Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of York, UK

Placeless Memories: Digital Constructions of Memory and Identity

Deadline: 31-05-2017
Location: York, UK


The Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (University of York, UK) is pleased to announce a one-day conference in York on 14 July 2017 that aims to open up discussion on the nature of memory and identity construction online and in digital formats. We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on any aspect of the digital construction of memory and identity, and the use of digital resources as source material for scholars studying these issues.


The Internet is becoming an everyday space where identities and memories are not only stored, but also shaped and negotiated. User-generated content from websites and OSNs (online-social-networks) is often considered in opposition to authorised or official forms of knowledge (academic, published, or governmental sources) and has been dismissed as frivolous, unmediated, and apparently spontaneous. There is, however, also growing interest in how user-generated content might be used in conjunction with more official forms of knowledge to interrogate the ways in which individuals conceive, communicate, and negotiate national and local histories, memories, and identities. The Internet draws people from different cultural, national, and political backgrounds into dialogue, precipitating both acrimonious clashes and productive knowledge exchange, and creating a deterritorialised forum for the articulation and construction of memory.


This under-researched area is of particular importance in an increasingly digital age, and is also timely given recent media interest in online responses to the destruction of physical sites in the Middle East and North Africa. These acts have been met by efforts to digitally preserve threatened places and objects through programs such as The Million Image Database or the crowd-sourced Facebook group Palmyra 3D Model, highlighting the role that rapidly developing technologies might play in education and preservation. Our challenge, however, is to consider the Internet not just as a tool for preserving histories, but as an emergent space where diverse memories and identities are actively shaped, contested, and negotiated in the present moment by a wide variety of different stakeholders. For the disciplines of history, media studies, memory studies, tourism studies, and critical heritage studies, the ways in which events with global reach have been hotly debated in vastly different guises across a range of online forums is of central significance.


Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to by 31 May 2017. We warmly welcome proposals from graduate students and early career researchers as well as established scholars. Suggested topics include:


1.  What is the nature of digital memories and identities?

– How are memories and identities shaped online and in peer-to-peer discussion?

– How do individuals from different backgrounds or ‘groups’ interact with others online, particularly across historically antagonistic or fragile boundaries?

– How do people draw on – or borrow or appropriate – the memories of others in digital settings?

– How (and why) do certain historical tropes (such as references to Hitler or Nazism) become commonplace rhetorical tools in online debates?


2.  Is ‘online memory’ different from ‘offline memory’?

– To what extent does ‘online memory’ replace, or substitute for, physical access to sites of memory?

– Are digital discourses particularly raw, spontaneous, and uncritical, as is often supposed?

– Do cross-cultural dialogues on the Internet strengthen or undermine national and local memories?

– Are these emerging forms of digital memory more ethical or ‘democratic’, or do they replicate the exclusion of certain groups and memories found in more ‘traditional’ memory forums?


3. How does the researcher approach these digital constructions of memory and use them in their work?

– How does the researcher use these new sources of knowledge?

– How do they filter the mass repositories of comments and responses on sites such as YouTube or Facebook?

– How do they manage, mediate, and process their own reactions to the sometimes highly emotive content?

– As a source of information, how do these digital dialogues differ from archival sources or ethnographic observation?

Conference registration will be free of charge.

For further information, please see:


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-05-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: The Institute for the Public Understanding of the
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Collegium Carolinum

