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

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

GENERAL INFORMATION

Synopsis

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 and Polish Political Science Review.

 

ORGANISING COMMITTEE:

  • Prof. Ivan 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)

SEMINAR LANGUAGE: English.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS: The organizers will provide accommodation and meals, reimburse travel expenses to a certain maximum1, conference fee, insurance costs and costs of publication2 of the refereed conference papers.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for papers

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 invited young scholars (PhD candidates and postdocs), to take part in the interdisciplinary conference that was held in Wrocław (Poland) on October 9-10, 2014.

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 was required by May 4th 2014. All applicants were  notified about the selection of participants before May 16th, 2014.

SECOND REQUIEREMENT: Selected candidates were asked to provide by September 10th2014 a 3000 to 5000-word paper. These papers were made available on-line. The paper were not to be 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.

USEFUL INFORMATION

All correspondence was addressed to:

Dr Aleksandra Nowak (nowak@acadeuro.wroclaw.pl) Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wrocław Rynek 13, 50-101 Wrocław tel/fax +48 71 770 20 26 mobile +48 506 388 101

or

Maciej Makulski (maciej.makulski@rodm-wroclaw.pl) Polish Regional Office on International Relations in Wrocław Plac Biskupa Nankiera 17, 50-140 Wrocław tel +48 71 342 16 81 mobile +48 691 849 726

PROGRAMME

Thursday, 09.10.2014

Venue: Regional Office on International Relations, Nankiera 17, 50-140 Wrocław, Poland
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Registration of the participants
  • 09:30 - 09:45 Welcome, Introduction (Rector of the Wrocław University, President/Board Member of the Academia Europaea, Iván Zoltán Dénes
  • 10:15 - 10:45 Dubravko Lovrenović, Bosnia and Herzegovina as the stage of three parallel and conflicting historical memories
  • 10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
  • 11:15 - 11:45 Éva Kovács, Marketing the 'fever of history' in Hungary (1990-2014)
  • 11:45 - 12:15 Tamás Sajó, Breslau – Bresloy – Wrocław (and a bit of Lwów). Three memories of one city
  • 12:15 - 12:45 Antonio Bernat Vistarini, Memory of the Call: Past and Present of the xuetes of Palma de Mallorca
  • 12:45 - 13:30 Discussion
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Session 1, Memory-Buildings. Chair: Tamás Sajó
    • 14:30 - 14:50 Katalin Deme, Public Encounters with World War II and the Holocaust in Post-socialist Central-Eastern Europe within the State and the Civic Sector
    • 14:50 - 15:10 Łucja Piekarska-Duraj, „Make it wow!, make it interactive and don't forget to include the human dimension”. Narrative strategies in museum exhibition management
    • 15:10 - 15:30 Stsiapan Stureika, Overcoming of Soviet regimes of memory in Belarusian local history museums: the case of Ašmiany
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Session 2, Symbolic Space and Time and Private History. Chair: Antonio Bernat Vistarini
    • 16:00 - 16:20 Bogdan Trifunović, Memory and Narrative of “Old Serbia”
    • 16:20 - 16:40 Kinga Anna Gajda & Monika Eriksen, Building a future through the past: National identity formation in post-independent Kosovo
    • 16:40 - 17:00 Grace Pundyk, Invisible Words: the Semaphore of skin
  • 17:00 - 17:45 Discussion
 

Friday, 10.10.2014

Venue: Regional Office on International Relations, Nankiera 17, 50-140 Wrocław, Poland
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Balázs Trencsényi, The Memory of Collective Traumas and the Collapse of Post-Transition Liberal Consensus Politics in East Central Europe
  • 10:00 - 11:20 Session 3, Constructing Memory of Soviet Lithuania. Chair: Iván Zoltán Dénes
    • 10:00 - 10:20 Monika Frėjutė-Rakauskienė, Identity, Memory and Politics: The Role of Collective Memory in Identity Building of Polish Community in Southeastern Lithuania
    • 10:20 - 10:40 Mingailė Jurkutė, Soviet manipulation of the memory of the Lithuanian guerrilla war
    • 10:40 - 11:00 Gražina Sviderskytė, Politics, ideology, and traumatic memory behind the myth of two iconic Lithuanian heroes – the transatlantic Lithuanian-American pilots Darius and Girenas
    • 11:00 - 11:20 Denise Thorpe, Lithuanian Vėlinės Cemeteries as Liminal Spaces of Memory
  • 11:20 - 11:50 Coffee break
  • 11:50 - 12:30 Session 4, From Competing Victimology to Attempting the Reconciliation. Chair: Éva Kovács
    • 11:50 - 12:10 Lars Breuer, Vernacular Memory in Germany and Poland
    • 12:10 - 12:30 Estelle Bunout, The impossible reconciliations? The (non) discussions on the eastern territories in Poland and Germany after WWII (1947-1972)
  • 12:30 - 13:15 Discussion
  • 13:15 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Session 5, Discourse and Politics. Chair: Balázs Trencsényi
    • 14:30 - 14:50 Alina Hogea, The unstable boundaries of communism: discourse and politics in post-communist Romania
    • 14:50 - 15:10 Catalin Parfene, Football, Writing and Politics in the Memory of an Ethnic Hungarian in Romania
    • 15:10 - 15:30 Sarolta Deczki, Untold Stories: Secret Agents and Informers in Hungarian Society
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Lajos Pálfalvi, A Hungarian City in Viktor Horváth’s Turkish Novel
  • 16:30 - 17:15 Discussion
  • 17:15 - 17:30 Iván Zoltán Dénes: Conclusion
  • 20:00 Dinner for participants of the Seminar

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