European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

Regions of Memory II: Memory Regions as Discourse and Imagination

International Conference, 17-19 March 2016, Warsaw

This conference aims to revisit the regional structuration of memory, an issue that was discussed in an earlier meeting within the series in 2012, with a view to gaining further insights into the construction of memory regions – i.e. discursive arenas of memory that are above the level of the nation-state but not fully universal. It considers the ways in which public debate, digital discourse, written narratives and visual representations form constellations of memory that transcend the nation-state whilst also imposing spatial limits. Finally, as in the first instalment of ‘Regions of Memory’, it seeks out points of comparison and contact between Eastern Europe with other regions of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and/or the Americas.

Keynote lectures will be given by Ann Rigney and Derek Sayer, among invited speakers there are also:  Slawomir Kapralski, Jie-Hyun Lim, Kate McGregor, Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska and Aline Sierp. 

Conference programme

The conference will take place in the Warsaw University Library. Admission free.

Memory and Change in Europe. Eastern Perspectives

Edited by Małgorzata Pakier and Joanna Wawrzyniak

Foreword by Jeffrey Olick

The book was published as a result of the first editions of the “Genealogies of Memory” project, organised by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and coordinated by the editors of the volume, Małgorzata Pakier and Joanna Wawrzyniak.  Continue reading

Genealogies of Memory Project

Genealogies of Memory conference in 2011With 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.

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