Über die Zentralität der Ränder
The word Antiziganism describes the violence on Romani people and originates in a long discourse which radicalized in the Porajmos – the genocide of Romani people. In post-nazi Austria, violent conditions continue and are omnipresent; they are structurally acted out in both politics and theology. Amongst others, these continuities can be found in a hegemonic culture of remembrance. The thesis tries to exemplify this by showing the results of research conducted in Jabing, a small village in the
... outhern part of Burgenland. Different perspectives try to bring historical suffering to mind and stimulate a process of reflection, in order to remember the lives and the deportation of the villagers who are to be forgotten. Autobiographical texts of two survivors, interviews with contemporary witnesses, analysis of corresponding literature and finally the documents of authorities try to center the margins. In this, the epistemic objection of postcolonial theories is stressed, i.e. the importance of expounding the problems of one own's speaking and the objectifying access to others through representation. The empirical example of the experience of violence tries to reflect on a meta-level how marginalized subjects can be met and why they are crucial regarding societal criticism. Hereupon different references are made: On the one hand the New Political Theology and its claim for an anamnetic solidarity with the vicitims of history is still providing interesting ideas towards a culture of remembrance, on the other hand the challenges of postcolonial theologies are taken up in order to outline new aspects of liberation theology which focuses on the sufferers. The thesis tries to show how, in a society of migration, a critical consciousness of history supports the political and liberating dimension of religious education.