Collage: Anita Jankovic/Patrick Schneider (Unsplash)

What is eCommemoration? New technologies and new generations raise new questions about history and call on us to renew our understanding of the past. Our eCommemoration programme opens up a space for historians, memory workers, digital pioneers and creative minds from across the globe to discuss new perspectives of participatory commemoration. We invite you to explore history and memory with us – in Video Games, Social Media and Extended Reality.

Highly dynamic digital spaces create interfaces between past and present – but how do Video Games, Social Media and Extended Reality construct and shape our culture of commemoration?

In an ever more closely connected world, digital technologies allow interconnectivity and communication across borders – how can we use these tools to encourage debates beyond national echo chambers?

Ideological or commercial interests often shape our perception of history – how can digital formats help us to hear those voices that often remain unheard?

What we do:

With our annual eCommemoration Convention we want to facilitate creative exchange and hands-on digital experience. How is digitalisation redefining history?

In June 2022, we have presented the XR History Award – initiated by us and VRHAM! Festival. With this award, we want to honour an XR project, which allows us to experience history from a different angle.

Listen to our History & Politics Podcast (in German) for topical discussions on what links our past and present.

Follow us for updates on twitter (@ecommemoration) and mastodon (

Save the Date - eCommemoration Convention 2023

eCommemoration Convention 2023

This year's international, interdisciplinary convention aims to build and explore bridges between analogue and digital worlds. It will take place on 28 and 29 September 2023 in Hamburg.

#MakeUsVisible - how modern technology helps inclusive commemoration

Photo: Carla Gannis
#MakeUsVisible - how modern technology helps inclusive commemoration

The artist:in collective "Arora" turns monuments into an augmented reality experience with their #MakeUsVisible campaign - we bring the campaign to Hamburg!

Interview: How video games impact our understanding of the history of money

How video games impact our understanding of the history of money

On the sidelines of the digital conference re:publica (theme: "Cash"), we asked our panellists Laura Laabs and Aaron Sahr to talk about the idea of progress associated with money in games.

Livespielung "Ohne Moos nix los"

Livespielung "ohne Moos nix los"

Bei der Livespielung auf der re:publica 2023 widmeten wir uns der Darstellung der Geldgeschichte in Video Games. Wie wird Geldverdienen vermittelt – darüber diskutierten wir mit Expert:innen.

Queere Geschichten im Metaversum

Queere Geschichten im Metaversum

Es gibt Geschichten, die noch nicht erzählt wurden – und es gibt moderne Technologien, die Geschichten erlebbar machen. Wir haben das weltweit erste LGBTQ+ VR-Museum in Hamburg ausgestellt.

Portrait Mia Tramz

An Immersive Storyteller

“How can I bring it to life for you?” This is the leading question for Mia Tramz, the two-time Emmy Award winning producer, who just can’t stop engaging people in stories.

Interview Kees Ribbens

With Digital Technologies “You Can Get Closer to the Past”

Kees Ribbens is fascinated by the way history is represented in different media. He is a senior researcher at NIOD and concludes that our definition of the past is always limited.

Interview Iris Groschek

Can Social Media Make Commemoration More Inclusive and Diverse?

The Neuengamme Concentration Camp was the first institution in Germany using TikTok. Iris Groschek is convinced that social media users will shape the way we commemorate.

eCommemoration Convention 2022

eCommemoration Convention 2022

In 2022, we again brought together international historians, memory workers, digital pioneers and creative minds for creative exchange and hands-on digital experiences.

Our eCommemoration Activities

History & Politics Podcast (German) – eCommemoration Episodes

X (Twitter): @eCommemoration


Fiona Fritz (parental leave)

Programme Director

Dr. Felix Fuhg

Programme Director

Dr. Anna Norpoth

Programme Manager

Projects of the History & Politics department