Public lectures

In the public lectures of the Research Training Group ‘Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings’ at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, selected historical buildings are analysed as bearers of the architectural and technical achievements of their time as well as places of memory for building cultures of the past. In addition to reconstructing important phases of architectural history from antiquity to modern times, the current value of historic buildings is analysed; ‘Why do we place significance on certain historic buildings and not on others?’ and ‘What are the symbols and narratives that play a decisive role in this?’

Lectures in the Winter Term 2022/23

18 October 2022
Peter Bexte (Cologne)
„Eierlinien“. Zur historischen Semantik ovaler Formen in Bauten und Bildern

1 November 2022, 4 pm
at Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus
Sharon Macdonald (Berlin/York)
Exhibiting Critique? Potentials for Reworlding Ethnographic Museums in Europe

8 November 2022
Esra Akcan (Ithaca)
A Short History of Architectural Opposition in Turkey

15 November 2022
Stephanie Van de Voorde (Brussels)
Taking Another Look: Building Materials from the ‘Trentes Glorieuses’

Wed, 30 November 2022, 6 pm
Pauline Lefebvre (Brussels)
Values in the Making: Observing Architects Crafting Their Discourse

13 December 2022, only online
Somaiyeh Falahat (Cambridge)
Cities Constructed in Words: (Post)coloniality of Spatial Stories

Thu, 12 January 2023, 6 pm
Lorenz Korn (Bamberg)
Seljuk Dome Chambers in Iran (11th/12th c.): Questions of Design and Construction

17 January 2023
Peter Stabel (Antwerp)
Patterns of Urbanization during the Middle Ages: A Comparative Approach of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia

24 January 2023
Shu-Mei Huang (Taipei)
Mapping Difficult Heritage as Frontiers of Memory in the Asia Pacific

14 February 2023
Hanno Hochmuth (Potsdam)
Berlin – Das Rom der Zeitgeschichte

If not indicated otherwise, the events take placeon Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in Building 2C, in the Zeichensaal on the ground floor, and will also be streamed online via Webex. If you are interested in attending online, please email Albrecht Wiesener (albrecht.wiesener(at)