The Coalition for Pluralistic Public Discourse (CPPD) now has its own podcast!

It is titled ERINNERUNGSFUTUR (REMEMBRANCE FUTURE), and that is just what it is about.

How do societies provide a narrative of themselves? Who remembers when, where, why, and whom? Whose memories are made visible – through state support, exhibitions, memorials, days of remembrance – and whose are not? Remembrance culture is dynamic and political. It contains an interpretation of history and of the present, visions of the future, and possible identities. Remembrance culture must therefore be subject to continuous (re-)negotiation.

The CPPD, founded in 2021, sees itself as a network of discourse-shaping people of diverse backgrounds who work on and research topics of pluralistic remembrance culture(s) and diversity. On ERINNERUNGSFUTUR, academics, artists, activists and intellectuals talk about their work on perspectives on remembrance cultures in German and Europe.

What about German and European cultures of remembrance has to change so that not one portion of society, but rather all its members, can find their history within it? How might such a pluralistic remembrance look in concrete terms? And what societal conflicts must we be open to within these processes? These and other questions are the topics of our shared discussions on ERINNERUNGSFUTUR.

The kick-off episode features a discussion between Johanna Korneli and Jo Frank with CPPD member Anne Gersdorf from Sozialheld*innen on ableist continuities in Germany since the Nazi era, on the concerns people with disabilities have in relation to remembrance culture, and on the history of the disabled movement.

The episode is available on most platforms (e.g., on Spotify, Buzzsprout, Apple Podcasts, and Google). Tune in!

The CPPD is a project of Dialogueperspectives. Discussing Religions and Worldviews.

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˝The programme makes possible something that is all too rare in our society these days: speaking and having discussions across borders, not about each other, but with each other. That can be a hard slog at times, but at the same time the format makes space for follow-up questions and deeper conversations that are only possible through trust on all sides.

Felix, DialoguePerspectives alumnus

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