Siegfried Lokatis

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Siegfried Lokatis (born October 1, 1956 in Essen ) is a German contemporary historian and book scholar .


Lokatis studied history , philosophy , archeology and oriental studies at the Ruhr University in Bochum and in Pisa . In 1985 he passed his first state examination and received a scholarship from the FAZIT Foundation with Hans Mommsen with the dissertation Hanseatische Verlagsanstalt. Political book marketing in the "Third Reich" for Dr. phil. PhD. In 1992 he passed the second state examination.

He then worked as a research associate at the Research Center for Contemporary History Studies (today: Center for Contemporary History Research ). From 2001 to 2005 he was involved in the DFG project “International literature in the field of tension between German-German literary politics. The publishing house 'Volk und Welt' ”was integrated at the University of Potsdam and was in charge of an exhibition on the publishing house Volk und Welt in 2004/05 at the Documentation Center for Everyday Culture of the GDR in Eisenhüttenstadt and later in Marienborn .

In 2004 he completed his habilitation in modern history at the University of Potsdam. In 2006 he became professor at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig . In particular, he researches the history of publishing and the book trade.

Lokatis is committed to the future of book studies as a research discipline. The book stories project was published by Edition Hamouda in 2011 . Paths to World Literature , New Book Stories followed in 2012 . Paths to world literature . These publications contain popular scientific texts on the classics of world literature, which are intended to bring the reader closer to the original texts.

Lokatis is a member of the historical commission of the German book trade association .


Fonts (selection)

  • Anti-Semitism, the idea of ​​folkism and the organization of folk literature with special consideration of Wilhelm Stack, dissertation State examination office for teaching positions in schools, teacher examination work, Bochum 1985, OCLC 248042365
  • Hanseatic publishing house. Political book marketing in the “Third Reich” . In: Archive for the history of books, Volume 38, Booksellers Association, Frankfurt am Main 1992, ISBN 978-3-7657-1723-9 , pp. 1–189.
  • With Simone Barck , Martina Langermann: “Every book is an adventure”. Censorship system and literary publics in the GDR up to the end of the sixties (= contemporary historical studies . Volume 9). Akademie Verlag, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-05-003118-2 .
  • Edited with Ingrid Sonntag: Secret readers in the GDR. Control and dissemination of illicit literature . Links, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-86153-494-5 .
  • The Red Thread. Communist party history and censorship under Walter Ulbricht (= contemporary historical studies . Volume 25). Böhlau, Cologne a. a. 2003, ISBN 3-412-04603-5 .
  • Edited with Ingrid Sonntag: 100 years of Kiepenheuer publishers . Links, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-86153-635-2 .
  • Ed .: New Book Stories. Paths to world literature (= Liaisons Dossier . No. 2). Ed. Hamouda, Leipzig 2012, ISBN 978-3-940075-59-8 .
  • Edited with Doreen Kunze, Fayçal Hamouda: Book stories. Paths to world literature . Ed. Hamouda, Leipzig 2013, ISBN 978-3-940075-75-8 .
  • Edited with Theresia Rost, Grit Steuer: From the author to the censorship file. Adventure in reading country GDR . Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle (Saale) 2014, ISBN 978-3-95462-110-1 .

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