Contemporary Cultures of Memory
The research conducted in the Contemporary Cultures of Memory area of potential takes a transnational and comparative approach to representing and negotiating cultures of memory. We focus on historical research and the medial visualization of the collective experience of violence, which has permanently shaped the history of the 20th and 21st centuries and continues to affect us today. We place special emphasis on the Shoah and its (trans)generational narratives in western and eastern Europe as well as in the United States. We also focus on colonialism and post-colonialism and their effects on German history, on the self-image of Francophone and Lusophone cultures of Africa, and on persecution and exile as a result of collective violence. We bring together experts in the fields of literature and cultural studies, and forge new fields of research.