In the discussion series Theatre of Reconciliation, Max Czollek encounters people who are exploring questions of memory. How do societies remember? What does the much-lauded German Erinnerungskultur—culture of remembrance—have to do with the question of belonging? What does remembrance mean for the German, European, and international present? 

The focus of the series rests on a pluralistic present, especially that of German society, and on all those without whom the present would look very different. In 2023 the series launches, guided by the motto it has been, continues in 2024 with it could have been, before it passes through the phases is and will be, to arrive, with the future perfect, at will have been.

The title of the series is also the title of Max Czollek’s third volume of essays,Versöhnungstheater, which was published by Carl Hanser Verlag in 2023.

Peggy Piesche was born and raised in the GDR and is one of the best-known voices of Black women in Germany. She studied literature and cultural studies and has worked for decades on intersectionality, the critique of racism and power, and the reflection of whiteness in science, society, and politics. Piesche has been active in the Black feminist movement in Germany and internationally since 1990, for example as a co-founder of ADEFRA e. V. – Schwarze Frauen in Deutschland (Black Women in Germany) and since 2016 as an Executive Board Member of ASWAD (Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora). Piesche currently works in adult education and is a consultant for diversity, intersectionality, and decoloniality at the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education).

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