2016: Regions of Memory II: Memory Regions as Discourse and Imagination

 

This conference aims to revisit the regional structuration of memory, an issue that was discussed in an earlier meeting within the series in 2012, with a view to gaining further insights into the construction of memory regions – i.e. discursive arenas of memory that are above the level of the nation-state but not fully universal. It considers the ways in which public debate, digital discourse, written narratives and visual representations form constellations of memory that transcend the nation-state whilst also imposing spatial limits. Finally, as in the first instalment of ‘Regions of Memory’, it seeks out points of comparison and contact between Eastern Europe with other regions of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and/or the Americas.

Keynote lectures will be given by Ann Rigney and Derek Sayer, among invited speakers there are also: Slawomir Kapralski, Jie-Hyun Lim, Kate McGregor, Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska and Aline Sierp.


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2014: Collective vs Collected Memories

 

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Fourth conference from the “Genealogies of Memory” series entitled “Collective vs Collected Memories. 1989-91 from an Oral History Perspective” took place in Warsaw from 6 to 8 November 2014. The conference aimed at discussing how the collapse of state socialism has been commemorated, remembered, or forgotten in Eastern Europe and beyond.

The event was opened by key note speeches by our distinguished guests: Michael Bernhard, Jan Kubik and James V. Wertsch.


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2013: Legal Frames of Memory. Transitional Justice in Central and Eastern Europe

 

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The conference took place in Warsaw in November 2013. It discussed the relationship between memory and law as well as concepts of justice with reference to post-communist transformations. Conference participants presented the papers showing the diversity of Eastern European experiences in dealing with the past and employing different legal measures to inform collective memory and identity. The keynote address “Justifying Atrocities: Contested Victims” by Elazar Barkan stimulated lively discussions during conference panels, which concentrated on the role of civil society and education in dealing with the past as well as courts’ influence on collective memory.

 

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2012: Regions of Memory. A Comparative Perspective on Eastern Europe

 

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The conference took place in November 2012 in Warsaw. Over a hundred scholars and researchers from all over the world meet to discuss different memories, ways of forgetting and dealing with the experiences of mass violence in societies that suffered under totalitarian regimes in the 20th century. Conference panels were focused on three main topics: memory in the historical space of violence (role of ideologies, memory in authoritarian regimes, challenges of transition, justice and compensation); spatial frames of remembrance (role of displacement, region as a figure of memory, city as a memory scene); memory in framing the future (art & public sphere, education, oral testimonies).

 

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2011: Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe. Theories and Methods

 

The conference took place in November 2011 in Warsaw as an initiating event of the „Genealogies of Memory” project. Among the participants of the conference were researchers from Europe, US and Australia who debated on the state of memory studies in Central and Eastern Europe. The keynote address was given by prof. Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz). The conference was an opportunity to review different approaches and findings from research projects. Presentations given during the conference discussed various themes, such as: memory in borderlands, media of remembrance, public and private discourses of past, role of historians in memory processes.

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