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Organiser: Forum Kritika

Forum Kritika on Historical Dialogue

Deadline: 30-06-2017
Location: -


Forum Kritika on Historical Dialogue
Dealing with the Past: Mapping the Edges of “Historical Dialogue”

Historical dialogue is a growing field of scholarship and practice that engages with the legacy of historical violence and its ties to contemporary politics. It is informed by the recognition that many contemporary conflicts germinate from the memory of past violence, and it is particularly pertinent for the field of conflict transformation and prevention in conflict and post-conflict societies. By its very nature, then, historical dialogue is multidisciplinary, taking place within academic disciplines as well as (but not exclusively) with law, journalism, education, film, art, and literature. As a result, while the term “historical dialogue” has been used in a range of contexts—in scholarship, practice-based research, political interventions, among others—differences persist regarding the precise conceptualization of the term.

The Forum Kritika on Historical Dialogue seeks to map the edges of the field, to disentangle the different readings of the expression “historical dialogue” along disciplinary, regional, religious, ethnic and class lines, to name but a few. While these questions are relevant for the term “historical dialogue” in and of itself, they have emerged in productive and compelling ways as a result of the digital humanities, “Mapping Historical Dialogues Project” (MHDP), developed at Columbia University, and part of the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network. The objective of this digital project is to map existing stakeholders who are engaged in historical dialogue and who use historical narrative to respond to drivers of conflict or as a means of conflict transformation. The project thus seeks to describe the impact that the memory of sectarian and national violence has on contemporary politics, to establish the norms of historical dialogue, and to explore how this knowledge facilitates work towards conflict transformation, reconciliation, peacebuilding, and democracy promotion, particularly in post-conflict countries.

And yet such goals beg the question of how to define “historical dialogue” in methodological and theoretical terms. This Forum Kritika thus seeks to understand how the term “historical dialogue” is used in different disciplines (e.g., political science, history, theology, literary studies, cultural studies, etc.), and what the relationship is between “historical dialogue” and certain regions or discursive environments. Other possible topics can consider the relationship between the concept of “historical dialogue” and its connection or intersection with terms such as transitional justice, memory studies, peace building, or conflict resolution. Is it designed as an alternative term and if so, what is its particular contribution in both academic and practical terms? In considering, for example, the differences between “historical dialogue” and transitional justice, should one define such differences in analytical terms or normative terms, or both? Additional topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the genealogy of the term “historical dialogue”—when and how it emerged, who has framed the term, and how it has been applied; the relationship between theory and practice regarding historical dialogue work; case studies (in particular, but not exclusively regarding initiatives that appear in the MHDP) and country studies; best practices and the impact of historical dialogue as a conflict transformation mechanism; and the relationship between historical dialogue and accountability.

Submission guidelines

Contributions should be 7,000 to 8,000 words (MLA style). Include the following elements in the submission: abstract (200 to 250 words); bionote (100 to 150 words); keywords (5 to 7); institutional affiliation and e-mail address. All contributions will undergo double blind peer review. Send contributions and inquiries to the guest editors of the Forum Kritika (cc:

            — Ariella Lang (

            — Dimitris Kousouris (

Use the subject heading “Forum Kritika on Historical Dialogue.” Deadline is on June 30, 2017.

Kritika Kultura is a peer-refereed electronic journal (indexed in MLA, DOAJ, Scopus, and Thomson Reuters), which is devoted to the innovative, multidisciplinary study of language, literature, culture, and society.


Basic information:
Deadline: 30-06-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Forum Kritika
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews


Deadline: 30-06-2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland


Call for Papers
International Academic Conference
13-15 March 2018
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews – University of Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

(Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2017)

In March, 1968, Polish universities witnessed an outburst of protests against the policies of the communist authorities. Students and the intelligentsia opposed the restrictions of intellectual freedom and the withdrawal from the post-Stalinist liberalization of the system. The demonstrations, which began at the University of Warsaw campus, soon spread over the streets of cities and towns, turning into a mass youth rebellion. They marked the onset of one of the most complex socio-political crises in the post-war history of Poland.

The regime responded with brutal repressions and a widespread anti-Semitic propaganda campaign, launched under the pretext of the Jewish origin of some of the protests’ participants. By appealing to the anti-Jewish sentiments in Polish society, the government aimed at vilifying its opponents in the public eye. In the background, a struggle for the leadership of the communist party was taking place. The purge within the state administration and party ranks, executed under the slogan of combating Zionism, was the perfect tool to get rid of political rivals and to create new elites (a prelude to the campaign took place one year earlier, after Israel won the Six-Day War). The anti-Semitic campaign affected the entire community of Polish Jews, and its institutions, forcing at least 13,000 people to leave the country. Suppression of intellectual activity and decline of organised Jewish life were the aftermath of March ’68.

