8th Genealogies of Memory conference

The aim of the 8th conference within the Genealogies of Memory framework was to highlight the intricate links between religion and memory. The latest reflections and research findings were showcased by scholars from over 20 countries. The conference took place in Warsaw between 16 and 18 October 2018.

The keynote speakers include Aleksander Agadjanian (Russian State University for the Humanities), Irena Borowik (the Jagiellonian University) and Geneviève Zubrzycki (University of Michigan).

>> Read the full programme here

>> Read the conference report here 


Roundtable discussion with representatives of different faiths


On the 1st day of the 8th Genealogies of Memory conference a debate on the role of memory featuring representatives of different religions will be held. 

The speakers will include:

  • Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis (Shavei Israel in Katowice)

  • Pastor Thomas Jeutner (Evangelical Reconciliation Parish/ Chapel of Reconciliation, Berlin)

  • Archpriest Kirill Kaleda (Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, Butovo)

  • Priest Prof. Piotr Mazurkiewicz (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw)

  • Sufi Andrzej Saramowicz (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī Sufi Polish Foundation)

>> Read more information about the speakers here

The discussion will be moderated by the conference convenors, Dr Zuzanna Bogumił and Dr Yuliya Yurchuk.

Date: 16 October (Tuesday), 5:00 pm

Keynote speakers


Portrait of Alexander Agadjanian
Prof. Alexander Agadjanian

Alexander Agadjanian was born in Moscow, graduated from the Moscow State University, received doctoral degree in modern history at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. He taught at the religious studies department, Arizona State University, and since 2003 is Professor at the Center for the Study of Religion, Russian State University of the Humanities, Moscow. He also teaches history and sociology of religions in other Moscow universities. Currently, the main area of interests and research is religious developments in the post-Soviet Russia and Eurasia. He is co-editor of the Russian language academic quarterly 'State, Religion and Church in Russia and Worldwide,' and is on editorial boards of a few European journals. Recent publications include Religion, Nation and Democracy in the South Caucasus (co-editer and author, Routledge 2015); Turns of Faith, Search of Meaning: Orthodox Christianity and Post-Soviet Experience (Peter Lang, 2014); Armenian Christianity Today: Identity Politics and Social Practices (editor and author, Ashgate 2014); Parish and Community in Russian Orthodoxy (co-edited, 2011, in Russian); Eastern Orthodoxy in a Global Age (co-edited, Altamira 2005).

Irena Borowik

Prof. Irena Borowik

Irena Borowik, professor of Sociology in the Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University, where she is head of Department for the Social Study of Religion. Her scientific interests concentrate on the topics related to sociology of religion, especially sociological theories of religion, religious change in Central and Eastern Europe, religiosity of Polish and other European societies, relations between religion, personal, collective identity and everyday life and recently on the role of religion in discourse of public space.
She led many research projects hes based on national and international grants that resulted in publication of articles and books, including: Odbudowywanie pamięci. Przemiany religijne w Środkowo-Wschodniej Europie (Rebuilding of Memory. Religious Change in Central and Eastern Europe; 2000), Pluralizm religijny i moralny w Polsce. Raport z badań (Religious and Moral Pluralism in Poland, with Tadeusz Doktór; 2001), Jak w witrażach. Tożsamość a religia w biografiach Tatarów Krymskich, Rosjan i Polaków na Krymie (Like Stained Glasses. Idenitty and Religion in Biograpies of Crimean Tatars, Russians and Poles at Crimea, 2013).
She initiated and edit serious of the translations of the most important books in sociology of religion, edited over 30 monographs in Polish and English and over one hundred articles. Co-founder and president of Nomos Publishing House (since 1991), co-founder of the scientific society ISORECEA (International for the Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association) and president of it in two first terms. She is a member of Polish and international scientific societies and program councils of some Polish and international journals.


Portrait of Genevieve Zubrzycki
Prof. Geneviève Zubrzycki

Geneviève Zubrzycki is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan. She studies national identity and religion, collective memory and national mythology, and the contested place of religious symbols in the public sphere. She's the author of the award-winning books The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (2006, Polish trans. 2014) and Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Quebec (2016), and the editor of National Matters: Materiality, Culture, and Nationalism (2017). Zubrzycki pursues her analysis of religion, secularism, and memory in a new monograph, tentatively entitled Antisemitism, Philosemitism and the Politics of Memory in Contemporary Poland.



