remembrance

Common points of reference for a European framework of remembrance


Aleida Assmann, professor at the Universtiy of Konstanz, about different cultures of remembrance, mental maps and the usefulness of a common European framework for remembrance and commemoration.

Do you remember?


In the very first keynote of this year's NECE conference, renowned social scientist and professor at the University of Konstanz, Aleida Assmann, chose to address the issue of a common European culture of remembrance. Taking the year 2014 as her starting point, Assmann began by questioning a common criticism, which holds that commemoration is a rather artificial concept, forced upon a society to serve an, often political, purpose of the present. For being an artificial concept, Assmann argued, the resonance has been "pretty impressive".

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