To mark the 50th anniversary of these events, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Institute of History, and the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw are organizing an international academic conference. During the conference, we wish to discuss the causes, course and aftermath of the events, possibly in comparison to the policies of other countries within the Communist Bloc. We are also interested in the context and parallels pertaining to the global extent of the events that took place in the year 1968.

We invite historians, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, cultural studies and literature scholars and other fields within the arts and humanities, and social sciences.

The papers may – albeit not necessarily – cover one or more of the following thematic fields. We are open to other proposals which might broaden the perspective of looking at the March ’68 events.

The youth rebellion, contestation and conformism within the Eastern Bloc (i.a. rebellion of young people in the East and in the West; March ’68 in Poland vis-à-vis student movements in France, Germany, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria; the history of emotions within the communist societies; science, culture, intellectuals, students under the pressure of ideology and censorship; March ’68 at the academic centres and in the provinces; victims and beneficiaries of the March ’68 purges; xenophobia and reception of the anti-Semitic campaign within Polish society; long-term aftermath of the March ’68 propaganda patterns)

Jewish experience of March ’68 (i.a. the Jewish community and its institutions in post-war Poland; Jewish youth prior to March ’68; aftermath of the Six-Day War on Jewish communities within the Soviet Bloc; being confronted with the anti-Semitic campaign and the purges in both national and provincial institutions; destruction of Jewish organisations and institutions; reactions of the environment – solidarity/aggression; the experience of expulsion; economic strategies connected with emigration; adopting to life in their new homelands; attitude of local communities towards the immigrants; March émigrés and Poland; evolution of self-identification and ethnic identities; reactions in the West)

The struggle for power, and legitimizing power, in the communist states
(i.a. mechanisms which drove the struggle for power and the creation of new elites; the role of political police; nationalism, egalitarianism, anti-elitism as arguments for legitimacy; authoritarian mobilisation of the masses; propaganda campaigns and purges; forced emigration from the Eastern Bloc; Israel, Jewish minorities and the official anti-Semitism in the politics of the communist states)

Aftermath of March ‘68
(i.a. the year 1968 as a breakthrough in the social history, the history of ideas, the culture of Eastern-European countries; the end of illusions of a possible rectification of socialism; memory and reflection of the March ’68 experience in culture and historiography; the ’68 generation in political and social life; the public silence on the subject of Jews in Poland post-1968 versus intergenerational communication; “invisible Jews” – existence of the Jewish community in the 1970s and 1980s and the individual experience of being a Jew; problems of rebuilding the Jewish community)

We kindly ask you to submit 200-300 word abstracts in ENGLISH (indicating the choice of language of presentation: English or Polish), as well as a short biographical note via electronic application form available at the Internet address: no later than 30 June 2017.

We are particularly looking for papers presenting new, original research and reflection.

The organizers cover the costs of accommodation in Warsaw during the conference. The organizers reserve the right to publish the conference materials.

For any additional information, please contact us at:

University of Warsaw

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-06-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Center for Baltic and East European Studies

2017 CBEES Annual Conference: Competing futures: From rupture to re-articulation

Deadline: 30-06-2017
Location: Södertörn University, Stockholm



2017 CBEES Annual Conference (30 November – 1 December) 
Competing futures: From rupture to re-articulation 

Contemporary Europe is often described as being in a seemingly perpetual state of crisis. This is manifest in various contradictory trends of the last decade, from grass-root protest movements such as Euromaidan and Occupy, to the growth of nationalist and neoconservative populisms, geopolitical shifts and border conflicts in the wake of Russia´s occupation of Crimea and the war in Donbass, as well as increased epistemological insecurity (sometimes designated a “post-truth” situation). Simultaneously, we are witnessing how normalised ideological and discursive relations are being rearranged into new, sometimes unexpected configurations, articulating the relation between e.g. nation, family, and gender in alternative ways. In many cases, such negotiations involve contestations around history and collective memory, opening up to competing visions of the future. Zooming in on the Baltic region and Central and Eastern Europe, this conference aims to explore how contemporary uncertainties, dislocations and ruptures are linked to new forms of imagining societal order, community and their spatial and temporal horizons. Specifically, this conference invites papers dealing with questions such as: 

• How are radical ideas of “breaking with the status quo” manifested? How can we e.g. understand the rise of right-wing and left-wing populist movements in the region? 

