Closing conference (online): Historical cultural change, historical learning and memory

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Stories in Motion: Memory Practices, Historical Cultures and Historical Learning in Germany’s Migration Society
Closing conference
Historical cultural change, historical learning and memory

March 1-2, 2021
Location: Online
Register by February 20, 2021; please contact

Simultaneous English-German/German-English and sign language interpretation will be provided for the presentations and panel discussion. Unfortunately, this will be possible only for some of the breakout rooms.

Since it was launched in 2018, the project "Histories in Motion" has been researching memory practices, historical cultures, and historical learning in Germany’s migration society. In a joint project with the University of Hildesheim Foundation, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Georg-Eckert-Institute in Braunschweig and Paderborn University, interviews were carried out with a variety of actors for empirical studies, providing new perspectives on current historical-cultural negotiation processes. Our interview partners represent four different fields of studies: teaching and school-based learning, memorial sites and museums, educational media and publishing and non-formal educational programs (NGOs). Based on this interview material, we will discuss the following topics, among others:
- How does one define a collectively significant history, in the context of a diverse migration society?
- What are the current challenges to historical learning in a diverse society?
- How are issues of diversity, belonging, exclusion, and separation integrated into historical education?
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We will present our answers to these questions and the results of our research during our closing conference on March 1-2, 2021. The presentation will take place within a framework of lectures, panel discussions, and workshops, and will include the opportunity to engage in conversation with invited experts and our practice partners about the topics at hand.

Preliminary program:
March 1, 2021
12:30 – 12:45 Digital arrival
12:45 – 13:00 Greetings
Martin Lücke (Freie Universität Berlin)
Günter Ziegler (President of the Freie Universität Berlin)
Thomas Krüger (President of the Federal Agency for Civic Education) (tbc)
N. N. (Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future [EVZ]) (tbc)

13:00 – 14:00

Presentation of results of the joint project
Viola Georgi (University of Hildesheim Foundation)
Martin Lücke (Freie Universität Berlin)
Johannes Meyer-Hamme (Paderborn University)
Riem Spielhaus (Georg-Eckert-Institute, Braunschweig)

15:00 – 16:00
Keynote I: Including Themes and Perspectives of the Marginalized
Neeladri Bhattacharya (Ashoka University, New Delhi)
Commentary: Kenneth Nordgren (Karlstad University)

16:30 – 18:00
Panel Discussion: Migration Society and Nation
Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz), Jan Plamper (University of London), Iman Attia (Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin)

19:30 – 21:00
Keynote II: Michael Rothberg (University of California, Los Angeles)
Multidirectional Memory: Thinking Memory Diversely in Migration Society
Commentary: Sina Arnold (Technical University Berlin), Felix Axster (Technical University
Berlin), Manuela Bauche (Freie Universität Berlin), Jana König (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

March 2, 2021
09:30 – 09:45 Digital arrival

09:45 – 11:00

Workshops in breakout rooms with participants from the four fields of practice
Caroline Authaler (DOMiD – Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany)
Saraya Gomis (Each One Teach One [EOTO] e.V.)
Samah Al Jundi-Pfaff (Museum Friedland)
Tahir Della (Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland [ISD-Bund] e.V. / Initiative Black
People in Germany)
Christoph Pienkoss (Verband Bildungsmedien e.V. / Educational Media Association) (invited)
Jennifer Farber, Jens Hecker (Räume Öffnen / Opening Spaces – Memorial museum
education with an anti-discriminatory agenda)
Imke Rath (Georg-Eckert-Institute, Braunschweig), Nadin Tettschlag (University of
Hildesheim Foundation): Educational material derived from “Histories in Motion”

11:30 – 12:30
Keynote III: Nadine Fink (Haute école pédagogique, Vaud)
Studying History in a Migration Society in French-language History Didactics
Commentary: Michele Barricelli (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich)

13:30 – 14:30
Breakout rooms on selected aspects of the research

14:30 – 15:00
Review of the conference and project

Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future [EVZ],
A joint project of: University of Hildesheim Foundation, Freie Universität Berlin, Paderborn University, Georg-Eckert-Institute, Braunschweig