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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) organises academic events in order to provide the broader public as well as an expert audience with regular insights into the most recent research results in the fields of Holocaust, genocide, and racism research. These events, some of which extend beyond academia in the stricter sense, take on different formats ranging from small lectures to the larger Simon Wiesenthal Lectures and from workshops addressing an expert audience to larger international conferences and the Simon Wiesenthal Conferences. This reflects the institute’s wide range of activities.


The range of events further extends to the presentation of selected new publications on the institute’s topics of interest, interventions in the public space, the film series VWI Visuals, and the fellows’ expert colloquia.



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Globalised Remembrance? Conflicting Memories in the Era of Claims for Moral Universal

Friday, 25. October 2019, 16:00 - 17:30

Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, Research Lounge 1010 Vienna, Rabensteig 3, 3rd Floor


With Aleida Assmann, Omer Bartov, Zuzanna Dziuban, Carol Gluck and Rachel Ibreck
Chair and introduction to the project: Ljiljana Radonić

Panel Discussion and Kick-Off Event of the Project Globalized Memorial Museums. Exhibiting Atrocities in the Era of Claims for Moral Universals (GMM) hosted by the VWI

Scholars claim that "globalised" memorial museums reflect new moral standards and a new language of commemoration, but what is the price of the attendant decontextualisation in the name of moral universals? This first global typology of memorial museums challenges the concept of "universal memory" and the notion that memorial museums constitute a globalised space of communication and negotiation.

The five-year project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Consolidator grant No 816784). The "universalisation of the Holocaust" has established the Shoah as a historical reference point legitimizing a global moral imperative to respect human rights. Much has been written about the ostensible "globalisation of memory", but as yet no genuinely global comparative study systematically confronting this hypothesis with the actual representations of atrocities exists.
GMM examines 50 memorial museums dealing with
• the WWII period in the US, Israel, Europe, China, and Japan;
• recent genocides in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia

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Invitation/Programme (PDF)

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