Exploring the memory kaleidoscope in Berlin

By Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Timothy Williams

When it comes to analysing the memorialisation of the past, Berlin has much to explore. The city is interspersed with sites that commemorate various victims groups of National Socialism and the German Democratic Republic: the
Memorial and Information Point for the Victims of National Socialist “Euthanasia” Killing, the Memorial to Homosexuals persecuted under Nazism or the Memorial, the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, the Memorial to the
Murdered Jews of Europe, to name but a few. Berlin’s memorials also pay tribute to moments of resistance, such as the German Resistance Memorial Center, or to perpetrators such as the Topography of Terror, adding to the diversity of the memoryscape.  These photos from a recent visit convey the kaleidoscopic array of different memorial and education attempts which compete and coalesce in remembering the Nazi past.

Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies

Timothy Williams participated in the conference Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies, 23-24 October 2017, University of Southern California, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. He presented a paper concerned with his ongoing work on digital memoralisation and tourism: “‘Awful, but you have to go…’ Memory in the Digital Sphere of Tripadvisor.com Reviews of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Cambodia”.”

Time for the MSA Conference

The Second Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association is to be be held in Copenhagen, 14-16 December 2017. Annika Björkdahl and Stefanie Kappler will present a paper entitled Professionalising or commercialising the transnational experience? Memory as a political and economic resource (Panel 3, Memory in Transition). Johanna Mannergren Selimovic  will present a paper entitled Massgraves, Memory and the Presence of Absence (on Panel 18, Amnesia and Failed Memory). Check out the exciting program.


The Image of War in Stockholm

Johanna Mannergren Selimovic will participate in the international conference The Image of War in Stockholm 24-25 November 2017 at Bonniers Konsthall. What is the theoretical status and the actual function of images of violence? Departing from the exhibition The Image of War, amidst presentations by artists, representatives of organizations like Reporters without Borders, The Swedish Institute for International Affairs, the daily paper Dagens Nyheter and Amnesty International will offer points of view to make up a larger conversation around subjects like witnessing, monuments and the use of images as evidence.


Our first Working Paper is out

Our first Working Paper is out: Memory Politics, Cultural Heritage and Peace. Introducing an analytical framework to study mnemonic formations. The paper presents a framework for analysing how memory politics impacts on the quality of peace in societies transitioning from conflict. It is designed to capture the inherent fluidity and friction of memory politics and can be used to develop a typology of memory regimes. By Annika Björkdahl, Susanne Buckley-Zistel, Stefanie Kappler, Johanna Mannergren Selimovic and Timothy Williams.