Summer School - “Memory in the Digital Age”, 1-7 August 2015, Germany

Publish Date: Jun 01, 2015

Deadline: Jun 07, 2015

Event Dates: from Aug 01, 2015 12:00 to Aug 07, 2015 12:00

The Bergen-Belsen International Summer School is aimed at international undergraduate students from different disciplines interested in the challenges of commemorative culture in a global, digital and medial context.
The summer school offers lectures, guided tours, workshops, and discussions held in English. Its aim is to develop visions for the future of educational work at museums and memorials.
This year, we will be focussing on issues of space, a topic that brings with it diverse approaches and perspectives:

Which concepts of space are currently being discussed within academia in the framework of the ongoing ‘spatial turn’?
What role does the ‘authentic site’ have to play for concentration camp memorials and how does this ‘authentic character’ change over time? One example is the very different history of the two camp sections of Bergen-Belsen.
What does the design and architecture of a memorial tell us about our memorial culture? What opportunities does the digital space of the Internet offer for educational work and research at concentration camp memorials? 

Participants will explore both the grounds of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial at the historical site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration and POW camps and of the Bergen-Hohne barracks, which were used as a concentration camp section for a short while and served as a Displaced person camp after the liberation. The groups will be working with and discussing the Memorial’s new tablet app, which places historical source material and documents in the spatial context of a 3-D model of the historical camp. Current academic concepts of space, authenticity, and memory will serve as a basis for an examination of the historical site and the current manifestations of memorial culture at Bergen-Belsen and other concentration camp memorials.
Projects such as the redesign of the Sobibór memorial and a multilateral collaborative research project on (digital) spatial dimensions of Holocaust historiography and historical learning will be presented by international speakers. Participants will talk to the founder of the “Central Council of Anti-Social Elements in Germany”, an artistic-political project which deals with past persecution and current marginalization, and will do their own research. An excursion to the Bunker Valentin memorial in Bremen will open up new perspectives and mark the end of summer school.

The Bergen-Belsen Memorial will cover participants’ board (double room), food, and attendance fee.
Registration closes on 07 June 2015.
Further information and the official registration form at

Karen Bähr
Phone: +49 (0) 5051-4759-171

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