Memory seems to have become the obsession of our time. In the last ten years many researchers (Caruth 1995, Antze and Lambekm 1996, Edkins 2003) have focused on a particular aspect of memory related to traumatic and painful events: “If the 1980s were the decade of a happy postmodern pluralism, the 1990s seemed to be haunted by trauma as the dark underside of neoliberal triumphalism” (Huyssen 2003).

The fall of Berlin Wall in 1989 marked a decisive cultural breach of the way to watch the past, opening the season of commemoration: the memento—the renewed and strengthened remembrance urged by the death of the survivors of the Second World War—sets itself as the renew imperative of never again, which is reflected by memorials and museums recently built in all Europe to commemorate those years of terror.

Design for conflict heritage Lab investigates different dynamics of memorialisation, focusing on re-appropriation and re-negotiation of a new relationship between memory, place and daily life.

Research Group

Prof. Gennaro Postiglione

Prof. Alessandro Rocca

Prof. Andrea Gritti

Arch. PhD Michela Bassanelli

PhD candidate Micol Rispoli

PhD candidate Francesca Zanotto