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The VWI provides the opportunity to present various new publications (ranging from relevant professional literature to popular works of scholarship to literature) in a special context. These presentations usually combine a special location chosen for this event with appropriate musical accompaniment, selected to reflect each given publication.


Additionally, the VWI repeatedly presents scholarly projects that are either based directly at the institute itself or are being conducted in co-operation with other institutions. External projects that suit the institute's profile are also presented to the broader public here.



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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 The "universalisation of the Holocaust" has established the Shoah as a historical reference point legitimizing a global moral imperative to respect human rights.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

Please register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by latest Wednesday, October 23, 12am and bring your ID.

Invitation/Programme (PDF)

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