Politics of Memory Practices

The politics of memory practices: Making the past present in contemporary education

Symposium: 21 – 24 February 2016, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Member of the Leibniz Association, Braunschweig.


The last decade has witnessed a profound change in the interdisciplinary field of memory studies.  Instead of analysing representations of memory in different media, researchers are increasingly paying attention to memory practices, i.e. how people in various sites and contexts negotiate the meanings they ascribe to the past. Collective memory (or: cultural memory, social memory, connected memory, prosthetic memory, multidirectional memory, tangled memory, travelling memory) is thus seen as a site of political contestation, subject formation, ideological struggle, knowledge production and community-building.

This symposium aims to explore the dynamics of these processes with a special focus on schools and other sites of education. We take a cultural politics approach to education, seeing schools as places where young people spend much of their waking lives, where different generations meet, where students encounter hegemonic discourse, and where relations of authority and hierarchy are (re)produced, negotiated and interrupted.

We are particularly interested in papers which address the following topics:

  • Practices of using educational media in various sites of education (schools, museums, etc.)
  • Students’ and teachers’ perspectives on what counts as worth remembering
  • Perspectives on how policy, programmatic and enacted curricula strengthen or contradict one another in enacting memory
  • Where and how fissures and breaches in ‘hegemonic’ memory discourse become visible in classroom practice
  • Theoretical approaches to conceptualizing ‘memory practices’
  • Methodological strategies for analysing the doing of memory


You can download the programm here.


Katharina Baier

Abteilung Schulbuch als Medium

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Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter

Barbara Christophe

Abteilung Schulbuch als Medium

Außenstelle B0.21
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Felicitas Macgilchrist

Leiterin / Abteilung Schulbuch als Medium

Außenstelle B0.18
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Patrick Mielke

Abteilung Schulbuch und Gesellschaft

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