In an ever more closely connected world, information and ideas flow freely, forging a sense of global community and enabling a public discourse that transcends hereditary borders. Yet when dealing with history, national echo chambers still define the discussion.

Starting in 2021, Körber-Stiftung is launching eCommemoration. Harnessing the transformative dynamic of digitalisation in Gaming, Social Media and within Hybrid Spaces, the programme encourages innovative approaches to history and memory. We bring together historians, memory workers, digital pioneers and creative minds globally to open new perspectives on creative and participatory commemoration.

eCommemoration is history and memory, understood digitally.

Interested in our activities? Get in touch and stay in the loop!


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In Belarus, citizens have been demonstrating for democratic reforms since August 2020. The government and authorities are taking massive action against the protests and the rest of Europe remains predominantly in the role of spectator. Belarusian philosopher Olga Shparaga on protests, democracy and diaspora.

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Historian Stephan Malinowski on the role of the German nobility in establishing Nazi rule, the myths surrounding the resistance of 20 July 1944 and the current debate sparked by the restitution claims of the House of Hohenzollern.

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Social Media is a highly dynamic a space of social dialogue, interaction for young people and new generations of practitioners of history education.
It’s the arena where news, fake news, propaganda and subversive counter-narratives co-exist, putting the past and its interpretation centre stage.

Games make history accessible to wider audiences and increasingly shape our cultures of remembrance. Computer games create virtually authentic experiences and teleport players into immersive experiences of imagined pasts. Actively engaging with history, players are equipped with agency and responsibility in shaping the narrative of their story.

Hybrid Spaces merge physical space and digital elements, creating an interface between the present and the past. From high-tech installations in museums or urban spaces through virtual memorials and mobile apps – augmented, mixed or extended realities open new perspectives on our pasts.


Digital innovation is defining new standards in understanding and in coming to terms with the past. The questions connected to this development are manifold, at times troubling and at times promising. Together with you, we want to address and discuss these questions:

eCommemoration Switchboard: In our eCommemoration Switchboards, we bring together experts and practitioners, bridging generational, national and professional divides to reflect on the prospects and perils of digital commemoration – critically and forward-looking.

eCommemoration Convention: The annual eCommemoration Convention opens a space for historians, memory workers, influencers and creative minds to come together. As a platform of exchange, it encourages digital creativity and cultural sensitivity in future endeavours of presenting, debating and understanding our shared past.

The pilot of the eCommemoration Convention takes place online in October 2021.
Check back soon for more information!


Fiona Fritz
Programme Director

+49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 147

Bernd Vogenbeck
Programme Manager
eCommemoration; Körber History Forum

+49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 235


History & Politics, the audio podcast of Körber-Stiftung, offers insights into the connections between the past and the present.

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Belarusian philosopher Olga Shparaga talks about the aims of the protest movement, the role of national symbols and Belarusian history for the democracy movement and what support the people of Belarus need from their European neighbours.

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