960s will be assessed through an analysis of newspaper articles addressing the protests in the year of its 40th anniversary (2008) and in the context of reports about major contemporary protest events. The memory work in contemporary movements will be analysed on the basis of interviews with activists of major protests in Germany between 2005 and 2015 – both left and right-wing.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Priska Daphi

Dr. Priska Daphi
Dr. Priska Daphi

Priska Daphi is research associate at Goethe University Frankfurt and founding member of the Institute for Protest and Social Movement Studies in Berlin. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the Humboldt-University Berlin and a MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her main research interests are in the areas of political sociology and conflict, with a focus on social movements, civil society, and refugees. Her research in particular explores the role of collective memory in social movements and its effect on identity building, changes of repertoire and disengagement.

Selected publications:

  • 2014: Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. (with Britta Baumgarten & Peter Ullrich)
  • 2014: Breaks and continuities in and between cycles of protest. Memories and legacies of the global justice movement in the context of anti-austerity mobilisations. In Donatella della Porta & Alice Mattoni (eds.), Spreading Protests. Social Movements in Times of Crisis. Essex:  ECPR-Press, pp.193-226 (with Lorenzo Zamponi)

Research Associate: Jens Zimmermann

Jens Zimmermann
Jens Zimmermann

Jens Zimmermann is research associate at the Goethe University Frankfurt. He studied political science, sociology and history at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Afterwards he was doctoral stipendiary at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation. In his promotion project he analyses how Anti-Nuclear-Power-Activists integrate their political engagement in their daily lifes and is interested in the consequences of different integration practices on individual moblizing and de-mobilizing processes. His main research interests are in the areas of social movements, political sociology and qualitative methods.