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Collective vs Collected Memories - 1989–1991 FROM AN ORAL HISTORY PERSPECTIVE

Conference: Collective vs Collected Memories

1989-91 from an Oral History Perspective

06. - 08. November 2014
Venue: University of Warsaw Library, Dobra 56/66 street, room 316

The fourth conference from the "Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe" series organized by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity is dedicated to the memory of 1989-91 in post-socialist countries. During three days, dozens of historians, sociologists and anthropologists from more than twenty countries will exchange views on what unites and what divides the memories of transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. The participants of the conference will discuss the dominant narratives and explore what has been left unsaid in both the individual and collective recollections of transformation, with particular emphasis on the social memory in Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Baltic states, the former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Ukraine. The conference will attempt to answer questions of the type:

  • 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 social and 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?

On the first day of the conference key note speeches will be given by James V. Werstch (Washington University in St. Louis), Michael Bernhard (University of Florida) and Jan Kubik (Rutgers University). Two of the conference panels will be dedicated to reflections on the past, present and future of oral history in Central and Eastern Europe. The participants will be recognized scholars who represent the Western and Eastern European schools of oral history, including Lutz Niethammer (Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena), Alexander von Plato (Fern Universität Hagen), and Irina Sherbakova (Memorial). Single conference sessions will focus on subjects like the relationships between collective and individual memory, the memory of various generations, and stories of economic changes.

Organizers and Partners: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS), Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe, Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw, Institute for East European Studies at the Free University of Berlin, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Oral History Archive of the History Meeting House and KARTA Centre.

Please find more information on Genealogies Project under: Genealogies of Memory Project.