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    About Genealogies of Memory 2012

    Regions of Memory. A comparative perspective on Eastern Europe

    26-28 November 2012, Warsaw

    The 2nd conference within the Genealogies of Memory framework took place in November 2012 in Warsaw. Over a hundred scholars and researchers from all over the world meet to discuss different memories, ways of forgetting and dealing with the experiences of mass violence in societies that suffered under totalitarian regimes in the 20th century. Conference panels were focused on three main topics: memory in the historical space of violence (role of ideologies, memory in authoritarian regimes, challenges of transition, justice and compensation); spatial frames of remembrance (role of displacement, region as a figure of memory, city as a memory scene); memory in framing the future (art & public sphere, education, oral testimonies).

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    Conference / Warsaw 2012

    26/11/2012 Monday

    10:45 am
    Rafał Rogulski
    Jan Rydel
    Jeffrey Olick
    Małgorzata Pakier
    Joanna Wawrzyniak
    12:00 pm
    Keynote lecture by Carol Gluck: Operations of Memory: East Europe/East Asia
    Chair: Jeffrey Olick
    1:00 pm
    Keynote lecture by Stefan Troebst: The Limits and Divisions of European Memory
    Chair: Jan Rydel
    2:15 pm
    Coffe break
    3:30 pm
    Parallel sessions. Mapping memory regions
    Philippe Perchoc:
    How many European memory regions? Mapping EU memories
    Gregor Feindt, Rieke Schäfer:
    Mapping the semantics of “European Memory”
    Joanna Wawrzyniak:
    Beyond East and West: Eastern Europe & African historical consciousness: a scholar biography
    Małgorzata Wosińska:
    Established vs. emerging memory region: Reflections on genocide memory in Poland and Rwanda (in Polish)

    Written presentation: Marco Siddi - Russia and the forging of memory and identity in Europe

    Chair: Carol Gluck
    Commentator: Stefan Troebst
    3:30 pm
    Parallel sessions. Memories of Eastern Europe: Theoretical Approaches
    Alexey Vasilyev:
    Repressed pain vs. reserved memory: specifics of nationalism studies in the Eastern Europe as reflection of traumatic historical experience
    Marta Karkowska:
    Counter-memory, alternative memory, and violence in the Polish research on the social aspects of memory
    Katarzyna Szalewska:
    Reception of “memory studies” in Poland (in Polish)
    Andrzej Szpociński:
    The three-dimensional conception of the social memory as a starting point for comparative studies

    Chair: Gertrud Pickhan
    Commentator: Jeffrey Olick
    5:30 pm
    Coffe break
    6:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. Memory in the Historical Space of Violence: The Ideological Beginnings of the 20th Century
    Maciej Górny:
    „The Hun at Work“. Atrocities and memory (in Polish)
    Stephen Scala:
    Remembrance and rupture: memory as motor and mirror of the Socialist-Communist split in interwar Poland
    Anna Zalewska:
    Diffused memory of the WWI gasscapes (1914-2014). How to use without abuse the results of archaeological studies for the design of memorial landscapes? (in Polish)
    Seda Özdemir:
    Contemporary Armenian novelists in Turkey: The literary representation of Armenian collective memory

    Written presentation: Catalin Turliuc - Games within frontiers: memory and citizenship in interwar Romania

    Chair: Marcin Kula
    Commentator: Dariusz Stola
    6:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. Spatial Frames of Remembrance: Displacement and Memory (1)
    Irene Sywenky:
    History, trauma, and spatial imagination: A comparative perspective
    Ekaterine Pirtskhalava:
    Muslim Meskhetians (Meskhetian Turks) from 1944 to nowadays
    Judy Brown:
    Home away from home(land): local memory politics and “national” activism among the Crimean Tatars of Sevastopol
    Olesya Khromeychuk:
    The construction and re-construction of the “historical truth” and memory of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division in Ukraine and the diaspora

    Written presentation: Joanna Cukras-Stelągowska, Jakub Stelągowski - German-Polish common religious heritage in social reflection
    Written presentation: Victoria Dunaeva - Memory and survival during the Socialist period. Case of Old Believers in Siberia (Russia) and in northeastern region of Poland – comparative analysis

    Chair: Katherine McGregor
    Commentator: Sławomir Kapralski

    27/11/2012 Tuesday

    9:00 am
    Parallel sessions. Memory in the Historical Space of Violence. Authoritarian Regimes: Official Narratives
    Adriana Decu:
    The aftermath of dissident reeducation: a comparative approach of Romania’s “Pitesti phenomenon” and the Chinese labor camps
    Éva Tulipán:
    “Counter-memory”. The official representation of the 1956 Hungarian revolution before 1989
    Rachel Joyce:
    The solidification of conflict memory in Sri Lanka
    Mustafa Menshawy:
    War of memories, memories of war in Mubarak’s downfall

