The Julius-Mammelsdorf-Institut für praktische Kulturarbeit

Culture holds our society together: Mannheim is in a dynamic cultural region with strong institutions. The Julius-Mammelsdorf-Institut für praktische Kulturarbeit (JMI) strategically brings these institutions together with the University of Mannheim because museums, memorial sites, public archives and libraries collect, preserve, research and teach. The JMI gives students of Humanities the opportunity to perform applied audience research at the highest level. In addition, they receive an academic education and can acquire mediation skills at the same time.

Vice versa, it offers cultural institutions of the region research-based answers and potential for development in view of the ever changing challenges. Via the Carl Theodor professorship for Early Modern History, funded by the Heinrich Vetter Foundation and the Karin and Carl-Heinrich Esser Foundation, the School of Humanities links its teaching and research expertise with experts from leading cultural institutions, who in turn can acquire academic knowledge and at the same time contribute their expertise to university teaching. The result is a unique and strong association of universities and mediating institutions, researchers, teachers, students and citizens in Germany.

The institute is named after Julius Mammelsdorf, an important merchant from Mannheim who lived from 1839 to 1902.

750,000 euros are needed to build up the infrastructure of the JMI, i.e. to develop an application-based master's program between the university and the mediating institutions, to design courses together with the project partners, to support talented students with scholarships and to organize workshops. It is possible to participate with a contribution of 50,000 euros or more.

The JMI as a mediator will support our strong partners and strong university in entirely new ways.

Prof. Dr. Hiram Kümper – Carl-Theodor professor for Early Modern History Testimonial / Credit: Daniela Haupt