Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Stellenbosch

Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation: The Light and Shadow of Historical Trauma

Deadline: 23-04-2018
Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Description

Venue: Stellenbosch University
Dates: 5 – 8 December 2018

What is the appropriate response to the echoes of historical wounding that extend far beyond the generation that experienced the trauma directly? What strategies might quell the haunting repercussions of genocide, slavery, colonial oppression, and mass violence that play out in the lives of affected individuals and groups from both sides of these acts? In the aftermath of violent pasts, and when people have suffered collective trauma, how are these events remembered, interpreted and articulated? How might we map out the arc of historical trauma as a nexus for the interweaving of individual and collective traumatic memories? What are the limitations of truth commissions and other prevailing strategies of public testimony established to advance national recovery and healing? This conference will bring together a group of scholars and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on these vexed questions of historical wounding, its haunting legacies and the strategies to heal the futures of those whose pasts are marked by trauma. 
We invite abstract submissions that will address a range of topics relevant to the broad themes of the conference.*** We encourage submissions by scholars and artists who have engaged with questions that concern the transgenerational repercussions of violent historical pasts, the memorialisation of these pasts and how this has played out in social life, and the representation of these issues through the arts in a range of national and transnational contexts. The “sites” of these histories may include, but not limited to, countries such as Argentina, Cambodia, Chile, Indonesia, Australia, America, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Africa. Individual papers, roundtables and panel discussions representing perspectives from disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts in all its diverse forms will be considered.  
***A List of Themes to Consider
Obvious themes:
Historical trauma and memory								 From individual to collective trauma							                      Violence and legacies of historical trauma						                    Aftermath of violent histories								                 Dealing with the past—memorials, representation of the past through the arts, truth commissions, gacaca, reparations, reconciliation, responsibility, etc.							                      
Perpetrators 										                          Guilt 											                       Shame									                         Nostalgia 								                         Transgenerational transmission of shame and guilt 				                        Denial											                               Response to symbols of the past
Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts
All abstracts should include a succinct title, name and affiliation of the presenter, and a short bio. Please note that abstracts for all accepted submissions will be published online and available with our programme e-book when the program is ready. To submit abstracts please open the link provided below:
Individual Papers
Abstracts of individual papers should not exceed 200 words. 
Panel Submissions
The title and an abstract for the whole session should be submitted, and it should not exceed 250 words. Abstracts for each of the component papers of the session not exceeding 100 words, including titles should be submitted. Please try to organise panels that consist of no more than four participants. 
Round Table Discussions
Round Table sessions should consist of between four and five participants. A single abstract with a clearly defined focus and not exceeding 300 words should include the title, theme and the question that the Round Table seeks to explore. Roundtables, that ask provocative questions, explore new intellectual frontiers and open up theoretical and/or political discussion that might inspire new perspectives will receive priority in the scheduling of the final programme. Participants in Round Table discussions are expected to prepare their remarks in advance and should not read papers. 

Deadline
Submission deadline for all abstracts is April 23, 2018. Outcome of the review of abstracts will be sent by email on 25 May 2018.

Partners
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Basic information:
Deadline: 23-04-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Janet Sirmongpong
E-mail: janet.sirmongpong@uct.ac.za
Website: http://recognitionreparationandreconciliation2018.co.za/
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Film-Història, University of Barcelona

Images of the Revolutions of 1968

Deadline: 30-04-2018
Location: Barcelona

Description

CALL FOR PAPERS
The research center Film-Història of the Faculty of History and Geography of the University of Barcelona organizes the 6th Conference on History and Cinema addressing the images of the revolutions of 1968.

The programme counts on the collaboration of EUROM and the Center for International History Studies and will take place at the University of Barcelona from July 18 to 20, 2018.

Call for papers is open until April 30, 2018.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of May 68, the 6th International Congress on History and Cinema proposes an approach to such crucial events as the French May, the Prague Spring, the Slaughter in the Plaza of the Three Cultures of Tlatelolco in Mexico City, the murder of Martin Luther King or the emergence and consolidation of new movements and forms of protest and counterculture.

The programme aims to bring together the perspectives and views of researchers from the most diverse fields such as History, Communications, Film, Journalism, Music, Visual Arts, Philosophy, Literature, Photography or Social Sciences, among others, with a special emphasis on the images that documented these events and that, to a large extent, shaped the current world.