    Chair: Valérie Rosoux
    Commentator: Carol Gluck
    9:00 am
    Parallel sessions. Spatial Frames of Remembrance: Displacement and Memory (2)
    Ewa Nowicka:
    Civil war and evacuation in the biographical memory of Greek repatriates from Poland (in Polish)
    Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper:
    Diaspora in the homeland? Memories of resettlements from the former Kresy of the Second Polish Republic in contemporary Poland (in Polish)
    Kamila Dąbrowska:
    Not-experienced extermination and experienced expulsion. The post-memory of the Holocaust, the memory of exclusion and the process of creating identities in Polish memory places among post-war Jewish emigrants
    Claudia Draganoiu:
    The long way to Ithaca: the exiles are coming Home

    Written presentation: Wiktoria Kudela-Świątek - “Distant Siberians” Polish scientific discourse about the Kazakhstani Poles’ biographical narratives
    Written presentation: Anna Wylegała - The missing “Others”: comparative study of the memory of the ethnic violence in Poland and Ukraine

    Chair: Jenny Wüstenberg
    Commentator: Sławomir Łodziński
    11:00 am
    Coffe break
    11:30 am
    Keynote lecutre by Elizabeth Jelin: Memories of State Repression: the Past in the Present in Latin America
    Chair: Burkhard Olschowsky
    12:30 am
    Parallel sessions. Memory in the Historical Space of Violence. Authoritarian Regimes: Counter-Memories
    Sławomir Kapralski:
    Memories of East European Roma. Between encapsulation, homogenization, and proliferation of memory-scapes
    Shaban Darakchi:
    Hidden stories of Bulgarian Mohammedans
    Mariusz Kałczewiak:
    Jewish experience of violence in dictatorial Argentina
    Chair: Elizabeth Jelin
    Commentator: Dirk Moses
    12:30 am
    Parallel sessions. Spatial Frames of Remembrance: Region as a Figure of Memory
    Csaba G. Kiss:
    Gömör – Gemer: lieux de mémoire (in Polish)
    Olimpia Dragouni:
    „Famous Macedonia” – the commemoration of the region in 20th century Greece
    Oleksii Polegkyi:
    Historical narrative discourse of WWII in Ukraine in the context of “Russian world”
    Piotr Chmiel:
    An Italian foreground of the "new" Europe. Some remarks of Clausio Magris and Paolo Rumiz on the Eastern part of the continent and its historical legacy of the 20th century (in Polish)

    Chair: Joanna Kurczewska
    Commentator: Piotr Kwiatkowski
    2:30 pm
    Coffe break
    3:30 pm
    Parallel sessions. Memory in the Historical Space of Violence. Transitions: The Challenges of Democracy and the Market
    Anna Młynarska-Sobaczewska, Adam Czarnota:
    Law between Mnemosyne and Lethe. Collective memories and constitutional identities in Central-Eastern Europe
    Uladzislau Belavusau:
    Law or politics of memory in Central and Eastern Europe?
    Florentina Dobre:
    Remembering communist persecutions: A comparative study of Romanian and Bulgarian politics of memory
    Berta Jozsef:
    Between violence and remembrance – negative memory in post-colonial and post-authoritarian societies: Indonesia´s example
    Matthias I. Köhler:
    Lost in Transition. “Post-Authoritarian” identity and the memory of “authoritarian” violence

    Chair: Tadeusz Szawiel
    Commentator: Tomasz Zarycki
    3:30 pm
    Parallel sessions. Spatial Frames of Remembrance: City as a Memory Scene
    Jenny Wüstenberg:
    Civil society activists and clashing memories in post-wall Berlin
    Katarzyna Sztop-Rutkowska, Maciej Białous:
    The processes of collective memory in culturally diverse cities on the example of Bialystok and Lublin
    Piotr Kwiatkowski:
    The bombardment of a defenseless town. A study of memory and forgetting
    Ana Aceska:
    War memories and urban planning in the post-war divided city: the case of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Written presentation: Marcin Napiórkowski - The Warsaw Rising of the Dead. Mourning and melancholia in post-war Warsaw

    Chair: Maria Lewicka
    Commentator: Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska
    5:45 pm
    Coffe break
    6:00 pm
    Keynote lecture by Gyanendra Pandey: Realms of Memory – ‘archived’ and ‘un-archived’
    Chair: Sławomir Kapralski

    28/11/2012 Wednesday

    8:30 am
    Parallel sessions. Memory in the Historical Space of Violence. Ambigous Aftermaths
    Karine Ramondy:
    The Democratic Republic of Congo, lands of violence: “afterschocks” of Patrice Lumumba’s murder
    Dragoş Petrescu:
    Religious memory versus cultural memory in the works of Stanisław Vincenz – in Polish
    Lucia Popa:
    Post-communist artistic memorialization: the portraits of Ceauşescu
    Nadiya Trach:
    Chornobyl as a concept in Ukrainian collective memory

