Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe
Theories and Methods
Warsaw, November 23-25, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS
The purpose of this conference is to reflect on the methodology and the state of memory research in Central and Eastern Europe. We would like to sketch a map of European research schools on memory, with a particular reference to theoretical proposals which either originated in Central and Eastern Europe
or are used to study the memory of this region. Scholars from various
disciplines are welcome to join the debate on the history of memory.
The conference will address the following issues:
1. The specific nature of Central and Eastern Europe’s historical experience
What historical events and traditions may bind the societies of Central and Eastern Europe
into communities of memory, even if they remain internally conflicted?
What was the influence of various ethnic groups and the specifics of
nation building process on shaping memories in the region? Then, are the
theoretical concepts and research methods developed by scholars from
outside the region adequate for conveying the specificity – if such
exists – of Central and Eastern Europe?
2. Research categories
In the most general sense, what theories should we explore and what
institutions and media of memory should we examine in order to render
the phenomenon of addressing the past in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe? And why do we speak of memory and not of history when considering how the past exists in the present?
3. Research themes, techniques and data collections
We would like to ask scholars of various disciplines e.g. sociologists,
historians, literature specialists and others studying Central and Eastern Europe
to present their research methods and techniques. We are interested in
studies on memory from Germany to Russia, from Estonia to Bulgaria.
There will also be a place to discuss both the practice and the
practitioners of commemoration: historical policy and its makers as well
as museums and other institutions collecting visual documentation and
Professor Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz) will give the keynote address.
Languages of the conference: English preferred, Polish or German possible.
Abstracts: Please send an abstract of your paper of no more than 300
words and short biographical information by July, 1. 2011. You will be
asked to submit your final conference paper by November, 1, so we could
circulate it to the commentators.
Please send your abstracts and all inquiries to: email@example.com
Publication of selected papers in a peer-reviewed journal is planned.
A limited number of travel and accommodation refunds for younger
scholars and doctoral students is available. There is no conference fee.
The organizing committee: Maciej Bugajewski, PhD (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Burkhard Olschowsky, PhD (European
Network Remembrance and Solidarity), Małgorzata Pakier, PhD (Warsaw
School of Social Sciences and Humanities), prof. Jan Rydel (European Network Remembrance and Solidarity), Joanna Wawrzyniak, PhD (University of Warsaw).
Conference staff: Monika Żychlińska firstname.lastname@example.org and Agnieszka Nosowska email@example.com
European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
Insititute of Sociology, University of Warsaw
Institute of Sociology, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Visit the website at http://genealogies.enrs.eu