KWI- Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen

Drei Fragen an den ersten „Scholar in Residence“ des Goethe-Instituts am KWI

Professor Daniel Feierstein
Daniel Feierstein ist Professor an der Universität Buenos Aires und Direktor des Zentrums für Genozidstudien der Universität Nacional de Tres de Febrero. Gemeinsam mit Dr. Christian Gudehus, Geschäftsführer des Center for Memory Resarch am KWI, bildet er das erste Tandem des neuen Residenzprogramms „Scholars in Residence“, das das Goethe-Institut in Kooperation mit dem KWI initiiert hat. Die Kooperation startet zunächst als Pilotprojekt zu den Themen Erinnerungskultur, Klimawandel und Kultur sowie Migration. Ziel ist es, internationale Gastaufenthalte zwischen NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen aus den Geistes-, Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften zu unterstützen und bilaterale Projekte oder langfristige Kooperationen anzustoßen.

What would you like to learn in or about Germany?
Feierstein: “I would like to learn more about the transgenerational transmission of the trauma of Nazism in the second and third generation in Europe: The ways in which the memorial sites, the educational system, academia, the political world and civil society deal with the questions of responsibility, justice, trauma, ethical consequences and so on. I am also particularly interested in the work of the CMR concerning the different approaches on the subjects of memory, representations, processes of identities construction and the impressive work that the CMR at the KWI is doing on such subjects.”

What do you bring to Germany?
F.: “I guess I am bringing a new and provocative framework to analyze the genocidal processes: It is the concept of "genocidal social practice", which intends to comprehend genocide as a technology of power of the modernity, very common and functional during the 20th and 21st centuries to reorganize social relationships in different societies. Then I will bring my knowledge and analysis of the violence in Latin America – my research focus being Argentina, Chile and Uruguay – as well as of the development of justice in such post-genocidal societies, the subjects of responsibility, ethics and consequences of the trauma and transgenerational transmission.”

What is the connection between Argentina and Germany?
F.: “They are connected in many ways, but I am particularly interested to analyse further how post-genocidal trauma affected these two societies. What are the similarities and important differences not only between both genocidal processes but between the ways in which those processes continue to concern the life, death and present of our societies? I am looking forward to discussing theses questions in Germany.”
Johanna Buderath, 15. Feb 2019 12:48