»Memory Practices – Societal Perspectives«
Research Day of the Faculty of Cultural Sciences 2024

The research day examines memory practices that constitute cultural memory (Erinnerungskultur) by taking up societal perspectives – notably in regard to examples such as heritage, virtuality and intersectionality. It analyzes the diversity of memory practices as coexistence of different references to the past in the present and investigates the various functions and strategies that actors pursue by »doing memory«. It thus contributes to the development of a scientific field of memory studies that conducts research for (and with) society, makes memory studies effective for civil society, shapes social innovations and places major social challenges at the centre of its research.

Time: Mon, May 6, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 11, KISD / CICS, Ubierring 40, 50678 Köln

Darío Morazán (dario.morazan@th-koeln.de)
Dr. Alexander van Wickeren (alexander.van_wickeren@th-koeln.de)

Talks with a German title will be held in German, talks with an English title in English.
The event is open to the public and free of charge.

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.
Prof. Dr. Regina Urbanek
Dean, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, TH Köln

Prof. Dr. Carolin Höfler
Vice Dean for Research and Transfer, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, TH Köln

10:10 – 10:45 a.m.
Memory Practices: Introduction
Darío Morazán, Dr. Alexander van Wickeren
Scientific Coordination Research, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, TH Köln

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Decolonising the Museum: The exhibition »RESIST! The Art of Resistance« at Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum
Nanette Snoep
Direction, Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Cologne

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Coffee break

1. Panel: Heritage – Publics & Morality

11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
»Der Rand des Denkbaren ist das, was man heute Erinnerung nennt.«
PD Dr. habil. Barbara Oettl
CICS – Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, TH Köln

12:10 – 12:35 p.m.
Post Mortem: Virtual Bauhaus
Prof. Björn Bartholdy
CGL – Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln

12:35 – 13:35 p.m.
Lunch break & Exhibition

2. Panel: Virtuality – City & Policy

1:35 – 2:00 p.m.
Erinnerungskultur und identitätspolitische Raumproduktion
Prof. Andreas Wrede
KISD – Köln International School of Design, TH Köln

2:00 – 2:25 p.m.
Beyond the Glass Case: Bringing Cultural Heritage to Life with VR
Savish Uttam
CGL – Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln

2:25 – 2:55 p.m.
Coffee break & Exhibition

3. Panel: Intersectionality – Gender & Race

2:55 – 3:20 p.m.
Female Rage: The Visual Language of the Global Women’s Protest
Prof. Dr. Iris Utikal & Juliana Gutiérrez Cática
KISD – Köln International School of Design, TH Köln

3:20 – 3:45 p.m.
Decolonial Forms of Conveying Colonial Heritage: Approaches to Developing Playful and Multimodal Memory Artifacts in Museums
Dr. Philipp Bojahr
CGL – Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln

3:45 – 4:00 Uhr
Concluding Remarks

This is an on-site event and we kinldy ask everyone to attend in person. If this is not possible for you, please register for online attendance via the following link by May 5, 2024: https://t.ly/EJvrj


Image: »What will replace you?« by Gift Uzera, Muningandu Hoveka, and Nicola Brandt, Windhoek, Namibia, November 24 , 2022. The photograph is part of the work »Man of War: Leave My House«.