The Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism on January 27 commemorates the millions of people that were persecuted or killed during the totalitarian Nazi regime. With regard to this, the University of Bremen organizes one or more events every year, to which the general public is invited. The “Dies Academicus” applies for all interested university members. This means that it is recommended that all teaching and work be put aside for the period of the event so that there is time to participate in the presentation.
Presentation: “Die Querdenker und die Neue Rechte“
The main remembrance event will be organized by the Faculty of Cultural Studies this year. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Michael Butter will hold a presentation with the title The New Third Position: The “Lateral Thinkers” and the New Right (“Die Neue Querfront: Die ‘Querdenker’ und die Neue Rechte”). Which alliances come to the forefront in the “lateral thinker” movement, and which effect does the strengthening of the connection between differing and heterogeneous associations and societal contexts have? After all, conspiracy theories are not lastly dangerous due to their immense aggressive potential and their effects could come to a head, especially in light of the current pandemic developments and the health-political measures. Coalitions between right-wing and left-wing lateral thinkers and right-wing groups are thinkable – sometimes they even have the same goals. It is something that should be observed carefully.
“Doing Memory – Erinnerungsarbeit im Deutsch-Israelischen Austausch“
Irina Drabkina, a graduate of the Transcultural Studies master’s program and lecturer within the Faculty of Cultural Studies, will subsequently present the Doing Memory – Remembrance Work within German-Israeli Interaction (“Doing memory – Erinnerungsarbeit im deutsch-israelischen Austausch”) project. The project, which received the Shimon Peres Prize in 2020, promotes academic teaching and practical experiences in connection to reflection on inclusion and exclusion – a present factor in modern societies. The students work intensely on various inclusion topics and visit local projects that foster inclusion.
Killian Farrell, head of the University of Bremen choir and orchestra, will accompany the event musically.
The Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism on January 27 has been a national, legally established day of remembrance in Germany since 1996. The day refers to January 27, 1945, the day the Auschwitz extermination camp was liberated.
The access details for the digital event:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmeister
Vice President Academic
University of Bremen
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Prof. Dr. Dorle Dracklé
Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies
University of Bremen
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