International Live Panel

Look back, think ahead - What does 8 May 1945 mean to us today?

An international renowned panel marks the opening of histoCON:LINE. Wangûi Wa Goro (Kenya/UK), Dimitrij Kapitelmann (Germany) and Karolina Wigura (Poland) discuss the perception of 8 May 1945 for present and future. The panel will be chaired by Cosima Gill. During the discussion the experts will address various key questions: What are the impacts of narratives and commemoration practices? What does global memory mean – what does it require? What lessons are to be learnt by dealing with history and commemoration? What does it mean for us today, what is our individual access to the topic and what are our hopes for the future?

After an initial discussion round, the panel will respond to your questions on Facebook. Post your questions in the Facebook Live-Chat and share your perspectives with us.

Our international guests are:

Wangûi wa Goro, Kenya/UK

(International Scholar and Public Intellectual) has served as a translator, an academic, critic, translator, editor, writer, social and cultural catalyst, advocate, activist and campaigner for human and cultural rights for four decades. An interdisciplinary person, she is best known for her work in literary translation, including theory, practice, promotion and teaching.

Dmitrij Kapitelman, Germany

is an Author and Journalist. He was born 1986 in Kyiv, studied Political Science and Sociology in Leipzig and is publishing mostly in Die ZEIT und DER SPIEGEL. His first Novel: „Das Lächeln meines unsichtbaren Vaters“ (My Invisible Father's Smile) was published in 2016.

Karolina Wigura, Poland

is a sociologist, historian of ideas and journalist. She is the head of the Observatory of Public Debate of Kultura Liberalna (Liberal Culture), one of Poland’s leading centrist think tanks. Karolina Wigura is also an assistant professor at Warsaw University’s Institute of Sociology.

Cosima Gill, Germany

is a journalist, TV writer and Instagram host for among others Westdeutscher Rundfunk ("Aktuelle Stunde"). Her focus is to ask uncomfortable questions when necessary; to tell stories that otherwise wouldn´t be told and to expand her own perspective every day.