• What forms of remembering the past and envisioning the future are emerging, and how do they inform a basis for identification? 

• What is the role of affect and emotion in collective mobilisation? 

• What forms of sexual and gender politics are emerging, and how do they relate to geopolitical imaginaries as well as discourses of “modernity” and “tradition”? 

• How do contemporary political trends affect environmental issues? 

• What existential risks (e.g. climate change) are being formulated and politicised? 

• What analytic tools do we need for understanding and interpreting these processes? And what is the role of academic expertise in such periods of potential transition? 

We hope to attract a wide gamut of approaches to studying the region, and we invite proposals for individual papers and panels as well as proposals of roundtables. The deadline for panel and paper proposals is 30 June, 2017. Paper proposals should include the full title and a brief abstract (250 words). Please include with your abstract a short biographical note (academic affiliation and full contact information). Participation in the conference will be free of charge. 

Please send your proposal to: 

Center for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) 
Södertörn University, Stockholm 


Basic information:
Deadline: 30-06-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Center for Baltic and East European Studies
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Memory Studies Association

2nd Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association

Deadline: 01-07-2017
Location: Copenhagen


Second Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association
Copenhagen, 14-16 December 2017
Founded last year in Amsterdam, the Memory Studies Association (MSA) aims at institutionalizing memory studies as a research field that is able to provide fundamental knowledge about the importance and function of memories in the public and private realm. The MSA’s objective is to provide a central forum for developing, discussing, and exchanging ideas about the methodology and theory of the inter- and multi-disciplinary field of memory studies.

By addressing crucial questions about the challenges and future of memory studies, this year’s conference will continue the fruitful debates that began in Amsterdam. A starting point of our discussions is to further define the ‘third wave’ of memory studies: One of the central problems of memory studies today is to adjust to the increasing heterogeneity of remembering without losing sight of national and local memory formations. Even in our globalized world, legal and mental borders are far from dissolved. The growing number of nationalist movements in Europe point to the continued virility of the national framework of remembrance.

This conference wants to address “memory unbound” as well as specific personal, familial or national memories and their mutual interrelations. It seeks answers to questions such as: How can memory studies continue to conceptualize the deterritorialized, fluid and transnational aspects of collective memory without abolishing the validity of the founding ideas of memory studies? Acknowledging the fact that memories relate not only to the presence of the past but also to imaginations of the future, how can we define the productive power of memory? Should memory studies merely be perceived as descriptive or should it also have an impact on actual political debates?

Confirmed keynote speakers and participants of this conference include: Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University), filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (“The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence”), Jan Gross (Princeton University), as well as Ann Rigney (University of Utrecht), Fionnuala Dillane (University College of Dublin), Stef Craps (University of Ghent), Daniel Levy (Stony Brook University, New York), Siobhan Kattago (University of Tartu), Astrid Erll (Goethe-University Frankfurt), Jeffrey Olick (University of Virginia), Emilie Pine (University College of Dublin), Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (University of Lund), William Hirst (The New School, New York), Wulf Kansteiner (University of Aarhus), Silke Arnold-de Simine (Birkbeck, London).

The Memory Studies Association aims to be the central forum for scholars from around the world and across disciplines who are interested in memory studies. Its goal is to further establish and extend the status of memory studies as a field.  As such, this second meeting of the association invites all those interested in being part of this important emerging enterprise. As an interdisciplinary forum for memory studies, we warmly welcome contributions from various research fields and explicitly invite transdisciplinary approaches.

Submissions of papers and panels can address but are not limited to:

Memory of migration of refugees and workers
Traumatic memories
Ethics of memory
Memory and the media
Memory and the global
Entangled or multidirectional memories.
Psychology of Collective Memory
Gendered memories
Geography and the memory of sites/spaces
Sociological approaches to memory
Memory in the digital age
Memory and cultural heritage
Teaching memory studies
We would like to encourage both the submission of “traditional” academic papers and full panels, as well as innovative proposals for workshops, film screenings, roundtable discussions and more. Please contact the organizers if you would like to discuss ideas or have questions.

The submission system is now open and will close on 1st July 2017.

You can find more information about the conference and venue here.

