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    About Genealogies of Memory 2017

    Image, History and Memory

    6-8 December 2017, Warsaw

    The goal of this conference was to promote an interdisciplinary discussion of the relationships between image, history and memory. The presented papers addressed images in their various roles: as witnesses to history, as means of materializing memories, as active creators of history or as producers of the contents of memory.

    Keynote lectures were given by Ernst van Alphen, Mieke Bal, Robert Hariman, Constantin Parvulescu, and Wojciech Suchocki. The conference is accompanied by an art ehxibit of pieces by Mieke Bal.


    Conference / Warsaw 2017

    6/12/2017 Wednesday

    Welcome address
    Rafał Rogulski, Director of the Institute of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
    Juliusz Szymczak-Gałkowski, Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Higher Education
    Joanna Wawrzyniak, Initiator of the Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe programme
    Opening Remarks
    Piotr Juszkiewicz (Poland)
    Keynote Lecture: Mieke Bal (Netherlands), Dis-Remembered and Mis-Remembered: A Confrontation with Failures of Cultural Memory
    Chair: Anna Kutaj-Markowska (Poland)
    Coffe break
    Remembrance, History, Image: Theories and Cognitive Perspectives
    Vitalii Ogiienko (Ukraine),
    Image of the Starving Little Girl: From Initial Traumatic Holodomor Experience to Media Icon
    Andrei Nacu (Romania),
    The Relation between the Family Album and the Re-evaluation of Romania’s Communist Past
    Filip Lipiński (Poland),
    Stratified Image. Medium, Construction and Memory in Frank Stella’s Polish Villages
    Florin Abraham (Romania),
    Histor(iograph)y and Memory in ‘Post-Truth Era’. Towards a European Public Sphere? Some Theoretical Considerations

    Written Presentation: Tomasz Szerszeń (Poland),
    Memory, Photography, History. Post-Soviet Auto-photo-biographies

    Chair: Joanna Wawrzyniak (Poland)
    Commentator: Luiza Nader (Poland)
    Lunch break
    Keynote Lecture: Wojciech Suchocki (Poland), Matejko. How Was He Doing This?
    Chair: Csaba György Kiss (Hungary)
    Coffee break
    Image and Historiosophy: Artistic Reflection on the Subject of History and Remembrance
    Tatiana Tereshchenko (Russia),
    Greek Vase Painting: Polysemantic Rethinking of History in the Images of the Others
    Justyna Balisz-Schmelz (Poland),
    Pictures for the Fathers. Baselitz’s Heldenbilder as Counterimages of the Socialist and Fascist Body
    Dorota Kownacka (Poland),
    Against Illusion. Abstraction towards the Reality. Kuno Raeber’s Material Turn. Karl Rössing’s Wood- and Linocut and the War Experience Aspect
    Roma Sendyka (Poland),
    ‘Hobbled Images’ as Memorial Documents for Underrepresented Events. Regaining Past through Reading the Affective and Recognizing the Precursory

    Chair: Ewa Kociszewska (Poland)
    Commentator: Katja Bernhardt (Germany)

    7/12/2017 Thursday

    Keynote Lecture: Ernst van Alphen (Netherlands), Legacies of Stalinism and the Gulag: Manifestations of Trauma and Postmemory
    Commentator: Jan Rydel (Poland)
    Coffe break
    Images of History versus Remembrance
    Anastasia Pavlovskaya (Russia),
    ‘How Should a Monument to Pushkin Look Like?’: The Pushkin Monument in Leningrad Discussion (1936-1937) and the Stalinist Memorial Culture
    Olli Kleemola (Finland),
    Building the Finnish National Mythos: Photographs from the Russo-Finnish Winter War 1939–1940
    Michał Haake (Poland),
    Picture and History. Exhibitions of Art as a Tool of Validation of Communist Authority in Poland
    Maria Khorolskaya (Russia),
    The Everyday in the GDR in Individual, Cultural and Political Memory

    Chair: Piotr Juszkiewicz (Poland)
    Commentator: Zuzanna Bogumił (Poland)
    Lunch break
    Monuments as a Remembrance Image
    Tadeusz J. Żuchowski (Poland),
    Introductory Remarks. Between Monument and Memorial
    Burcin Cakir (Scotland),
    Diplomacy and Dead: Construction of Gallipoli War Memorials and State Agency
    Olga Barbasiewicz (Poland),
    Hidden Memory and Memorials. Remembering Korean Victims in Hiroshima
    Ksenia Surikova (Russia),
    Images of Memory: Monuments and Memorials of Second World War in Russia and Belarus
    Yaroslav Pasko (Ukraine),
    Monuments as a Factor of Historical Memory and Identity Threat: Donbas and Ukraine
    Written Presentation: Alicja Melzacka (Poland),
    Contemporary Art as a New Counter-Monument

    Chair: Jagoda Hernik Spalińska (Poland)
    Commentator: Tadeusz J. Żuchowski (Poland)
    Coffe break
    Curatorial Tour through Mieke Bal’s Exhibition entitled: Dis-Remembered: A Long History of Madness, Mis-Remembered: Reasonable Doubt

    8/12/2017 Friday

    Keynote Lecture: Robert Hariman (USA), New Media, Old Discourse: Relocating the Public Image
    Chair: Michaela Marek (Germany)
    Coffe break
    Image in Popular Culture and New Media: Remembrance Medium, Fabric of History
    Andrei Linchenko (Russia),
    Between Memory and Myth: The Transformation of Stalin’s Images in New Russian Media
    Ewa Wróblewska-Trochimiuk (Poland),
    Photography as Testimony: the Role of War Photographers in Documenting the Yugoslav Civil War (1991-1995)
    Maria Kobielska (Poland),
    Museums and Photographs: Creating a ‘Memory Device’
    Robbert-Jan Adriaansen (Netherlands),
    Smiling in Auschwitz. The Semiotics of Instagram Selfies at Holocaust Memorial Sites

    Chair: Michaela Marek (Germany)
    Commentator: Katarzyna Bojarska (Poland)
    Lunch break
    Keynote Lecture: Constantin Parvulescu (Spain), Narratives of Abuse in East Central European Film
    Chair: Piotr Juszkiewicz (Poland)
    Coffe break
    Film: Medium of History, Fabric of Memory
    Ana Krsinic Lozica (Croatia),
    Jasenovac Concentration Camp on Film
    Agnieszka Kiejziewicz (Poland),
    Bye Bye Innocence. War and Children’s Traumatic Memories in Japanese Film
    Beja Margitházi (Hungary),
    Embodying Sense Memory: Animating the Analog/Photographic as Evidence of Traumatic Experience in East-European Post-Cinema (Son of Saul, Regina, Warsaw Uprising)
    Veronika Pehe (Czech Republic),
    From Socialism to Democracy on the Screen: Accommodating Images of the Socialist Past in the Post-1989 Czech Republic

    Chair: Piotr Juszkiewicz (Poland)
    Commentator: Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska (Poland)
    Closing Remarks: Piotr Juszkiewicz (Poland)


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