Looking back on the ifa Conference for European Commemoration 2014

The ifa Conference “European Commemoration – Europäische Erinnerungskulturen” brought together an international mix of experts with various professional backgrounds. A short video summary.

2014 was the year of commemoration in Europe: 100 years after the First World War and 25 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe once again stands at a crossroad. Ifa’s Conference for European Commemoration 2014 reflected this commemoration process, particularly adressing the issue of how to take the valuable insights from this year of remembrance into the future.

Distinguished scholars such as Aleida Assman, Heidemarie Uhl, Alan Kramer, Pim den Boer, Joke van der Leeuwd-Roord and many more provided the conference and the workshops alike with valuable input and guidance.

The conference comprised a wide variety of workshops, lectures and panels, as well as many opportunities to exchange experiences over lunch, coffee, or a glass of wine. Most of all, participants welcomed the interdisciplinary mix of people at the conference. Sharing knowledge and experience across disciplines, as well as cultural boundaries, proved to be a very fruitful approach in order to gain new insights.

If you did not have the chance to be present at the conference yourself, this summary is your chance to catch a glimpse of the various workshops, panels, disucssions, lectures and get togethers of the conference. If you were lucky enough to have been there yourself you can take the chance to recall some of the highlights. Enjoy!


Photo: ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Wolfgang Borrs, 2014.

Video: Kooperative Berlin.

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