BerlinGuide.de offers guided tours in Augmented Reality and online experiences about Berlin’s History of Sex, the Story of Berlin’s Clubs, and Berlin’s Queer & Trans History! Additionally, I offer blog posts, presentations, workshops, and articles about human sexualities, sexual sciences, Berlin, LGBTIQ, club culture, politics, history, human-animal relations, sociology, social psychology, society, and culture. BerlinGuide.de is run by Jeff Mannes.
About Jeff Mannes
My name is Jeff Mannes (pronouns: he/him or they/them). I am a social scientist, speaker, tour guide, sex educator, and freelance writer born in Luxembourg-City, Luxembourg and living in Berlin, Germany.
I studied sociology and gender studies (B.A.) in Trier and Göttingen (Germany). I focussed my studies mainly on human sexualities, queer studies, and human-animal relations. I wrote my Bachelor Thesis about the social construction of eating meat, and it was chosen for publication in the German sociological magazine. In Berlin, I finished a training to become a certified sex educator in 2023.
I have more than ten years of experience as a freelance writer and public speaker. I have been speaking publicly and writing for magazines such as SIEGESSÄULE (Berlin’s highest-circulating city magazine, as well as Europe’s most-read LGBTIQ magazine) or the Lëtzebuerger Journal, as well as for non-profits such as the German AIDS Service Organization (Deutsche Aidshilfe).
I have been volunteering and working for several NGOs, including the German AIDS Service Organization (Deutsche Aidshilfe), Luxembourg’s HIV-Berodung and Stop AIDS Now / ACCESS, as well as Beyond Carnism.
Since 2018, I have been successfully hosting my critically acclaimed guided tour Berlin’s History of Sex, supported by the Federal Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld. In 2020, I started offering this tour as an online version, and in 2021, I launched this tour in Augmented Reality – powered by ZAUBAR. In 2023, I launched my second guided tour about The Story of Berlin’s Clubs, as well as my third tour about Berlin’s Queer & Trans History.
I have been working with educational institutions like Northwestern University (Illinois, USA) or the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. I am also currently studying gender studies (M.A.) at the Humboldt University in Berlin, focussing my studies on human sexualities.
ZAUBAR is a Berlin based startup that builds a platform to help passionate locals to create, host and monetize their own location based tours in Augmented Reality. For this, historical photos, drawings, audio guides and films are transformed into 3D experiences that feel like time travel – directly at the places of interest. Jeff Mannes’ tour Berlin’s History of Sex in AR is the first official guided AR tour powered by ZAUBAR.
ZAUBAR’s projects have already been nominated several times, including for the Grimme Online Award 2021 (Knowledge & Education) and took 2nd place at the delina-award 2021 in the category “Society and Lifelong Learning” and 3rd place at the Prix Europa 2020 (Digital Media). ZAUBAR is an official partner of Google for ARCore’s Earth Cloud Anchors, which enable markerless content placement worldwide for the first time.
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