How Collectivities Remember

How Collectivities Remember

Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University 5 Uus-Sadama Street 10120 Tallinn (Reval), Estland
Vom - Bis
26.07.2007 - 02.08.2007
Jürgen Beyer

Tallinn Summer School
Tallinn Postgraduate Summer School in Social and Cultural Studies



Hosting institutions: Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn
University; Centre for Medieval Studies, Tallinn University; Centre for
Central-Eastern Europe and the Balkans, University of Bologna

What is the role of memory in different cultures and collectivities? Are
there significant geographical and temporal differences, or can we also
find dominant uniform patterns? How do individuals' memories relate to
collective memories; indeed, IS there such a thing as "collective memory"?
What are the different ways of memory construction and transmission: how
are collectivities' memories manifested in historical and fictional
narratives, visual artworks, laws and constitutions, commemorative
practices, or landscapes? How do political, social, economic, cultural or
religious concerns shape the (trans)formation of collective memory? Why
are some events lamented or celebrated across generations, but some
quickly forgotten - what (or, who?) has the power to guide the processes
of remembering? Finally, how to find one's bearings in the
multi-disciplinary studies of memory: could - and should - one integrate
and adapt the theories and methods offered by various disciplines for
studying the various representations and languages of memory?

The organisers of the 5th Tallinn Summer School in Social and Cultural
Studies invite M.A. and Ph.D students of Anthropology, Cultural Theory,
History, Human and Cultural Geography, Literary Studies, Politics,
Sociology, and in related fields to look for new and interdisciplinary
perspectives in analysing these phenomena. The course is designed to build
up both analytical and practical skills, combining macro-level discussions
with case studies and consisting of an intense series of plenary lectures
and seminars lead by acknowledged senior scholars with diverse scholarly
and cultural background.

In addition to lectures and seminars, the programme includes guided tours
exploring the historical and cultural memory sites and landscapes in
Tallinn and in Western Estonia. Furthermore, at the conclusion of the
course the students can take part in an optional trip to St. Petersburg
(3-5 Aug.), organised by the Russian language course of the Tallinn Summer
The students are expected to do some preparatory reading in order to
participate in the student workshops of the Summer School. The reading
list will be made available after the registration deadline.
The students also have an option (not compulsory) to present their own
research during student colloquia. If you wish to present a paper, please
send an abstract (no more than 300 words), pointing out how your
presentation would contribute to one or more of the main themes of the
The language of the Summer School is English.
Based upon full participation in the study programme and the completion of
a 2500-word essay students will be awarded 4.5 ECTS points.


26 July
Keynote lecture: Performing Memory. Prof. emerit. Peter Burke (University
of Cambridge)

27 July
Preliminary Definitions. Memory as a central and disputed topic in
different fields of humanities. The concepts of individual, collective and
social memory. Memory and the perception of time and space. Memory, memory
regimes, identity.

Tutors: Prof. Maurice Bloch (London School of Economics), Prof. Jeffrey K.
Olick (University of Virginia)

Student workshop

28 July
(Re)Construction of the Past: Displacement and Replacement. The
development of general historical discourse. What is the difference
between history and memory? How do political and social concerns impact on
the rewriting and recycling of historical discourses? How do various
communities and their conflicting histories compete for the hegemony of
remembrance and commemoration?

Tutors: Prof. Jüri Kivimäe (University of Toronto), Dr. Karsten Brüggemann
(Nordost-Institut, Lüneburg)

Fieldtrip to the post-soviet monument landscapes in Tallinn. Tutor: Dr.
Helen Sooväli
(Tallinn University).

29 July
The Politics of Memory in Changing Societies. The relationship of memory
to power and to guilt and trauma. Does research into a recent traumatic
past (e.g. Nazi, Communist, colonial) lead necessarily to revenge,
ressentiment and national division? Does silence about the past mean
forgetfulness? What are different ways in which changing national
collectivities confront their pasts? What do guilt and responsibility mean
for the stability of contemporary democracies?

Tutors: Dr. Siobhan Kattago (Tallinn University), Prof. György Schöpflin
(MEP for Hungary, formerly University College London)

Student workshop

30 July
Layers of Memory: field-trip to the landscapes and topoi of memory in
Western Estonia.

Tutor: Dr. Helen Sooväli (Tallinn University)

31 July - 1 August
Collective Memory in Arts: the politics and the poetics. The role and
genric specificities of the arts in representing and constructing
individual and collective memory. How do public and collective endeavours
(public monuments, belles lettres curricula) reflect or shape individual
memories and cultural beliefs? Changing arts in changing societies;
symbolic choices and their political consequences; art as
conserver/innovator of cultural memory.

Tutors: Dr. Patricia D'Allemand (University of London), Ms. Eneken Laanes
(Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences),
Prof. Irina Novikova (University of Latvia)

Student workshop.

August 2
Memory and Anthropology: (In)Comparable Memories. What has anthropology
contributed to the study of memory and what role has memory played in
anthropology? Can memory be compared? What are the possibilities and
limits of a transcultural and comparative approaches to memory? What are
the relationships between history, memory, antimemory, legitimation,
trauma and suffering? What do the comparative variations in these
relations tell about memory processes and practices?

Tutor: Lorenzo Canas Bottos (Tallinn University)

Student workshop



To register, please contact the student coordinator Ms. Hele-Mai Voogne

Registration and abstract deadline

15 May 2007

Notification of acceptance

20 May 2007

Fee 250 euros


Non-refundable registration fee
100 euros, payable by 1 June 2007

Course fee
150 euros, payable by 1 June 2007

Please note: the registration and course fee cover tuition, study
materials and the guided tours in Estonia. They do not cover other travel
expenses, subsistence or accommodation. Information and advice on payment
methods, accommodation, visas, etc. upon registration.


Ten Tallinn University students and six University of Bologna students are
exempted from the course fee and pay a reduced registration fee of 35
euros (550 EEK) as grantees of their universities.

We are able to offer a limited number of additional grants covering the
course fee, privileging motivated students whose home countries have fewer
opportunities to offer grants. If you wish to be considered for such a
grant, please mention it on registration.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our student

Hele-Mai Voogne
Phone: (+372) 61 99 555
Fax: (+372) 61 99 556
Mobile phone: (+372) 55 500 538

Estonian Institute of Humanities,
Tallinn University
5 Uus-Sadama Street
10120 Tallinn



Hele-Mai Voogne
Phone: (+372) 61 99 555
Fax: (+372) 61 99 556
Mobile phone: (+372) 55 500 538

Estonian Institute of Humanities,
Tallinn University
5 Uus-Sadama Street
10120 Tallinn

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