Keynotes
Costa-Gavras
Political cinema after May 1968.

J.M Caparrós Lera (Universitat de Barcelona)
Cinema and May 1968: the impact of the revolution on screen

John Mraz (Universidad Autónoma de Puebla)
Tlatelolco, the square of the Three Cultures: 68’s movements in Mexico

András Lénárt (University of Szeged)
Prague Spring and the Eastern European countries

Antonio Pantoja (Universidad de Extremadura)
Echos of 1968: cinema and social movements

Carles Santacana (Universitat de Barcelona)
The influence of 68 in Catalonia. Cultural and sociopolitical aspects

Scientific Comite
Teresa Abelló (Universitat de Barcelona) – Gloria Camarero (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) – Josep Maria Caparrós (Universitat de Barcelona) – Jordi Casassas (Universitat de Barcelona) – Jordi Guixé (EUROM) – Beatriz de las Heras (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) – Ángel Luis Hueso (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) – Antonio Pantoja (Universidad de Extremadura) – Maria Lluïsa Pujol (Fundació Aula de Cinema Josep M. Queraltó) – Carles Santacana (Universitat de Barcelona) – Antoni Segura (CIDOB).

Direction
Andreu Mayayo and Magí Crusells

Registration Fees
Papers: 95 euros
Researchers: 55 euros
General: 115 euros

The organization will provide a certificate of attendance with recognition of credits at the University of Barcelona and the Department of Education and the equivalency of 20 hours.

For further information, please address an email to congresocine@ub.edu

Partners
EUROM, Center for International History Studies

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-04-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: University of Barcelona
E-mail: congresocine@ub.edu
Website: http://europeanmemories.net/activities/images-revolutions-1968/
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Memory, Identity and the Holocaust New Studies and Methodological Problems

Deadline: 30-04-2018
Location: Warsaw

Description

Memory, Identity and the Holocaust
New Studies and Methodological Problems
International conference in Warsaw, 20-21 September 2018

During this two-day conference we will discuss the links and connections between studying social identity, memory, and the history of the Holocaust, as well as the qualitative methods frequently used in these fields of research, particularly biographical and in-depth interviews. While studies devoted to these topics are often a source of inspiration for other researchers, their very interdisciplinary character means that there are few occasions for personal meetings and exchange of research experiences. The aim of our conference is to address this need. By creating an opportunity to present new studies and discuss methodological problems in a group of scholars whose work focuses on such themes, we hope to reflect on our research topics from a broader perspective.

The three main thematic clusters of the conference draw their inspiration from the work of professor Małgorzata Melchior, a long-time researcher at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw, and the Polish Centre for Holocaust Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Author of several monographs and articles that remain significant reference points for those interested in the sociology of identity, the history of the Holocaust, memory studies, and methods of biographical interviewing, professor Melchior has also been a mentor and supervisor for many young researchers. By organizing this conference we would like to thank her for many years of inspiration and to reassess and further explore the topics analyzed in her articles and important monographs: Społeczna tożsamość jednostki [The Social Identity of Individual] (1990) and Zagłada i tożsamość [Holocaust and Identity] (2004).

We invite papers related to the following topics:
- biographical and social memory,
- the social identity of individuals and group identities,
- the Holocaust: historiography, memory and the politics of memory,
- qualitative methodology and biographical interview as tools for studying identity, memory and
the Holocaust.
Please send an abstract (max 1800 signs / 300 words) and CV before 30 April 2018 to the following addresses: awylegala@ifispan.waw.pl and l.mikolajewski@uw.edu.pl. The two languages of the conference are Polish and English (without simultaneous translation). We will confirm whether papers have been accepted before 15 May 2018.

Organizers of the conference: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw (ISNS UW), The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN) and The Centre for Holocaust Research of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The Organization Committee: Dominik Czapigo, Łukasz Mikołajewski, Karolina Panz, Anna Wylegała

Partners
the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw (ISNS UW), The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN) and The Centre for Holocaust Research of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-04-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Anna Wylegała
E-mail: awylegala@ifispan.waw.pl
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: ENRS

Memory and Religion: Central and Eastern Europe in a Global Perspective

Deadline: 14-05-2018
Location: Warsaw

Description

Call for Papers
Memory and Religion:
Central and Eastern Europe in a Global Perspective

International Conference
Warsaw, 16-18 October 2018

Contemporary post-secular researchers stress that in the time of multiples modernities, secular and religious systems affect each other in considerable and comparable ways. In the field of public memory this impact seems particularly extensive. There are many communities which use religious lexicon to describe their experience of traumatic events. Various groups and religious organisations construct their own narratives on the 20th-century experiences. The religious interpretations of the past are also used in the field of politics. They affect memory practices and public perceptions of the past. However, within the memory studies little attention has been paid to the religious aspects of remembrance and their impact on cultural and family memory and contemporary politics.

Central and Eastern Europe has always been a mosaic of many faiths and it continuous to be a contact zone between a variety of religions. This means that the 20th-century disasters, wars, mass murders and displacements are remembered here differently by various religious groups. Moreover, the beginning of the 21st century brought some significant changes in the relation between memory and religion in the region. We have witnessed mass canonisations of victims of the 20th-century catastrophes by different Christian Churches. Memory and history preservation seem also crucial for Muslim communities, especially as they relate to mass migration of displaced people as a result of the conflicts in the Caucasus and Crimea. Furthermore, one can see the growing gap between the memory of the Holocaust as remembered by the religious Jewish communities and the secular cosmopolitan organisations. All these examples point to an unprecedented interrelation between memory and religion which can be now observed across Europe in diverse cultural and political contexts.

This is why, following a series of events within the Genealogies of Memory framework, the 2018 conference will consider the ways in which the public debate, written narratives and visual representations of the 20th-century past refer to religion. It will also seek out points of comparison and contact between Central and Eastern Europe with other regions of Europe and the rest of the world. Scholars of various disciplines dealing with memory and religion are invited to submit their paper proposals. 

The conference hopes to address the following questions in particular:
-	What impact does religious language have on the memory of 20th-century catastrophes?
-	 What is a wider impact of religion on the overall memory of  traumatic events in the societies which experienced them? 
-	What are the characteristic features of religious narratives on the 20th-century repressions? How do they affect memory, memory politics and conflicts of memory between Central and Eastern European neighbors? 
-	What is religious organisations’ and religious communities’ stake in memory politics? Why do religious organisations and religious communities engage in memory work?
-	How does religion influence the ethics of memory? How is religion applied in discussions on reconciliation, transitional justice, conflict resolution – issues crucial in the field of memory studies?
-	What are the differences between the narratives of the past produced by various religious groups, including different Christian groups and other religious groups belonging to Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, etc.? 
-	To what extent can the relationship between memory and religion be explained within existing concepts of memory and identity?
-	Is the new martyrdom phenomenon visible in many Christian Churches a continuation of the old beliefs or is it rather a new invented tradition? What is its social function?
-	How are the historical sources and methods typical for the historians’ language of commemoration used within the religious field? 
-	What are the social consequences of the alliance between history and religion? What may be its impact on cultural memory of the 20th century in Central and Eastern Europe?

We encourage the participants to send proposals covering one of the following themes:
-	Theoretical reflection on memory and religion
-	Research methods for memory studies applied to the field of religion
-	Features of the religious narratives on the past
-	Influence of religious organisations on memory politics 
-	Uses of religion among different memory actors and the purpose of this use
-	Connections between religion and processes of reconciliation, transitional justice, conflict resolution
-	Canonisation as a way of acquiring cultural capital in connection to memory politics
-	Uses of religious symbols in contemporary memory projects
-	Impact of contemporary memory rituals on the religious ones
-	Commemorative practices inspired by post-secular aspects of religion

Keynote speakers: Aleksander Agadjanian (Russian State University for the Humanities), Geneviève Zubrzycki (University of Michigan)

Organisational information:

Language of the conference: English

Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a short biographical statement, by 14 May 2018. Selected candidates will be notified by 11 June 2018. If accepted, you must submit your conference paper by 17 September 2018 in order to have it distributed to commentators in advance.

Conference participation is free of charge. The organisers will provide accommodation and catering for the conference speakers. However, only a limited number of travel refunds for younger scholars and doctoral students will be available. 

We plan to publish selected papers in a peer-reviewed journal or in a volume by an established international publisher.

Please send your abstract and a biographical statement as well as all other inquiries to genealogies@enrs.eu 


Conference Committee:

Conference Convenors: Dr. Zuzanna Bogumił (The Maria Grzegorzewska Pedagogical University, Warsaw), Dr. Yuliya Yurchuk (Södertörn University, Stockholm)

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

Event coordinator: Karolina Dziełak (ENRS)

Academic Council: Prof. Radosław Zenderowski (Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw), Prof. Jay Winter (Yale University)
Other members of Academic Council are yet to be confirmed. 