    Chair: Burkhard Olschowsky
    Commentator: Valérie Rosoux
    8:30 am
    Parallel sessions. Spatial Frames of Remembrance: Reframing the National
    Gal Hermoni, Udi Lebel:
    Penetrating the “Remembrance Day” Playlist: music and the localization of memory
    Agnieszka Topolska:
    “Musik macht frei”: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
    Mayhill C. Fowler:
    A social history of post-Soviet Arts: theater and trauma in Poland and Ukraine
    Stephenie Young:
    The forensics of memorialization in post-war Balkan photography

    Written presentation: Olga Barbasiewicz - Monuments, places of remembrance and foreign policy making. The case of Japan and United States. Japanese perspective

    Chair: Małgorzata Pakier
    Commentator: Katharine McGregor
    10:30 am
    Coffe break
    11:00 am
    Keynote lecture by Dirk Moses: Terrorized Histories and Cosmopolitan Futures: Decolonizing Memories in Global Context
    Chair: Elżbieta Hałas
    12:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. Memory in the Historical Space of Violence. Justice, Acknowledgement, Compensation (1)
    Katharine McGregor:
    The struggle over memories of the 1965-68 mass violence in Indonesia
    Valérie Rosoux:
    Memory versus reconciliation. The limits of a fairy-tale
    Luis Tsukayama Cisneros:
    How do memory, ideology and national identity discourse relate? Reactions to the Peruvian Truth Commission
    Maria Mälksoo:
    Criminalizing Communism: transnational mnemopolitics in Europe

    Written presentation: Marcin Komosa - Institutionalized memory, institutionalized truth
    Written presentation: Sokol Lleshi - We are not like them: continuous modernity in East Central Europe's institutional memory production after the fall of communism

    Chair: Jeffrey Olick
    Commentator: Lutz Niethammer
    12:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. Framing the Future: Education
    Zlatko Bukač:
    Violence, war and endorphins: children popular culture during civil war in Croatia
    Tamara Pavasovic Trost:
    Rewriting history in Southeast Europe: a processual analysis of remembering and forgetting
    Borislava Manojlovic:
    Dealing with contentious past: memory and education in post-conflict Croatia
    Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs:
    National histories and identities in education about the Holocaust in post-1989 Poland and the wider world

    Chair: Dirk Moses
    Commentator: Nobuya Hashimoto
    12:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. Framing the Future: Oral Histories
    Panel organised by History Meeting House
    Jarosław Pałka:
    The methodologies of oral history. Visual History Archive versus History Meeting House and KARTA Centre’s projects
    Alina Bothe:
    Virtual memories of Jewish resistance against the destruction
    Marcin Jarząbek, Karolina Żłobecka:
    „Poles in Wehrmacht”, Germans in Wehrmacht. Individual versus collective memory (oral history of former German soldiers in Poland)

    Chair: Łukasz Krzyżanowski
    2:00 pm
    Coffe break
    3:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. Memory in the Historical Space of Violence. Justice, Acknowledgement, Compensation (2)
    Stephanie Benzaquen:
    The memory of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia
    Gyunghee Park:
    Politicized traumas: the transformation of “Comfort Women” memory as a memory of injustice
    Piotr Filipkowski:
    German compensation payments and differentiated memories of the World War II
    Stanisława Trebunia-Staszel:
    Memory of the Germans anthropological and racial research among Polish Highlanders during WWII (in Polish)

    Written presentation: Joanna Szymoniczek - German cemeteries of World War II in Eastern and Central Europe

    Chair: Lutz Niethammer
    Commentator: Maciej Bugajewski
    3:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. Framing the Future: Art & Public Sphere
    Katarzyna Bojarska:
    When Absence Becomes Loss and Other Fables. Artistic and literary solutions for confronting and shaping collective memory
    Agnieszka Kłos:
    Fading memory of Birkenau, hidden in nature and objects (in Polish)
    Uilleam Blacker:
    Remembering Jews and the Holocaust in contemporary Warsaw from Polish and Israeli perspectives: the work of Joanna Rajkowska and Yael Bartana
    Bozhin Traykov:
    Alyosha vs. Superman: remembering the past through the ideological lenses of the present

    Chair: Anna Horolets
    Commentator: Anda Rottenberg
    3:00 pm
    Parallel sessions. The Future of Memory Projects
    Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska, Joanna Kalicka:
    Modi Memorandi
    Bartosz Korzeniewski:
    Polish lieux de mémoire
    Michał Łuczewski, Tomasz Maślanka:
    Politics of history in Poland, Germany and Russia
    Izabela Skórzyńska, Anna Wachowiak:
    Visual representations of Polish-German past in the context of open/closed regional politics

    Written presentation: Amelia Korzeniewska - An outline of research on collective representations of the post-war past

    Chair: Adam Czarnota
    Commentator: Csaba G. Kiss
    5:00 pm
    Coffe break
    5:30 pm
    Final plenary session
    Introduction Jeffrey Olick
    Chair: Sławomir Kapralski


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