28 November 2015

Memory and Change in Europe. Eastern Perspectives

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The Genealogies of Memory organized workshops linked with the release of the book Memory and Change in Europe. Eastern Perspectives.


Time: 7-8 December 2015, Warsaw

Venue: Zielna Centre (ul. Zielna 37, Warszawa)The following topics will be under discussion:


Memory and Change in Europe: Eastern Perspectives, Memory studies in Europe as a catalyst for change?, Central and Eastern European Memory Studies Today – presentations of ongoing projects, The Future of Memory Studies in Central and Eastern Europe – brainstorming workshop.

The book „Memory and Change in Europe. Eastern Perspectives”, edited by Małgorzata Pakier and Joanna Wawrzyniak, foreword by Jeffrey Olick studies of a common European past, there is a significant lack of scholarship on the former Eastern Bloc countries. While understanding the importance of shifting the focus of European memory eastward, contributors to this volume avoid the trap of Eastern European exceptionalism, an assumption that this region’s experiences are too unique to render them comparable to the rest of Europe. They offer a reflection on memory from an Eastern European historical perspective, one that can be measured against, or applied to, historical experience in other parts of Europe. In this way, the authors situate studies on memory in Eastern Europe within the broader debate on European memory.

Małgorzata Pakier is Head of the Research Department at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Her publications include The Construction of European Holocaust Memory. German and Polish Cinema after 1989 (2013), and A European Memory?: Contested Histories and Politics of Remembrance (co-edited with Bo Stråth, 2010).

Joanna Wawrzyniak is Deputy Director of the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, and Head of the Social Memory Laboratory. Her most recent publication is The Enemy on Display: The Second World War in Eastern European Museums (co-authored with Zuzanna Bogumił et al., 2015) 

More information:

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