Further questions can be addressed to Tea Sindbæk Andersen or to Jessica Ortner


Basic information:
Deadline: 01-07-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Tea Sindbæk Andersen
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Open University the Netherlands

The Icon as Cultural Model: Past, Present and Future

Deadline: 01-07-2017
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands


On Thursday 25th and Friday 26th of January 2018 the Humanities Department of the Open University the Netherlands organizes the international conference ‘The Icon as Cultural Model: Past, Present and Future’.  We cordially invite scholars from various disciplines to send in their abstract for paper presentations.
Theme description
Journalists, artists and scholars, among others, tend to refer to iconic events or images from the past in order to better understand present-day developments. For example, in the wake of the American elections media repeatedly referred to the iconic ‘years of crisis’ of the thirties of the last century. Also, they recalled George Orwell’s iconic depiction of a dystopian society from his novel 1984 to contextualize the use of ‘alternative facts’. In this respect, the icon functions as a model that generates cultural meaning by connecting past and present. But the icon not only shapes our (collective) image of the present, nor does it merely re-evaluate our image of the past. It also opens up potential scenarios for the future – be it brilliant or gloomy. 
The making of specific icons is a much-studied topic in cultural studies, literary studies, art history and even in the history of science. However, theoretical and/or synthesizing studies on how the icon functions as a cultural model from which we can learn how to act or perform are scarce. The conference ‘The Icon as Cultural Model’ wants to fill this gap.
First, it will do so by addressing different manifestations of the icon. Traditionally understood as a static visual image, the concept of the icon is also used to refer to:
a specific period (e.g. the thirties or sixties, the Enlightenment or Golden Age);
a specific place (e.g. Waterloo or Woodstock, cities like Amsterdam, Rome or New York, or imaginary places such as Orwell’s ‘Oceania’);
a specific person (e.g. Christ, Michelangelo, Mae West);
a specific phrase (such as Descartes’ ‘I think therefore I am’ or Clausewitz’ ‘War is the continuation of politics by other means’).
Static as the icon may be, its evaluation by different groups (artists, scholars, politicians) can change through time. Recently, scholars have shown an increased interest in phenomena linked to the theme of the icon: such as fan culture and celebrities, artists’ self-representation, cultural marketing, and processes of canonisation. This poses the question why at present the search, and explication of, cultural models occurs to be highly relevant. By posing this question the conference’s second aim is to encourage reflection on how the icon has functioned and still functions as cultural model (and how it can be studied as such).
In addressing the icon as cultural model the conference explicitly wishes to bring together scholars from various disciplines such as art history, literary studies, history and philosophy. In this way the conference wishes to offer room for joint interdisciplinary reflection on the question how the study of cultural models may contribute to our understanding of the dynamics of culture in general.
Paper submissions
We welcome abstracts for papers (20 minutes max. excluding discussion). Contributions can address, but are by no means limited to the following aspects:
How do periodical concepts like the ‘Golden Age’, ‘Enlightenment’ or ‘Renaissance’ function as icons? How does the evaluation of these concepts by artists and/or scholars change through time? And how can we study this shifting evaluation?
How do both general spatial notions such as the ‘city’ (as opposed to the ‘country’ or to ‘nature’) and specific places function as models for writers, philosophers and artists?
How do specific historical events become iconic? Who attributes power to these events? And how, why, and by whom are their cultural meanings rewritten?
How do artifacts such as novels, poems, paintings, sculptures, and films construct iconic images of the past and/or future? How can we study iconic representations within these artifacts?
How, and for whom, do certain phrases from philosophers, politicians or artists function as icons? What are the contexts that make phrases iconic?
How do specific historical persons function as icons in art, philosophy and scholarship? And how can we study these cases in the broader context of the study of cultural models?
Note: all papers’ conclusions should include a statement on how cultural icons may contribute to an increased understanding of the dynamics of culture in general.
Abstracts of papers consist of approx. 250 words and should include the name of the speaker, affiliation, full contact address (including email), the title, and the summary of the paper.
Practical information
Deadline for abstracts is 1st of July, 2017.
A notification of acceptance will be sent no later than August 15th, 2017.
Abstracts can be sent to Marieke Winkler via
Papers will be selected for publishing in the conference proceedings.
The conference takes place at Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Basic information:
Deadline: 01-07-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Marieke Winkler
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities


Deadline: 01-07-2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland


The ultimate fall of grand universal narratives has brought back organic concepts of nations and ethnicities as dominant answers to crises (financial, demographic, military, populist, and migration). The decisive turn towards a nation, as opposed to an international union of various countries, in Europe is perceived as a solution to discords related to values, identities, migrants, global capital and the escalation of armed conflicts.


