The third conference of the “Genealogies of Memory” project will focus on the role of law and justice in memory processes. Since these issues have so far mainly drawn the attention of political scientists, lawyers, and economists, they have been discussed using specialist and technical discourses. Thus the symbolic dimension of the settlement processes has largely been neglected. When the issues were discussed in the context of remembrance, it was often from the perspective of state sponsored historical politics, having a pejorative connotation. Our conference aims to examine transitional justice as an area not only of state activity but also that of various social groups. We seek to examine the processes of negotiating and administering justice as an area where the social memory of the communist period was shaped, both at a system level and at the level of grassroots social movements.
- 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.