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POSTPONED TO MARCH 20 2019 seminar series meeting two

Civil Society and Memory in Postwar Germany

Speaker: Professor Jenny Wüstenberg

Date: March 20, 2019 Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: Wilfrid Laurier University, Peters Building, P119

Please join us for the seminar, conversation and light refreshments!


Civil Society and Memory in Postwar Germany - link to book

Book Description: Blending history and social science, this book tracks the role of social movements in shaping German public memory and values since 1945. Drawn from extensive original research, it offers a fresh perspective on the evolution of German democracy through civic confrontation with the violence of its past. Told through the stories of memory activists, the study upends some of the conventional wisdom about modern German political history. An analysis of the decades-long struggle over memory and democracy shows how grassroots actors challenged and then took over public institutions of memorialization. In the process, confrontation of the Holocaust has been pushed to the centre of political culture. In unified Germany, memory politics have shifted again, as activists from East Germany have brought attention to the crimes of the East German state. This book delivers a novel and important contribution to scholarship about postwar Germany and the wider study of memory politics.

Professor Jenny Wüstenberg is a DAAD visiting Professor in Politics and German & European Studies at York University in Toronto. She is also the co-President of Memory Studies Association, Co-Chair of the Research Network on Transnational Memory and Identity in Europe and currently the Co-Chair of the German Studies Association’s Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Network. Her research interests include German, European, and comparative politics, as well as memory cultures, civic activism, and qualitative methodology.

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