REcall final event

30 April 2014

30 April – 10 May 2014

Nordic Embassies-Felleshuset
Rauchstr. 1 – Berlin

During the international seminar there will be guest speakers and the opening of the Competition entries exhibition; we will also announce the competitions winner: two prizes for each location.

Free entry, but booking preferred: contact the Embassies

30 April 2014
Nordic Embassies-Felleshuset
h 15:00-19:00

Download: the Invitation, the Press Folder, the Introduction Panel, the Poster

Following you find the Seminar Agenda

Welcome (15:00 – 15:30)
Prof. Dr. Gennaro Postiglione
REcall coordinator-POLIMI-Department of Architecture and Urban Studies
Anne-Kirsti W. Karlsen
Minister Councellor and Head of Press, Information and Cultural Affairs-Norwegian Embassy
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Apostolopoulos
Freie Universität Berlin, Head of Center for Digital Systems

REcall presentation (15:30 – 16:00)
Places, people and stories: Workshop curators presentation
Dr. Anna Marie Fisker: Venice workshop
AAU-Food+Design-Department of Civil Engineering
Tone Jørstad: Falstad workshop
Director of The Falstad Memorial Center
Lecturer Viviana Gravano: Rome workshop
Academy of Fine Art Naples

Panel session 1 (16:00 – 16:40)
Chair: Prof. Dr. Marek Jasinski
NTNU-Institute of Historical Studies
Dr. Cord Pagenstecher
Freie Universität Berlin, Center for Digital Systems
Prof. Dr. Rob van der Laarse
UvA-Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies

Panel session 2 (17:00 – 17:40)
Chair: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weileder
UNEW-Fine Art School of Arts and Cultures
Prof. Renata Stih and Dr Frieder Schnock
Stih&Schnock Art Practice
Rainer E. Klemke
Kommunikationsberatung und Projektentwicklung
für Museen und Gedenkstätten

Seminar closing speech and discussion (17:40 – 18:00)
Prof. Dr. Marek Jasinski

Exhibition opening 18:00
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weileder
opening exhibition speech & announcement of REcall competition winners

Buffet & drinks


The Next Monument

The Next Monument

Amsterdam, February 2014


Are monuments only records of recorded histories? How can they act as a prompts for on-going reflection? Could a traditional monument be the starting point for individual commemoration? Does a memorial have to be fashioned out of bronze or marble to make a significant impression on our psyche? [James Young]

press release


Beyond the monument
Gerhard Hofland gallery

In response to some of these questions, and in collaboration with the coordinators of the M4 gastatelier, Gennaro Postiglione/POLIMI will host an evening of discussion guided by specialists in the fields of archaeology, art, anthropology and history, from in and around Amsterdam at Gerhard Hofland gallery. During the talks, invited guests will be asked to present (up a max to 5 min) their responses to the concept of “The next Monument”, followed by feedback from the audience and further conversations.


The Jewish Resistance Monument revisited
11:00-15:00 / 18:00-21:00
Amstel 41 gallery

The discussion at Gerhard Hofland gallery acts as a precursor to the installation developed as a collective art work by Mikel van Gelderen, Marianne Theunissen, Gennaro Postiglione, Jeroen Werner and Jurjen Zeinstra (with the collaboration of the historian Loes Gompes and the Jewish Historical Museum) which will be on show at Amstel 41 gallery the 22nd, 23rd and the 25th of February (in occasion of the celebrations of the Jewish Resistance and of the February strike).

For more details, download the press release or browse in the The Book of Fragments

Download the flyer

Competing Memories feedback

The first three days of the Competing Memories Conference are over, and we have moved to the Westerbork Camp to summing up what discussed and presented during the seminar: many cases, different ideas about the future of research in Conflict Heritage Studies, but also dissonant positions about the role of Monuments/Museums/Memorieals in this concern.

More and more, there is the need to go beyond “sacralization” of memorial sites to foreseen a productive & participatory approach to war heritage.

Here you find the link to download the Abstract brochure


other initiatives #007: Competing Memories

On behalf of the entire team I am pleased to present you the final program of the “Competing Memories” conference. The online version can be found here. A conference booklet (including practical information, the final program and all the abstracts) will be made available soon.

We would appreciate it if you could disseminate the program within your network. Registration is obligatory for participants, but free of charge (excluding a contribution for lunch).

If you haven’t done so yet – please inform us about your arrival, departure dates and travel/accommodation costs.

As always, if there are any further questions do not hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward receiving you soon in Amsterdam.

Best wishes,
Competing Memories team

download the programme

visit the website:

REcall publication

Re-enacting the past
Museography for conflict heritage

The book takes inspiration from one of the most significant subject of debates of the recent years, that is to say the role of memory connected with Conflict Heritage. Linked as they are to unpleasant stories, they represent a patrimony that is difficult to manage. However, we believe they have the potential to resonate beyond their local contexts and work toward the construction of a collective identity on a European scale. This book presents a critical anthology of essays for the first time grouped in according to three main topics, archaeology, art and museography, and offers different approaches and new perspectives on the theme of Conflict Heritage.

The work, edited by Michela Bassanelli and Gennaro Postiglione, is published by LetteraVentidue and results from the previous research “Museography for Conflict Archaeology” that merged (and inspired) in “REcall-project”.

We hope this Reader will critically contribute to the on-going discussion about Conflict and Difficult Heritage.

Browse in the book!


a new paper edited [POLIMI]

Re-appropriation: Museography for Traumatic Memories

by Michela Bassanelli, Gennaro Postiglione
in: Int AR – Difficult Memories: Reconciling Meaning, Vol. 4/2013



In the debate on Contemporary Memory, two are the terms included constantly in the incipit of the major works of the literature on this topic: obsession and hypertrophy (Huyssen 2003, Agazzi and Fortunati 2007, Macdonald 2009). The theme of Memory has become a subject of discussion in different fields of knowledge: from social to biomedical sciences, from visual culture to media. In the last ten years the critics (Caruth 1995, Antze and Lambekm 1996, Edkins 2003) have focused on a particular aspect of Memory of traumatic and painful events: “If the 1980s were the decade of a happy postmodern pluralism, the 1990s seemed to be haunted by trauma as the dark underside of neoliberal triumphalism” (Huyssen 2003, 8).

Key Words: conflict archaeology, museography, architecture, difficult heritage, collective memory, exhibition design

Read the full paper here or browse REcall-project publications on ISSUU