It was on the backdrop of the political and social tendencies mentioned above that we commenced our research project, titled ‘Visions of nation in school history textbooks – comparative anthropological interpretation’, funded by the National Science Centre research program MAESTRO (no. 2012/06/A/HS3/00266). The goal of the project is to identify, analyze and present contemporary forms of national identity that have been imparted to millions of citizens throughout the Polish system of education since 1989. However, the identities constructed in the process of secondary socialization are not confined to school grounds only. They function in a broader social context, intertwining with other cultural artefacts, practices and notions that relate to the issues of collective memory and identity, as well as others.

Thus, the general purpose of our research is to recreate the intricate array of conceptions, prejudices and stereotypes (both positive and negative) surrounding the notions of nation, identity and nationalism, as well as to reconstruct the auto-descriptive mechanisms and their preconditions in contemporary Poland.


During the conference we would like to supplement our investigation with a comparative perspective, both synchronic (from different regions, countries and cultures) and diachronic (historical development and future prospects). Therefore, we invite contributions from various perspectives and different disciplines of humanities, including culture studies, sociology, history, philosophy, political sciences, linguistic studies, visual arts, education studies, and other relevant fields of research. We would very much welcome diverse papers pertaining to the main theme of the conference – Discourses of Historical Education – set within the contexts of (but not limited to) the contemporary obsession with memory and its urgent critique; for example:

the central role of historical education (both in schools and outside of the education system) in shaping of collective identities
the political use and abuse of history
the role of film, new media, popular culture and other vehicles employed by identity-shaping ideologies, in historical education.


During our inquiries (both quantitative and qualitative) we have distinguished several research fields that are of particular significance to these issues – they revolve around such notions as nation and nationalism, social class, gender, ethnicity, local vs. global, religion, migration, capitalism and the economy, populism, militarism, political history vs. history of culture, ideology, collective memory and identity, heroes vs. traitors, state propaganda, commemorative practices, retrospective temporal orientation, heritage, trauma, sites of memory, memory conflicts, vehicles and media of memory, and political transformation. This list is not complete by any means. We would welcome contributions exploring one or a few of these categories, in the context of discourses of historical education, as well as others.


July 1, 2017 - Titles and abstract submission deadline
August 1, 2017 – Paper acceptance decision
Participation in the conference is FREE – number of places is limited.
Organizers cover the cost of catering and the publication of the conference proceedings in the form of a special issue of an academic journal chosen by the organizing committee.
The organizing committee can assist in finding a suitable accommodation.
Please send the proposed titles and abstracts of your conference addresses (no more than 300 words) to

Language of the conference: English.

Institute of Slavic Studies Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Polish Culture, Department of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw, Department of Political Sciences and International Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University

Basic information:
Deadline: 01-07-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: American University of Paris

Home as a place for anti-Jewish persecution in European cities 1933-1945

Deadline: 03-07-2017
Location: Paris


Home as a place for anti-Jewish persecution in European cities 1933-1945
Crossing urban social history and history of the Holocaust
International Conference
American University of Paris 

11-12 January 2018
Deadline: 3 July 2017

Co-organized by: 
The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention, American University of Paris
Le Centre de Recherches Historiques, EHESS-CNRS
L'Institut de Sciences sociales du Politique, Université Paris Nanterre-ENS Paris Saclay-CNRS

The History of the Holocaust has taken a spatial turn, borrowing concepts and tools from geography. Two recent edited collections are representative: Geographies of the Holocaust (Knowles et al. 2014) and Hitler’s Geographies (Giaccaria and Minca 2016). However, these recent local and spatial studies deal almost exclusively with the killing areas, camps, and ghettos. They pay less attention to the “ordinary” western and southeastern European cities where persecution proceeded in a looser space. Anti-Jewish persecution did not only happen in specifically designed or transformed spaces such as camps and ghettos. It invaded spaces of everyday life in European cities: public spaces, work places and private spaces such as homes. In this landscape not only Jews and agents of persecution appear but also their immediate residential environment: concierges, neighbors, nannies, landlords, property managers, sub-tenants, local administrations, etc. These figures have an essential place in the memories of Jewish survivors. Though, so far, scholars have hardly addressed their role. The spatial turn that occurred during the last fifteen years in Anglophone Holocaust studies focused on the symbolic places of genocide. Much work has been done on the looting and the seizure and reallocation of the apartments occupied by Jews, mainly in Reich's cities, but apartment blocks and ordinary cities as spaces of persecution, occupied territories and other Axis countries, the interactions with non-Jewish neighbors as well as spatial aspects are still in need of study. Recent work opened this new field of investigation. It inspired the conference to come.

