Posted by on 10. January 2013

What was the word of the year 2012 for you?

Employees of the Jewish Museum Berlin answer the question.

“My word of the year is ‘diversity’. I haven’t heard or read anything so often this year. Most often at panel discussions, and sometimes seen on the street.”
Julia Jürgens, Events
(editor’s note: See the video documentation on the series of events ‘Visions of Belonging’)
drawing of a frog
“My word: Besucherfroschung (visitor frogging) – a nice typo that … lept out at me several times while I was editing an academic article on the subject of Besucherforschung (visitor research).”
Christiane Birkert, Visitor Research

“The word Augenscheinseinnahme (visual inspection). I came upon this term while I was researching the Auschwitz trial: it referred to the local inspections at Auschwitz with which the court examined the content of witness statements for their veracity.”
Monika Flores Martínez, Exhibitions

“A corrective – that is, a critical observer – is something everyone needs.”
Katrin Möller, Marketing

“My word of the year is ‘bio-clip-boom,’ which came up in a lecture by Geoffrey Hartman at the Preserving Survivors’ Memories Conference, and it captured for me the intensity of audio-visual self-creation in the era of facebook, youtube, blogs, etc.”
Katharina Obens, Visitor Research
(editor’s note: A brief report on the conference can be found here.)

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