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    1956. Contexts - Impact - Remembrance

    European Remembrance Symposium 2016

    24-25 May 2016, Budapest

    The idea behind the Symposium is based on the conviction that there is a need to have common and multidimensional reflection on the history of the last century which would take into consideration various narrations, sensitivities, historical experiences and their interpretations. This annual Symposium organised by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity together with its partners aims to facilitate and create new areas of cooperation between institutions and organisations concerned with the study of 20th-century European history and history education.

    This year participants will focus on memories of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Sixty years after the revolution we will discuss the circumstances and conditions of its outbreak as well as its impact on the history of the whole Eastern bloc and how it became a benchmark for other movements in countries under Soviet rule struggling for independence. Participants will be also confronted with the questions of what Stalinism and de-Stalinisation in Eastern Europe was like and why it differed so much from country to country. Much attention will be given to the description of societies in Eastern Europe under communist rule and the techniques that communist regimes used for handling crises in their countries.


    Symposium / Budapest 2016

    24/05/2016 Wednesday

    Welcome note
    Hungarian Academy of Sciences
    Rafał Rogulski, Director of the Institute of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

    Letter from the President of the Republic of Hungary Dr János Áder
    Letter from the President of the Republic of Poland Dr Andrzej Duda
    Welcome speeches
    Professor László Lovász, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
    Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Capacities of Hungary
    Dr hab. Magdalena Gawin, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland
    László Regéczy-Nagy, former participant of the 1956 revolution, sentenced to prison, now chair of the Committee for Historical Justice
    Opening lectures: 1956. Context, Impact, Remembrance
    Dr Łukasz Kamiński, President of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance
    Dr Réka Földváryné Kiss, President of the Hungarian Committee of National Remembrance, ENRS Steering Committee

    Moderator: Professor Matthias Weber, Director of the Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe, ENRS Steering Committee
    Coffee break
    Panel 1: Stalinism and de-Stalinization in Eastern Europe: The Road to 1956
    Professor Mark Kramer (keynote speaker), Cold War Studies and Davis Center at Harvard University
    Professor Sándor M. Kiss, Research Institute and Archives for the History of the Hungarian Regime Change
    Dr Łukasz Kaminski, Polish Institute of National Remembrance
    Dr Alexander Stykalin, Russian Academy of Sciences

    Moderator: Professor Arnold Suppan, Austrian Academy of Sciences
    Turbo presentations

    25/05/2016 Thursday

    Introductory lectures
    Professor Miklós Horváth, House of Terror, Péter Pázmány Catholic University
    Professor Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski, Member of the European Parliament, ENRS Advisory Board
    Markus Meckel, German War Graves Commission, ENRS Advisory Board

    Host: Gergely Prőhle, Ministry of Human Capacities
    Panel discussion: 1956 as a Turning-Point of History? Analysis of 1956 in terms of impact on Central Europe, the West, and the East’s policies
    Professor László Borhi (keynote speaker), Indiana University; Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, HAS
    Professor Erwin A. Schmidl, Innsbruck University
    Dr A. Ross Johnson, Wilson Center
    Professor Peter Haslinger, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe and Justus-Liebig-Univerity Giessen, ENRS Academic Council
    Dr Stefano Bottoni, Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, HAS

    Moderator: Gergely Prőhle, Ministry of Human Capacities
    Coffee break
    Panel discussion: Consequences of 1956: Reprisal, Emigration, Societies under Repression’ dealing mainly with the longer-term impacts of the 1956 events
    Professor János M. Rainer (keynote speaker), National Széchényi Library 1956 Institute Dept., Eszterházy Károly College (Eger)
    Dr Oldřich Tůma, Institute of Contemporary History at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, ENRS Academic Council
    Dr Cosmin Florin Budeanca, Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile
    Professor Jan Rydel, Pedagogical University, Kraków, ENRS Steering Committee

    Moderator: Professor Frank Hadler, GWZO at Leipzig University
    Lunch break
    Workshops: Parallel Sessions I
    1. Religion and religious policy in the period of the Cold War and détente // ORGANISER: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute of History
    2. Can we write the history of 1956 from a ‘“bottom up’” perspective on the basis of Regime Archives? // ORGANISERS: Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Charles University in Prague
    3. Commemorative events at school – developing inquiry-based, thought-provoking, student-oriented event scenarios // ORGANISER: University of Wrocław, Institute of History
    Workshops: Parallel Sessions II
    1. Historical Sources of Totalitarian Regimes // ORGANISER: Hungarian Committee of National Remembrance
    2. Giving the Victims a name – Register of Resistance Fighters and Persecuted Persons in Communist Europe // ORGANISER: Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen
    3. Centre for Information on the Victims of World War II. Modern tools of archival research for humanitarian purposes // ORGANISER: The Institute of National Remembrance in Poland
    Visit to memorial sites
    House of Terror and State Security Archives;
    Rákoskeresztúr Cemetery Memorial Plot 301 and “Kisfogház”
    Ministry of Agriculture

    26/05/2016 Friday

    Contemporary Meaning and Legacies of 1956 reflected in Art and Culture
    Professor Piotr Juszkiewicz (keynote speaker), Adam Mickiewicz University
    Professor Csaba Gy. Kiss, University of Warsaw, ENRS Academic Council
    Professor László Csorba, Hungarian National Museum

    Moderator: Dr György Schöpflin, Member of European Parliament
    Coffe break
    Closing lecture
    Professor Norman Stone, Centre for Russian Studies at Bilkent University
    Professor Andrzej Nowak, Jagiellonian University, ENRS Academic Council

    Moderator: Professor Pál Fodor, Director General of Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences


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