Memory and Democracy in Germany

by Alberto Sanchez Sanchez

On November 27, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in Politics at York University Jenny Wüstenberg came to Berkeley to discuss her research on memorials and memory practices in Germany. During her talk, “Memory and Democracy: Civil and 'Uncivil' Activism for Remembrance in Germany and Beyond,” Professor Wüstenberg examined how grassroots actors have engaged with German institutions in order to shape public mnemonic space. She situated the discussion within the larger global debate on how to confront racist, colonial, or genocidal pasts and the ways history challenges contemporary democratic governance. The respondent to Professor Wüstenberg’s lecture was Andrew Shanken, Professor of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design.

The event was introduced by Jeroen Dewulf, Director of the Institute of European Studies, and Alberto Sanchez Sanchez, one of the students in the Designated Emphasis in European Studies. PhD candidate in Architecture Valentina Rozas-Krause presented Professor Wüstenberg, and she also moderated the discussion between her and Professor Shanken.

The event was organized by the Institute of European Studies and it was sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD.