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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
    Conference

    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: 13-02-2022
    Location: Wrocław, Poland
    Organiser: Ośrodek „Pamięć i Przyszłość”
    Conference

    Oral History of the Borderlands

    Contact details:

    E-mail: ewa.maj@zajezdnia.org
    Borderlands – both in terms of geography and administration, as well as socio-culturally – are a special
    type of area experiencing contact with the other, the separate, the alien; a space of coexistence,
    cooperation, but also conflict. ‘Borderlands’ indicates the existence of a border, real or imagined, but
    always influencing those who live in its vicinity, regardless of whether they perceive it on a daily basis.
    The aim of the conference is an attempt to reflect on the specificity of life in the variously understood
    frontiers of Europe and the world, both ‘eternal’ and those that arose in the 20th century as a result
    of global and local conflicts, which were noticeable in oral history accounts, resulting e.g. in changes
    in administrative boundaries and population migrations.

    We invite proposals to present research using the sources and methodology of oral history for the
    analysis of, inter alia, the following issues:
    • home / everyday life near the border
    • new and old borderlands
    • experience of living at the intersection of regions
    • people of the borderlands
    • imaginary boundaries (of cultures, worldviews, generations, identities, etc.)
    • memory and heritage of the borderlands.

    At the same time, the organizers would like to invite proposals reflecting on oral history itself as
    a research method used by representatives of various disciplines, and thus situated on the border of
    various fields of study.

    PROPOSALS
    The conference will be held in Polish and English (with simultaneous translation).
    Proposals in Polish or English should be sent via the form by February 13, 2022. The abstract
    should include the scope of use of oral history sources and / or methodologies and a direct
    reference to the topic of the conference.

    The Organisers will inform Speakers about the acceptance of the proposal by the end of February
    2022. Speakers will be asked to send a draft version of their lecture by May 10, 2022, and the texts for
    publication by July 31, 2022. The organisers plan to publish the conference texts in the “Wrocławski
    Rocznik Historii Mówionej”. Information will also be provided about the remuneration for Authors of
    articles accepted for publication.

    The conference will take place alongside the general assembly of members of the Polish Oral History
    Society.
  3. Type: Conference
    Deadline: 28-02-2022
    Location:
    Organiser: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS)
    Conference

    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)

    Partners:
    Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Seton Hall University
    College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw
    Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw
    Oxford School of Global and Area Studies


    CONSENT CLAUSE OF THE CONFERENCE ABSTRACT PROVIDER:

    I, the undersigned __________________________, declare that, having been informed about the rules governing the processing of my personal data (https://enrs.eu/uploads/media/61ded1e67ae67-gdpr-rules-genealogies-2022.pdf) in the future as well as my rights in that regard (having read the document ‘Personal Data Processing Notification’ https://enrs.eu/uploads/media/61ded1e67caf9-information-duty-genealogies.pdf), I hereby grant my voluntary consent to:
    the processing by the Institute of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity seated in Warsaw, acting on the basis of an entry into the register of cultural institutions kept by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage under the number of RIK 90/2015, of my personal data disclosing my racial or ethnic origin, political views, religious or worldview-related convictions, i.e. the personal data submitted by me in the application form submitted in reply to the Call for Papers of the Genealogies of Memory conference entitled History and Memory in International Relations to be held in Warsaw on 26–28 October 2022 (‘Conference’), for the purpose of selecting proposals of papers - abstracts for the Conference.

    SIGNATURE:

    ___________________________
  4. Type: Conference
    Deadline: 28-02-2022
    Location: Cluj-Napoca
    Organiser: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and Babeș-Bolyai University (the Faculty of History and Philosophy) from Cluj-Napoca (RO)
    Conference

    Call for Papers: Cultural Pluralism and Identity in European Politics after 1945

    Contact details:

    E-mail: 2022hystory.conference@ubbcluj.ro
    The aim of the conference is to discuss, historically and comparatively, the concept of cultural – national, ethnic and religious – identities and their role in the domestic, transnational and supranational European policies and politics, from 1945 until now.

