Dr. Ursula Röper

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Dr. Ursula Röper has been a member of the advisory board of KLOSTERLAND e.V. since 2021.

Short biography

Dr. Ursula Röper read religious studies, ethnology and psychology at the Free University of Berlin and did her doctorate on the devotional movement and women’s politics in the 19th century. This research led to her first major exhibition, “The Power of Charity” (DHM Berlin), in 1998, which dealt with the evolution of the German welfare state in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since 2000, she has been manager of the office she founded in Berlin, ‘Kulturhistorische Projekte’ (Cultural History Projects). Here, she has devised and curated exhibitions, including in various monasteries, for example in Helmstedt, Lehnin and Neuzelle. From 2000 to 2012, Ursula Röper was instrumental in developing the museum site at the Stift zum Heiligengrabe monastery with an interdenominational focus and in cooperation with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Her last major exhibition (2017) took place at the St. Marienberg monastery in Helmstedt. Under the title “Paraments in Motion. The imagery of liturgical textiles”, the exhibition and the accompanying book explore the overall liturgical composition in sacred spaces since the 12th century, which includes architecture, mural painting, window design, textiles and texts, etc.

Since 2012, as a second focus in her work, she has been exploring the social documentary photography of the GDR, and in particular the photographic view of women and on social issues.

She has authored numerous publications on her main areas of work.



Expert for…

Dr. Ursula Röper is an expert in religious studies, women’s monasteries, exhibition concepts in historical, heritage-protected spaces, the development of museum sites, utilisation strategies and gender issues.