Call for papers for Genealogies of Memory 2019

The year 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of political changes in former state socialist countries of Eastern Europe in 1989. With 30 years separating the eventful year of 1989 and the present, we find ourselves at a point with sufficient distance to retrospectively reflect upon the above described changes. At the same time, 1989 and subsequent years remain part of the living communicative memory of present societies.

The 9th Genealogies of Memory conference "Myths, Memories and Economies: Post-Socialist Transformations in Comparison" will aim to explore the still ongoing and dynamic process of memory sedimentation of the economic transformations, as well as their contradictory valences ranging from unlimited opportunities to traumatic failure. As a period actively experienced by most of today's adult generation, the post-1989 economic, political, and social changes are only now undergoing a process of historicisation. The conference seeks to explore the role that memory plays in this process, particularly at a time when this period has already produced its own popular mythology. The 1990s have become a subject of popular culture and even an object of nostalgia for their "wild" and free spirit. A central question to be addressed is the ways in which such popular narratives interact and compare with various social groups' memories and scholarly efforts to understand the processes of economic change.

The conference organisers invite presentations on economy and memory, in particular, but not limited to the context of post-socialist economic transformations in East-Central Europe, as well as their interactions with parallel economic processes in other parts of the world. They may be based on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including history, sociology, anthropology, economics, literary and film studies, and others. While the focal point for most economic transformations in question is the 1990s, we invite speakers to address these changes in the context of their longer histories with attention to the genealogy of shifts in economic thought through the 20th century and related memory processes.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Prof. Johanna Bockman (George Mason University)

  • Prof. Adam Mrozowicki (University of Wrocław)

  • Prof. Thomas Lindenberger (Hannah-Arendt-Institut)


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Deadline: 15 January 2019


Organisational information:

The conference will take place on 28-30 October 2019 in Warsaw.

We encourage applicants to send abstracts at a maximum of 300 words, together with a brief biographical statement and the scan of signed Consent Clause of the conference abstract provider to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 January 2019.

Applicants will be notified of the results by 30 March 2019. Written draft papers (2,000- 2,500 words) should be submitted by 5 September 2019.

There will be an opportunity to publish some revised and extended papers in an edited volume or special issue.

While the organisers will fully cover accommodation expenses for all participants, reimbursement of travel expenses will be based on an application process with clear preference for early career researchers lacking support from their home institutions.

The conference language is English.


Conference Convenors:
Dr Veronika Pehe (Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Dr Joanna Wawrzyniak (Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw)

Program Coordinators:
Dr Małgorzata Pakier (ENRS)
Dr Joanna Wawrzyniak (University of Warsaw)

Organiser: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS)

Partner: Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw; Institute for Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic


Conference Convenors


Portrait of Zuzanna Bogumil
Dr. Zuzanna Bogumił

Zuzanna Bogumił is Assistant Professor at the Maria Grzegorzewska Pedagogical University in Warsaw. She is currently coordinating two projects on the religious dimension of memory: "From Enemy to Martyr" and "Milieux de Mémoire in Central and Eastern Europe – a Polish case". She is the author of Pamięć Gułagu [Gulag Memory] (2012) forthcoming in English as Gulag Memories: The Rediscovery and Commemoration of Russia's Repressive Past with Berghahn Books in 2018, co-author of The Enemy on Display: The Second World War in Eastern European Museums (2015), co-editor of Stare i nowe tendencje w obszarze pamięci społecznej [The old and new tendencies in the social memory] (2018).


Portrait of Yuliya Yurchuk
Dr. Yuliya Yurchuk

Yuliya Yurchuk is a post-doctoral researcher at History Department at Södertörn University, Sweden. She defended her doctoral dissertation Reordering of Reordering of Meaningful Worlds: Memory of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Post-Soviet Ukraine at Stockholm University in 2015. Her ongoing research deals with memory and religion in Ukraine and with historians' responses to Ukraine-Russia conflict, funded by Baltic Sea Foundation. She specializes in memory studies, nationalism in East European countries, and post-colonial studies. Her recent publications include Special Volume on Memory of Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, in Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, 3:2, 2017 (co-edited with Andreas Umland); "Memory Politics in Contemporary Ukraine. Reflections from the post-colonial perspective" forthcoming in Memory Studies (co-authored with Barbara Törnquist-Plewa); Reclaiming the Past, Confronting the Past: OUN-UPA Memory Politics and Nation-Building in Ukraine (1991-2016), in War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, ed. Julie Fedor, Markku Kangaspuro, Jussi Lassila, and Tatiana Zhurzhenko, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2017.

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