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Conference 2014

“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” took place in Warsaw from 6 to 8 November 2014.

The program of the conference stated as for 7 November is available here while the abstracts of all presentations are to be read here.

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

During the conference, we posed 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?

Video recordings from the event [in English] are to be watched here.