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    16 – 18 Oct 2018, Warsaw

    Memory and Religion: Central and Eastern Europe in a Global Perspective

    Genealogies of Memory

    Following a series of events within the Genealogies of Memory framework, the 2018 conference "Memory and Religion: Central and Eastern Europe in a Global Perspective" will consider the ways in which the public debate, written narratives and visual representations of the 20th-century past refer to religion. It will also seek out points of comparison and contact between Central and Eastern Europe with other regions of Europe and the rest of the world. Scholars of various disciplines dealing with memory and religion are invited to submit their paper proposals.

    Attendance is free, but prior registration is required.

    Venue: Warsaw University Library, ul. Dobra 56/66


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    Genealogies 2018

    16/10/2018 Tuesday

    Opening Speech
    Warsaw University Library
    Rafał Rogulski (ENRS)
    Prof. Jan Rydel (ENRS)
    Dr Małgorzata Pakier (ENRS)
    Dr Zuzanna Bogumił (The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Warsaw)
    Dr Yuliya Yurchuk (Södertörn University, Sweden)
    Key-note speech, Prof. Aleksander Agadjanian
    Coffee break
    Religious Dimensions of Centenaries Commemorations
    Dr Sofia Tchouikina (Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique, Paris):
    How the Presence of Religion is Shaping Commemoration? The Centenary of the First World War in Russia in 2014
    Dr Tatiana Voronina (University of Zurich):
    A Time of Persecution or a Time of Glory? The Russian Orthodox Church’s Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 1917 Revolutions

    Chair: Prof. Marcin Napiórkowski (Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw)
    Commentator: Prof. Piotr Kwiatkowski (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw)
    New Martyrs and Politics of Memory
    Prof. George Enache (Dunarea de Jos University of Galați):
    Rival Narratives, Competing Memoirs and the Issue of Canonization of the Martyrs of the Romanian Orthodox Church in the Communist Period
    Dr Katarzyna Korzeniewska (Polish Institute of International Affairs):
    Lithuanian Sanctity between Military Heroism and Martyrdom. Transformation of Visions of “National Saints” in Lithuania (1980-2017)
    Prof. Olga Khristoforova (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow):
    The Mouse, the Snake, and the Devil’s Collar: Soviet Symbols in Old Believers’ Memory
    Dr Momchil Metodiev (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”):
    Canonisation of the Martyrs of the Orthodox Churches and the Communist State Security Archives

    Chair: Dr Marta Łukaszewicz (University of Warsaw)
    Commentator: Dr Agata Šústová Drelová (Slovak Academy of Sciences)
    Coffee break
    Round table discussion
    Pastor Thomas Jeutner (Evangelical Reconciliation Parish/ Chapel of Reconciliation, Berlin)
    Archpriest Kirill Kaleda (Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, Butovo)
    Priest Prof. Piotr Mazurkiewicz (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw)
    Sufi Andrzej Saramowicz (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī Sufi Polish Foundation)
    Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis (Shavei Israel in Katowice)

    17/10/2018 Wednesday

    Key-note speech, Prof. Geneviève Zubrzycki
    Coffee break
    Secular vs Sacred: The Uses of Religious Language in Secular Memory Projects
    Prof. Rasa Balockaite (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas):
    Non theistic Catholicism: telling national sufferings through Catholic discourse
    Prof. Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper (University of Warsaw):
    Martyrdom in the Local Communities Interplay between Religious and Secular Language in the Memorial Projects in Contemporary Poland
    Dr Brendan Humphreys (University of Helsinki): Statues and Shadows:
    Personality Cults in the sacred/profane dichotomy
    Dr Ekaterina V. Klimenko (The Maria Grzegorzewska University & Polish Academy of Sciences):
    Building Nation, Producing Legitimacy: Church, State and Memory of the Revolution in Contemporary Russia

    Chair: Prof. Agnieszka Halemba (University of Warsaw)
    Commentator: Prof. Andrzej Szpociński (Polish Academy of Sciences)
    The Sacred in Post-Conflict Memories
    Dr Elmira Muratova (Crimean Federal University, Simferopol):
    Memory and Religion: The Case of the Crimean Tatars
    Prof. Lap Yan Kung (Chinese University of Hong Kong):
    Rest in Peace: Religious Rituals, Memory and Tiananmen Square Incident
    Prof. Jie-Hyun Lim (Sogang University, Seoul):
    Martyrdom in Strange Juxtaposition: Saint Maksymilian Kolbe and the Catholic Sublimation of the A-Bomb Victims in Nagasaki
    Dr Julianne Funk (University of Zurich) & Dr Ioannis Armakolas (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki):
    Remembering Srebrenica: the Sanctification of a Massacre and Implications for Cycles of Violence and Transformation

    Chair: Dr Elina Kahla (University of Helsinki)
    Commentator: Dr Stella Rock (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
    Coffee break
    Film screenings
    Dr Magdalena Lubańska (University of Warsaw):
    „Not to Judge!”: Religion, Suffering and Inconvenient Past in the Post-Secular Perspective
    Dr Pawas Bisht (Keele University, UK) & Dr Alena Pfoser (Loughborough University, UK):
    Islands of Memory: Memory and Religion in Russia’s Far North

    Commentator/ moderator: Dr Matilda Mroz (University of Sussex)

    18/10/2018 Thursday

    Key-note speech, Prof. Irena Borowik
    Coffe break
    Transitional Justice, Memory Laws and Wars
    Dr Patryk Wawrzyński (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń):
    The Rainbow People of God: a South African Lesson of Ubuntu. Hoping on Relationships between Religion and Remembrance
    Dr Nadia Zasanska (Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv):
    Religious Echoes of Donbas Conflict: Contrasts Between the Rhetoric of Christian, Muslim and Jewish Communities in Ukraine
    Tomasz Wiśniewski (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań):
    Postsecular Struggles for Epistemic Justice

    Chair: Dr Simon Lewis (University of Potsdam)
    Commentator: Dr Oksana Myshlovska (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
    Vernacular Memory Practices
    Dr Karina Jarzyńska (Jagiellonian University, Kraków):
    Post-secular Prayers, Gravestones and Rituals. Utilizing Religion at Unmemorialized Genocide Sites
    Naum Trajanovski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Advanced Studies Koszeg):
    Panikhida, liturgy and a parastos: Servicing the local memory of a contested historical event in contemporary Republic of Macedonia
    Vera Herold (The Lisbon Consortium – Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon):
    The Protestant Lissaboner Deutsche between Wars. A Palimpsestuous Reading of a Pacifist War Memorial in Bellicose Times
    Dr Alla Marchenko (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw):
    Memory and Politics in the Soviet Union: Case of the Hasidic Pilgrimage in Uman

    Chair: Dr Julia Buyskykh (Centre for Applied Anthropology, Kyiv)
    Commentator: Dr Maciej Krzywosz (University of Białystok)
    Coffee break
    Final discussion
    Dr Michał Łuczewski (Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, Warsaw)
    Prof. Paweł Śpiewak (Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw)
    Prof. Grace Davie (University of Exeter)
    Prof. Kathy Rousselet (Center for International Studies, Sciences Po, Paris)

    Moderators: Dr Zuzanna Bogumił & Dr Yuliya Yurchuk


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