Publié le 16/08/2013

Coming to terms with the past through the opening of former places of terror

The culture of remembrance can be consolidated only by the creation of publicly accessible places of remembrance. In the same way, it is important to produce a relationship of trust between politics and civil society by transforming former places of terror into places of reconciliation. A welcome step was, for example, the “open house day” at the presidential palace, initiated by Moncef Marzouki. [1]

With the project Scholars in Residence, taking the processes of transformation as point of departure, the Goethe-Institut seeks to promote intercultural dialogue in the area of academic research and to strengthen scientific relations between Germany and the Arabic world on a long-term basis.

Scholars in Residence is part of the German-Egyptian and German-Tunisian transformation partnership 2012-2013. The project is an initiative by the Goethe-Institut and being carried out in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KWI) and the Ruhr University Bochum"s Centre of Mediterranean Studies (ZMS). Funded with special grants provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.