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    About Genealogies of Memory 2011

    Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe. Theories and Methods

    23-25 November 2011, Warsaw

    The conference took place in November 2011 in Warsaw as an initiating event of the „Genealogies of Memory” project. Among the participants of the conference were researchers from Europe, US and Australia who debated on the state of memory studies in Central and Eastern Europe. The keynote address was given by prof. Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz). The conference was an opportunity to review different approaches and findings from research projects. Presentations given during the conference discussed various themes, such as: memory in borderlands, media of remembrance, public and private discourses of past, role of historians in memory processes.

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    Conference / Warsaw 2011

    23/11/2011 Wednesday

    11:30 am
    Welcome and introduction
    University of Warsaw Library
    Rafał Rogulski
    Jan Rydel
    Małgorzata Pakier
    Joanna Wawrzyniak
    12:30 pm
    History and memory in Central and Eastern Europe: How special?
    Harald Wydra:
    Dynamics of memory in East and West: Elements of a comparative framework
    Sławomir Kapralski:
    Ain't nothing special
    Andrzej Nowak:
    Constructed memories as elements of a political correctness

    Chair: Jeffrey Olick
    1:30 pm
    Coffe break
    2:00 pm
    History and memory in Central and Eastern Europe: How special? Cont.
    Joanna B. Michlic:
    The trajectories of bringing the dark to light: Memory of the Holocaust in post-Communist Europe
    Dariusz Stola:
    On the peculiarities of memory of the 20th century in Poland: A delayed coming to terms with troubled pasts
    Matthias Weber:
    'The Germans': an East-European lieu de mémoire. Asymmetry of memories in Germany and Poland – in German

    Chair: Jeffrey Olick
    3:30 pm
    Coffe break
    4:30 pm
    Parallel sessions. Lieux de mémoire (1)
    Maciej Górny, Kornelia Kończal:
    Polish-German realms of memory. The theory and practice of an interdisciplinary project – in Polish
    Filip Pazderski:
    Local realms of memory in the borderland areas in Central and Eastern Europe as indicators of processes of regional collective remembering
    Anna Zalewska:
    Bullets, buttons, stones and bones as the carriers of memory – the Olszynka Grochowska case
    Marcin Napiórkowski:
    The Warsaw Uprising as a generator of sense

    Chair: Burkhard Olschowsky
    Commentator: Włodzimierz Borodziej
    4:30 pm
    Parallel sessions. Lieux de mémoire (2)
    Jacek Chrobaczyński, Piotr Trojański:
    Auschwitz and Katyń: the lenses of memory
    Lidia Jurek:
    Drawing up the boundaries of the endless empty steppe – the recuperation of memory of the Gulag in Eastern Europe
    James Mark:
    Where can the collapse of communism be celebrated? The problems of commemorating 1989 in Central-Eastern Europe

    Chair: Wulf Kansteiner
    Commentator: Piotr Kwiatkowski
    6:30 pm
    Coffe break
    7:00 pm
    Keynote: Aleida Assmann - The transformative power of memory
    Chair: Jan Rydel

    24/11/2011 Thursday

    9:00 am
    Parallel sessions. Theories and concepts (1): Traditions
    Alexey Vasilyev:
    Russian memory studies in the context of actual world trends
    Elżbieta Tarkowska:
    Collective memory, social time and culture: The Polish tradition in memory studies
    Jarosław Kilias:
    Is there any sociological tradition of social memory research? The Polish and the Czech cases
    Georgiy Kasianov, Karolina Wigura:
    Between nation-building and westernization. Studies of cultures of remembrance in Contemporary Central Eastern Europe

    Chair: Andrzej Szpociński
    Commentator: Barbara Szacka – in Polish
    9:00 am
    Parallel sessions. Dynamics of memory (1): Biographies
    Kaja Kaźmierska:
    Biographical and collective memory – mutual influences in the Central and Eastern European context
    Machteld Venken, Jarosław Pałka:
    Similar or different? Polish soldiers' war memories in Poland and Belgium
    Martina Staats:
    Memories of Bergen-Belsen
    Michał Kierzkowski:
    Divided European memory: A perspective of women's memory of Stalinism in Czechoslovakia

    Chair: Alexander von Plato
    Commentator: Lutz Niethammer
    11:00 am
    Coffe break
    11:30 am
    Parallel sessions. Theories and concepts (2): Traditions
    Gregor Feindt, Félix Krawatzek:
    Entangled memories: A new conceptual approach to memory in Eastern Europe
    Marta Bucholc:
    On the potential of Norbert Elias’s approach in social memory research in Central and Eastern Europe
    Amelia Korzeniewska, Bartosz Korzeniewski:
    Transformation of memory. Theoretical modeling and the practice of empirical research - in Polish
    Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska:
    Modi memorandi. An interdisciplinary lexicon of collective memory terms

    Chair: Gertrud Pickhan
    Commentator: Jeffrey Olick
    11:30 am
    Parallel sessions. Dynamics of memory (2): Biographies
    Klutz Niethammer:
    Eastern roots of postmodern ethics? The generation of Zygmunt Bauman and Agnes Heller
    Wulf Kansteiner:
    Historicizing memory studies: Holocaust interpretation and the concept of political generation
    Katarzyna Waniek:
    Third generation Poles and the witness generation of Germans in conversation about World War II
    Aleksandra Rychlicka:
    Who owns the past? The literature of the post-1989 generation and its struggle with memory

    Chair: Harald Wydra
    Commentator: Kaja Kaźmierska
    1:30 pm
    Coffe break
    3:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. Media of remembrance (1): Space/Place
    Máté Zombory:
    Memory as spatial localization
    Agnieszka Kudelka:
    Monuments and memory constructs in L'viv between 1867 and 1939 - in German
    Katja Grupp:
    Kaliningrad minus Königsberg, culture minus memory: ‘foreign’ city in German and Russian perspective - in German
    Judy Brown:
    Walking memory through city space in Sevastopol, Crimea

