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About the talk:
This presentation focuses primarily on European examples of how monuments have been created, destroyed and reinvented to mark radical political transformations. After some introductory remarks about who puts up (and takes down) monuments, to mark what kinds of events, and what those memorial makers hope to achieve, Marcuse will fast forward with examples of rupture-marking Western memorials from the French Revolution to the 1930s. He will then examine examples of monuments and memorials commemorating Nazi-era events exemplifying the main phases of memorialization in post-1945 East, West and unified Germany down to the present.

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