Sites of Memory – Spaces of Memory

Judenplatz Vienna. © IKT/Stefan Csáky

The relationship between social remembering and identity forms the framework through which representations of collective memory are analysed. 'Places of Memory' are generally understood as those locations – both topographical and metaphorical – which are assigned a collective 'memory function' by a given community. This relationship between memory and identity forms a framework for the analysis of representations of memory in a range of different social practices, for example the creation of visible symbols of memorial culture in public space, and of narratives which construct concepts of the ‘Self’ and the ‘Other’. One particular area of investigation is the question of how societies engage critically with a traumatic past (e.g. National Socialism and the Holocaust) at a local, national and trans-national/European level.

Coordinator: Heidemarie Uhl

MAIN PROJECTS


Transformations of Social Memory
Austria in the European Context

Lead Researcher: Heidemarie Uhl

The Tangible Locations of Politics
Lead Researcher: Peter Stachel

Music-Country Austria
A Branding, its History and its Functions

Lead Researcher: Peter Stachel

THIRD-PARTY FUNDED PROJECTS



World War II in Post-Communist Memorial Museums
Negotiating Traumatic Pasts in the Course of EU Integration

Lead Researcher: Ljiljana Radonić


Globalized Memorial Museums
Exhibiting Atrocities in the Era of Claims for Moral Universals

Lead Researcher: Ljiljana Radonić


Commemorative Year 2018: The Past in the Focus of Political and Public Communication
Lead Researcher: Karin Liebhart (Universität Wien), Heidemarie Uhl (ÖAW)
MitarbeiterInnen: Mag. Patrick Aprent, Mag. Dr. Petra Bernhardt, Mag. Hannes Pirker (ACDH)
 

Redesigning the Austrian Heroes’ Monument
Lead Researcher: Heidemarie Uhl
Collaborator: Richard Hufschmied


Final Sites before Deportation
Kleine Sperlgasse, Castellezgasse, Malzgasse

Lead Researcher: Heidemarie Uhl
Collaborators: Dieter Hecht, Michaela Raggam-Blesch, Monika Sommer


Flucht europäisch erzählen
Being refugee: a European narrative

Head of Project: Heidemarie Uhl
Lead Researchers: Anisa Hasanhodžić, Nermina Hasanhodžić, Rifet Rustemović


Responses to Persecution
Documenting Life and Destruction in the Holocaust. Annotated Collection of Jewish Source Materials on the Persecution, Expulsion, Destruction and Survival of the Jews in Austria, 1938 - 1945

Lead Researcher: Eleonore Lappin-Eppel
Collaborators: Dieter Hecht, Michaela Raggam-Blesch


Transnational memory work
Remembering victims of the Holocaust in Austria and Bosnia and Herzegowina

Head of Project: Heidemarie Uhl
Lead Researchers: Anisa Hasanhodžić, Rifet Rustemović


The Dynamics of Violence in Bosnia (1941/1942)
The Influence of Ethnically Motivated Crimes on the Postwar Multinational Communist-led Society: The Case of Višegrad

Head of Project: Dejan Segic