    Chair: Andrzej Nowak
    Commentator: Sławomir Kapralski
    3:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. Media of remembrance (2): Museum and Film
    Simina Bădică:
    Regimes of memory in Communist and Post-Communist Romanian museums
    Monika Heinemann:
    The historical museum as a medium of remembrance – A case study on the memory of the Second World War in Poland after 1989
    Gintare Malinauskaite:
    Cinematic memory of the Lithuanian double occupation: The development of partisan and Holocaust cinema and its interrelation
    Małgorzata Pakier:
    German and Polish Holocaust cinema: The national factories of the European dream

    Chair: Lidia Jurek
    Commentator: Nicoletta Diasio
    5:00 pm
    Coffe break
    5:30 pm
    Parallel sessions. (New) media of remembrance (3)
    Gertrud Pickhan:
    History turns digital – in German
    Alexander von Plato:
    Media and memory: The presentation and ‘use’ of witnesses in sound and image
    Marcin Wilkowski:
    Facebook as a sphere of commemoration: A critical view

    Chair: Elżbieta Tarkowska
    Commentator: Piotr Toczyski
    5:30 pm
    Parallel sessions. Dynamics of memory (3): Borderlands
    Tatiana Zhurzhenko:
    Politics of memory and national identity in the post-Soviet borderlands: Ukraine/Russia and Ukraine/Poland
    Tanya Zaharchenko:
    How memory becomes identity: The curious case of East Ukraine
    Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper:
    Anthropology of social memory of Kresy: territorial identity seen through the categories of tradition and politics of memory
    Jan Kajfosz:
    Contemporary social memories and the theory of magic How do we construct our past and how do we instrumentalize it? – in Polish

    Chair: Joanna Kurczewska
    Commentator: Ewa Nowicka

    25/11/2011 Friday

    9:00 am
    Parallel sessions. Media of remembrance (4): Literature
    Heinrich Olschowsky:
    Literature as a means of cultural memory on the specificity of the East-European region - in German
    Stanisław Obirek:
    Religious memory versus cultural memory in the works of Stanisław Vincenz – in Polish
    Joanna Jeziorska-Haładyj:
    Memory of loss: Danilo Kiš and Aleksander Jurewicz. A comparative perspective
    Anna Zeidler-Janiszewska:
    Mimesis as a form of memory in Holocaust literature and art - in Polish

    Chair: Joanna B. Michlic
    Commentator: Jacek Leociak – in Polish
    9:00 am
    Parallel sessions. Dynamics of memory (4): Silence and articulation
    Simon M. Lewis:
    The legacy of catastrophe: approaches and methods on the example of Belarus
    Uilleam Blacker:
    Unknowable and unspeakable? Traumatic memory and cultural representations of the Katyń massacre
    Krisztina Németh:
    Facts and narratives, contradictions and traumas: Can past lifeworlds be reconstructed?
    Anna Lujza Szász:
    Art, oblivion and memory: The case of Hungarian Roma

    Chair: Tadeusz Szawiel
    Commentator: Maciej Bugajewski
    11:00 am
    Coffe break
    11:30 am
    Parallel sessions. Media of remembrance (5): The various roles of historians
    Larysa Buryak:
    Memory studies in Ukrainian historiography: Tendencies and perspectives
    Michał Łuczewski, Tomasz Zarycki:
    Scholarly debates and moral ontologies in Poland and Russia
    Agnieszka Nowakowska:
    Teaching Polish-Lithuanian history
    Izabela Skórzyńska:
    Historian amidst the past as performance: an observer or a perfomer?

    Chair: Cristina Petrescu
    Commentator: Wulf Kansteiner
    11:30 am
    Parallel sessions. Dynamics of memory (5): Private/vernacular – public/official
    Karen Auerbach:
    Memory, identity and the writing of history: a case study of Jewish life in Poland after the Holocaust
    Nicoletta Diasio:
    Remembrance as embodiment in Polish contemporary memories
    Piotr Kwiatkowski:
    World War II in the memory of today’s Polish society

    Chair: Joanna Wawrzyniak
    Commentator: Olga Shevchenko
    1:30 pm
    Coffe break
    3:00 pm
    Marcin Jarząbek:
    What kind of memory orders you to demolish a historical exhibition? – a case study of the Silesian Uprisings’ history-memory quid-pro-quo
    Florian Peters:
    'Memory' vs. 'History'? Discourses on World War II in Late Socialist Poland
    Gábor Gyáni:
    History in public use in today’s Hungary
    Cristina Petrescu, Dragos Petrescu:
    Cultural memory in the making: Communism remembered in post-1989 Romania

    Chair: Karen Auerbach
    Commentator: Georgiy Kasianov
    3:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. Dynamics of memory (6): Struggles for power and legitimacy
    Dalia Agata Báthory:
    Memory traps: Uses and abuses of collective memory in politics
    Stanisław Tyszka:
    Legal means of remembrance. Property restitution in Czech and Polish public debates after 1989
    Zuzanna Bogumił:
    Politics and religion. New martyrs and the interpretations of the Soviet past
    Robert Wyszyński:
    Young nations imagining the past. The indigeneous societies of the former Soviet Union – in Polish

    Chair: James Mark
    Commentator: Marek Cichocki
    5:00 pm
    Coffe break
    5:30 pm
    Final discussion: What memory for what past – what theory for what memory?
    Introduction Jeffrey Olick
    Chair: Sławomir Kapralski


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