The Prague Spring as a Laboratory

Deadline: 31-05-2017
Location: Bad Wiessee


The Prague Spring as a Laboratory
Bad Wiessee
Organised by Collegium Carolinum (Munich) in cooperation with the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (Munich-Regensburg) and the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague)
Conceptual design: Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich)
The Prague Spring is one of several reform movements and uprisings against the Soviet or post-Soviet regimes in Europe. Movements and uprisings that hide behind the ciphers "Hungarian Revolution of 1956," "Solidarnosc," and "Euromaidan" are linked by a commitment to European traditions and the defense of Soviet and later Russian predominance. Similarly, the Prague Spring can be described as a stage within the colonial or post-colonial history of Eastern Europe. Retrospectively, the Prague Spring appears to have been a coherent but unsuccessful experiment in finding a synthesis of Western democracy and socialism. However, this perspective ignores that different groups and individuals participated in these developments and shaped the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia with their completely varying professional, generational, national, and gender-specific experiences. What appears retrospectively as a goal-oriented reform movement or as an "interrupted revolution" looked in the eyes of the protagonists rather like the situation in a laboratory, where they worked on new syntheses with uncertain results. The term Prague Spring does, thereby, not only designate the dramatic spring and summer months of 1968 but refers to a longer period, beginning in the mid-sixties and that was by no means immediately and completely interrupted by the invasion of the Warsaw Pact troops.
The central question of the conference is how various actors perceived, promoted and resisted change. Therefore, the conference will ask which experiences and which expectations directed the different political, union, artistic, scientific, student etc. actors and how these different experiences and expectations generated individual or collective agendas. Which narrative frameworks were used to interpret the events? What kind of rhetoric did the protagonists of the Prague Spring use? Which relevance had emotions within the political and social changes? An important aspect of the problem is the spatial dimension of the perceived change. How did the Prague Spring protagonists position their project in relation to Western Europe, the USA and the Soviet Union? To what extent did the idea of convergence between West and East shape the reform process? Which cross-block transfers and interlacements can be traced? Which new semiotics of space emerged from the Prague Spring?
The conference focuses on the protagonists' ideas of politics, society, and their reform plans. Of particular interest is the question which new thoughts about the interrelation of politics, science, economics, and arts were developed in Czechoslovakia. In doing so, the different development dynamics in the Czech and the Slovak parts of the country should be taken into consideration as well.
The 20-minute presentations may be given in German, Czech, Slovak, or English. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered. It is intended to publish a volume of the conference proceedings in English. The proceedings have to be submitted in the conference languages until 30/11/2017, their translation will be covered.
Please submit a short outline of your intended presentation (approx. 1 page) in German, Czech, Slovak, or English by 31/05/2017 to:
Collegium Carolinum
z. Hd. Pavla Simková
Hochstraße 8 
81669 München

Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Basic information:
Deadline: 31-05-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Pavla Simková
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes

Historiography of Central European Communism Reconsidered: Patterns of Interpretation and Writing Strategies

Deadline: 15-06-2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland


Historiography of Central European Communism Reconsidered: Patterns of Interpretation and Writing Strategies

21-22 September 2017, Warsaw
Dr Muriel Blaive, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Prague; Dr Anna Muller, Institute
for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Prague; Dr Nicolas Maslowski, Centre of French
Civilisation/Warsaw University, Warsaw
Deadline: 15 June 2017
This conference’s aim is to articulate a historiographical analysis of the popular attitudes towards
communism in power. Before communism’s fall, it was difficult for historians to study society and
“popular opinion” (Paul Corner) as little societal data was available, the archives were closed,
research was supervised and history was politicised. This is without even considering the difficulty,
for obvious methodological reasons, of accounting for the relationship between rulers and ruled
under a dictatorial regime. After 1989, methodological and practical concerns (policies of archive
opening, politico-historical narratives suiting the post-communist state, retribution or compensation
policies addressing persecutors and victims, etc.), took centre stage in the countries of Central and
Eastern Europe. But how has the history of each communist regime been written in relation to their
respective societies? How is communism presented in historical works and textbooks today? What
is society’s role as potential supporter, opponent or indifferent actor of the communist regime?
What part, if any, is devoted to the regime’s intentions concerning the population?
We want to analyze how the history of communism in Central Europe was written in the past and
how it is being written today. Our particular focus is on the relationship between rulers and ruled;
this will help us evaluate why the totalitarianism paradigm remains important. How present is
society in the dominant historiographical analysis? Can we identify ways to restructure this
historiography? Our aim is to overcome the duality between a political history centred on the
repressive apparatus on the basis of party and secret police archives, and a social and cultural
history inspired by mass organisations, factory archives, local or private archives, oral history or
even arts and literature. Accounts and interpretations of the population’s response to communist
policies in Central and Eastern Europe will be mapped out in local and Western historiographies
before and after 1989, in order to deconstruct this historiography’s master narratives and their
evolution over time.
This international workshop is the second of three conferences to be held in the frame of the
research project Rulers and Ruled in Poland and Czechoslovakia (1945-1968): Practical and
Methodological Challenges in the Historicization of a Complex Relationship, financed by the Grant
Academy of the Czech Republic. While the project is expressly dedicated to Poland and
Czechoslovakia and to the period 1945-1968, we also encourage for comparative purposes the
submission of papers dealing with other countries of East Central Europe and with the post-1968
period. Selected texts from this workshop will be included in the final, eponymous collective
publication of the project. We invite interested scholars to send a 300 to 500 words abstract and a
short bio to Muriel Blaive, Anna Muller and Nicolas Maslowski at, and Advanced PhD students and fresh post-docs
will also be considered. Travel and accommodation, as well as part of the meals, will be provided.

