The Solace of History in Coming to Terms with Dictatorial Pasts: Southern and Eastern Europe Compared

The Solace of History in Coming to Terms with Dictatorial Pasts: Southern and Eastern Europe Compared

Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) and Historical Institute of the University of Warsaw in cooperation with the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies of the University of Wroclaw - sponsored by VolkswagenFoundation
Warsaw / Kazimierz Dolny
Vom - Bis
08.06.2006 - 11.06.2006
Stefan Troebst (GWZO Leipzig)

This workshop looks at how European societies instrumentalize the remembrance of a ‘better‘ pre-dictatorial past in post-dictatorial situations and asks for regional and European patterns of fitting periods of dictatorship into master narratives of national history. South European case studies are Spain, Portugal, and Greece where right-wing dictatorships ended in the mid-1970s, East European cases are Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Latvia and Poland where communist regimes collapsed in 1989-91. In addition to intra-regional comparisons attempts at inter-regional ones will be undertaken. The workshop is the closing conference of the Leipzig-based research project 'National Self-Assertion in Post-Dictatorial Societies on the Semi-Peripheries of Europe: Historical Cultures in Poland and Spain Compared', financed by VolkswagenFoundation from 2002 to 2006.



Thursday, 8 June

18:00 hrs Opening (Warsaw University, Old Campus, Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28)

18:30 hrs Panel discussion “Dictatorial Pasts between Politics, Civil Society and Academe:The Cases of Spain and Poland“


Amaia Lamikiz Lauregiondo (San Sebastian)

Pawel Machcewicz (Institute for Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

Moderator: Stefan Troebst (Leipzig)

Friday, 9 June

11:00 hrs Visit of the "Gallery of the Art of Socialist Realism“ in the Palace of the Zamoyski Family in Kozlowka

Departure for Kazimierz Dolny

15:00 hrs Section I: Introduction(s)
(Moderator Wlodzimierz Borodziej)

Stefan Troebst (Leipzig): Divided Landscapes of Memory: Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Latvia

Maria Todorova (Urbana-Champaign): Remembering Communism: Methodological and Practical Issues of Approaching the Recent Past in Eastern Europe


17:00 hrs Section II: Transeuropean Comparisons
(Moderator Maria Todorova)

David Rey (Leipzig): Spain

Krzysztof Ruchniewicz (Wroclaw): Poland

Christoph Boyer (Salzburg): Comment


Saturday, 10 June

09:00 hrs Section III: Post-Soviet Comparisons
(Moderator Krzysztof Ruchniewicz)

Wilfried Jilge (Leipzig), Heorhiy Kasianov (Kiev): Ukraine

Daina Bleiere: Latvia

Dietmar Müller (Leipzig): Comment


11:00 hrs Section IV: South European Comparisons
(Moderator Dragos Petrescu)

Adamantios Skordos (Leipzig): Greece

Manuel Loff (Porto): Portugal

Augusta Dimou (Ioannina): Comment


14:30 hrs Section V: East European Comparisons
(Moderator Christoph Boyer)

Vania Stoyanova (Sofia): Bulgaria

Cristina Petrescu (Budapest) and Dragos Petrescu (Bucharest): Romania

Ulf Brunnbauer (Berlin): Comment


16:30 hrs Final Discussion: Historicizing Dictatorship: Coming to Terms with the Recent Past in Southern and Eastern Europe
(Moderator Stefan Troebst, Leipzig)


Prof. Dr. Stefan Troebst

Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur
Ostmitteleuropas an der Universität Leipzig (GWZO)
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