We invite you to take part in the international conference in Berlin, (8-10 February 2023).
The conference aims to examine the mechanisms and methods used in the political and social implementation of historical disinformation, the portrayal of the enemy, and discuss ways in which these can be prevented or mitigated. This will entail a (self-)critical analysis of political and scholarly dealings with history in various European countries. We shall also reflect on what happens when warnings from political and academic voices are not taken seriously enough, and on the consequences of the way in which attention has shifted from Russia to Ukraine.
The crucial questions to be discussed during the conference include: When is it appropriate not only to speak out in contradiction, but to engage in political or even judicial countermeasures when dealing with widely divergent interpretations or indeed the falsification of historical facts? Where do propaganda and social manipulation begin? What can or should we expect from ‘public intellectuals’ in times of war and crisis? How can we ensure that civil society is enlightened and immunised, while at the same time guaranteeing the free exchange of ideas and historical interpretations? How effective can literature and art be in this endeavour? Is it possible for the concepts used in public history to be properly understood, and what part can dissidents play here? What digital tools can be deployed to deflect propaganda and trolls on social media?
This conference was preceded by a conference in Prague “Memory of the Past and Politics of the Present” on 28-29 November 2022 at the Goethe Institute in Prague. Both conferences are a part of the ENRS content framework “History, Memory, and Russia`s war against the Ukraine”.
The conference will take place onsite at Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation in Berlin (Stresemannstraße 90, 10963 Berlin).
The entire conference will be streamed online on the ENRS youtube channel: click here
Registration (free of charge): click here
Programme and details: click here
Conference languages: English and partly German