Memory, Agency and the Act of Civic Responsibility

Tue/Wed April 20/21 online 2:00pm-5:30pm (CEST)

© Markus Proschek
Laminat (Victim), 2019

Markus Proschek
SVIT Gallery Prague

The inaugural conference of MemAct!

will address challenges in Holocaust education in a time of rising extremism and endangered stability of democracies.

Conference Program:

Tuesday, 20.4.2021

Day 1: The presence of the past
CEST: 2pm – 5.30 pm = EDT: 8:00am-11:30am

Registration day 1: EventBrite

14:00-14:15Welcome address and IntroductionHemma Schmutz
artistic director of the Museums of the City of Linz

Karin Schneider
head of education of the Museums of the City of Linz and MemAct! core team
Reconquering the imaginary, remaking the society: notes on contemporary far-right activism
Agnieszka Pasieka
University of Vienna/ Yale University
15:00-15:15Coffee break
Teaching and learning about the Holocaust in
the post-liberal society
Jan Christer Mattsson
University of Gothenburg
16:00-16:30Breakout roomsReflections on the two keynotes
16:30-16:45Coffee break
16:45-17:25Plenary discussion and Q & AModeration: Paul Salmons, MemAct! Core Team
17:25-17:30Closing remarksWolfgang Schmutz,
MemAct! Core Team
Registration day 1: EventBrite

Wednesday, 21.4.2021

Day 2: How should education respond?
CEST: 2pm – 5.30 pm = EDT: 8:00am-11:30am

Registration day 2: EventBrite

14:00-15:00Keynotes: Participant-centered Learning Paul Salmons, Wolfgang Schmutz, Karin Schneider
15:00-16:15MemAct! panelssimultaneously, each panel consists of an impulse/case study followed by reflection and discussion
Panel 1: Developing transnational Holocaust Education and memory activitiesMiško Stanisic and Nevena Bajalica, Terraforming South.
Guest: Renate Höllwart, Büro trafo.k
Moderation: Norina Müller, PH OÖ
Panel 2: The ethics of civic responsibility in educationBartosz Duszyński, Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków
Wolfgang Schmutz, Hartheim Castle
Matej Beránek, EDAH
Moderation: Paul Salmons
Panel 3: Combining Holocaust Education, civic, social, and political workPascal Begrich,, miteinander e.V.
Guest: Meron Mendel, Bildungsstätte Anne Frank
Moderation: Karin Schneider
16:15-16:30Coffee break
16:30-17:15Reflection and conclusionModeration: Paul Salmons
17:15-17:30Closing remarks
Registration day 2: EventBrite
The conference will be held online and in English

The conference is hosted by the museums of the City of Linz in the context of the exhibitions

Transformation and Recurrence

Reflections on Radical Nationalisms in Contemporary Art

in the Lentos art museum

Young Hitler The formative years of a dictator 1889–1914

in the Nordico City museum Linz