Times, Memories, Concepts
Each society creates its own temporality. It designs its own culture of memory and uses it to present perceptions and future expectations. Thus, it is an essential part of identity, education processes and life forms. Crises or conflicts arise whenever the past loses its shaping power and no designs for the present and future are derived. Crises and conflicts arise even when the speed of development differs and thus an imbalance of the "contemporaneity of the non-contemporaneous" (Koselleck) forms. Crises and conflicts arise, not least when competing designs collide. The analysis of concepts of time and memory cultures helps us understand the genesis of these crises and conflicts. It also opens up prospects for designing and managing memory cultures.
The Adorno-Research Centre, the Institute for the philosophy associated Hannah Arendt Center and the Center for Jewish Studies complement the question of the genealogy and semantically trans-subjective time and memory concepts in each unique way. These three organizations share a common interest in critical analysis and self reflection of those sub-layers and predispositions, which were followed by or are following historical eras and cultural forms of understanding.
It will be important to raise awareness and to reflect against the predatory habits that exist here, also and, especially in the ‘timeless axiom’ claimed sciences.
If ‘time’ was not a neutral repository, but a qualitative form, in which life-secular processes of experience and conflict mastery are performed, and ‘remembrance’ not only a secondary reference to the world, but means the activity by which experience is formed, then that requires a critical collective self-examination and contemporary interpretations of the bundling of amnesiac diagnostic prospects.
The Adorno Research Centre, which likewise integrates the existing activities of the work of
W. Benjamin, the Hannah Arendt Centre and the Centre for Jewish Studies (German only) are placed within the Faculty, where the honouring of these research programmes are bundled.
For it applies in particular what the question of ‘times, memories, conceptions’ marks altogether.
In the awareness of temporal dimensions of social practices, among others things focuses attention on
- The construction time and disjunctions of different epochs, societies and cultures,
- The manufacture, preservation and utilization of memory locations and cultures of memory,
- The analysis of relevance of cultures of memory for reconciliation and conflict resolution processes.
- The analysis of memory processes and their relevance to teaching-related education and guidance.