Date and venue: 6-8 November 2014, Warsaw
Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2014
The twenty-fifth anniversary of 1989 in Eastern Europe invites us to analyze the gradual transformation of memories of the collapse of state socialism at individual and collective levels. It offers us an opportunity to historicize the ‘memory boom’ that began in 1989/1991 and continues to define the cultures of the region. The Genealogies of Memory program invites scholars engaged in memory studies, oral history, or biographical research to discuss their conceptual agendas, focusing on how the change has been commemorated, remembered, or forgotten in Eastern Europe and beyond.
The conference hopes to address the following questions in particular:
– 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?
- to facilitate academic exchange among Central and Eastern European researchers working on memory issues,
- to promote Central and Eastern European memory studies in the international academic community,
- to discuss the theories and methods of studies of individual and collective memory.
In order to highlight the importance of this topic, the Genealogies of Memory team organizes seminars, an annual conference, and supports the publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. This project was started by: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity; the Institute of Sociology, the University of Warsaw; the Institute of Sociology, University of Social Sciences and Humanities; and Freie Universitat in Berlin.