Dr. Maren Tribukait

As a research fellow at the GEI since 2013, Maren Tribukait has coordinated didactic transfer projects and is Head of the Didactics research forum. She is interested in the changes inspired by our digital age within the media, classroom, school and education system, and is currently researching history learning with digital media.

She studied history and German studies in Berlin and London and completed her first teacher training qualification in 1999. Following a traineeship at C. H. Beck, she worked as a textbook editor for the subject of history at the Ernst Klett Verlag from 2002 until 2008. In 2008 she joined the postgraduate programme ‘Archive/Power/Knowledge’ at the University of Bielefeld, and then the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology until 2013. She was awarded her doctorate in 2013 for her thesis, Gefährliche Sensationen. Die Visualisierung von Verbrechen in deutschen und amerikanischen Pressefotografien (1920-1970) (Dangerous sensations: the visualisation of crime in German and American press photography, 1920-1970), in which she reconstructs the criteria according to which photographs were deemed presentable and the power of images in the public sphere.


  • Innovative History Education for All (2014-2017) – In this European collaborative project, digital tools are being developed for the history classroom and rendered accessible to history teachers across Europe via the learning portal Historiana. The GEI is composing a report on the official standards for curricula and education policy pertaining to digital learning in Europe.
  • Textbook of the Year – This annual award for outstanding textbooks distinguishes those who are particularly innovative in terms of content, didactics, media or design.
  • Edu.reviews – the platform for textbook reviews. Here we publish textbook reviews by teachers and pupils, researchers and students in order to bring together a variety of perspectives on textbooks.
  • Research Forum ‘Didactics’ – Here we bring together lines of inquiry from the field of didactics that are important for the GEI’s research, transfer projects and research infrastructure. With regard to the development of educational media, the research forum provides a space for an exchange of experiences and dialogue between specialist didactics and current trends within didactics research.