Digital communication and the digital representation of the past are obviously closely related to memory cultures, and by that also memory politics. However, we still need a model that systematically captures this complex and multi-layered interrelationship. Also, the digital revolution raises a lot of new questions about the futures of historical knowledge and – given the political development in countries like Russia or China – especially of memory politics. The aim of the presention is therefore to give an impulse for the development of a new conceptional approach for future research. It will start with the critical potential of Digital humanities approaches when it comes to analyzing current trends in memory politics, especially in the form of populisms from above. It will then take a look at examples from Eastern Europe to address the intersection between memory politics and digital knowledge spaces and media systems. From that point of view it will in the end shed some light on how digital communication might pro-actively help to foster a digital knowledge environment that is based on multiperspectvity and a critical and ethical approach to memory cultures.
Date: February 8, 2022, 6-8pm, Webex-Link via Jens Kugele (firstname.lastname@example.org)