    The question of cultural identities had a significant impact on 20th-century European history and has continued to be an important legacy since the post-war era, through the post-Cold-War and post-communist times, right up until the 21st century. Fascist regimes, and in particular Nazism, defined cultural identities from a racial perspective, whereby entire ethno-cultural groups were considered ’inferior‘, doomed to exclusion or even annihilation. Stalinism wanted to invent the ’Socialist nation‘, thereby traditional identities were in fact annulled in the name of creating the New Mankind. The fall of the Iron Curtain resulted in a major revival of cultural diversity in the former Eastern Bloc, while the exacerbation of cultural differences in the post-authoritarian Yugoslavia led to the state’s dissolution and bloody conflicts. In the 21st century, the construction of the European Union is linked to the acceptance of differences as regards cultural identity, one element of its cohesion being the creation of a space of democracy, solidarity and peace (‘United in Diversity’).

    Cultural identities can be defined through various legal and political documents, statements and acts authored by both national states and supranational actors. Self-definitions of cultural groups may also respond to state and institutional policies. Finally, grass-roots actors are able to actively influence policies at national, transnational and supranational level. We are interested in discussing these multidirectional relations between cultural identities and politics, including both the top-down perspective of state policy (by state representatives), ranging from practices of discrimination to assimilation and integration, including granting autonomy; the perspective of the activities of different local groups and NGOs, activists, journalists and academics; last but not least, the broader perspective of international organizations, such as the European Union. We especially welcome presentations employing comparative perspectives, both in terms of local and regional diversities within Europe, as well as the multilayered historical impact of wars, genocides, revolutions and authoritarianisms, right up to the processes of democratization and Europeanization.

    The specific topics to be discussed during the conference include:
    - European integration and concepts of European cultural identity – between synergy and conflict, unity and pluralism;
    - national cultures and identities in European discourses and policies;
    - conceptualizing regional cultures in European discourses and policies;
    - European laws and policies towards cultural minorities: national, ethnic, religious;
    - cultural pluralism on the state level – historical context of inner cultural diversities, past and present political models of cohabitation;
    - reconciliation processes: good practices and challenges; examples of the integrative and non-conflicting approach (e.g. Franco-German, German-Polish or Romanian-Hungarian reconciliation).

    We invite scholars of various disciplines: political sciences, history, sociology, law, European studies, cultural studies, linguistics, etc., as well as professionals working with the issue of cultural identities to present their insights and research based on legal and political archives, public and political debates,

    media and cultural texts, academic discourse and field research, as well as institutional projects and good practices at the professional level.

    The event will be organized on-site (with the participants’ physical presence). The organisers will cover travel costs to and from Cluj-Napoca and provide accommodation during the event for those willing to travel from Europe. Online participation in the conference is only accepted in exceptional situations (pandemic-related circumstances, long travelling distance, etc.).
    Participants will be given the opportunity to attend the proceedings, take part in discussions and visit museums and memorial sites in Cluj-Napoca.
    Conference language: English
    In order to participate in the selection of applications, interested persons must send a short CV (with only five main publications) and an abstract of paper of a maximum of 600 words by email to the address: 2022hystory.conference@ubbcluj.ro
    Conference applications are expected until 28 February 2022.
    The administrator of your personal data during recruitment process is Babeș-Bolyai University (Faculty of History and Philosophy). You can read the Personal Data Processing Notification here: https://www.ubbcluj.ro/en/politici/
    Participation in the conference is subject to subsequent registration, whereby participants accept the rules of participation and the processing of their personal data by the organizers (including but not limited to your personal data disclosing racial or ethnic origin [based on your image], political views, religious or worldview-related convictions).
    The conference is organized by the Institute of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and Babeș-Bolyai University (the Faculty of History and Philosophy) from Cluj-Napoca (RO) in partnership with the Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe (Oldenburg, DE) and the Hungarian Committee of National Remembrance (Budapest, HU).

    The Scientific Committee of the conference:
    Chairwoman: Prof. Marcela Sălăgean
    Members: Assoc. Prof. Florin Abraham, Senior lecturer Mihai Alexandrescu, Dr Bartosz Dziewanowski-Stefańczyk, Dr András Fejérdy, Prof. Ovidiu Ghitta, Assoc. Prof. Tamás Lönhárt, Dr Burkhard Olschowsky, Dr Małgorzata Pakier, Prof. Jan Rydel