Principal Investigator | Co-Speaker
In my research, I focus on the dynamics between political violence and collective memory. Truth commissions, commemorative culture, history books, or everyday acts of storytelling transform political violence into collective memory. But memory is not just a retrospective act. It also preforms future violence. This is why I am interested in narratives and mnemonic images of violence. I compare the ‘afterlives’ of colonial violence in the Global South with the dynamics of postcolonial and postimperial memories in Europe. In doing so, I examine the shaping role of media culture and the emergence and framing of memory in new media. I put a special emphasis on the analysis of current debates about comparing the Holocaust and colonialism (the ‘Historians’ debate 2.0).
Research Area Interpretations: 3.2 Memories of Violence