Prof. Mable O. Wilson
Montag 27.11. 19.00 Uhr


The Politics of Modern Memorials

Talk and Discussion

Location: Evang. Bildungszentrum Hospitalhof, Büchsenstraße 33, 70174 Stuttgart
Admission: Free
Registration: Please register here
Language: English and German

Recent debates and deadly protests sparked by the removal of Confederate war monuments in the American South raise important questions about the racialized origins of American democracy. The civic representations of soldiers, statesmen, and generals who led a failed insurrection to maintain an economic system of slavery stands in stark contrast to the American national ideals of liberty, equality, and justice for all.

In this discussion, Mabel O. Wilson, Fall 2023 Berthold Leibinger Fellow, American Academy in Berlin, speaks with Stephan Trüby and Tazalika M. te Reh about the challenges of commemorating national ideals and important events within a still-contested historical landscape – a phenomenon clearly not uncommon in Germany and Europe more broadly.

With: Mabel O. Wilson, Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University; Dr. phil. Tazalika M. te Reh, Dipl.-Ing. M.A., Architect; Stephan Trüby, University Stuttgart
Moderated by: Petra Mostbacher-Dix, journalist
In cooperation with: Berthold Leibinger Stiftung, American Academy in Berlin, Evang. Bildungszentrum Hospitalhof

Prof. Mabel O. Wilson

is the Nancy and George Rupp Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, where she recently served as director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) and co-directs the Global Africa Lab. Wilson is also the founder of Studio&, an art, research, and design practice that recently collaborated on the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. Her installation “(a)way station” is currently on exhibit at SFMoMA and the installation “Unknown, Unknown” is on view at the Biennale Architettura 2023 in Venice, Italy.

Photo: Dario Calmese

Tazalika M. te Reh

is an architect and cultural studies scholar, engaged in architecture, real estate marketing, curation, teaching, and mentoring. Her focus is exploring how Architecture and Space intersect with Race, particularly within the context of Decolonization and Decarbonization. Born in the US to a Jamaican-Honduran teacher and a German artist, she holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Dortmund. Tazalika has completed architectural projects in Germany, works in the corporate sector, and teaches Global Citizenship in Austria.

Prof. Dr. phil. Stephan Trüby

is Professor of Architecture and Cultural Theory and Director of the Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (IGmA) at the University of Stuttgart since April 2018. His publications include Exit-Architecture. Design between War and Peace (2008), The World of Madelon Vriesendorp (2008, with Shumon Basar), Germania, Venezia. The German Entries to the Venice Architecture Biennale since 1991 (2016, with Verena Hartbaum), Absolute Architekturbeginner: Schriften 2004-2014 (2017) and Die Geschichte des Korridors (2018). He is a permanent contributor to the journal ARCH+.