Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI)
The Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) conducts international, multidisciplinary and application-oriented research into school textbooks and educational media, centring on approaches drawn from historical and cultural studies. The institute’s primary interest is in structures of knowledge and models for identification presented and transmitted to school students via state education. Current foci of the institute’s research include representations of Europe in textbooks, the manner in which educational media engage with two key issues of our day – religion and globalisation – and the relationship between textbooks and conflict. Overarching issues which permeate throughout the institute’s work include constructions of self and other, cultural processes of translation, and practices of cultural memory as they are reflected in educational media.