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This database has been created in order to facilitate exchange of information on the latest initiatives in the field of history and memory of 20th century in Europe. If you are looking for opportunities, check out current calls for applications / papers below. If you organise a relevant event, feel free to add your call by clicking the blue arrow:

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  1. Type: Conference
    Deadline: 10-02-2022
    Location: Online / Vienna, Austria
    Organiser: Documenta Zagreb

    Call for participants: International Forum “The democratic revolutions of 1989 in popular culture and art”

    The International Forum is part of the project “Reshaping the image of democratic revolutions 1989: European contemporary perspectives and forgotten lessons from the past”. The project seeks to remind European citizens about the democratic revolutions 1989-1990 as a period of arduous struggles for pluralistic democracy and peaceful coexistence in Europe with the aim to strengthen the contemporary commitment of the European citizens to the preservation of democratic pluralism and democratic institutions. It will be both an online and in-person event:

    February 14, 2022

    1. How did 1989 change Europe? 16:00 h – 17:00 h (CET)
    The first session will give general introduction to the topic. The participants of the Forum will see the educational film “How did 1989 change Europe?”

    2. 1989 and photography: democratic revolutions through the lenses 17:30 h – 19:00 h (CET)
    The participants of the Forum will have a chance to see digital exhibitions dedicated to the democratic revolutions in different European countries. Relevant photographers will share their professional and personal experience of 1989.

    February 15, 2022

    1. Teaching revolutions: educational challenges and correlations 16:00 h – 17:00 h (CET)
    The participants of the Forum will have an opportunity to compare the challenges of teaching about the democratic revolutions in Europe. The third session will explore the place 1989 holds in the culture of remembrance of different European countries.

    2. 1989 and mass media: the revolution was televised 17:30 h – 19:00 h (CET)
    This session will explore the social and political impact of television during the democratic changes of 1989 in different European countries. The participants will be presented selected TV archives from various European countries.

    February 17, 2022

    1. “The democratic revolutions of 1989 in art and everyday life” 19:00 h – 21:00 h (CET)
    This session will gather stake-holders from the field of history and civic education in person in Vienna, Austria, to present them the educational film “How did 1989 change Europe?” and the manual with didactic materials “1989: a lesson from the past”, both made in the scope of this project.

    A discussion will explore the place that the democratic revolutions of 1989 hold today in everyday life and the art scene in Europe.

    The session will be streamed on Zoom for the participants of the Forum. They will have the chance to ask the speakers in Vienna additional questions and comment on the discussion.

    You are welcome to join the Forum online on Zoom. You will get the Zoom link after you register.

    Who can apply: anyone interested in the topic. The Forum will be held in English.

    How to register: You can register for participation in the Forum via the link: https://forms.gle/xi2a8QmB7sYCcCkM7
  2. Type: Conference
    Deadline: 28-02-2022
    Organiser: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS)

    12th Genealogies of Memory: History and Memory in International Relations

    Contact details:

    Coordinator: Bartosz Dziewanowski-Stefańczyk
    E-mail: genealogies@enrs.eu
    History and Memory in International Relations

    International Hybrid Conference, Warsaw, 26–28 October 2022

    Memory and history have always played an important role in diplomacy. However, only in recent years have growing numbers of scholars begun to integrate memory and the use of history into the theories of international relations (IR), a trend most noticeable among constructivists (Langenbacher and Shain, 2010; Perchoc, 2013, Ociepka, 2017). This turn has been partly influenced by the expanding body of research devoted to memory in both theoretical and historical contexts, which has largely centred around the memory of the Second World War and the Holocaust (among others: Cichocka et al., 2005; Assmann 2008; Memory and Change, 2016; Łuczewski, 2017), but it has also been triggered by the increasing importance of memory and identity politics worldwide (Fukuyama 2018; Wang 2018).
    State and non-state actors utilise history and memory as political instruments for the furthering of international relations and foreign policy. Such tools serve – among other purposes – as ways of legitimising one’s actions and projecting a desirable image abroad, including through the formation of memory alliances and use of memory exports (McGlynn, 2021). To achieve these ends, mnemonic actors often (ab)use the past, even disseminating historical disinformation. Cultural and collective memories of traumatic pasts have proven to be especially fertile ground for such political instrumentalisation, leading to numerous conflicts of memory in Europe and beyond.
    On the other hand, history can also serve as a means of reconciliation, with even difficult pasts providing platforms for dialogue through public apologies, truth and reconciliation commissions or international textbooks (Korostelina, Lässig, 2013, Rosoux, 2009). Moreover, memory has wielded an important influence over innumerable fields, from international law, through public discourse, to even seemingly unrelated areas, such as climate security (Fonseca, 2014). Given this expansive reach, there is considerable scope for further research into the influence of history and memory related issues on IR, particularly in terms of academic conceptualisations, methodological approaches and relevance to policy making.
    The conference organisers would therefore like to invite contributions from scholars working at the intersection of diplomacy, history, memory studies, political studies, colonial studies, and adjacent fields. We would like to discuss how memory influences IR, how various actors around the world use the past, how such uses are likely to develop in the future, and which methodologies are best suited to the study of how memory influences IR. Consequently, we will especially welcome papers that focus on new and innovative methodologies for researching the following questions: Will the growing importance of memory in IR ultimately lead to new confrontations? Given our globalised and interconnected world, is it still possible to talk of ‘domestic’ memory politics? Which images and narratives do countries and other actors adopt in their foreign memory politics? How do various actors (ab)use and appropriate historical narratives for their own purposes? How can memory diplomacy reflect or incorporate the ambiguity of the past, where every society assumes elements of both victim and perpetrator, thus is it possible to combine objective historical research and effective memory diplomacy? How can memory diplomacy support reconciliation? What is the role of various non-state actors in conducting both memory politics and public diplomacy?

    About Genealogies of Memory
    The ENRS is an international initiative whose main objective is to facilitate the discussion on the 20th-century history of Europe. Our activities feature a range of projects for the academic community, including the Genealogies of Memory (https://enrs.eu/genealogies) seminars and conferences. Held annually in Warsaw since 2011, the series helps strengthen the academic exchange between scholars from East-Central Europe and their Western counterparts. It also creates opportunities for the younger generation of memory scholars to network with more established researchers and academics.

    Organisational information

    The conference will take place in Warsaw on 26–28 October 2022 in a hybrid format with possible online participation.

    We encourage applicants to send us:
    1. Abstracts (maximum 300 words)
    2. Brief biographical statements
    3. Scans/photos of the signed Consent Clause

    Please send the required documents to genealogies@enrs.eu by 28 February 2022.

    Applicants will be notified of the results by 15 June. Written draft papers (2,000–2,500 words) should be submitted by 15 September 2022.

    There will be an opportunity to publish some revised and extended papers in an edited volume, most probably through the book series European Remembrance and Solidarity developed by the ENRS and Routledge.

    The organisers might cover accommodation expenses for the participants; reimbursement of travel expenses will be based on an application process. We will prioritise applications from early career researchers lacking support from their home institutions.

    The conference language is English.

    Conference Committee

    Conference Convenors:
    Dr Bartosz Dziewanowski-Stefańczyk (ENRS, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences)
    Dr Jade McGlynn (Middlebury Institute of International Studies)

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

    Organiser: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS)

    Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Seton Hall University
    Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw
    Oxford School of Global and Area Studies


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