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Regimes of Memory II. Types of trauma management in Central and Eastern Europe

Interdisciplinary conference of the Academia Europaea, Polish Regional Office on International Relations in Wrocław, Willy Brandt Center for German and  European Studies and Institute of Political Science at University of Wrocław.

Context and rationale:
The region of Central and Eastern Europe is overburdened with history, centuries-old grudges, rival narratives  and ethno-political conflicts. From Poland and Baltic states, through Ukraine and Hungary to the East and  West Balkans political cultures are dominated by various grievances, fears and pursuits of amends as a consequence of unprocessed historical traumas. Competing regimes of memory manifest themselves in different interpretations of symbolic dates, places and traditions. Undoubtedly, they are substantial parts of national and communal identities, but at the same time they preserve and in many cases fuel historical  traumas, grievances and past resentments. That vicious circle of commemorating history and fueling historical  grudges poses questions about the role which is played by collective memory in the processes of trauma  management and reconciliation. Can we keep the memory of historical events alive without preserving  historical grievances? What is required for reconciliation: the act of forgiving or the act of forgetting? The goal  of this conference is to assess the various means in which communities and nations could and can overcome  historical resentments. A selection of the conference papers will be published in the quarterly New Eastern  Europe.

Interdisciplinary approach:
Conference papers from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Possible Topics:

  • Specific regimes of memory in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Processes of trauma management and reconciliation in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Collective memory and its management
  • Conflict and reconciliation
  • Forgetting as a way of overcoming historical trauma
  • The role of language and narratives as transmitters of history
  • The management of archives and museums with regard to histories of trauma

APPLICATION: The registration was available at: www.acadeuro.wroclaw.pl; submition of a 300-word proposal and a  curriculum vitae with list of publications by May 4th, 2014 was required. All applicants were notified about the selection of participants before May 16th, 2014.

SECOND REQUIEREMENT: Selected candidates were asked to provide by September 10th 2014 a 3,000 to 5,000-word paper. These papers were made available on-line. The paper should not had been published previously. All workshop participants were asked to read these submissions prior to the conference. Participants who did not meet the submission deadline were not able to attend the conference.

TARGET GROUP: postdoctoral early career researchers and PhD candidates.

SEMINAR LANGUAGE: English.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS: The organizers provided accommodation and meals, reimburse travel  expenses to a certain maximum, conference fee, insurance costs and costs of publication of the refereed conference papers.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE:
Prof. Ivan Zoltan Denes (Academia Europaea Member, István Bibó Center for Advanced Studies of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Budapest)
Prof. Siegfried Huigen (Academia Europaea Member, University of Wrocław)
Prof. Krzysztof Ruchniewicz (Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies, Wrocław)
Dr Piotr Sula (Institute of Political Science, University of Wrocław)
Dr Adam Cianciara (Regional Office on International Relations, Wrocław)
Dr Aleksandra Nowak (Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub-Wrocław)

All correspondence, including submission of proposals and final papers, had to be addressed to: 
Aleksandra Nowak (nowak@acadeuro.wroclaw.pl) or submitted via www.acadeuro.wroclaw.pl