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Mit seinen wissenschaftlichen Veranstaltungen versucht das Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) die neuesten Ergebnisse im Bereich der Holocaust-, Genozid- und Rassismusforschung einem breiteren ebenso wie einem ausgewiesenen Fachpublikum regelmäßig näher zu bringen. Die unterschiedlichen Formate dieser über einen engen Wissenschaftsbegriff hinausweisenden Veranstaltungen, die von in einem kleinen Rahmen gehaltenen gehaltenen Vorträgen, den Simon Wiesenthal Lectures über für ein Fachpublikum interessante Workshops bis zu großen internationalen Tagungen, den Simon Wiesenthal Conferences reichen, spiegeln das breite Tätigkeitsfeld des Instituts wider.

 

Präsentationen von ausgewählten Neuerscheinungen zu den einschlägigen Themen des Instituts, Interventionen im öffentlichen Raum, die Filmreihe VWI Visuals und die Fachkolloquien der Fellows runden die Palette der Veranstaltungen des Instituts weiter ab.

 

 

 

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Sławomir Kapralski: The Holocaust as a Frame of Memory and the Roma/Sinti Political Movement
   

Mittwoch, 30. Oktober 2013, 18:30 - 20:00

Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie Universitätsstraße 7, 4th floor, HS-C (C0428), 1010 Wien

 

VWI goes to the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

 

The Nazi persecution of Roma, although based on generally shared racist ideology, has been largely inconsistent and irregular, de-centered and de-synchronized. In result, however, ca. 500,000 Roma perished and many Roma communities have been wiped out. This contrast between the effort and the effect has influenced post-war memories of Roma and made it largely fragmented. In my presentation I will analyse the relation between the specific nature of the Nazi persecution of Roma and the Roma memories of their suffering. I will argue that those memories did not form a coherent picture of the past that would be widely shared among Roma. Therefore, the recent “memory boom” with regard to Roma genocide can be interpreted as a process of social construction of victimhood in which memory becomes a marker of identity rather than recollection of the past. With the help of Jeffrey Alexander’s theory of trauma I will argue that in the case of Roma and their memories of genocide we in fact face not a simple phenomenon of remembrance/oblivion, but a socio-cultural process of reconstructing the meaning of the past, caused, among others, by the transformation of Roma identities that followed the shifts of the Roma status in Europe after World War II. The agents of this process have been drawing on various resources, and one of the most important of them has been the discourse of the Holocaust. I would like to briefly present the efforts of Roma activist to be included in that discourse, its presence in contemporary commemorative activities of Roma, as well as its advantages and disadvantages in the context of Roma politics of identity.

 

Comments by Gerhard Baumgartner

 

Host and moderation by Wolfgang Kraus

 

Sławomir Kapralski is Senior Fellow at the VWI.

 

Gerhard Baumgartner is a former Senior Fellow at the VWI, Professor at the Joanneum Graz.

 

Wolfgang Kraus is Deputy Chairman of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna

 

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