Over the past 25 years, the Auschwitz Foundation has published a journal. Until 2008, its focus was primarily on the association’s activities, before adopting a different format. In 2014, further steps were taken in the renewal process, turning Testimony into a hybrid journal: it is today both a cultural magazine and a high-quality academic review.
We are seeing the questions we have been raising for years expand, generating studies beyond the fields where they are traditionally recognized. Commemoration, tourism, education, museums, literature, cinema, theatre, and academia: memory and testimony are very much present in all of these domains. Words associated with memory and testimony (trauma, nunca más, grey zone, exile, apartheid, Auschwitz) permeate our cultural sphere, circulating throughout our everyday lives, instilling themselves in our minds and contributing to the construction of our world view.
That is why Testimony is undergoing a transformation. While remaining faithful to its primary missions, the journal has received fresh impetus to consider debates on memory and testimony from a new – critical – angle. The transformation will produce a unique hybrid journal, consisting of both academic and cultural sections. At the heart of each issue, you will find an academic dossier and a “miscellaneous” section that examines questions of interest in a variety of fields. These will be supplemented by cultural criticism and reviews of recent events and publications, a portfolio, and a memory laboratory. Indeed, the journal aims to be a critical laboratory where authors can explore and deconstruct commonplaces, clichés, and doxa regarding memory and testimony.
Finally, the journal has taken up an additional challenge: it will be published in two separate versions, one in French and English and another in Dutch and English published by ASP. By taking a multilingual and multicultural approach, we wish to engage a wider audience. Furthermore, concepts and questions of memory and testimony “travel” and they can take on different meanings depending on the language used. The journal therefore wants to offer an experimental space where subjects can be tackled from various perspectives. In this project, the Auschwitz Foundation has found in Kazerne Dossin its ideal partner.
Testimony Between History and Memory
International journal of the Auschwitz Foundation, Rue des Tanneurs 65, 1000 Brussels
Senior editor: Henri Goldberg
Head of the editorial board: Frédéric Crahay
Editors: Nathalie Peeters and Anneleen Spiessens
Editorial committee: Daniel Acke, Baudouin Massart, Maarten Van Alstein, Guy Zélis, Pascale Fabre.
Scientific committee: Marnix Beyen, Sonia Combe, Bernard Dan, Emmanuelle Danblon, Wim De Vos, Fransiska Louwagie, Carlo Saletti, Frediano Sessi, Agnès Graceffa, Christophe Busch.
Publishing house: Kimé, Parijs