Articles by Jenny Wüstenberg

August 31, 2023

🦋 Mnemonic democracy: the role of memory in politics

Jenny Wüstenberg
Memory is crucial for democracy, but not only because it can teach citizens important norms like tolerance and inclusion. Mnemonic democracy would also mean taking into account whether the views of the majority are represented and public memory is underpinned by legitimate state power, Jenny Wüstenberg writes
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Jenny Wüstenberg
Professor of History and Memory Studies, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University

Jenny is a project leader in NTU’s Global Heritage Theme, and co-lead, with Chris Reynolds, of Memory Studies@NTU.

Her research interests include comparative politics and history; memory politics in Europe, in settler colonial societies, and transnationally; civic activism, social movements, and democratisation; the memory of slow-moving and large-scale change; children and families in history and memory; and qualitative and network methodology.

She has held various leadership positions, particularly as one of the founding Co-Presidents of the Memory Studies Association (together with Aline Sierp and Jeffrey Olick).

Jenny is Chair of the COST Action CA20105 on Slow Memory, which will run from 2021–2025.

She was also the founding Co-Chair of the Research Network on Transnational Memory and Identity in Europe in the Council for European Studies and the Co-Chair of the German Studies Association‘s Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Network.

Jenny is currently a Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Post-Socialist Britain?

She tweets @JennyWustenberg

Civil Society and Memory in Postwar Germany

Civil Society and Memory in Postwar Germany
Cambridge University Press, 2017

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