This conference intends to bridge various perspectives and methods and focus on urban housing as a place for anti-Jewish persecution. We hope to gather social scientists from various fields to confront various methods investigation and cases, in Reich cities but also in Western and Eastern European occupied cities.

Inspired by the organizers’ current research on the Parisian case, the conference will deal with policies of seizure and reallocation of the apartments of the Jews in Paris, but will not be restricted to those questions.

One page proposals for papers are invited that examine :
-the interlinkage between persecution and policies of housing / urban developments;
-the beneficiaries of the spoliation of urban housing;
-the interactions between Jews and non-Jews concerning the seizure of housing, its re-allocation and restitution after the liberation;
-the place of homes in the experiences of individuals (use of testimonies as such as the VHA collection welcome)

To be sent to and
before July 3, 2017.

Answers will be given to the applicants by July 20.
Applications for grants for speakers from outside the Parisian region will be considered.

Organizing committee
Isabelle Backouche (EHESS-CRH), Eric Le Bourhis (FMS-ISP), Shannon Fogg (Missouri S&T), Sarah Gensburger (CNRS-ISP), Constance Pâris de Bollardière (AUP), Brian Schiff (AUP).

The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention, American University of Paris Le Centre de Recherches Historiques, EHESS-CNRS L'Institut de Sciences sociales du Politique, Université Paris Nanterre-ENS Paris Saclay-CNRS

Basic information:
Deadline: 03-07-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Constance Pâris de Bollardière (AUP)
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: ENRS

Genealogies of Memory: Image, History and Memory

Deadline: 15-07-2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland


International conference on
Warsaw, 6–8 December 2017

A project of ‘Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe’

The goal of this conference is to promote an interdisciplinary discussion of the relationships between image, history and memory. We welcome paper proposals from the fields of art history, history, sociology, cultural studies, political science and others. The papers should address images in their various roles: as witnesses to history, as means of materializing memories, as active creators of history or as producers of the contents of memory. Suggestive images can provoke historical events, just as they can influence memory. The latter role particularly affects those who did not directly witness historical events but became heirs to instances of post-memory. Thus, when members of subsequent Soviet generations ‘recalled’ the October Revolution, writes Susan Buck-Morss, what they really remembered were images from Sergei Eisenstein’s films. Thus, the arrangement of the three concepts of interest to the conference—image, history and memory—is circular rather than linear. We want to focus on the complexity of the triangular dynamics between historical narratives, their visualization and memories. These relationships are important to any effort to understand and describe interactions between history and biography, and the individual and collective processes and mechanisms of remembrance. 
The conference discussion will focus on these issues from a regional perspective that will highlight questions about ways in which historical images fit into the dynamics of remembrance in Central and Eastern Europe, but they will make references to other historical, political and cultural regions of Europe and of the world.
Scholars of various disciplines are invited to submit paper proposals addressing, but not limited to, the following themes:

A. Remembrance, history, image: Theories and cognitive perspectives
Questions of relationships between image and history will concern theoretical aspects of image both as a medium of history and a figure of remembrance—a means of historical narration and the substance of remembrance in the process of acquiring identity. We believe that it will be crucial to discuss tools offered by art theory about the mechanisms with which an image functions in the mind, as well as the coexistence of the image with internalized discourse. 
Panel coordinators: Mariusz Bryl, Stanisław Czekalski

B. Image and historiosophy: Artists’ reflections on history and memory
The historiosophical art of Jan Matejko remains a prominent example of an artist’s reflection on historical events and their motivating power in specific social and political contexts. Matejko’s visualizations of key moments in Polish history create a basis for a culture of historical iconography, which were repeated in history textbooks and other media of the public imagination. In this thematic section we plan to discuss various artistic endeavours in Central and Eastern Europe that focus on issues of history and identity, and also have memory as an artistic component of their theme.
Panel coordinators: Michał Haake, Łukasz Kiepuszewski

C. Images of history vs. remembrance
The subject of this thematic section will be the creation of history using images with a political purpose and manipulating memory. This includes all kinds of practices to produce influential icons of politically useful remembrance, including changes of meaning, reversals of ethical hierarchies and evaluations, and the grafting of artificial and promoted memory. For example, the societies of Central and Eastern Europe experienced such practices after the Second World War, when new ideologized versions of history were substituted for historical facts and living memories of them.  
Panel coordinator: Dorota Malczewska-Pawelec

