Plenary Session | The Coloniality and Decolonising of Memory TFDC G.41/G.56 Plenary Lecture Theatre
Jul 06, 2023 17:15 - 18:45(Europe/London)
20230706T1715 20230706T1845 Europe/London Plenary Roundtable: 'Historical Memory Wars: From German Exceptionalism to Post-Coloniality'

Several connected and heated debates about the centrality of Holocaust memory and how that dominance relates to memories of other past injustices (most notably but not exclusively colonial pasts) have played out in Germany since 2020. Historical memories there, once the source for commonalities and unity, have become the source for contestations. These include the 'Causa Mbembe' from 2020, to Dirk Moses' polemic 'German Catechism' in 2021, leading up to the controversies surrounding Dokumenta 15 in 2022.This roundtable will be a discussion among participants in, and commentators on, these contentious debates, with an eye to assessing what comes next, both in Germany and beyond. The session will take the form of an interview/discussion among participants, as well as an opportunity for engagement with/from the audience.We are awaiting responses from a number of prominent figures, and hope to have a solid roster shortly.

TFDC G.41/G.56 Plenary Lecture Theatre MSA Conference Newcastle 2023 conference@memorystudiesassociation.org
152 attendees saved this session

Several connected and heated debates about the centrality of Holocaust memory and how that dominance relates to memories of other past injustices (most notably but not exclusively colonial pasts) have played out in Germany since 2020. Historical memories there, once the source for commonalities and unity, have become the source for contestations. These include the 'Causa Mbembe' from 2020, to Dirk Moses' polemic 'German Catechism' in 2021, leading up to the controversies surrounding Dokumenta 15 in 2022.

This roundtable will be a discussion among participants in, and commentators on, these contentious debates, with an eye to assessing what comes next, both in Germany and beyond. The session will take the form of an interview/discussion among participants, as well as an opportunity for engagement with/from the audience.

We are awaiting responses from a number of prominent figures, and hope to have a solid roster shortly.

Professor
,
UCLA
Spitzer Professor International Relations
,
City College of New York
PhD/Curator for Outreach
,
Stiftung Berliner Mauer
Research Fellow in Colonial and Global History
,
German Historical Institute
Professor
,
University of Virginia
Professor
,
University of Virginia
PhD Candidate
,
Uni Marburg, Centre for Conflict Studies
 Olya Feldberg
graduate student
,
University of Virginia
 Katarzyna Anzorge
Phd Candidate
,
University of Lodz
 Evangeline Jarman
PhD Researcher
,
Deakin University
 Maria Zirra
Postdoctoral Researcher
,
Department of English, Stockholm University
Upcoming Sessions
994 visits