A "modest monument" awaiting completion : Gianna Zocco talks to Jean-Ulrick Désert and Dorothea Löbbermann about the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial at the Humboldt University of Berlin

  • In a time when 'internationalization' and 'diversity' have become key areas universities are expected to excel in, it may seem an almost self-evident endeavor to install a memorial for a figure as influential and internationalist as Du Bois, whose connection to the Humboldt University outlasted two ideologically very different political systems. Planned to be positioned in the ground floor of the main building, the memorial, which will start production as soon as the last funding has been secured, reveals an image right at its center that "exist[s] in virtually every student's life and family album, and commonly serve[s] as vehicle[s] of recognition, remembrance and commemoration": the class photograph. What are the main considerations underlying the W. E. B. Du Bois Memorial's concept and design? How has it evolved so far? And what can such a memorial realistically achieve?

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Author:Gianna ZoccoORCiDGND, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Dorothea Löbbermann
Parent Title (German):ZfL Blog : Blog des Leibniz-Zentrums für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin
Series (Serial Number):ZfL Blog : Blog des Leibniz-Zentrums für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin (16.07.2020)
Publisher:Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Part of Periodical
Date of Publication (online):2022/01/07
Date of first Publication:2020/07/16
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/03/04
GND Keyword:Du Bois, William E. B.; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Denkmal; Kunst; Öffentlicher Raum
Page Number:10
First Page:1
Last Page:10
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:ZfL Blog : Blog des Leibniz-Zentrums für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin
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