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


ZEITUHR 1938
Scientific Head of Project: Heidemarie Uhl
Collaborators: Pauli Aro, Michaela Raggam-Blesch


World War II in Post-Communist Memorial Museums
Negotiating Traumatic Pasts in the Course of EU Integration
Lead Researcher: Ljiljana Radonić


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