Organiser: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS)

Partners: The Maria Grzegorzewska Pedagogical University in Warsaw and the Institute of Sociology University of Warsaw

The Genealogies of Memory are annually organised since 2011 by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. It aims to facilitate academic exchange among Central and Eastern European scholars and to promote the study of memory in the region among the international academic community. We invite you to visit our website at: www.genealogies.enrs.eu, where you can find further information on this and previous Genealogies of Memory conferences.

Partners
The Maria Grzegorzewska Pedagogical University in Warsaw and the Institute of Sociology University of Warsaw

Basic information:
Deadline: 14-05-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Katarzyna Dziełak
E-mail: genealogies@enrs.eu
Website: http://www.enrs.eu/genealogies/
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: ECREA Communication History Section

Towards a Polyphony of Memory? Media, Communication and Memory in the Digital Age

Deadline: 15-05-2018
Location: Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

Description

CALL FOR PAPERS
Memory is constitutive for the formation of social entities and a crucial carrier of social and cultural identity. Remembrance and reconstruction of past events, historical figures and cultural struggles are invaluable for understanding the development of shared values or norms and the articulation and transformation of identity by collectives and individuals alike. In media saturated societies commemoration and cultural memory are inherently linked to representations and negotiations in a variety of media, technologies, devices and practices. However, with the rise of digital communication the main agents and institutions of preserving and communicating memory find themselves complemented by new voices.

From the Individual to the Social

On the individual level we find people engaging in new mediated forms and formats of remembering that become increasingly important in processes of constructing personal as well as collective pasts. Digitalization raises the question of how people collect, archive and share their past while at the same time it poses challenges concerning what should and should not be forgotten. On the social level, some narratives are contested, and minority perspectives can now find a more immediate way to publics, enriching the respective accounts of past events, adding layers and nuance to how we reconnect with the past. But also counter-narratives, which were confined to underground publications or revisionist circles are now more easily spread and may pierce social media discourses as legitimate perspectives on historical events. Voices, which were muted or banned before can now contribute to a polyphony of memory.

Studying Memory in the Digital Age

Whether memory scholars argue for an advantageous memory boom or criticize contemporary societies as ahistorical, it becomes evident that individuals as well as societies are and will be continuously drawn to their past. Hence, it becomes a pressing task to shed light on the role memories play when digital communication further blurs boundaries – not only between the private and the public but also between the local, national and global – yet, without neglecting the existence or rise of new social, geographical or economic demarcations. Communicating memory has always been a highly mediated processes and the digital age is no exception. How the construction of memory does (not) change due to digital media is one core question of contemporary memory studies that can and should be vastly informed by contributions from media and communication scholars.

Aim and Scope of the Pre-Conference

The pre-conference aims to assemble scholarship on media, communication and memory from across Europe and from a multiplicity of backgrounds. It is our aim to stimulate theoretical discussion and to give new impulses for research on communication and memory. Beyond theoretical conceptions and empirical case studies we are also interested in contributions reflecting the methodological aspects of memory research in a globalized and digitally connected world as well as problems and potentials of digital traces and “found data” as sources for studies on communicative memory in the digital age.

Schedule:
Date of the pre-conference: 31 October 2018
Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2018
Acceptance letters: 02 July 2018

Venue:
Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

Organisers:
Manuel Menke (University of Augsburg, Germany)
Berber Hagedoorn (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Submissions until 15 May 2018 to: manuel.menke@phil.uni-augsburg.de

Partners
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Basic information:
Deadline: 15-05-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: ECREA Communication History Section
E-mail: manuel.menke@phil.uni-augsburg.de
Website: https://ecreahistorylugano2018.wordpress.com/
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Babeş-Bolyai University

The End of an Era: World War One and the Birth of a New World Order

Deadline: 30-05-2018
Location: Cluj-Napoca

Description

The End of an Era: World War One and the Birth of a New World Order

Babeş-Bolyai University in collaboration with the Romanian Academy –Center for Transylvanian Studies and the History Institute - Academy of Sciences of Moldova invites you to the International Conference
Cluj-Napoca
18-21 October 2018