D. Monuments as images of memory 
A monument, strictly speaking, is an object made from a durable material, most frequently a sculpture or a building, which is publicly exhibited in order to commemorate an event, a person, a group or an idea. The word ‘monument’ also serves as a metaphor, i.e., cultural and civilizational achievements that are vital to a community’s identity (French: monument de l’histoire, Latin: Monumenta Germanie Historiae). The topos expressed by the Horatian phrase exegi monumentum is still alive in literary legacy. The meaning of the word ‘monument’ relates strictly to memory, as memory is semantically present within its meaning (Latin: monumentum, Polish: pomnik, Czech: památník, Slovak: pamätnik, Lithuanian: paminklas, Latvian: piemineklis, Estonian: mälestusmärk, Hungarian: emlékmű, German: Denkmal). In this thematic section, we will discuss monuments as carriers of ideologies, as placed within specific contexts of history and discourse, and determined by meanings ascribed to them in the process of social reception. 
Panel coordinator: Tadeusz Żuchowski

E. Image in popular culture and the new media: Medium of memory, fabric of history
Popular culture has proven to be the most effective tool in shaping the attitudes of the general public towards its own past and in informing public remembrance. Various types of images have played and continue to play a particular role in this process, ranging from comic illustrations to historical films, the press and photo-reporting. Two important methods used to manage public perceptions of history in totalitarian societies have been abandoning the dominant modernist view about the superiority of refined high culture over mass culture and pragmatically steering historical consciousness with mass-culture tools, which were themselves influenced by American culture in both their narrative and their visual format. 
Panel coordinators: Mariusz Bryl, Stanisław Czekalski

F. Film: Medium of memory, fabric of history
Film, the most effective means of shaping the public imagination and understanding of history, requires separate treatment in a discussion of the relationship between image, history and memory. Politicians and scholars have been aware of its effectiveness, which has led, on the one hand, to direct and indirect attempts at political control and, on the other, to intense scrutiny by scholars treating film as an exceptional form of writing history. Tracing the role of film in shaping historical narratives will allow the participants to explore the broader mechanisms of steering public consciousness—not only about history but also about narratives constructed about history. 
Panel coordinators: Piotr Juszkiewicz, Piotr Witek

To apply to present a paper at the conference, please send (a) your abstract (300 words) along with your presentation title and if possible the panel topic, as well as (b) a short bio to:
Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2017.
The list of the chosen participants will be announced by the end of September 2017.

There is no fee for taking part in the conference.

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS); Institute of Arts History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań; History Department, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań; Department of Art and Visual History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin; Social Memory Laboratory, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw
Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw; The Committee on Art Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences 

Academic Council: Professor Wojciech Bałus (Polish Academy of Sciences); Professor Kazimierz Ilski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań); Professor Csaba György Kiss (ENRS Academic Council); Professor Michaela Marek (Humboldt University of Berlin); Dr. Joanna Wawrzyniak (University of Warsaw)

Conference Convener: Professor Piotr Juszkiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)

Organizing Committee: Professor Mariusz Bryl, Professor Stanisław Czekalski, Dr. hab. Michał Haake, Dr. hab. Łukasz Kiepuszewski, Dr. hab. Dorota Malczewska-Pawelec, Dr. Małgorzata Pakier (ENRS), Professor Piotr Witek, Professor Tadeusz Żuchowski

Institute of Arts History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań; History Department, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań; Department of Art and Visual History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin; Social Memory Laboratory, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw; Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw; The Committee on Art Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Basic information:
Deadline: 15-07-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Antoni Zakrzewski
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Vienna

