The interdisciplinary field of memory studies has experienced substantial changes in last decade. While more and more societies are encountered to confront their violent past and historical injustices, researchers are increasingly interested in memory practices, individual or collective meanings related to decisive past events. Accordingly, subject formation, social conflicts and struggles and political discourses are widely considered as parts of the memory research. Focusing on conflict and memory, this seminar will discuss new approaches on memory and commemo-rations and its relationship to recent collective demands. We will give critical thought to the forms of memorialization and the debatable relationship between history and memory and discuss gendered, classed and political dimensions of memory practices that emerge within processes of increasing globalization and demographical and social changes. In this end, participants in this colloquium will present and discuss their ongoing and finished research projects about issues related to conflict, memory, identity and politics of memory.
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