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Kartieren und transformieren. Interdisziplinäre Zugriffe auf Stadtkarten als visuelles Medium urbaner Transformation in Mittel- und Osteuropa, 1939-49 (UrbanMetaMapping)



city maps from the second third of the 20th century on war, zoning,

construction planning and urban heritage” PI: Dr. Carmen M. Enss,

Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg.

Title for

GESIS WP: “City-maps providing historical geographical context for social

science research”


maps from wartime and post-war Europe are a neglected source of contextual

geographical data. In addition to bomb damage, various aspects of the city, in

particular functional or idealistic meanings of its areas were reassessed,

documented and, in some cases, shown in maps for the first time during and

after the war. Although more maps are now being digitised and made available

online, the overwhelming majority of historical thematic maps for European

cities have so far neither been located in the archives themselves nor compared

with each other. The digital collection, interdisciplinary research,

informatics and geoinformatics processing and complete editing of such

documents for selected cities in Central Europe is therefore the subject of the

collaborative research applied for here. A comparative analysis of these maps

will pursue the following objectives in detail:


Understanding and mapping processes of reconstruction for example cities


Researching the methodology of thematic mapping and infographics


Informatics Development for Questioning Heterogeneous Data and Metadata

The main

research question to be addressed on behalf of GESIS is to what extent such

historical geographical data can be offer contextual information for social

surveys through geographical matching. A secondary research question is related

to Dr. Ludwig’s research interests as city planner in explaining the current

state of cities in Germany in relation to pre- and post-war planning trends.-

01.11.2020 – 31.10.2024

Sponsored by

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung