Competing Memories. Reconceptualizing Holocaust landscapes and memorials

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Our stories and memories of the past are today marked by a
transcending of national and ethnic boundaries, causing ‘a change in
the basic grammar of collective memory’ (Assmann). Modern
societies thus mediate national memories in new ways; they are
transformed but not erased, they continue to exist, yet are subjected to
new memory patterns.
Commemorating multicultural and hyper-mediated tragedies, like the
terror attacks in New York, Madrid and Oslo, as well as the
suppressed memories of traumas like the Holocaust and the Spanish
Civil War, are examples of such new and multi-layered processes,
which in many respects differ from more traditional patterns of
remembering wars and conflicts.
In the recently published report of the Council of Europe, Living
Together – Combining diversity and freedom in the 21st
Europe, museums and other cultural institutions are seen as important
educational tools: to develop intercultural competencies, and to
overcome major threats for peace and sustainable democracy.
This conference aims at making a roadmap on how to deal with near
and distant historical traumas, and how memorials and museums can
contribute in the service of democratic development and intercultural
understanding in the future.
Period16 Sept 2014
Event titleConference Memory and Learning in a Changing World, 15-17 Sept. 2014 (ICOM / NTNU Trondheim)
Event typeConference