Spaces of Memory, Elisabeth-Käsemann-Stiftung , Stuttgart, 19.01.2021

An important contribution to coming to terms with the past is the juridical, historic and cultural investigation and discourse on places of past violence. Often this process is experiencing different phases and focuses, depending on the current role these “traumatic places” have been assigned by a country’s society. Be it primarily to provide juridical evidence, as in Argentina, or for an educational transfer to serve the “Never again”, or as a diplomatic or political instrument.

Spaces of Memory

The seminar “Spaces of Memory” presents various national concepts or focal points in dealing with “traumatic places”:
1. the actual juridical function of places of past violence in Argentina
2. the meaning of traumatic places for reconciliation in Colombia
3. the pedagogical significance of traumatic places for present and future generations in Germany
4. the significance of traumatic places in transnational political processes in Poland


19 January 2021, 2 pm – 4.30 pm CET

Dr. Dorothee Weitbrecht, Managing Director of the Elisabeth Käsemann Foundation, Germany

Traumatic spaces of memory in a comparative perspective,
Prof. em. Dr. Aleida Assmann, University of Konstanz, Germany

Traumatic spaces as places of “Lessons learned”, Dr. Elke Gryglewski, Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation, Germany Traumatic spaces as medium for transnational remembrance,
Andrzej Kacorzyk, director of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and Holocaust and deputy director of the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Tomasz Michaldo, head of department Methodology of Guiding of the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland


Scenes of crime and contributions of justice to coming to terms with the past, Prof. Dr. Daniel Rafecas, federal judge, professor for Criminal Law, law faculty, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Too many, too close. Traumatic spaces of the Colombian armed conflict, Prof. Dr. Tatjana Louis, professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and director of the Department of Languages and Culture, Colombia


Moderation: Prof. Dr. Astrid Erll, professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe-University Frankfurt, founder of the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, Germany

Prof. Dr. Thomas Fischer, chairperson of the board of trustees of the Elisabeth Käsemann Foundation, chair of Latin American History at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany

Link zur Anmeldung: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uscX7a0pQAaHLmC0j90zew