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


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. 

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


Basic information:
Deadline: 23-04-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Janet Sirmongpong
Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

Europe Lab

Deadline: 28-04-2018
Location: Pitești, Romania


For the fourth time, the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum invites young professionals from all over Europe to come together at the Forum “Europe Lab” to network, exchange ideas, work together on current European issues and develop cross-border project initiatives.

“Europe Lab” will take place in Romania at the Piteşti Prison Memorial. It will bring together 60 young people from the EU and further European countries, and the Russian Federation, aged between 25 and 35. There will be organised four parallel educational frames, each of those curated by a coordinator and further experts/speakers. The best common projects, elaborated during the Forum, get the chance to receive follow-up grants.

Key topics of the Forum 2018:

Overall topic

● Fighting against Corruption in Romania, Europe and beyond


• Stories of never-ending past: historical memory, local communities, performing arts

• How can civil society help to overcome territorial conflicts in Europe?

• Gender Blenders: gender and diversity

• The Civic Inspirers – how to organise Civic and Human Rights education in the era of democracy crisis

Further working formats will include excursions at the Memorial and other places in Pitești, discussions, interviews, participatory events like project launches and community dinners. The working language of the Forum is English.
Costs for workshops, accommodation, and meals are covered by organisers.
NOTE: Travel costs are borne by participants themselves.

Please submit your applications until April 28th here:

Pitești Prison Memorial University of Pitești DRA (German-Russian Exchange) INLAR Competendo Wechange

Basic information:
Deadline: 28-04-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Barbara Anna Bernsmeier
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Film-Història, University of Barcelona

Images of the Revolutions of 1968

Deadline: 30-04-2018
Location: Barcelona


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.

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).

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

EUROM, Center for International History Studies

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-04-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: University of Barcelona
Deadline: 30-04-2018
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece


23rd Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Extermination Sites

Between Absence and Affirmation
Thessaloniki, Greece, 16th-22nd March 2019

Deadline for Submission: 30th April 2018

History and concept of the workshop

Since 1994, the Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Extermination Sites has been annually organized by and for university graduates from various disciplines who work on related topics. The workshop aims at addressing young scholars interested in presenting their research projects in an atmosphere of low hierarchy as well as in connecting and sharing ideas with others. It provides space for academic discussions, for raising questions, addressing problems and giving advices for respective research projects. The workshop more generally intends to support international and interdisciplinary research by promoting a dialogue between researchers of different origins. A distinctive feature, by which it tries to do so, is the principle of self-organization. Students and graduates normally take part in the workshops in three different forms: as speakers, as participants or as members of the organizing team.


Location of the 23rd workshop

Every year the workshop takes place at a different location related to National Socialist camps and mass extermination sites. This year Thessaloniki will be the location due to the complex history of its Jewish population and its relevance to the emphasis of the next workshop: “Between absence and affirmation” as will be illustrated further below.

Before the Second World War Thessaloniki had the largest Jewish community in Greece, more than 50.000 Jewish inhabitants in 1941, at the time of the German occupation. After the invasion, the Germans arrested the Jewish leadership, they plundered cultural and artistic properties from Jewish institutions and private homes. In July 1942 Jewish males were registered for forced labour. The next year, in February 1943 German authorities concentrated local Jews in two ghettos. Between March and August more than 45.000 of them were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, most of whom were gassed on arrival.

The second major concentration and transit camp in Greece, Pavlos Melas was set up in Thessaloniki. Between 1941 and 1944 thousands of people who had been arrested by the Wehrmacht and German authorities were interned here. Imprisoned and executed inmates included Greeks and foreigners, resistance fighters and Thessaloniki residents captured as retaliation for attacks on Nazi forces. Around 800 people were executed and approximately 5.000 were imprisoned.

From the pre-war Jewish community less than 2.000 survived the Holocaust. The previous presence of the Jews and their tragedy practically lacked memorialization for over 70 years; the historical site of Pavlos Melas was not preserved: today it is a meeting place for young people. Despite the significant impact the Holocaust played in the history of this part of Greece, it is mostly forgotten and hardly represented, both in Greece itself as well as international studies.

In 2017 Thessaloniki seems to be finally coming to terms with its Jewish history as the plans of a Holocaust Memorial Museum gained political backing and permits. The museum, which will serve as a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and which will be devoted to the culture and history of the Jewish community of the city, is supposed to be completed by 2020.

The absence of memorialization and the tremendous loss of the Jewish community, as well as the recent interest in commemoration, which serves as affirmation for the identity of the Jewish inhabitants of Thessaloniki, connect the location to the topic of the workshop.



