Neu: RIHA Journal Special Issue “War Graves, War Cemeteries, and Memorial Shrines as a Building Task, 1914-1989. Die Bauaufgabe Soldatenfriedhof/ Kriegsgräberstätte zwischen 1914 und 1989”

Christian Fuhrmeister (ZI München) und Kai Kappel (HU Berlin) sind die Gastherausgeber dieses Special Issues im RIHA Journal, dem open-access eJournal der International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (RIHA)




The history of conflicts and wars, and the history of war death in particular, is a major topic for the humanities at large, and especially for contemporary and cultural history, memory studies, etc. War memorials are visual representations of nation states rather than of individual lives lost in battle. This representation encompasses the nation’s shifting perception of its history, myths, and culture of remembrance. From the discipline of art history, however, these 20th century-war cemeteries and memorial shrines have received only little attention, though innovative impulses may derive from architectural history, garden history, landscaping studies or cultural heritage studies.

While the para-statal or semi-governmental German commemoration of the dead certainly informed the guest editors’ interests, they also welcomed decidedly comparative perspectives in order to distinguish these German singularities from the commemorative architecture of other nation states. The resulting collection of 27 case studies on war cemeteries and memorials from Scandinavia to Italy, and from Belgium to Russia, may convince the audience that we are facing a potentially global field of research.

The special issue evolved from two colloquia organized by Christian Fuhrmeister and Kai Kappel and hosted by Humboldt University Berlin on February 20-21, 2014, and by the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich on September 18-19, 2014.

Christian Fuhrmeister und Kai Kappel, eds., War Graves, War Cemeteries, and Memorial Shrines as a Building Task, 1914-1989. Die Bauaufgabe Soldatenfriedhof/Kriegsgräberstätte zwischen 1914 und 1989, in: RIHA Journal 0150-0176