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MEMORY ENCOUNTERS - "Wait in a Different Language": Ruptures in Exiled Memories by Irit Dekel

Wann 06.12.2019 von 12:00 bis 14:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo ISW, Universitätstraße 3b, R. 201



We are delighted to invite you to the next meeting of the research colloquium ‘Memory Encounters: Challenges To Democracy And Pluralism’ at the Department of Diversity and Social Conflict: Irit Dekel, Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies at Potsdam University, will speak on '"Wait in a different language": ruptures in exiled memories’, on Friday, December 6st.

The presentation will take place in Universitätsstr. 3b (Institute of Social Sciences of Humboldt University), room 201 from 12:00 until 14:00.


In grassroots memory activism initiated and led by migrants and exiles, they perform and reenact memories of events; those that occurred in their country of arrival, others in their country of origin, and still others while they were in en route. They do so in dialogue with other minority groups, the majority groups and the state in the country of migration as well as genres that frame those memories, transnational by definition. Observing these interventions enables, first, seeing the critique of nationalist ideologies offered by artists and activists and, second, understanding the modes through which this critique may work. Irit Dekel focusses on an aspect of their action she terms the reconfiguration of sequence whose ethical implications, specifically with regards to linear sequential time of the state, is the ability of the artists- activists to interrupt, or to make room for the other’s voice in a world of multiple others. Following the memory activists interruption of a narrative on migrants as others, Dekel will ask how we-- scholars and activists-- can ensure that other/s retain their voice/s and is/are able to leave their perpetual state of marginality.

Irit Dekel is visiting professor at the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies at the University in Potsdam. She is a cultural sociologist and has written on Memory politics, ethnic relations and migration in Germany, atmosphere and gender in home museums in Israel and Germany. Among her publications is her book: Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin (Palgrave 2013),and Dekel I. and Bernhard Forchtner and Ibrahim Efe 2019 “Circumcising the Body: reflections on the debate in Germany, Turkey and Israel. National Identities.