Centre de Civilisation Francaise

Basic information:
Deadline: 15-06-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Muriel Blaive
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: AHDA

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice

Deadline: 20-06-2017
Location: New York City, US



6th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice
December 7-9, 2017
Columbia University, New York City

In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time. Papers that explore how the past is known, interpreted, conceptualized, or articulated, and how such representations evolve with the passage of time, are welcome. How has the passage of time changed the way memories of historical violence, atrocity and genocide are represented in the public sphere? In what ways do political, social and cultural forces influence, appropriate, or stifle these memories in different ways as the original event recedes into the more distant past? Related topics include the globalization of memory, and with it the increasing popularity of commemorative memorial practices. The proliferation of museums and memorials, the increase in confessional or memorial literature, and the surge of memory laws against Holocaust and genocide denial are some examples of the historical, cultural and legal phenomena that speak to questions of how individuals and communities remember. These modes of ‘making the past present’ speak not only to the passage of time and the forces of multidirectional memory, but also to the ways in which communities understand issues of justice and accountability, memory and amnesia, prevention and the culture of ‘never again’. This conference thus seeks papers that explore the ways in which communities negotiate narrativization of the past over time, and what the implications of such changes in public discourses of memory suggest in terms of present and future political realities, conflict transformation and atrocity prevention, and the role that history itself has in shaping or re-shaping the ways in which individuals and groups relate to the past and future.

The Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network ( is coordinated by an international Steering Committee and the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA), at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR), Columbia University.

Instructions for submitting abstracts for panels, roundtables and individual presenters are below. The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 15, 2017. Please note that we have a specific call for a panel on Genocide Prevention for which travel grants may be available.

Panel Submissions

Panels consist of a chair and three 20-minute papers or four 15-minute papers. The chair is expected to start the panel in a timely manner, to introduce each panelist (no more than 1 minute), to ensure that speakers keep to their allotted time, and to moderate the Q and A.  More information about submitting an abstract can be found below.


Roundtable sessions consist of 4-5 discussants and a moderator, who participates more fully in the session than a panel chair would in a traditional panel. Participants in roundtables do not present or read formal papers, but rather engage in a discussion or exchange about a specific question, text, or issue. The focus of discussion must be clearly articulated in the abstract, and participants are expected to prepare their remarks in advance, even if the nature of a roundtable is less formal than a traditional panel.

Conference participants may deliver one paper and participate in one roundtable; they may not participate in more than one formal panel presentation. More information about submitting abstracts can be found below.

Using History in Genocide Prevention Panel

History and the examination of root causes of conflict are a critical long term line of defense against genocide and other identity based crimes or atrocities. While the work of genocide prevention experts focuses on important issues such as economic, political or security incentives, historical aspects of the conflict at hand—the identity of the stakeholders, their animosity towards each other, and other root causes of conflict—are viewed as something that should be set aside, even forgotten, but not engaged. This panel welcomes submissions from both practitioners and scholars that explore ways in which history has been or can be engaged as a form of genocide prevention. Topics can include, but are not limited to, education curricula, museums or media, journalistic and scholarly writings, commemorations and memorials, and other contexts that provide space for discussion and engagement regarding how issues of identity and history can be used in a prevention framework. More information about submitting an abstract can be found below.

