Peter Banks

Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 120146

Research Interests

Peter is a PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg, and is part of the ITN’s “Knowing Vaccines” Project. He received his Master’s degree in Modern History at the University of Kent in 2021, with a project focusing on the history of propaganda and its reflection in the spatial environment. For his Masters dissertation, He examined the Berlin 1936 and Munich 1972 Olympics, highlighting the ways in which both Games utilised the spatial environment as a means of propaganda. Such research involved analysis of landscape, architecture, images, and design.

For his PhD thesis Peter is applying propaganda and spatial theories to study the German Democratic Republic’s (GDR) poliomyelitis vaccination campaign in the 1960s. He is particularly interested in the propaganda significance of vaccination to the GDR and its cultural experience by the state’s citizens.

Current Projects

ITN: Knowing Vaccines