NIAS Terrorscapes Theme Group
Terrorscapes is a transdisciplinary, international network of scholars and professionals that will critically analyze how, where, when and/or if key places and times of twentieth-century terror and mass violence in Europe are presented, interpreted and represented. We use a range of perspectives and methodologies, as well as a comparative approach, to analyze how ‘memory discourses’ operate as vehicles of local, national, continental and global identity building in the present.
We seek to understand both what happened as well as how the space-times of memory have been collectively remembered, instrumentalized or forgotten. Rather than emphasize more ’subjective’ or ‘objective’ approaches to memory, we aim to call attention to the complex interactions of materiality, texts and practices which may result in the re- and co-constitution of subject-object relations. For example:
Through our collective comparative approach to Terrorscapes, we pay attentio to spatial narratives of memory, through geographical spaces and scales, material culture and landscapes, mediated 'scapes', national and regional heritage claims, and transcultural processes.
We anticipate that the outcomes of our collaborative and comparative research may provide new models and conceptual maps that may help address and allow various parties to work through heritage dissonances, and contested and painful pasts. For this reason we work with a range of other international networks and institutions.