European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

“Collective vs Collected Memories” conference, 6-8 November 2014

Fourth conference from the “Genealogies of Memory” series entitled “Collective vs Collected Memories. 1989-91 from an Oral History Perspective” will take place in Warsaw from 6 to 8 November 2014.

The program of the conference stated as for 23 October is available here while the abstracts of all presentations are to be read here.

The conference aims at discussing how the collapse of state socialism has been commemorated, remembered, or forgotten in Eastern Europe and beyond. The event will be opened by key note speeches by our distinguished guests: Michael Bernhard, Jan Kubik and James V. Wertsch.

During the conference, we hope to address the following questions:

  • Who are the primary agents of the memory of 1989–1991? For whom are the national and transnational events of that period important, how and why?
  • What different horizons of expectation and realms of experience pertained in 1989–1991? How have these expectations and experiences been articulated, transmitted, and reconstructed?
  • How have different groups, communities, milieus, or professional groups understood and discussed the origins, events and consequences of 1989–1991?
  • How have dominant narratives of 1989–1991 evolved in the political, cultural, and academic-educational realms nationally and transnationally?
  • To what extent and in what specific ways have such public narratives been translated into, reflected in, or contested by communicative and individual memories and vice-versa?

For more information, please refer to Call for Papers, conference program and website section devoted to 2014 Genealogies of Memory gathering.


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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