What Remains of Galicia? Continuities – Ruptures – Perspectives

Deadline: 30-09-2017
Location: Vienna, Austria


Call for Papers for the Conference: 
What Remains of Galicia? Continuities – Ruptures – Perspectives 
Date: April 19 – 21, 2018 
Place: Vienna, Austria 
Organizer: the PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultural heritage” (University of Vienna) in cooperation with the Institute for Human Sciences and its program „Ukraine in European Dialogue“ 
Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2017 
During the last decades the former Austrian crown land of Galicia and Lodomeria has shifted more and more into the public and scientific focus not only in Austria. The PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultural heritage” at the University of Vienna has spent more than a decade examining interdisciplinary scientific questions concerning the interdependent cultures, literatures, languages, religions, economies, ethnic and social groups of the Austrian crown land of Galicia as well as the continued effect of the Galician heritage in Ukraine, Poland, Austria and among the worldwide emigration to the present day. 
From the first partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth until the end of World War I in 1918 the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria was one of the crown lands of AustriaHungary. But with the collapse of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918 that constitutional and administrative entity disappeared from the map of Europe. During the two world wars as well as the system change from socialism to capitalism the territory of historical Galicia was subjected time and again to radical transformations that pervaded all aspects of life of its formerly multicultural society and brought about a profound change in this society itself. One century after the end of Galicia as a territorial entity, this conference aims to explore the question of what remains of the crown land that existed for almost 150 years as well as of its multicultural living environment, what was lost through historical transformation processes and which new perspectives can be taken in research on Galicia. In this context the conference focuses especially on the following aspects: 
After the collapse of the Danube Monarchy the heritage of Galicia continued to have an impact on culture and society. For instance, the idea of Galicia being the cradle of the Ukrainian national movement, the “Ukrainian Piedmont”, has been a recurring thought from the times of the Austrian crown land of Galicia to present times, much as has been the close link between the Greek Catholic Church and Ukrainian nation-building in Galicia. Poland, too, in its claims to Galicia invoked the centuries-long history of Polish culture in the region and hence its “historical rights”. 
In the course of history Galicia was the site of many reform projects and witness to historical as well as social upheavals. On the one hand, these included the domestic reforms of the Habsburgs in the province on the periphery of the empire such as, for example, church reforms or the introduction, on a trial basis, of a new Civil Law Code before it was developed into the Austrian Civil Code that is still valid today in Austria. On the other hand, Galicia was also the scene of revolutions and large-scale reorganisation projects. The territorial reorganisation of Europe after World War I and World War II as well as the post-socialist transformation have also left their mark. 
In a multicultural society multiple perspectives exist reciprocally alongside each other. In individual communities, sometimes diametrically opposed perceptions of cities, landscapes and occurrences arise that increase the already rich cultural heritage of the region even more. But the question of perspectives also directs the focus toward the future: In what ways does the heritage of historical Galicia continue to have an impact up to the present day? What is its influence on the culture and society of today’s Poland and Ukraine? Which future prospects opened up for the territory of historical Galicia at times of historical upheaval? Despite the extensive scholarly discussion of the subject of Galicia, it still offers space for new research perspectives to which the conference wants to devote special attention. 
In accordance with the orientation of the PhD program the conference is to be interdisciplinary. Therefore we are looking forward to contributions from various disciplines dealing with historical Galicia as well as today’s western Ukraine and southern Poland, with the focus on the following aspects: everyday life, gender, kinship, the church as an institution, migration, nation-building, post-socialism, languages, the city as a place of remembrance, transformation processes, the environment, administration/law/state entities, science and scholarship. 
Proposal Abstracts: 250-300 words 
Language: German or English 
File name of the proposals: last name_first name_institution.doc(x) 
Proposals, consisting of an abstract, brief CV and contact details (e-mail address, telephone number, postal address), are to be sent by September 30, 2017, to the following address: 
Conference languages are German and English (without simultaneous translation). Accommodation costs will be covered by the organizer, travel costs will be refunded up to the following amounts: from Europe up to 250 euros, for participants from Israel up to 350 euros, for participants from North and South America and Asia up to 650 euros. Following the conference the publication of the contributions in a conference volume is planned. 
You can find information about the conference also on our website: For more information about the PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultural heritage”:

the PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultural heritage” (University of Vienna) in cooperation with the Institute for Human Sciences and its program „Ukraine in European Dialogue“

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: PhD program “Austrian Galicia and its multicultura
Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Global

Call for Applications: GEOP Interdisciplinary Research Workshops

Deadline: 30-09-2017
Location: Warsaw, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews


POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews invites individuals and institutions to propose three-day research workshops to be held at POLIN Museum on topics related to the history and culture of Polish Jews, including new perspectives on public history, museums, and cultural memory. We especially encourage interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.

 The framework of the event should be that of a research workshop, allowing ample time for discussion and dynamic exchange of ideas between participants. We are particularly interested in research subjects pertaining to Warsaw museums and archive collections (especially that of POLIN Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute).

The workshop should also include one event open to the general public and / or other form of contribution to the Museum’s activity.

GEOP provides funding to cover half of the costs of workshop organization, including accommodation and catering. We also offer venues and organizational support before and during the event.

In order to be considered for funding in 2018, please complete and submit the application form (available here) to no later than 30 September  2017.

Decisions will be announced by 30 November 2017.

For more information, please e-mail GEOP workshops administrators at

This program was made possible thanks to the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-09-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Joanna Wójcicka-Warda
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