Public Talks and Presentations

The city as a museum? Conflicts about belonging and history in public space

  • Venue: Online - Berlin-Brandenburg Radio
  • Start: Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:04:00 GMT
  • End: Thu, 23 Jan 2020 23:59:00 GMT

Tune in at 22:04 CET (GMT+1) to hear a broadcast of "The city as a museum?", a public event organised by Dr Achim Saupe and Dr Kristin Meissner at Leibniz Center for Contemporary History Research Potsdam.

Click to Listen! (Please note the broadcast is in German)

Berlin Palace, Frankfurt Römer, Potsdam Garrison Church ... Many cities have relied on a comprehensive restoration of their historical cityscape in recent years, often with buildings that were destroyed in the Second World War and reformed by the German-German post-war history. This wave of reconstruction has met with massive contradiction in specialist circles and in civil society.

We want to start the debate and take a more fundamental look at how membership and memory are related to public space. Who feels when represented by public spaces and built history - and who is excluded? What value can historical and historical buildings have for living together in cities? How can buildings and squares be animated and linked with new content? And what role do different historical experiences and histories play?

Introduction and greeting:

  • Susannah Eckersley, Newcastle University
  • Achim Saupe, Leibniz Center for Contemporary History Research Potsdam

Panel discussion with:

  • Daniela Billig, member of the House of Representatives, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, Berlin
  • Talja Blokland, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Arnold Bartetzky, Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe, Leipzig
  • Paul Spies, Foundation City Museum, Berlin
  • Moderation: Sabine Müller, Leibniz Association



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