Exchange Platform
on History and Remembrance

Upcoming activities 2018 - 2020

Annual study trips/workshops, joint projects organized by Memory Lab-associates, and other activities

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As a traditional historian working in archives, I realized that the debates over the past rarely take into account systematic work on facts, but rather rely on media interpretations or other representations in the public space (commemorations, political speeches, memorial sites, etc.). I realized that memory studies could provide additional tools in my historical work in order to understand how societies construct, use, and reinterpret their pasts in the present. Teaching in the Cultural Studies department also provided me with new theories and views on cultural production of the past (films, visual art, literature, etc.).


“From Sarajevo (1914) to Sarajevo (1992-1996) : Why and how to use Memorials and Museums to teach the history of wars and mass violence in Europe?” - Training for history teachers and students from BiH, Croatia, France and Germany, organized by Historical Museum BiH, Youth Initiative for Human Rights Croatia, Memorial Centar Buchenwald, Historial of the Great War Péronne, Franco-German Youth Office. (October 2015 / May 2015 / October 2014)

memory map

The cities of Frankfurt (Oder) (62.000 inhabitants) and Słubice (18.000 inhabitants) are located on the German-Polish border, marked by the river Oder. The town of Frankfurt’s first development, in the 13th century, took place on the western bank of the Oder, and then the town was extended to the eastern bank and the suburb of Dammvorstadt. In 1945, the town was burned down; after the World War II, the new German-Polish border ran along the Oder, separating the eastern suburb, renamed Słubice, from the rest of Frankfurt. During the communist era, the relations between the two towns were very weak. Since the 1990s there have been ongoing efforts to develop crossborder-cooperation between both towns. Through different activities and with different partners, the Institute for Applied History situated in Frankfurt Oder aims to re-discover the common and divided history of this town which was once one, then separated and which today is again developing ties on different levels.

Memory in Focus

Oral History Collection. “Croatian Memories. Unveiling personal memories on war and detention” An online oral history collection that aimed to preserve the personal memories of all interested witnesses of political events in Croatia and to preserve them from falling into oblivion. The material has been collected by Documenta. Center for Dealing with the Past in cooperation with the Erasmus University Rotterdam.