The Great War completely changed geopolitical borders, economic systems, social structures, technology, and mentalities. Four great empires disappeared from the world map, and upon their ruins new states with new frontiers emerged. The political order of Europe, but also of other parts of the world, was deeply restructured. The Great War therefore shook the social order of the world. The aristocracy lost its dominant position, and the middle classes and workers began to claim an increasingly important role in society. The enormous number of casualties caused by the war also created emancipation opportunities for women: access to higher education, positions previously reserved for men only, or the right to vote in some states of the world. The very way of fighting a war underwent irreversible changes - the old weapons and strategies were replaced by others in which technology played an essential role, in which cavalry attacks were replaced by tanks, planes and submarines.
For Romania, the end of the war meant a huge chance to unite all the Romanian historical provinces within the borders of the same state, and to rebuild itself as a genuine regional power. The centenary of this pivotal moment for the Romanian people provides a good opportunity for a retrospective approach and re-evaluation of this event whose lasting effect still makes it self felt in some areas today.

We invite papers focusing on the following possible topics:

- W. Wilson and Wilsonianism;
-The geopolitical reorganization of Europe at the end of the Great War;
-The birth of Great Romania in 1918;
-The emergence of new state formations and their international acknowledgment;
-Alliances at the end of the war;
-Changes in political thinking after the Great War;
-The economic effects of the war;
-The impact of war on social classes; revolutionary movements;
-The Great War and the premise of technological and industrial advancement;
-One century later: the lasting consequences of the Great War.

Proposals are not restricted to these suggestions. We invite individual presentations, thematic sections/ panels, roundtable discussions in accordance with the rules and calendar of the conference.

Participation Fee: 150 lei or 40 Euro (includes conference materials, coffee breaks, 1 cocktail, 2 lunch meals). For participants wishing to be accommodated in the university premises, the participation fee is 350 lei or 85 Euro. There is an optional trip to Alba Iulia organized on 20 October, which includes a traditional Romanian meal and wine tasting at a wine cellar in the area (for an extra cost of 50 lei or 15 Euro)

Participants will cover their travel costs.

The official languages of the conference are Romanian and English.

http://WWI2018.conference.ubbcluj.ro

Contact:
Prof. Univ. Dr. Ioan Bolovan –ioanbolovan62@gmail.com,
Oana Tămaș PhD- oanatamasm@yahoo.com
Terms and calendar of proposals for communications, panels, roundtable
discussions and posters

➢ FOR PANEL PROPOSALS: DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS 15 March 2018
- Title of Panel
- Brief presentation of panel (200-300 words)
- Name of panel organizer - The organizer of the panel assumes the role of moderator
- Panels can include 4 presentations. Full panels and panel proposals, which will be completed on the basis of individual proposals, are both accepted
- The duration of a panel session is 100 minutes
- Panel proposals will be published on the conference website

➢ CALL FOR ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION PROPOSALS: deadline30 March 2018
- The maximum duration is 2 hours
- Title ofroundtable
- The number of participants and the layout of the presentations/discussions are decided by the organizer of the roundtable discussion and must be communicated to the organizers
- The organizer proposes: the title of the roundtable discussion, a 200-300 wordsabstract and announces the prior acceptance of a minimum number of 5-7 participants

➢ CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: deadline30 May 2018
- Title of presentation
- Abstract (200-300 words)
- Name and Surname of author/authors, academic rank, institutional affiliation, e-mail.

Note: Proposals for individual presentations that may be included in the already proposed thematic panels will be included chronologically in those panels, with the consent of the panel organizer andof the author of the presentation and depending on availability at the time of submission.

Scientific Committee
Acad. Ioan-Aurel Pop, professor PhD (rector, Babeş-Bolyai University, director, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Dennis Deletant, professor PhD(Visiting Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC)
Paul Michelson, professor PhD (Huntington University)
Ioan Bolovan, professor PhD (vice-rector, Babeş-Bolyai University, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Rudolf Gräf, professor PhD (vice-rector, Babeş-Bolyai University, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Ovidiu Ghitta, professor PhD (dean, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babeş- Bolyai University)
Liviu Maior, professor PhD
Gheorghe Cojocaru, professor PhD habil. (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chișinău)
Ana Victoria Sima, senior lecturer PhD (Academic Cultural Heritage Department, BBU)
Alex Marshall, senior lecturer PhD (University of Glasgow, UK)

