Green Commemorations. Towards New Strategies of Public Commemorations

We invite all those interested in green commemorations to the upcoming meeting in Gdansk! The event is free of charge. Pre-registration is required:


❓ How to deal with places with difficult heritage? How can green spaces be included in the commemoration of the Holocaust? How can we create open, respectful spaces that enable a symbolic dialogue between victims and survivors as well as researchers, activists, artists and local communities? How can we consciously utilise the potential of non-human actors of remembrance in times of the ongoing climate crisis?

🌱 We will be looking for answers to these and other questions during the webinar “Green Commemorations. Towards New Strategies of Public Commemorations”, which will focus on concrete examples of interdisciplinary activities and projects from different parts of Poland: Zielona Gwarna (Wrocław), Green Commemorations (Pikule, Szukowo), Esther’s Willow (Chrzanów), Medicinal Plants of Płaszów and Still Standing (Kraków) and The Roots of the Uprising (Warsaw).

📖 In the discussion, we will consider together what useful tools – both theoretical and practical – can be provided by the environmental history of the Holocaust, which has been developing since the 1990s and is becoming increasingly popular worldwide and in Poland. Based on the experience gained so far, we will also draw attention to possible pitfalls, the most common dilemmas and problems that accompany the implementation of this type of initiatives. Participants will also receive an e-book Green Commemorations. Towards New Strategies of Public Commemorations.
The meeting will be held in Polish. It will be led by:
🗣 Aleksandra Janus – anthropologist, researcher, co-author of the Museum Laboratory initiative and “Museums for the Climate”, President of the Zapomniane Foundation;
🗣 Magda Rubenfeld Koralewska – activist, curator and cultural animator, co-founder and co-curator of FestivALT.

The event is carried out in cooperation with Zapomniane Foundation, Kultury Zbliżenia Foundation and Formy Wspólne.