We invite MA and PhD students to apply. Possible themes include (but are not restricted to) the following:


Mass graves, material culture, new materialism, forensic turn and their impact on the social practices of memory
Absence of memory, silenced memory
Forgotten places, sites of non-memory
Neglected/marginalized victim groups, forms of victimisation

Politics of commemoration, commemoration practices, ownership of memory
Trials and law, and their role in commemoration and identity formation
Wars of memory, contemporary victimhood, competing victimhood
Contemporary social and cultural activism, and artistic practices connected to (forgotten) sites
The effect of nationalism and populism on the shaping of memory and identity
New approaches to filling gaps in memory (literature, theatre, film), media advancements, technology developments at memorial sites, new dimensions of testimony and digital archives

Parallels and contradictions of memory related to camps and extermination sites on local, national and international level
Holocaust denial and revisionism
Torn identities: coping with the past, embedding sites and events in individual identities, conflicting identities
The formation of collective Jewish identity: the place of camps, extermination sites and (lack of) commemoration in group identity

All topics submitted to this workshop should be connected to a camp or an extermination site.

Applicants (MA- and PhD-candidates) are requested to send in a short CV and an abstract of their proposed paper (approx. 300 words). Applications should be sent to the following email address: by the 30th April 2018. We welcome university graduates from a variety of disciplines (history, sociology, philosophy, literature, theology, art etc.) as well as other professionals working on the topic to apply. The presentations and discussions will be held in English. The presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. After the presentations there will be time for a 40-minute discussion on the topic of the paper.

The organization team will send out acceptances by the end of June 2018.

We are currently applying for funding to cover the costs of the conference, as well as the costs of accommodation and travel expenses.


Organizing team:  Sandra Franz (University of Düsseldorf/Villa Merländer, Krefeld, Germany), Jozef Hyrja (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg, Germany), Alexios Ntetorakis-Exarchou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Sylwia Papier (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland) Hannah Wilson (Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom) Nick Warmuth (Central European University, Hungary)


Basic information:
Deadline: 30-04-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: _
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


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: and 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

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
Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understandi

International Summer School “The Past in the Present - History, Law and Memory”

Deadline: 07-05-2018
Location: Poland


In lovely Masurian Folwark Łękuk during our 3rd International Summer School participants from Poland, Germany, Russia and Ukraine and other Central and Eastern Europe countries will learn how to use a legal perspective in historical assessments. International legal perspective will be shown as a tool, supporting the work of historians, a tool useful to help assess historical events in a balanced manner, not based on mutually exclusive national interpretations. Summer School should help in establishing of personal contacts between young researchers from neighboring countries, with history full of mutual conflicts.

We are looking for candidates!

Participants: 20 PhD students, young researchers or people engaged in public affairs from Poland, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and others Central and Eastern Europe countries. Very good passive and active knowledge of English, official language of the School, is required.
Lecturers: Eminent historians, international lawyers and political scientists. Participation was already confirmed by prof. Klaus Bachmann (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities), prof. Georgiy Kasyanov (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), prof.  Władysław Czapliński (Polish Academy of Science).
Programme: Exclusive lectures, case studies and workshops about the meaning of international law for historical research and legal aspects of the memory policy. Discussions among international experts. Seminars on the significance of political gestures and symbolic acts for international relations, transitional justice, and terminology - of which misinterpretation lead to disagreements.
Date and Place: 2-8 September 2018. Folwark Łękuk  in the Masurian Lakeland.
Requirements: A candidate shall provide a CV and cover letter in English. Documents shall be sent by e-mail to Rafał Tarnogórski: tarnogorski@cprdip.plto 7 May 2018. For additional information, please contact him. Short-listed candidates will be e-mailed and contacted by phone.
We cover: accommodation, meals, participation in lectures and seminars, background materials, as well as transportation from Warsaw to Folwark Łękuk and back. Successful candidates from non-EU countries will receive a formal invitation to facilitate visa procedures. We also cover up to 200 EUR transport expenditures for participants from all countries except Poland.


Basic information:
Deadline: 07-05-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Rafał Tarnogórski
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: ENRS

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

Deadline: 14-05-2018
Location: Warsaw


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 

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:, where you can find further information on this and previous Genealogies of Memory conferences.

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
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


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.

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

Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

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

Submissions until 15 May 2018 to:


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-05-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: ECREA Communication History Section
Project / event type: publication
Organiser: IC Journal

When memories take a stand: cultural memory and mediations

Deadline: 15-05-2018
Location: -


When memories take a stand: cultural memory and mediations
Deadline for contributions: 01/01/2018-15/05/2018

Semioticians at Tartu School Juri Lotman and Boris Uspensky defined culture as the non-hereditary memory of the community, namely, a memory that is not contained within genes, but within a symbolic system made out of prescriptions and contradictions, restrictions and conflict. This is what Aleida Assmann, among others, has called cultural memory. This memory is disputed through social practices that we can referred to as mediations: processes of cultural circulation that occur between the institutionalized productions of meaning and the appropriations resulting from the use that the commons make of it.