Submission guidelines:

To submit a proposal for a panel, please prepare a 350-word abstract that includes the title of the panel and the panel’s scholarly rationale. The abstract should list the names and e-mail addresses for all participants (chair and panelists), a brief bio (2-4 sentences) of each individual, and a title and 100-word abstract of each paper included in the session.

To submit a proposal for a roundtable, please prepare a 350-word abstract that includes the title of the roundtable and the theme, question or challenge that the roundtable seeks to discuss. The abstract should also list all participants (discussants and moderator), their e-mail addresses and a brief bio (2-4 sentences) of each individual.

To submit a paper proposal, please submit a 350-word abstract that includes the title of your paper, a description of the topic you intend to discuss, your e-mail address and a brief bio (2-4 sentences). If you are interested in participating in the Genocide Prevention panel, please indicate this in your submission. Please note that travel grants may be available for participants in the Genocide Prevention session (and only for this session).

The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 15. Please e-mail your submission as a single document to

Acceptances will be announced (and e-mails sent) in August 2017. Please note that all rooms are equipped with basic A/V equipment (projector, screen and speakers) for presentation needs. Please have any digital presentation you have prepared saved to a flash drive and to your laptop for easy access. Please also note that no presentations can be made in absentia or by Skype; all presenters must be present and must be able to present in English. Please e-mail further questions to


Basic information:
Deadline: 20-06-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: AHDA
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: University of Exeter

State Socialism, Heritage Experts and Internationalism in Heritage Protection after 1945

Deadline: 20-06-2017
Location: Exeter, UK


Conference dates: 21-22 November 2017
Conference location: The University of Exeter
Call for Papers deadline: 20 June 2017
Histories of heritage usually perceive their object of study as a product of western modernity, and exclude the socialist world. Yet, understood as a cultural practice and an instrument of cultural power, and as a “right and a resource”, heritage has played important roles in managing the past and present in many societies and systems. In the postwar period, preservation became a key element of culture in socialist and non-aligned states from China, the Soviet Union, and the Eastern Bloc to Asia, Latin America and Africa. Attention paid to the peoples’ traditions and heritage became a way to manifest the superiority and historical necessity of socialist development. However, the contribution of socialist states and experts to the development of the idea of heritage is still to be fully excavated.
The conference aims to understand the rising contributions of socialist and non-aligned actors to the development of heritage at both domestic and international levels. This phenomenon was in part the result of country-specific factors – such as a reaction to rapid industrial development; the destruction of both the Second World War or wars of national liberation; and the necessity to (re)-invent national traditions on socialist terms. But it was also due the growth of a broader international consensus on international heritage protection policies – in which socialist and non-aligned states and their experts played an important role. To this end, the conference will also address the relationship between socialist conceptions of heritage and those found in the capitalist world: to what extent can we discern the convergence of Eastern and Western dynamics of heritage discourses and practices over the second half of the twentieth century? To what degree did heritage professionals from socialist states play a role in the formation of the transnational and transcultural heritage expertise? To what extent did heritage still play a role in Cold War competition? Socialist states claimed that their respect for progressive traditions and material culture distinguished their superior methods of development from that of the capitalist world. Non-Aligned countries often attempted to blend aspects of socialist and capitalist logics of cultural heritage politics.
Conference themes to be addressed in papers include (but are not limited to):
The rise of interest in, and conceptualisation of, heritage under socialist and non-aligned states;
the transnational and transcultural circulation of ideas about heritage both within an expanding world of socialist states and across Cold War ideological divides;
the role of socialist experts in international debates over heritage;
the role of individual actors as cultural brokers within the cultural heritage field;
the role of international organisations, such as UNESCO, ICOMOS, ICCROM, UIA and others in providing a platform for professional communication and knowledge exchange involving the socialist world;
the role of the Cold War in the development of heritage;
the role of national traditions, experience and transnational cooperation across the Cold War divide in the creation of concepts and practices of socialist heritage;
the legacies of the work of socialist states and experts in contemporary heritage practices.
Abstracts of 300-500 words, together with an accompanying short CV should be submitted to Natalie Taylor ( by June 20, 2017.
The selected participants will be notified by July 20, 2017.
Funding opportunities for travel and accommodation are available, but we ask that potential contributors also explore funding opportunities at their home institutions.

Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg

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: 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