n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Kollektives Gedächtnis und Erinnerungsorte in Deutsch als Fremdsprache - theorie und Praxis für die Arbeit mit fortgeschrittenen Deutschlernenden im südafrikanischen Hochschulkontext - Afrika schreiben / writing Africa

Volume 47 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273


Collective Memory and Sites of Memory in German as a Foreign Language. Theory and Practice for advanced learners in the GFL classroom at South African universities

This paper aims to explore the discourse on collective memory for (South) African German Studies. First, fundamental concepts relevant to this area of Cultural Studies are briefly presented. Then some aspects of the cultures of memory in post-World War II Germany and in post-apartheid South Africa are outlined, and parallels and connections between realms of memory and discourses of memory in both countries are identified. Building on concepts for using sites of memory and the memory discourse in the GFL classroom, the author has devised a course programme on „Collective Memory and Sites of Memory“ for learners of GFL at a South African university which is presented and discussed in the final part of the paper.

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