Dealing with the Past (Historical memory)

Why do some individuals or societies transcend a divisive past and why do some remain prisoners of their own past? A study in the ambiguity of memory in the light of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and similar attempts in different countries.

Project leader(s):
  • Mamadou Diawara (Bamako and Frankfurt)
  • Jörn Rüsen (Essen)
STIAS fellow(s):
  • Masayuki Sato (Kofu, Japan)
  • Patrick Harries (Basel)
  • Justin Bisanswa (Kinshasa and Quebec)
  • Elisio Macamo (Mozambique and Bayreuth)
  • Bogumil Jewsiewicki (Quebec)

Historical Memory in Africa. Dealing with the past, reaching for the future in an intercultural context - Diawarwa, M, Lategan, BC & Rüsen, J (eds); New York: Berghahn (2010).

Follow-up conference: On the initiative of German minister Minister of Education and Research, Annette Schavan (who visited STIAS in 2007) a conference on Historical Memory and Social Transformation was held in Berlin from 29 to 31 October 2009. STIAS project participants and German scholars were among the speakers (see