Nancy Alhachem, Workshop: “Multidirectional Memory in Germany: Reflections on an Ongoing Debate”

  • Short description of the comment you’d like to give by the 25th of October
  • Workshop 17th February 2022, 6–9:30 p.m. | Hybrid
  • Discussion with Michael Rothberg 

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you are all doing well,

On the 17th of February 2022, Michael Rothberg will give a talk followed by an extended discussion, the event is taking place as a Workshop for Junior Researchers in hybrid form.

Michael Rothberg is professor of English and Comparative Literature and the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. The recent translation of his book Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (2009) in German, reopened the discussion on the comparability of the Holocaust and the role of memory in practices of exclusion and inclusion in today’s society. You can read about it here:

https://www.zeit.de/kultur/2021-03/michael-rothberg-multidirektionale-erinnerung-buch-holocaust-rassismus-kolonialismus.

The workshop will consist of a paper by Michael Rothberg on the topic. After his talk, there will be space for commentaries (up to five, each of max. 10 min). By now the commentaries will be given from: Jewish Studies perspective, Post-colonial perspective, and the Practical application of the concept.

I invite and encourage all of you to give a commentary from the perspective of your own field (it can be philosophy, sociology, antiquity studies or any other). Even if you might not be familiar with Rothberg’s work, the workshop and the discussion deal with recent events in society that implicate us all in one way or another. The week in which this is taking place will also be the week commemorating the Hanau attack (20 February 2020). In a way this talk will be a symbolic remembrance not only of Hanau but also (and unfortunately) of other attacks related to racism and anti-Semitism (Halle attack, 9 October 2019). This will give us the opportunity to discuss with Prof. Rothberg questions including, but not limited to:

  • Can different acts of violence be studied and understood as interconnected?
  • How can Multidirectional Memory form a frame of mutual recognition in a ‘Post-Migrant/Multicultural’ society?
  • Why are these forms of Othering and Alienation re-surfacing?

You are all invited to attend and contribute to the discussion, soon a poster of the event will be circulated. However this mail is directed to those who would like to give a commentary. Please send me an email with a short description of the comment you’d like to give by the 25th of October. If you have any questions or comments you can write me anytime.

Stay healthy!

Best wishes,

Nancy Alhachem