The Käte Hamburger Research Centre for Cultural Practices of Reparation (CURE) at Saarland University is an Institute for Advanced Studies that will be funded from 2024 on by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The academic directors are Professor Markus Messling and Professor Christiane Solte-Gresser.

The goal of the Käte Hamburger Centre is to develop a transmedia theory of the practices and processes of cultural reparation from a historical and transcultural viewpoint and so gain a fuller understanding of the cultural practices of reparation in a sociopolitical context. The Centre aims to generate new insights into both the individual and collective processes of reparation in a globalized world – insights that are of fundamental relevance to future cultural coexistence and that will open up new perspectives in the field of cultural studies. The research focuses on cultures of remembrance and historical-political discourse, on individual experiences of loss and damage and on cultural-ecological issues.

The centre will host up to twelve international research fellows each year.




Prof. Dr. Markus Messling: markus.messling(at)
Prof. Dr. Christiane Solte-Gresser: solte(at)

Photo credits (Header)
Mona Kriegler, The Scar (Bagdad’s Al-Mutanabbi Street). From the series Pain and Memory. Sketches Malwina Naskret, photography Dafne Louzioti. © 2012/13 Mona Kriegler