cover image of Genealogies of Memory project

    About Genealogies of Memory

    With the “Genealogies of Memory” project we facilitate academic exchange between Central and East European scholars of individual and collective memory, and intend to promote this region’s study of memory among the broader international academic community.

    What is specific to the conferences and seminars held so far is, on the one hand, an attempt to define the specificity of Central and Eastern Europe as regards history and memory by looking at the changing practices of remembrance in the region during the twentieth and the twenty first centuries; and on the other hand, a proposal to see history and memory in a broader European and global context, and to search for possible application of memory research from this region within the broader international study of social and cultural memory. We are particularly interested in theoretical and methodological questions as viewed against specific historical and geographical contexts.

    Our proposal is to approach memory with historical sensitivity. We want to emphasize the seemingly obvious, that historical experiences shape particular ensuing memory processes. Also, that research on memory should bear in mind the tight relation between history and memory, focusing on how historical processes shape memory processes.

    Małgorzata Pakier and Joanna Wawrzyniak Conceptual Team & Initiators of the Project

    Conceptual Team

    Profile image of Dr Joanna Wawrzyniak Profile image of Dr Joanna Wawrzyniak

    Dr Joanna Wawrzyniak

    Joanna Wawrzyniak is a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. Historian and sociologist by training, she works on various aspects of social history and collective memory in Poland in comparative perspective. She was the initiator and the first Director of the Social Memory Laboratory at the University of Warsaw (2011-2018), a visiting professor at the European University Institute in 2018/19 and a visiting fellow in a number of other European and US institutions, including Imre Kertész Kolleg (Jena), Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and New School for Social Research (NYC). Now she leads a work package on City Museums and Multiple Colonial Pasts in ECHOES H2020 project and a research group on Cultural Practitioners in Memory Across Borders: Dealing with the Legacy of Disputed Territories (DisTerrMem) project funded by MSCA-RISE H2020 scheme. She has been also co-coordinator (with Małgorzata Pakier) of the Genealogies of Memory in Central Eastern Europe conference programme at the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity since 2011 and a member of the Executive Committee of Memory Study Association since 2019. She published, among others, in Memory Studies, Contemporary European History, Polish Sociological Review, Acta Poloniae Historica. She is the author of Veterans, Victims, and Memory: the Politics of the Second World War in Communist Poland (Peter Lang 2015); co-author of Enemy on Display: The Second World War in Eastern European Museums (2018Pb); and co-editor of Memory and Change in Europe: Eastern Perspectives (2016). Her new co-authored book Cuts: Oral History of Transformation will be published soon with Krytyka Polityczna (in Polish).

    Profile image of Dr Małgorzata Pakier Profile image of Dr Małgorzata Pakier

    Dr Małgorzata Pakier

    Dr Małgorzata Pakier is Head of the ENRS Academic Section. She is a member of the Social Memory Laboratory at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. Pakier received her PhD degree from the European University Institute, Florence, History and Civilization Department. Between 2011 and 2017 she was head of the Research and Publications Department at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. In 2010 she was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. She is the author of ‘The Construction of European Holocaust Memory: German and Polish Cinema after 1989’ (Frankfurt/M. 2013) and the editor of ‘A European Memory? Contested Histories and Politics of Remembrance’ (with Bo Stråth; Oxford-New York, 2010, 2012) and ‘Memory and Change in Europe. Eastern Perspectives’ (with Joanna Wawrzyniak, Oxford-New York 2015). Her academic interests include: Europeanization of memory, Holocaust representation, social/cultural memory, museum studies, film, and recently Jewish involvement in the communist movement in Poland from a biographical perspective. E-mail:


    logo of ENRS
    logo of IS UW
    ENRS is funded by: the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, the Ministry of Culture of Romania and the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.
    logo of DE Ministry
    logo of HU Ministry
    logo of PL Ministry NEW LOGO 2021
    logo of RO Ministry
    logo of SL Ministry
    Be always up to date with our projects!
    Sign up for the ENRS monthly newsletter
    & stay up to date with our news and events.