We are in active dialogue with other scientists who study maritime history from various perspectives and create scientific discussion in this regard within the framework of exhibitions and academic teaching. We are thus a coordinated and cooperating interface between universities, non-university research institutions and historical associations. To this end, an extendable circle of experts of external members has been identified, which stimulates this cooperation scientifically and accompanies it conceptually and contextually as a scientific support and friendship network.
In dialogue with our own scientists, the so-called "DSM Fellows/Senior Experts", who have in the meantime become an established part of the German Maritime Museum, bind together research at the universities and other scientific institutes with that of the DSM and thus contribute to a mutual enrichment. This enables the direct communication of academic research findings to the wider public in the context of exhibitions.
The "German Maritime Museum Fellows/Senior Experts are given the opportunity to make a difference both internally through the supervision of project groups and young researchers and externally in the form of workshops/conferences/congresses and exhibitions. We are advised by the "German Maritime Museum Fellows/Senior Experts" in the conception of projects and exhibition modules and supported in applications for external funding and the creation of joint publications.
In return, with our personnel and spatial infrastructure, we offer a place with public effect for the implementation of workshops, conferences and congresses in the context of our contextual profile and in close content-related cooperation with partner institutes, and the possibility to publish in our in-house publication series. In addition, we offer the "German Maritime Museum Fellows/Senior Experts" the opportunity to have their own research results become effective in the context of colloquia with young researchers. We support interested experts through the free-of-charge provision of a guest room and the payment of travel costs as well as, where applicable, commissions for work.
Consultation on the extensive whaling inventory of the German Maritime Museum and collaboration on the sub-theme area of the future exhibition.
Advice on archive sources
see also Vereinigung deutscher Wirtschaftsarchivare e.V.
Awardee of the „Caroline-von-Humboldt-Preis“ of the Humboldt University of Berlin
Guest curator of the exhibition project "Monkeys on Board
Guest curator on the topic of "Shipping and the Environment" and advisor on Florian Tüchert's dissertation project "Learning to Read Maps - Sea Charts in Navigation Instruction".
Private lecturer for Modern and Contemporary History at the Institute of History of the University of Cologne.
Advice in exhibition and research plans in the area of maritime economic and corporate history.
See also the following literature notes:
Wixforth, Harald: Kriegseinsatz und Kriegsfolgen. Der Norddeutsche Lloyd im Ersten Weltkrieg und der Nachkriegsinflation. In: Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte 105 (2), 2018, pp. 365-389
Wixforth, Harald: Unternehmensstrategien in der Krise? Die Krise des Norddeutschen Lloyds nach der Inflation und ihre Bewältigung, In: Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte 63 (2), 2018, pp. 275-305
Wixforth, Harald: Schiffsfinanzierung im Wandel. Finanzintermediäre und maritime Wirtschaft am Finanzplatz Hamburg. In: IBF paper Series 14, 2017, pp 1-34
Wixforth, Harald: Kooperation und Kontrolle im Schiffbau. August Thyssen und der Bremer Vulkan. In: Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial-und Wirtschaftsgeschichte 101 (2), 2014, pp. 154-179
„Eine Geschichte der Risikowahrnehmung von Schiffsuntergängen“ (A history of the risk preception of ship sinkings), advice in exhibition and research plans, supervision of dissertation projects
Professur for "Geschichte des späten Mittelalters sowie Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte" at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Historian and head of the Verden (Aller) district archive.
Dirks was involved in the research project "Between North Sea and North Sea: Interdisciplinary Studies on the Hanseatic League".