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Exploring Forms, Spaces, and Discourses of Holocaust Remembrance

For decades, the Holocaust has played a pivotal role in shaping Germany’s collective memory and remembrance policy. The ongoing debates about and surrounding the narrative(s) of remembrance thereby hold immense political and public significance, especially in the transition to the post-memorial era, that is, when survivors and primary witnesses are no longer amongst us. Given these circumstances, it is of utmost importance to preserve the remembrance of the Holocaust and to anchor it within our cultural consciousness for generations to come. Consequently, a comprehensive examination of the various forms of representation is therefore essential, necessitating trans- and interdisciplinary approaches.  

The members of the section “Holocaust & Remembrance” therefore aim to delve into the intricate forms and spaces of Holocaust representation, encompassing literature, (interactive) media, the visual arts as well as monuments, memorials and exhibitions. In doing so, we seek to scrutinise the contribution and (potential) impact of these distinct media in cultivating a culture of remembrance. Beyond media-centric discussions, the section's interests extend to exploring the manifestations in the academic discourses of literary and cultural studies, media studies, pedagogy, history and political science.  

We cordially invite new members to join our section and to actively participate in our joint exploration. You are also welcome to attend the meetings as a guest to gain valuable insights and engage in enlightening discussions. To register or seek further information, please contact the Section Speakers, who will gladly assist you in becoming part of our scholarly community. 





Meeting Times

Everything "Reconciliation Theatre"? On the German Culture(s) of Remembrance

Join us at SR 109 (GCSC, Otto-Behaghel-Straße 12) on Wednesday 13th December at 4.15 pm. 

The winter term continues under the motto “All ‘Reconciliation Theater’? On the German Culture(s) of Remembrance.” This semester, we aim to convene twice for a critical examination of Germany's culture of remembrance, particularly in light of the challenges posed by the noticeable rise in right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism.

In the next session on 18 January at 4:15 pm in room SR 109 (GCSC, Otto-Behaghel-Straße 12) we will talk about the chapter "Neue Entwicklungen" from Das neue Unbehagen an der deutschen Erinnerungskultur (2020) by Aleida Assmann. In this chapter, she addresses various forms of unease with the concept of German remembrance culture in the light of current developments and discusses possible future perspectives. Among other things, she examines Max Czollek's concept of "disintegration". You can download the chapter in our StudIP group (Join our Stud.IP group here.).

Attention: Due to the weather situation, our session will take place digitally today! You can find the link in our StudIP group. If you are not yet in the group, we will be happy to send you the link at short notice.

As always, we warmly invite your active participation in the dialogue, encouraging you to bring your thoughts on the Assmanns. If you prefer English, please let us know in advance, and we will gladly prepare theses accordingly.

The event will be conducted in a hybrid format, offering both in-person and digital participation options. Upon completing your registration, you will receive a Zoom link for virtual attendance. For registration inquiries, please reach out to the speakers.