Elise Kleitz

Born in 1994; Bachelor studies in Architecture at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg and Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (2012–2015); Master of Arts in World Heritage Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus (2016–2019); academic exchange within the Master of Science in Urban Studies at Université du Québec à Montréal (2017); Master thesis: “Transmitting traumatic memory to future generations in the post-conflict urban landscape: the critical task of architecture”; professional experience at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre in Paris, with a focus on the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in European countries (2018–2019); since April 2020 Research Associate at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and member of the DFG Research Training Group 1913 “Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings” at the Chair of Art History (BTU); scholarship recipient for emerging female scientists of BTU (2022); member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) and the Memory Studies Association (MSA).

Research focus:monumentality; critical heritage studies; collective memory; destruction; waste; contemporary art


Research Project:
Eternal or Obsolete? Overcoming the Dichotomy between Preservation and Destruction in the Anthropocentric Epoch



Kleitz, Elise. 2019. “Transmitting traumatic memory to future generations in the post-conflict urban landscape: the critical task of architecture”. Master Thesis, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Fontes, Ana Catarina. Gajić, Gordana. Kleitz, Elise. 2019. “Urban Regeneration Through Arts: Petrovaradin’s Creative Spaces.” In:Dossier Petrovaradin – Managing Historic Urban Landscapes, by Visnja Kisić, Goran Tomka, Loes Veldpaus. Novi Sad: Europa Nostra Serbia.

Kleitz, Elise. Orlovska, Vira. 2017. The ‘rurban’ experience: Gartenstadt Falkenberg. Cottbus: Brandenburg University of Technology, Faculty VI.



6th Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies “Interculturalities”, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) – San Joaquín Campus, Santiago de Chile, 4–7 December 2022. (forthcoming)
Section of the presentation: “Contemporary art, heritage and interculturality”
Title of presentation: “Eternal or obsolete? Creative approaches of the Monument”

4th International Symposium of ICOMOS Slovenia “Resilient Heritage”, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 16–18 September 2021.
Section of the presentation: “Key challenges”
Title of presentation: “Heritage and the act of making architecture”



“(Un)wanted Monument: on art, memory and destruction”, Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus, Germany, 8 February 2023. (forthcoming)
Scientific concept: Elise Kleitz
Invited experts: Dr. Irit Carmon Popper and Dr. Sabina Tanović