Memory Politics: Education, Memorials and Mass Media

The Eleventh Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality were held from 21 to 26 October 2009. The Roundtables sought to assess the role that memory politics play in contemporary reconciliation and identity formation processes in post-conflict societies worldwide. Attention was paid to the broader historical and philosophical dimensions of memory politics as well as to specific examples of institutionalized memory and of hands-on approaches within transitional justice.  For further detail, please see the background paper, available as pdf.


Workshop Details
Following an international essay competition, 52 young scholars and activists were selected to participate in the Roundtables and to discuss their work with eminent scholars of their fields. Discussion took place in three workshops: 

1. "Memorials and Museums" chaired by Andrés Nader (Researcher and Program Coordinator, Amadeu Antonio Foundation) together with Christopher Capozzola (Professor of History, MIT)

2. "Transitional Justice" chaired by Gunnar Folke Schuppert (Professor of Law, WZB / Hertie School of Governance) together with Ari Kohen (Professor of Social Justice, University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

3. "Political Discourse" chaired by Susanne Buckley-Zistel (Professor, Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps-University Marburg) together with Magdalena Zolkos (Research Fellow, Center for Citizenship and Public Policy, University of Western Sydney)


Evening Lectures
The following evening lectures accompanied the program:

21 October, 2009, 6 p.m., Karl Schlögel (Professor of Eastern European History, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder): "Divided Horizons, Divided Memories: The Year 1989 and Europe"

22 October, 2009, 6 p.m., Albie Sachs (Judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa): "From Prison to Constitutional Court: The Changing Face of Justice in South Africa"

23 October, 2009, 6 p.m., Daniel Libeskind (Architect, New York): "Counterpoint: The Architecture of Memory"

For further information, please see the invitation, available as pdf.


Irmgard Coninx Research Grant
An international jury will award three three-months fellowships to be used for research at the WZB, the Humboldt-University and the State library Berlin. The Grant includes a monthly stipend of EUR 1,000 plus accommodation. 

Members of the Jury are:
• Susanne Baer,
Professor of Law and Gender Studies, Humboldt-University Berlin
• Sabine Berking,
Researcher, Irmgard Coninx Foundation
• Susanne Buckley-Zistel,
Professor, Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps-University Marburg
• Christopher Capozzola,
Professor of History, MIT 
• Leopold von Carlowitz,
Researcher, Irmgard Coninx Foundation
• Jürgen Kocka,
Professor of History, WZB
• Ari Kohen,
Professor of Social Justice, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
• Andrés Nader,
Researcher and Program Coordinator, Amadeu Antonio Foundation
• Akachi Odoemene,
Lecturer, Redeemer's University of Nigeria
• Ingo Richter,
Professor of Law, Chairman of Irmgard Coninx Foundation
• Gunnar Folke Schuppert,
Professor of Law, WZB / Hertie School of Governance
• Magdalena Zolkos,
Researcher, University of Western Sydney