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Sandra Engels

About Me

Sandra Engels is a doctoral researcher and research assistant at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. In her research project she works on cultural mediation and the dynamics of heritage making at sites of memory. Through integrating the innovative methodology of 'emotion networking', developed by Dutch heritage educators, in her own tour-guiding practices, she aims to investigate the emotional/affective side of heritage making processes. This shall introduce more participatory and inclusive strategies for understanding, mapping, and accessing the dynamics of heritage and memory making on the spot.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Sandra studied History and Special Journalism of History at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. She then completed two master's programmes in the Netherlands, in History of Society and International Relations at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and in Heritage and Memory Studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

As research assistant at the GCSC, she is now responsible for the centre's welcoming events as well as public relations and marketing concepts, along with its Social Media strategy. 



International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 12
35394 Giessen

Room 217
Phone: +49.641.99 30 025

Dissertation Project

Reimagining Spaces of Memory. Participative Approaches to the Cultural Mediation of Memory and Identity Politics

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Bettina Brockmeyer

Research Interests

  • Heritage Studies
  • Memory and Identity Politics
  • Museum Studies
  • Visual and Material Culture Studies
  • Historical Consciousness (Geschichtsbewusstsein)
  • Cultural Mediation (Kulturvermittlung)

  • International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
    • RA1_Cultural Memory
    • RA6_Cultural Identity
  • European Students‘ Association for Cultural Heritage (ESACH)
  • Europa Nostra, the European Voice of Civil Society committed to Cultural Heritage 
  • International Council of Museums (ICOM)

  • MA Thesis: "Heritage and Corona. Heritage Processes as Effective and Affective Emergency Response to a Global Crisis." Universiteit van Amsterdam. 2021.
  • MA Thesis: "Visualizing the Claim for the Women's Right to Vote: Representing Femininity in the First Wave German Women's Movement 1900-1919." Thesis. Erasmus University Rotterdam. 2019.
  • BA Thesis: "Wahre 48er Internationalisten? Der magyarische Freiheitskampf in der deutschsprachigen Presse." Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 2018.