Public History

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Research Projects

Public History

Jointly organized by Dokumentationzentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit Berlin-Schöneweide, the Public History project aims to study and put into practice the ways in which a phenomenon of the World War II period known as “forced labor” can be represented in the public realm that goes beyond the single nation paradigm of Germany or Korea. The project seeks to provide a forum for young educators from both countries to exchange ideas on teaching methods and practices and learn forced labor in a historical context from a transnational perspective. Under this project, a seminar was held in Berlin from August 14 to 20, 2016. Another seminar is slated to take place in April 2017.

[Expected Impact]

Area of Scholarship: Rescue forced labor of the 20 century––forced labor in Nazi Germany and in Southeast Asia––from the single nation paradigm and consider it from a transnational perspective.

Area of Education: From the perspective of public history, reinterpret how history and past events are understood in the domain of everyday life, the dichotomy between perpetrators and victims, the way in which historical materials are shown to the public, and the historical prejudices resulting from the single nation perspective.

In its effort to promote and amplify the role of multiplikators in the field of Public History, CGSI has organized and hosted educational programs and workshops:

Memories without Borders, a joint workshop with the Word and Bow Academy, invites multiplikators in different professional fields who broaden and proliferate public history, including but not limited to—teachers, editors, cultural content providers, writers, and cartoonists, to further expand their practice as memory activists. The workshop group will consist of 15 or more working professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Conflicting Memories of the War and Occupation is a 5-day workshop program co-organized by the Centre for Oral History at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Critical Global Studies Institute at Sogang University, Memorial Sites Gestapokeller and Augustaschacht of Osnabrück, and Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen of Oranienburg. This annual workshop was launched in Ukraine with the aim of creating a space of exchange and networking for junior educators, memory activists, and researchers from Europe and Asia. The workshop serves as a platform for the participants to share educational methods and expand their discussion beyond national borders to facilitate future collaboration in the field of Public History.

Co-hosted by the Korea Foundation and the Critical Global Studies Institute at Sogang University, Unwelcome Neighbors: Portraits of “Gypsy” Victims of the Holocaust and Others was on view at the KF Gallery from January 24th to February 28th, 2019. The exhibition was designed to show the portraits of Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day in Korea. It was the first time outside Europe to exhibit the portraits, provided by courtesy of the Liverpool University Library.