Panel Discussion / Seminar Competing Narratives of Failed Regimes: An International Comparison of National Memory Cultures

Failed Regimes © German Historical Institute © German Historical Institute

Wed, 04/17/2019

German Historical Institute Washington, DC

1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009

Presented in partnership with the German Historical Institute (GHI) and the National History Center (NHC).

Speakers: Soren Brinkmann (Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla), Karen Cox (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Donna Harsch (Carnegie Mellon University), Xolela Mangcu (George Washington University), moderated by Jim Grossman (American Historical Association)

In the context of the current debate on Confederate memorials in the American South, the GHI Washington, in co-operation with the National History Center and the Goethe Institute Washington, is planning an event that will bring together experts on historical memory and memorial cultures from different countries. By providing insights into different national approaches of memorializing failed political regimes, the event aims to identify patterns of dealing with difficult and shattered pasts. Memories are at stake in public debates about taking down memorials or removing objects memorializing a failed regime.

Karen Cox (UNC Charlotte) will talk about the historical context for how confederate statues were erected in the US and how that relates to memory and narratives about the civil war/confederacy; Donna Harsch (Carnegie Melon University) will talk about memory and memorial cultures of the former GDR; Xolela Mangcu (George Washington University) will talk about memorial cultures in South Africa and the legacies of the Apartheid; and Soren Brinkmann (Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia) will talk about memorial cultures in Spain and the legacies of the Franco regime and the Spanish Civil War. Jim Grossman (AHA) will moderate the panel discussion.

The panel will also be an engagement in Gestaltung der Erinnerung (The Shaping of Memory), an ongoing programming series that explores memory culture and relationships with the past through various forms of artistic expression

For questions, please contact the conveners:
Dr. Sarah Beringer
Bryan Hart
PD Dr. Axel Jansen

The panel discussion takes place on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:30pm (refreshments will be served between 6:00 and 6:30pm). Please register for the panel discussion by April 10 by telephone or e-mail (at right) or via Eventbrite (below).