Remembrance as Praxis and the Ethics of the Interhuman
For several months, we have been meeting biweekly. Eight men and women of varied ages and with diverse ethnocultural histories who share an interest in the position of testimony in the formation of historical memory. Each has read substantially regarding the history of the German occupation of Vilna (1941–3) during which most of the Jewish population of the city was incarcerated in a ghetto and systematically murdered. Independently, we have studied a myriad of documents that pertain to these events including diaries, poems, songs, video testimony, drawings, and photographs. For each meeting, one of us develops an array of testimonial material, documents, which through their very juxtaposition with one another, raise important questions integral to our attempts to think through and enact both an ethical remembrance and a practice of critical learning. This juxtaposition, along with a written commentary, is then electronically sent to all others and becomes the basis for further written responses that are distributed, read, and considered when we meet.
KeywordsCritical Learning Spectral Moment Cultural Memory Public Time Historical Consciousness
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