Organizing Committee
Ioan Bolovan, professor PhD (vice-rector, Babeş-Bolyai University)
Ana Victoria Sima, associate professor PhD (Academic Cultural Heritage Department, UBB)
Luminiţa Dumănescu, research scientist II PhD (Center for Population Studies, BBU)
Marius Eppel, research scientist II PhD (Museum Service, BBU)
Daniela Mârza, research scientist II PhD (Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy)
Oana Tămaş PhD (Centre for University Strategy and Quality Management, BBU)
Silvia Corlățeanu-Granciuc, research scientist II PhD (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chișinău)

Partners
the Romanian Academy – Center for Transylvanian Studies, and the History Institute – Academy of Sciences of Moldova

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-05-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Prof. Univ. Dr. Ioan Bolovan
E-mail: ioanbolovan62@gmail.com
Website: http://wwi2018.conference.ubbcluj.ro/
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: „Nicolae Iorga” History Institute and Centre for M

Regional, National, and Local Identities in Central Europe and the Black Sea Region in the last 100 years

Deadline: 01-07-2018
Location: Venue: ”Nicolae Iorga” History Institute, Bd. Aviatorilor, no. 1, Bucharest.

Description

100 years ago, at the end of the First World War, the world system changed. The European medieval multi-ethnic empires vanished for good. New nations emerged on the world scene. Within the new nations, new and old minorities tried to perserve and/or develop/transmit their local/regional/national identities. A Ligue of Nations was created in order to help the new nations develop and to protect theirs interests. However, this did not hinder the Second World War and the genocide it brought along. Yet, the world system of nations survived the atrocities of WWII being only recently challenged by globalization, environmental issues, migrations, new technologies as well as by the establishment and developement of trans-national entities such as the European Union. 
Our conference aims at finding answers to the question of identities in Central Europe and the Black Sea Region (BSR) from different perspectives: national, regional, local, and cultural. Its purpose is twofold: on the one hand, to describe and analyze the construction, adaptation, evolution and transmission of the national/local/cultural identities in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus seen as processes under Western influences but bearing local meanings and acquiring special shapes and contents, and, on the other, to see what is at stake in building an European identity and its influence on the national/regional/local/cultural identities of Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Caucasus. 
The conference will give a special attention to the impact of the Western ideas, discourse and practices on building/rebuilding national, regional and local identities in the Black Sea Region. The region is set as a case study for our conference topic as most of the countries around Black Sea, if not all of them, adopted and assumed a Western model of identity construction. However, this model was not implemented as such but adapted to the local context. This process was best described by Popkewitz through its concept of ”Traveling Libraries”, a metaphor for „the different sets of assemblages, flows and networks through which intelligibility is given to the changes” .
An imporant purpose of this conference is to discuss the usefulness, the transformation and the new meanings of concepts such as, „imagined communities” (Anderson, 1983), ”invention of traditions” (Hobsbawm, Ranger 1983),  „reframed nationalism” (Brubaker, 1996) in our contemporary world in the BSR and Central European region. Another focus of our workshop will be the analysis of the role of images (including propaganda images) in shaping and transmitting national/regional/local/cultural identities as their power increased lately due to the new medias. 
The workshop aims at addressing the above mentioned issues as well as the following topics (but not only): 
-	Emerging and evolution of national identities in Central Europe and BSR 
-	Old and new ideologies in fashioning identities
-	The role of literature, arts, history, etc. in building national/local/regional identities
-	Minorities within nations
-	Redefining national identities in UE
-	The impact of the new technologies in forging new national, local, and social identities
-	New global issues (environmental, migration etc.) and their role in changing regional, national, local identities
-	Theoretical approaches of identities in Central Europe and BSR

Partners
Please send your 500 words abstract as well as a short biography to the following address, memorialstudies@gmail.com by July 1, 2018. The selection committee will let you know if your proposal was accepted by August 1, 2018. The conference language is English. There is no participation fee! A selection of papers presented at the workshop will be published in MemoScapes. Romanian Journal of Memory and Identity Studies, issue 3 and/or 4. http://studii-memoriale.ro/index.php/ro/revista-memoscapes/

Basic information:
Deadline: 01-07-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Claudia-Florentina Dobre
E-mail: cfdobre@gmail.com
Website: http://studii-memoriale.ro/index.php/en/news/