Workshop: Shared Spaces, Contentious Places? (Re-)Negotiating Belonging in Urban Spaces and Museums

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12/11/2019 - 12/11/2019 | Berlin

Workshop: Shared Spaces, Contentious Places? (Re-)Negotiating Belonging in Urban Spaces and Museums

The workshop will explore concepts and practices of belonging that are connected to public space. How do the fra­ming, appropriation and reassess­ment of public spaces and places enable and obstruct belonging, and chal­lenge conventional power structures? How can urban infrastructures and en­­viron­ments, and built heritage re­pre­sent and support democratic values, and diversity? And what role do history, me­mory and re­mem­brance play in this?

Public spaces are built or imagined places, where culture, history and belonging are re­presented, lived and ne­­­­­go­tiated. They are shared spaces, where people get together and inte­gra­­tion and partici­pation are practiced. And they are contentious places, where belongings and memories are disputed.

The workshop and panel discussion Shared Spaces, Contentious Places? (Re-)Negotiating Belonging in Urban Spaces and Museums will focus on the multiple relationships between public spaces, built heri­tage, memory and belonging. We will look at a variety of examples from Europe: the demolition, re­con­struction and re-adap­tion of historic and iconic buildings; the valorization and deva­lo­­rization of socialist heri­tage after 1989; social and migrant struggles in urban neighborhoods; and the representation and re-negotiating of belonging in mu­seums.

The workshop will bring to¬gether members of the HERA project en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belong¬ing through culture and contact in pu¬blic space and place with associated partners and ex¬perts in the fields of ur¬ban history and heritage, migration and museums to reflect upon and discuss dis¬courses, processes, and practices of be¬longing in public spaces.

The workshop is organized by:
the project en/counter/points: (re)nego­tia­ting be­long­­ing through culture and con­­­tact in public space and place, fun­ded un­der the HERA pro­gramme by the Federal Ministry of Educa­tion and Re­search
In cooperation with: Leibniz Research Alliance ‘Historical Authenticity’, Shared Spaces – European Dialogues about Pub­lic Spaces, a project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Achim Saupe, Kristin Meißner (Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam, ZZF)


Susannah Eckersley (Newcastle University/ZZF Potsdam),
Achim Saupe and Kristin Meißner (Leibniz-Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam)
Introduction & Moderation

Christoph Bernhardt (Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung Erkner, Berlin)
Urban Authenticity

Verena Pfeiffer (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg/Berlin)
Recalling and Belonging in Urban Space

Q & A

Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University)
Commemoration Culture and Belonging: Can Museums go Agonistic?

Elisabeth Tietmeyer (Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin)
Participation and the creation of belonging in museums

Q & A

The workshop will be followed by a public panel discussion, 19:00 pm - 20:30 pm (no registration required, free admission):
Die Stadt als Museum? Konflikte um Zugehörigkeit und Geschichte im öffentlichen Raum (with simultaneous translation).

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12/11/2019 16:30 - 12/11/2019 18:30

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Event venue:

10117 Berlin

Target group:

Journalists, Scientists and scholars

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Subject areas:

History / archaeology, Social studies

Types of events:

Seminar / workshop / discussion




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