If political uses of memory tend to select, stabilize and, ultimately, neutralize the past in an intentional and biased way (a common past that must be preserved and commemorated; a past to be proud of and to take to one’s heart), the memories that take a stand (Didi-Huberman, 2008) are set into motion and evolve from the impact of repressed affects (Freud, Benjamin, Warburg), unveiling “a past that is still alive, plural and off beat; activating it in order to destabilize a certain autism of the present” (Martín Barbero, 2011). When the rediscovery of the trauma and the coming into being of the awareness about the historic wounds (which is to say of the shift from a narrative of the winner to a narrative of the scars, from the place of heroism to the place of the victim’s suffering) do not find their recognition in the institutional figures, icons and symbols (whether it is due to censorship, lack of political interest or ignorance), they end up resulting in the suppuration of those wounds, which eventually find visibility in the popular culture that’s reproduced through mass means or through mass means which are circumscribed to the popular (for we mustn’t forget that such mediations are subjected to a two-way movement).

Where political uses of memory take sides and defend a common memory (a single memory, cliché-memory, derived from “common sense” and closed, inasmuch as it represents the authorized and canonical version of it), the memories that take a stand survive disseminated and are built through interconnections, through share points which are nevertheless unique, as an infinite amalgamation of monuments, signs, untraceable tracks, victories and defeats (Delgado, 2008). The power of these memories is not what they have become, but rather what they are to become. These memories do not ambition power, though they challenge power through the distortion of the temporal order fixed by the politics of memory and its institutional derivations.

Memory has today become a controversial and contradictory realm, not so much threaten by suppression or censorship but by the overabundance of information (Todorov), as well as by the so-called “empire of the instantaneous” (Reyes Mate), to which a narrative industry –turned factory of the present that rapidly loses its consciousness of the past– is constantly subdued. In an age marked by generalized amnesia and by a lack of historical consciousness, this feeling of rupture between past and present finds a counter-point in the nostalgic enthusiasm towards an over-represented past in the so-called “commemoration era”: the proliferation of memorial museums and of cities as museums, the touristification of memory places, the fascination towards retro and vintage design, the renewed appreciation of flea markets, the rise of historical novels and TV series. While media policies about memory help articulate a “common memory”, which is usually the representation of the national memory, subjected to chauvinistic appropriation, commercialization and fetishism, we cannot ignore that the past is always up for debate. Memories do not belong to a single time. They imply a confrontation sometimes dormant, a tense coexistence of disparate times. Thus, we better think of memory as a palimpsest and a collage, not as a linear narrative.

As harvesters who bend down to collect what’s left after the crop of memory, in this issue of the IC Journal we invite researchers to explore the ways in which a community relates to its past through mediations taking place, often suddenly and unexpectedly, through all sorts of social mechanisms (both material and immaterial) that belong to the realm of social imaginaries and perform a symbolic role within processes of remembrance.

Contributions focusing on how memory can take a stand or on the ways in which mediated discourses on the pasts (including the mechanisms these mediations use, or their sociopolitical effects) will be particularly welcome. Therefore, we are looking for original papers that can contribute to a deeper understanding of the intersections between memory studies, and culture industry and media studies.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

The relationship between history, memory and mediation.
Memory discourse, war, peace and human rights.
Official memories and counter-hegemonic memories (the memory of the labor movement, memorialists’ proposals from different social movements, or the memory of the Revolution).
Memory policies and communication and media regulations (communication policies of the past), as they both are the framework in which the dialogue about memory will be addressed. We would like to put the accent on the need to reorganize culture industries, as well as the communication policies that may help in this respect, thus broadening the possibilities of minority memory discourses of accessing mainstream communication channels.
Memories, symbols and mediations: flags and emblems, maps and cartography, biographical texts about heroes, monuments and ruins, text-books, travel guides, graffiti, film, dark tourism, plazas, marginal suburbs, music, rites and commemorative celebrations, comic, photography, contemporary art, science-fiction and digital practice, popular religion, superstition, ghosts and its regression.
Memory, trauma and commemoration: how to narrate the traumas of the past.
Book reviews

IC Journal is now considering proposals for book reviews to be published at the “Bibliografica” section. Reviewers might send their proposals at e mail address “” or to Belén Zurbano ( as coordinator of this section.


Assmann, A. (2011). Cultural Memory and Western Civilization: Functions, Media, Archives. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Delgado, M. (2008). Lo común y lo colectivo. El espacio público como espacio de y para la comunicación. Madrid: Medialab Prado. Disponible en

Didi-Huberman, G. (2008) Cuando las imágenes toman posición. Madrid: Antonio Machado

Lotman, Y. y Uspensky, B. (1978). “On the semiotic mechanism of culture”. En New Literary History 9(2): 211–232. Disponible en

Martín-Barbero, J. (2011). El país que no cabe en el museo de doña Beatriz. Recuperado de:

Mate, R. (2013). La piedra desechada. Madrid: Trotta.

Todorov, T. (2013). Los abusos de la memoria, Barcelona: Paidós.


Basic information:
Deadline: 15-05-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Belén Zurbano
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


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
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.

Prof. Univ. Dr. Ioan Bolovan –,
Oana Tămaș PhD-
Terms and calendar of proposals for communications, panels, roundtable
discussions and posters

- 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

- 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)

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
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.


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

Please send your 500 words abstract as well as a short biography to the following address, 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.

Basic information:
Deadline: 01-07-2018

Contat details:
Coordinator: Claudia-Florentina Dobre